Croom tops the best of the weekend
Sylvester Croom's debut at Mississippi State was the best thing about an exciting opening weekend in college football.
Croom is a great person and watching him get the Gatorade bath after the game, the rookie head coach not even aware it was coming, was terrific. So was the remark after the game by SEC Commissioner Mile Slive, who said he looks forward to the day when hiring an African-American head coach in the SEC is news only in the respect that some school just got a new coach. I look forward to that day, too.
As for last weekend, we also saw the effects of the limited practice and contact teams are now allowed. There isn't a team in the top 10 that doesn't have a long way to go. There is a lot of work to be done and every team in the top 10 has holes to fill.
The cliche is that teams make the biggest strides after Week 1, and it's true. Guys who look like All-Americans in spring practice and fall camp sometimes disappear when game time comes, and special teams are always behind because there is simply too much risk of injury to practice kickoffs, punts and returns at full speed over and over again.
Preparations for Week 2 will be all about correcting those flaws.
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