Team preview: Mississippi State

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2006 Mississippi State Bulldogs, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: July 31, 2006, 2:31 PM ET
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(All information as of July 1, 2006)

COACH AND PROGRAM

In his life beyond the gridiron, Sylvester Croom has already completed the parenting bit. He and wife Jeri's only child, Jennifer, is married with a daughter of her own.

As head football coach at Mississippi State, however, Croom's paternal chores have barely begun. In his first two seasons in Starkville, Croom has constantly said no to his toddling Bulldogs -- no to the slack academics, no to any sense of entitlement based on seniority, no to excuses.