Bullies Land A Whale. Ben Howland hired at Mississippi State (Updated)

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#HailState has become #HowlState as Ben Howland is set to become the new head coach of the men’s basketball program.

Howland is returning to coaching after a two year stint as a TV  analyst, following his very successful run at perenial basketball pwerhouse, UCLA.

The Blog interviewed legendary MSU alumnus Nuke Gingrich to get his reaction:

Epic.  Awesome.  The wool is thick.  Who would of thought AD Scott Stricklin had such a giant nutsack, to let go of his men’s basketball coach, with 2 years left on his contract, and go after a whale like Ben Howland.  And then, to bring him in —  I’m just beside myself with excitement.  I believe I speak for the entire Bulldog Nation when I say, “Welcome to Stark Vegas, Coach Howland.  We’re glad you’re here!”

Things happened quickly this weekend in Vegas, as the Saturday announcement of the non-renewal of Rick Ray’s contract was within a few hours followed by informed rumors that Howland had emerged as the leading contender for the position.  Howland had reportedly wanted to continue his coaching career at a football oriented school.  No doubt, Howland will get his wish at MSU and the SEC.

Consider this quote in an article from Bill Plaschke, LA Times.

“In my mind, my next job is where I’m going to finish my career,” he says. “I want to make sure it’s the right situation where we have great success.”

In typical Howland fashion, he then tightens his jaw and makes a promise.

“I’m really fired up about getting back into it, and I hope to do it next year,” he says. “And this time around, I will do the best job I’ve ever done.”

Yes, sir!  It’s a great day to be a Bulldog.

See alsoFor whom the cowbell tolls

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Update:  It is Official!  HailState Beat,

Statement from Athletic Director SS (Grasshopper):  “Ben is someone who is ready to invest in the people of Mississippi and Bulldogs everywhere, while bringing championship basketball back to the Hump. Mississippi State basketball can compete at the highest level, just as several of our other teams have done in recent years, and I’m excited to have coach Howland lead us back to that level.”

The school will officially announce the hire on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum. Fans are invited to attend.

Showtime!

Game week, baby. What can I say.

You want to hear superlatives and over used cliches, go somewhere else. None of that shite here.

Five of my Bullies have garnered pre-season all-sec recognition.

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Leading the way for the Maroon and White was preseason All-America sophomore defensive lineman Chris Jones, who was named to the second-team defense. Redshirt junior Benardrick McKinney was also named to the second team, while senior defensive back Jamerson Love was selected to the third team. Redshirt junior quarterback Dak Prescott and senior Jameon Lewis earned third-team accolades on offense.  source

 

We open the season at home against Southern Miss.  Mrs. Nuke and I plan to be camping down on the Bogue Chitto River for the weekend, so I’ll have my trusty radio tuned to Bulldog Radio Network, with the TV back home set to record the action. (sec network- ch 611 on dtv)

Southern Miss has been down for the past couple of years, after having been one of the more consistent winners in Conference USA forever.  They really want to get back on track against State, but it just ain’t gonna happen.

In fact, I pity the fools.

I love this time of year, don’t you?

Go Dawgs!  Hail State.

 

 

Dan-handled!

Spotted near the state line just south of McComb on I-55 …

 

Go Dawgs!

Hail State!

The Mississippi State Fight Song, performed by students and fans on campus, (featuring Nuke’s Nephew).

Great job, Will. Tell your sister Happy Birthday, and give your Mom a hug for me.

Wishbone Wisdom: Emory Bellard tells his story

The celebration in the home team locker room of Jackson’s Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium was a raucous one. Players were hugging, high-fiving, and yelling.

No. 1 Alabama suffered a shocking 6-3 loss to heavy underdog Mississippi State on Nov. 1, 1980, and the Bulldogs had no reason to be quiet. And then they did.

Legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant walked in.

“A hush came over us and everybody took a knee,” recalled John Bond, then an MSU freshman quarterback. “He was dressed just like in the pictures.”

Bryant took off his Houndstooth hat, and with help from a state trooper, stepped up on a folding chair. To the players who had ended his hope of winning a third consecutive national title, he spoke.

“He said simply, `You whipped us,'” said Emory Bellard, then State’s coach. “There weren’t any excuses. On that day, I had to agree.” source

Emory Bellard. State folks loved him.

Even when the rest best and brightest offensive minds of the college football world had abandoned the wishbone set, Emory Bellard was still refining and tweaking triple option football, and bringing a no-excuse toughness to the Bulldog nation.

After his stay at MSU, Bellard returned to Texas high school football.

Now he tells his story as the author of “Wishbone Wisdom, Emory Bellard: Texas Football Visionary” (as told to Al Pickett, State House Press, $19.95 trade paperback).

I think I’m going to have to read this one. If you love real football as much as I do, you’ll want to read it too.

And, to John Bond and his family, our hearts are breaking for you. Know that thousands of hands are clasped in prayer for y’all.

Top 20 Jarvis Varnado Facts

SEC Mississippi St Tennessee BasketballAll-SEC Center Jarvis Varnado has set a new standard for defensive prowess, breaking Shaquille O’neal’s single season record for blocked shots. His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed by UW Husky Nation. Here are some other facts they uncovered in their pre-game research …

1) When the boogeyman goes to sleep at night, he checks his closet for Jarvis Varnado.

2) Jarvis Varnado once roundhouse kicked someone so hard that his foot broke the speed of light, went back in time, and killed Amelia Earhart while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean.

3) Jarvis Varnado is the reason that Waldo is hiding.

4) Outer space exists because it is afraid to be on the same planet as Jarvis Varnado.

5) There are no disabled people. Only people who have met Jarvis Varnado.

6) Jarvis Varnado does not hunt because the word hunting implies the possibility of failure. Jarvis Varnado goes killing.

7) Chuck Norris wears Jarvis Varnado pajamas.

8 ) When Jarvis Varnado falls in water, Jarvis Varnado doesn’t get wet. Water gets Jarvis Varnado.

9) Jarvis Varnado can kill 2 stones with 1 bird.

10) “Varnado is a cross between a volcano and a tornado.. we are so screwed”.

11) Jarvis Varnado’s calendar goes from March 31st to April 2nd, no one fools Jarvis Varnado.

12) Superman’s only weakness is Kryptonite. Jarvis Varnado laughs at Superman for having a weakness.

13) There’s Jarvis Varnado, then there’s 64 other teams he lets into his tournament

14) Jarvis Varnado’s tears can cure cancer. But Jarvis Varnado has never cried.

15) If you have five dollars and Jarvis Varnado has five dollars, Varnado has more money than you do.

16) Jarvis Varnado is suing MySpace for taking the name of what he calls the area around the basket.

17) 2/3 of the earth is covered by water. The other 1/3 is covered by Jarvis Varnado.

18) Latest News Report from NASA … Last week NASA discovered a giant asteroid headed directly for earth. Jarvis Varnado swatted it and saved the planet. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

19) Jarvis Varnado could strangle you with a cordless phone.

20) President Obama has decided to rescind his stimulus plan b/c he knows Jarvis’s SWAT’s will be so powerful the ripple effects will jumpstart the economy.

Good stuff from the oppo: If I wan’t a Husky fan, I’d pick MSU

More: State’s “home-court” advantage
O/T but interesting: Rumors of a bama implosion

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