Let’s be honest. Not every Southeastern Conference school has a football coach that fans and alumni can be proud to call their own.
Big money is being thrown around these days at coaches who arrive under less than admirable circumstances. Sometimes, it’s disgusting to observe.
Something good happened in the SEC recently, however, when Mississippi State presented Coach Sylvester Croom with a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2011 season.
Croom, who guided the surprising Bulldogs to an 8-5 record last year, will now receive $1.7 million in 2008, a 74-percent increase over what he took home in 2007.
Hats off to Mississippi State. Croom is not only reviving a lifeless program, he is, by all accounts, going about his business in a respectable way and seems committed to the task at hand. He’s not likely to slink off to another job in the darkness of night for a few more bucks.