This is John Grisham‘s perspective of Dudy Noble Field, Polk-Dement Stadium and what it means to a Dawg Fan. It can’t be articulated any better than this. It is reprinted with his permission.
It is tempting, in this short space, to talk about people. I could write pages about the young men who’ve played at Dudy Noble. I could go on and on about those electric moments, such as Burke’s grand slam, back to back home runs by Clark and Palmeiro, Raffo’s monstrous shots, Showalter’s .459, B. J.’s 19 strikeouts, Thigpen’s throws to the plate, Pete’s dirty uniform, the easy grace of Jody Hurst chasing fly balls, and on and on. Read more
Ran across this article this morning over coffee. Recruiting them younger and younger is a way of life. It’s been happening since Lane Kiffin offered a 7th grader a scholarship when he was the head coach at USC (the west coast version, NOT the Gamecocks). My opinion? Really simple. If you offer them in the 7th grade, you ought to have to honor that offer when they graduate. Even if they turn out to not be such a great player.
Anyway, just something I saw this morning. Don’t you wish it was baseball season so I would not have so much time on my hands?
Source: Have high school sports become irrelevant to college recruiters?
Just saw where former Diamond Dawg Jarrod Parks is leaving the head coaching position at Starkville Academy to take an assistant position at Mississippi Delta Community College. While Starkville is losing a good coach, MS Delta is gaining a good one.
So Jarrod, as they say in the delta, “Go Head Mo Head!!” Best of luck in the new position.
Source: Parks leaves Starkville Academy for Mississippi Delta C.C.