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AD 'optimistic' Croom will accept offer

Updated: December 1, 2003, 12:58 PM ET
Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Green Bay Packers assistant coach Sylvester Croom has an offer to become the next football coach at Mississippi State, athletic director Larry Templeton said Sunday.

If Croom takes the job, he'll become the first black head football coach in Southeastern Conference history.

"I think you all know me well enough to know how optimistic I get. I think this is it," Templeton said.

Croom visited the campus and met with Templeton for about five hours ...

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