Sylvester Croom Resigns: What Does This Mean for the SEC West?

Christopher Williams@@6thCLagniappeCorrespondent INovember 29, 2008

According to ESPN, Mississippi State’s head coach Sylvester Croom resigned. You can read more about this by clicking on this link.

Sylvester Croom is a class act, but, unfortunately for him, that does not build programs and win football games.

In five years, Croom only had one winning season and that was in 2007, when the Bulldogs finished 8-4. His overall record as the head coach of MSU is 21-37, but if Croom was forced to resign, he can blame Ole Miss.

Ole Miss was never really a threat to MSU during the Croom Era. As for as recruiting, LSU was the biggest threat to both schools, but now Ole Miss has Houston Nutt and in his first year as the Rebels head coach the Rebels finished 8-4 and second in the West.

If you were a highly-ranked recruit from the state of Mississippi and you were deciding between Ole Miss or Mississippi State, what program do you think would be better for you?

Throw in the fact Nick Saban is able to recruit in the area Ole Miss and Mississippi State target, and you are looking at a Mississippi State program that had an average coach that would likely have a decline in talent over the next few years.

Depending on how Bobby Petrino’s recruiting class finishes, Arkansas will be a much better team in 2009. Then, throw Auburn in the mix and the next few years the SEC West will be very interesting to say the least.

Whom will MSU hire? Your guess is as good as mine at the moment, but it will be interesting to see what SEC program will hire Ed Orgeron as their defensive coordinator. Word is, Orgeron will likely be on the staff of either Tennessee or LSU.