Mar 9, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs forward Roquez Johnson (25) shoots the ball during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Humphrey Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Ray’s Squad Starts 1-0 Despite Bracky Brett’s Best Efforts to Fail Them


The Bulldogs beat Prairie View A&M on Friday night, 71-56. State is now 1-0 giving Rick Ray his first ever winning record as a head coach.

Gavin Ware had a nice game with 15 points and 15 rebounds. I.J. Ready also poured in 14 points in his first college game.

I was just planning to recap the game, but since Fred Thomas had to miss the game because he played in a charity event over the summer (Andre Applewhite started), I figured I’d take some more shots at Bracky Brett – I haven’t done so in a few months.

In case you’re unfamiliar with my level of displeasure regarding our compliance department, you can read HERE or HERE.

Fred Thomas played in a game for charity. We all know the NCAA is dumb. There are rules that makes sense but then there are some that don’t make any sense at all. Like having to be suspended for playing in the game for charity. It’s at this point that we must ask ourselves – is this really something that we need to submit to the NCAA for punishment?

According to Bracky Brett: yes, yes it is.

Like the time soccer players were turned in for skipping class (with permission from their professor) to visit a hospital. Or the time a softball recruit met the head coach in person to tell her she was committing. Or the time a recruit accidentally sent the wrong coach a text message. Or the time a football and volleyball player had their picture taken in a local magazine and received no pay. We made sure to turn ourselves in for all of these things, and more.

Mr. Brett takes pride in being the on-campus NCAA cop. He walks the parking lots checking the player’s VIN numbers to make sure they are legit. Who does this? [In Barney Fife voice] “It’s the letter of the law, sonny, and you’re a rule-breaker!”

While every other SEC school is focused on defending themselves from NCAA violations, MSU is focused on making sure none are missed and prosecuted to the full extent of the rule. #HailBracky says Mark Keenum.

Fred Thomas’ suspension is just the latest for the Barney Fife-like character. He’s a detriment to MSU and there’s no doubt about it.

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