Thursday, October 23, 2014

Play the Game Tonight: Dan Mullen, Hugh Freeze, North Carolina, and more.

Play the Game Tonight - Week 9 Thursday edition.

The only ranked team on the schedule for Thursday night is East Carolina, which hosts UConn at home at 7:00 PM EST (ESPN U). For those looking for a game that involved more traditional powerhouse schools, Miami plays Virginia Tech at 8:00 PM EST (ESPN).

Banhammer of the Gods?
Dan Wetzel calls on NCAA president Mark Emmert to throw the book at North Carolina after a report documented a cheating scandal involving athletes at the school that went on for 18 years. (Yahoo! Sports)

A New Hampshire Yankee in King Starkville's court.
Ivan Maizel profiles Mississippi State head coach and New Hampshire native Dan Mullen, and how  his more blunt coaching style has brought him success in the SEC, and the number one ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll. (ESPN)

Native Son.
On a related front, Edward Aschoff looks at roots of Mississippi-born Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze. (ESPN)

Bad omen for Mississippi St. of the week.
Bill Connelly points out that eight teams that had reached the number one spot in the AP poll went on to lose their first away game of the year. This is bad news for Mississippi St., as it goes on the road to face Kentucky this coming Saturday. (SB*Nation)

Long way to the top?
Doc Harper ponders whether Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is a candidate to succeed Mike Slive as SEC commissioner. (Arkansas Fight)

Heavy Nova. 
Rutgers starting quarterback Gary Nova believes that success in the Big Ten for the Scarlet Knights is  "within reach," as long as the team pays attention to detail. (The Omaha World-Herald)

The Incredible Mr. Lippett.
Kyle Austin profiles Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett. (

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