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Football coaching is hard work.
It drains heavily on the physical, particularly
on the nerves.  I believe that one should cease
this arduous service while still in good health.
Dan McGugin

2002 Overall Record:  3-9
Conference Record:  0-8
 
Returning Starters:  Offense 7, Defense 8, Kicker/Punter 2

Next game:  August 30 vs Oregon @ Starksville

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2003 Forecast:

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Ok, I am going to try to be nice.
 
Mississippi State returns 7 starters on offense and 8 on defense from a team that went 3-9 in 2002.  QB Kevin Fant (1918 psg yds) returns, but is being pushed by sophomore Kyle York for playing time.  Sophomore RB Nick Turner appears to be the front-runner for playing time there.  The Bulldogs struggled to run the ball last year, and that is a major area of concern.  There is depth at the O-line position.
 
On defense, the Bulldogs will switch to a 4-3 alignment.  Jason Clark, an All-SEC defensive end last year, has been moved to OLB. 
 
Of course, King Jackie (or is it Jackie the Clown?) has new coordinators on both sides of the ball.  As a matter of fact, 5 assistant coaches were sent packing after last year's debacle.  It will be interesting to see how fast the new schemes are picked up.
 
The Bulldogs will not challenge for the SEC crown, but will be competetive.  They have experience on both sides of the ball.
 
This club will be tested early by OOC foes Oregon, Tulane, and Houston.  These 3 games will serve to tune up the Bulldogs for their yearly loss to LSU (I know MSU has beaten LSU, I just don't remember when).  Trips to Auburn, Tennessee, and Arkansas promise to make this another tough year for Dawg fans.
 
The white helmets (yeah, the ugly ones) may be brought out early this year. 
 
Predictions:  5-7 overall.  2-6 SEC.
 
 

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Bulldog News:

CFN 2003 Mississippi St. Bulldogs Preview

8-21 Bulldogs conclude first week of preseason work

8-17 Sherrill hopes to reverse MSU's fortunes

8-10 Dogs open twice daily drills with mixed reviews

8-6 NCAA investigation of Mississippi St. likely to linger into season

8-6 Dogs don pads; Smith named to Groza watch list

7-25 MSU-Alabama game remains on Saturday

7-11 MSU awaits NCAA

7-10 MSU waiting for 'an answer soon' from NCAA

7-7 Bulldogs sign Ga. Tech pitcher

7-3 MSU track lands record on SEC Academic Honor Roll

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SEC Sports Smack note:  The Bulldogs made wholesale changes in the coaching staff this offseason.  Coach Sherill brought in quality position coaches.  That, in itself, makes Mississippi State a better club.
 
The Bulldogs have some talent, but are very thin. 
 
If the NCAA stays away (fat chance), and this coaching staff is permitted to coach without distraction, the Bulldogs will make great strides in 2003. 
 
Coach JS knows that this may be his last chance.  The Bulldogs must pick up a couple of SEC wins and show progress. 

Davis Wade Stadium @ Scott Field (55,082)
SEC Title:  1941
Overall Record:  462-479-39
Bowl Record:  6-6

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