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Four Mississippi State students arrested after alleged break-in at Alabama’s athletic facility

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It just means more.  Still.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, four current students at Mississippi State have been arrested on felony charges after allegedly breaking into Alabama’s Mal Moore Athletic Facility last week.  The students are alleged to have lifted unspecified sports memorabilia from the facility.

From the News‘ report on Moore-gate:

According to court documents, the four young men were caught on surveillance video breaking into the complex at 1102 Coliseum Drive at 2:17 a.m. the morning of April 4. A UAPD officer wrote in charging documents that items stolen included “various items of memorabilia from within.”

UA Police obtained warrants to charge each suspect Friday. Documents indicate each was arrested on a felony third-degree burglary charge Monday and released the same day on $7,500 bond.

Thus far, Alabama has not confirmed what memorabilia was lifted and whether said lifted memorabilia has been recovered and/or returned.

Mississippi State hasn’t beaten Alabama in football since 2007, Nick Saban‘s first season in Tuscaloosa.  Since that 17-12 loss in Starkville more than a decade ago, the Crimson Tide’s average margin of victory over the Bulldogs has been nearly 21 points per game — 20.9, if you’d like to get technical.

MSU, though, will always have the bungled (alleged) heist of its SEC West rivals, so they have that going for them.  Which is nice.

Mississippi State, Texas Tech reportedly schedule home-and-home

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Mississippi State and Texas Tech will play a home-and-home series in 2028 and ’29, according to a copy of the series contract obtained by FBSchedules.

Mississippi State will host the Red Raiders on Sept. 9, 2028, and Texas Tech will return the favor on Sept. 8, 2029. The games will be the first meetings between the Bulldogs and Red Raiders since 1970. Mississippi State won the most recent meeting, a 20-16 decision in Jackson, Miss., and holds a 4-2-1 advantage in the series. The programs first met in 1953 and then played six times in the 10 years between 1961-70.

Texas Tech does not have any other games lined up for 2028 or ’29, according to FBSchedules. The Red Raiders open this season with Ole Miss in Houston, and have future home-and-homes lined up with Arizona (2019-20), NC State (2022-27) and Oregon (2023-24).

The Texas Tech games are also the only ones on the docket to date for Mississippi State in 2028-29. The Bulldogs have home-and-homes with Kansas State (2018-19), NC State (2020-21), Arizona (2022-23) and Minnesota (2026-27).

 

Report: Les Koenning one of two coaches expected to be hired by Southern Miss

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Les Koenning wasn’t out of a job for very long.

In early January, it was reported that Koenning would not be returning to his post as the offensive coordinator at UAB. Two months later, the Hattiesburg American is reporting that Koenning is expected to be added to Jay Hopson‘s Southern Miss coaching staff.

In what capacity Koenning would serve is unclear.

Koenning had spent the past two seasons as the coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Blazers. In addition to his time in Birmingham, he’s also served as a coordinator at Alabama (2001-02), Texas A&M (2003-07) and Mississippi State (2009-13).

In addition to Koenning’s impending hiring, the American also reports that Hopson is expected to add Brock Hays to his 10-man on-field staff. Hays spent the past two seasons as running backs coach at FCS Nicholls State.

As is the case with Koenning, Hay’s responsibilities are unknown.

SEC rolls out four-day media day schedule

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The SEC may be packing up their media day extravaganza and moving from Alabama to Atlanta, but this year’s media day schedule shows the SEC will still carefully roll out plenty of storylines over the course of a four-day love fest for the conference.

The SEC is setting up shop at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, which feels like a great landing spot for the new media day fun for the SEC. The conference has established Atlanta as a destination point for the end of the regular season and the city just played host to the first College Football Playoff national championship game between two teams from the same conference, the SEC (Alabama and Georgia). So why not kickstart a new football season with the media in Atlanta too?

New Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher will be the headline act for the first of the four media days for the SEC. Fisher will make his SEC Media Days debut as head coach of the Aggies on Monday, July 16. Other coaches speaking that day will be LSU’s Ed Orgeron and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops. Day 2 will be an interesting one with Georgia’s Kirby Smart in the spotlight coming off the SEC championship last fall and new Florida head coach Dan Mullen addresses the media for the first time as the Gators coach, although the former Mississippi State head coach is no stranger to the SEC media day circuit by now. Day 2 will also be the first SEC Media Day introduction for new Arkansas head coach Chad Morris and second-year Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke (Luke took over as head coach in Oxford after SEC Media Days last summer following the removal of Hugh Freeze not long after media days).

But when is Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaking, you ask? Day 3 (Wed., July 18 for those keeping track). Saban headlines the third day of the media day event for the SEC. Two other coaches speaking that day will be new head coaches in the SEC with former Saban assistant Jeremy Pruitt representing Tennessee and Joe Moorhead of Mississippi State stepping to the SEC podium for the first time. Missouri’s Barry Odom is also scheduled on day three. Day 4 will feature Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason.

Player representatives for each school in addition to any other speakers will be announced at a later time.

Report: Ex-South Alabama coach Joey Jones heading to Mississippi State

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After stepping down from his position as head coach at South Alabama, Joey Jones will remain in the coaching game this fall. According to a report from Steve Robertson of 247 Sports, Jones will join the Mississippi State coaching staff and serve as the special teams coordinator for head coach Joe Moorhead.

Jones was the head coach of the upstart South Alabama program from 2008 through 2017. As head coach of the Jaguars, Jones was 52-50 and the program played in two bowl games. Among the highlights for Jones during his time at South Alabama, ironically, was a 21-20 upset victory over Mississippi State to open the 2016 season. South Alabama was a four-touchdown underdog against the Bulldogs and survived for an upset win after Mississippi State kicker missed an extra point attempt. Mississippi State held leads of 17-0 and 20-7 in the game before letting it slip away.

The hiring of Jones continues a trend for Moorhead in building his first coaching staff with the Bulldogs. Although Moorhead has his own experience as a head coach prior to his arrival at Mississippi State, Moorhead has been building his coaching staff with assistants with previous head coaching experience as well. Tight ends coach Mark Hudspeth and quarterback coach Andrew Breiner each bring head coaching experience to the program that, in theory, will make for a more competent coaching staff on the sidelines this fall and moving forward.

Jones will replace Scott Fountain, who left Mississippi State for Georgia amid the coaching carousel this offseason.