Team preview: Mississippi State

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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.