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Miss. State DL Nick James arrested for fourth time as a Bulldog

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A familiar headline splashed across SEC-land on Sunday: Mississippi State defensive tackle Nick James was arrested early Sunday morning.

It’s his fourth arrest in the past three years.

James was arrested previously for driving without insurance in 2013, disorderly conduct and driving with a suspended license in 2014, and public intoxication in February of last year.

The latest arrest came at 1:36 Sunday morning for public intoxication, according to the Starkville Daily News.

The Bulldogs released a statement saying Dan Mullen “is aware of an incident involving Nick James that occurred last night, and he is currently getting more information on it.”

A senior, James saw action in all 13 games last season with 10 starts. He has posted 43 tackles, three TFLs and one forced fumble in 34 career appearances. James was penciled in to start along the Bulldogs’ defensive front this season.

Mississippi State will already be without five-star signee Jeffery Simmons for punching a woman in a parking lot fight before his arrival on campus.

QB Elijah Staley opts for JUCO ranks after leaving Miss. St.

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Less than a week after leaving Mississippi State, Elijah Staley has found a new college football home.

In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, Staley revealed that he has decided to transfer to Tyler Junior College in Texas and continue his collegiate playing career for the Apaches.  The quarterback will be a sophomore for the 2016 season.

Staley had been fourth in a four-man competition for the Bulldogs’ starting job, triggering hi decision to transfer from Starkville.

A three-star 2014 signee who redshirted as a true freshman, Staley played in two games last season. He went 3-of-5 passing for 51 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 18 yards rushing on three carries.

Staley also dabbled in basketball while at MSU, practicing with the men’s hoops team in 2014-15 but never actually seeing the floor in a game.  In January of this year, he announced he had decided to quit the hoops team in order to focus all of his attention on football.

Netflix renews “Last Chance U.”

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And now, the most interested you’ll ever be in a news item about a junior college football team.

Netflix has announced its future Emmy Award-winning (probably) documentary series “Last Chance U.” has been renewed for its second season. For the uninitiated, “Last Chance U.” follows junior college powerhouse East Mississippi Community College and the characters within through a season at the bottom of the college football totem pole.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Greg Whiteley who has genuinely captured both the struggles and triumphs these young men face in a world that often seems designed to hold them back,” said Netflix VP of original documentary programming Lisa Nishimura said in a statement. “Coach Buddy Stephens, Academic Advisor Brittany Wagner and the entire team at EMCC have bravely opened their doors for the filmmakers to capture their real world as it unfolds. We eagerly anticipate having a front row seat as they continue to fight for their dreams in the coming season.”

The Lions went 8-1 last season but were disqualified from their attempt at a third straight national championship following a benches clearing brawl with Mississippi Delta last October.

Season 1 veteran John Franklin III is now amidst a quarterback derby for the starting job at Auburn, and fellow EMCC quarterback and “Last Chance U.” star Wyatt Roberts is now on the roster at Mississippi State. The Lions claim nine former players now on rosters in the NFL.

Elijah Staley, one of four vying for Miss. St. starting QB job, to transfer

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And then there were three.

Mississippi State had entered summer camp with a four-man battle to replace Dak Prescott as starting quarterback.  Friday, one of the combatants, Elijah Staley, did some self-whittling of the group, announcing on his personal Twitter account that he has decided to transfer out of the Bulldogs football program.

The sophomore gave no official reason for his decision, although it’s likely he saw the writing on the quarterback room wall.

MSU head coach Dan Mullen subsequently confirmed Staley’s decision.

“We would like to thank Elijah for his contributions to our football team,” Mullen said in a statement. “During his time here, he has always been a hard worker and a great teammate. We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues another opportunity.”

A three-star 2014 signee who redshirted as a true freshman, Staley played in two games last season. He went 3-of-5 passing for 51 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 18 yards rushing on three carries.

Staley also dabbled in basketball while at MSU, practicing with the men’s hoops team in 2014-15 but never actually seeing the floor in a game.  In January of this year, he announced he had decided to quit the hoops team in order to focus all of his attention on football.

With Staley out of the way, the Bulldogs’ new starter will come from the trio of, in alphabetical order, sophomore Nick Fitzgerald, freshman Nick Tiano and junior Damian Williams.

Miss. St. to resume series with Tulane with future home-and-home

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Mississippi State’s long-running series with Tulane will be back on again a little own the road.

Both football programs announced in press releases that they have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Green Wave will travel to Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville Oct. 3, 2020, while the Bulldogs will visit Yulman Stadium in New Orleans on Oct. 7, 2023.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Tulane AD Troy Dannen to renew the longstanding football series between the Bulldogs and Green Wave,” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “New Orleans is a great destination for our Bulldog fans and a place we hope to get to more often in the future.”

In a series that dates back to 1901, the two schools have met a total of 58 times.  MSU holds a narrow 30-26-2 advantage in those games.

The Bulldogs, though, have won 13 of the last 17 meetings, the last of which came in 2007.