SEC football: Fogfail and the disco 'stache - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

SEC football: Fogfail and the disco 'stache

Posted: Updated:
The Mississippi State Bulldogs had a great trip. They'll see you next fall. (Source: YouTube) The Mississippi State Bulldogs had a great trip. They'll see you next fall. (Source: YouTube)
Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator or evening news anchor circa-1977? You decide. (Source: YouTube) Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator or evening news anchor circa-1977? You decide. (Source: YouTube)

(RNN) – If you have to blame the Auburn Tigers' 26-19 loss to Clemson on something, look no further than Brian VanGorder's mustache.

Sure, the first-year defensive coordinator had a solid outing. His defense bent but didn't break against a talented Clemson squad Saturday, allowing the young Auburn offense to keep up until the final minutes.

But while VanGorder showed the intensity that has helped him to find success in the NFL and NCAA, his mustache just sat there, hipper than Tony Manero on the weekend.

Sadly, the whiskers remain trapped in a time period of gigantic lapels, polyester suits and triple-option offenses. Auburn players can't help but be confused as VanGorder calls plays while his mustache screams "look out for the wishbone," or "you know who's a good running back? That Earl Campbell!"

It's enough to leave everyone in a glass case of emotion.

Defenders already had to worry about one of the better QBs in college, Clemson's Tajh Boyd. Being asked if they've heard the new Donna Summer record or "going to Studio 54 after" by a coach's facial hair only added to the anxiety.

‘Foggy Bottom Boys'

The Mississippi State Bulldogs opened their season Saturday with a 56-9 win against Jackson State. The toughest part of their day ended up being the run onto the football field.

Somebody set the dry ice machine settings to "industrial revolution-era coal factory," dropping the visibility to zero, and some of the Dawgs knocked each other over while charging out in front of the home crowd.

The school's athletic department had the scene on its YouTube page but removed the video. Unfortunately, the only other evidence on the site is a more mean-spirited version of the "Starkville Stumble."

While the moment might have been embarrassing, MSU fans should be hopeful. Nearly every "we start out bad but end up good" sports movie begins with something like that – The Longest Yard, The Replacements, Necessary Roughness, Bad News Bears, Major League, the list goes on and on.

If Mississippi State can find a rebellious hotshot with a checkered past, a Welsh field-goal kicker or an old-timer with one more good year in him, they should be in for a fantastic season.

Copyright 2012 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • Southeastern ConferenceMore>>

  • Alabama's Saban faces boyhood team, West Virginia

    Alabama's Saban faces boyhood team, West Virginia

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:49:16 GMT
    By JOHN RABY and JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writers Growing up in West Virginia, Nick Saban would peek through the rails at the old WVU Fieldhouse as Jerry West played basketball far below.
    By JOHN RABY and JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writers Growing up in West Virginia, Nick Saban would peek through the rails at the old WVU Fieldhouse as Jerry West played basketball far below.
  • Hot Reads: Preseason nominees for the 2014 Chinstrap Awards

    Hot Reads: Preseason nominees for the 2014 Chinstrap Awards

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-08-28 11:00:25 GMT
    Don't worry. We'll be a lot nicer to the players in the SEC than the Emmy voters were to Netflix. We kind of have to - it's highly unlikely an actor could power clean the equivalent of a human being.
    Don't worry. We'll be a lot nicer to the players in the SEC than the Emmy voters were to Netflix. We kind of have to - it's highly unlikely an actor could power clean the equivalent of a human being.
  • Heisman favorites are all chalk in 2014

    Heisman favorites are all chalk in 2014

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:18:10 GMT
    The Heisman Trophy has gone to a virtual unknown for the last few years - this list could prove that trend falls apart in 2014. 
    The Heisman Trophy has gone to a virtual unknown for the last few years - this list could prove that trend falls apart in 2014. 
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.