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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Mississippi: Football USA?

The states of Texas, Florida, California and Louisiana may care to object, but the youth football organization, USA Football has declared that Mississippi is the best football state in the nation.

I have no defense for this so I'll leave it to the organization to explain its finding.

"The study ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on five different criteria: percentage of professional football fans (Mississippi ranked 21st), percentage of college football fans (15th), percentage of varsity high school football players divided by the state’s male population 15-17 (3rd), percentage of signed NCAA Division-I recruits for 2006 divided by the number of 11-man varsity high school football players in that state (7th) and the percentage of NFL players in 2005 divided by the number of 11-man varsity high school players in the state (8th). The states ranking in the top 10 included (in order of finish) Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Alabama, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina, Kansas and Florida."


Anyhow, I'm sure this is good from drumming up some publicity for Football USA, but being the top state for football sure hasn't translated to the home grown college football fields.


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