September 2, 2008

Croom looking ahead to home opener

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom is tired of dwelling on his season opening loss.

Instead, Croom and Co. are turning their attention and focus on their home opener this week against Southeastern Louisiana inside the friendly confines of Davis Wade Stadium.

"It's good to be back home again," Croom said. "We need to get home here and get back on the right track hopefully playing Southeastern Louisiana. They are a wide-open offensive team with a big quarterback."

Croom felt the blame for last week's loss fell on their shoulders and not anything Louisiana Tech was able to do.

"I don't think there was anything wrong with their mentality or approach to a non-SEC opponent as far as going into the game," Croom said. "We have tremendous respect for Louisiana Tech but we made mistakes. I never worry about the opponent really whether it's conference or non-conference. Really it's about us. It wasn't anything Louisiana Tech did in the game the other night that really denied us any opportunity to win that football game. They had nothing to do with those 10 penalties. They had nothing to do with us fumbling the football. Absolutely nothing."

Croom said after the game that his team lacked discipline and the only way he knew to rectify that was through old-fashioned grass drills.

"The only way I know to do it is if a guy lines up offsides or a guy fumbles the football or those type things, we do grass drills," Croom said. "Which we have done, but we'll do them even more and continue to do that to insist that every area coaches and players that absolutely nothing, even the minutest of things, that you cannot let anything go. Absolutely nothing."

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