As Sam Purcell prepares for his second season in Starkville, his trip to this season’s SEC Media Days was full of fascinating soundbites.
Is the Mississippi State women’s basketball team ready to take the next step during head coach Sam Purcell’s second season leading the Bulldogs?
Well, there’s only one way to find out for sure and that’s for Mississippi State basketball fans to be pretty patient. Of course, if you can’t be patient, let’s start examining what Purcell had to say during this year’s SEC Media Days.
As Purcell heads into his second season leading the Bulldogs in Starkville, it’s clear that Purcell has high hopes for where he and his coaching staff can help the Bulldogs get to this season. They’re still building a foundation for this Mississippi State women’s basketball program and it’s almost certainly going to be a little bit longer before the Bulldogs are competing for championships.
But still, the Bulldogs could conceivably take a step forward after going 22-11 last season and making it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
So, the Bulldogs aren’t where they want to be right now, but next season does offer an opportunity to move in that direction. And between what Purcell said about returning players, new transfers, and an interesting wrinkle for the Bulldogs’ offense, Mississippi State basketball fans will want to know what he said.
Mississippi State women’s basketball: Everything Sam Purcell said during SEC Media Days ahead of the 2023-2024 Miss. State basketball season
So, here’s just about everything that Purcell addressed during SEC Media Days prior to the start of the season:
- Sam Purcell learning from 1st year with Mississippi State basketball – No first year is ever going to be perfect, but it’s refreshing to see Purcell find ways to grow and improve after his first year with the Mississippi State women’s basketball team.
- Mississippi State basketball coach Sam Purcell reflects on NCAA Tournament run – Last season was a lot of fun for Purcell and the Bulldogs. Can this season be even better?
- Sam Purcell discusses players who transferred away from MSU – With the way the transfer portal has impacted college sports, it’s going to impact a lot of careers. And that includes several former MSU players.
- Sam Purcell discusses reloading Mississippi State basketball roster – Purcell and his coaching staff had to make some changes after players ended up pursuing opportunities elsewhere (and a number of graduations). So, Purcell hit the crootin’ trail and did well in the transfer portal.
- Sam Purcell elated about opportunity to coach Jessika Carter in 2023-2024 – Yeah, Purcell fielded quite a few questions about Jessika Carter. It’s a pretty big deal for the Bulldogs to get her back.
- Sam Purcell looking forward to Bulldogs’ potential on offense – The Bulldogs are changing things up a bit and all of that transfer recruiting they did? Well, that should help as MSU wants to score a lot of points.
Of course, this probably doesn’t cover every single thing Purcell discussed. If you’re looking to read everything he said verbatim, check out ASAP Sports’ transcript from SEC Media Days. There are a ton of great quotes and exciting soundbites there.
It definitely helps prepare the average Mississippi State basketball fan for what Purcell and his coaching staff are hoping to do this coming season.