Mississippi State is looking for a new athletic director.
Ordinarily, I could care less about that, but there’s a quote from Jackie Sherrill in an article about the change in the Memphis Commercial Appeal as to why the MSU president felt the need to remove someone who’s been by all accounts a pretty successful AD that’s worth sharing:
Former Mississippi State football coach Jackie Sherrill, who took the Bulldogs to six bowls in 13 seasons from 1991-2003, said he thought Foglesong simply wanted his own guy as athletic director.
“It’s called territorial turf,” Sherrill said. “It’s like dogs marking trees. How many trees can you mark before you say it’s your territory?
“You have a new president who has changed a lot of people there. He wants his people using his philosophies, his ideas, and his vision. The bottom line is he wants to have somebody indebted to him…”
How many trees can you mark before you say it’s your territory? Sounds positively Dylanesque…