The question was bound to be asked. And Sylvester Croom had to answer. That did not mean Croom felt any obligation to elaborate when asked if he was reflecting upon any historic implications of standing at the SEC preseason press conference podium as the league's first African-American head coach."/>

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Croom Ready to Turn Attention to Team, Season

Croom Ready to Turn Attention to Team, Season

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/coaches/football/croom2004mediaday/one.jpg" align="left"> The question was bound to be asked. And Sylvester Croom had to answer. That did not mean Croom felt any obligation to elaborate when asked if he was reflecting upon any historic implications of standing at the SEC preseason press conference podium as the league's first African-American head coach.

"Nope," he responded. Nearly ten seconds of silence later the assembled print reporters had the picture, and in living color. The new Mississippi State coach had come to talk about football, his team, the state of the program, not himself. Croom somewhat succeeded in this gameplan, at least to a larger extent than expected. Questioning still focused more on the person than the program, and when...

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