STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State's baseball team, the questions about next season's team started before MSU's disappointing 2014 season ended.
STARKVILLE -- The transformation of Mississippi State's basketball program under new coach Ben Howland continues.
WEST POINT -- In the span of two hours Monday night, Mississippi State's football program landed one of the nation's hottest high school prospects and then lost him.
Scott Lashley, a four-star prospect from West Point High School, committed to the Bulldogs at approximately 6 p.m. Monday after making an unofficial visit to MSU.
He is believed to have made his only public comments about his decision moments later, when a message on his personal Twitter account said, "Thanks to all the schools who recruited me, but I am committing to play for the Mississippi State Bulldogs."
By 8 p.m., that message had been deleted. Those closest to Lashley said the 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle had backed off his commitment.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's baseball team had its share of disappointments on the field this season.
Off the field, one Bulldog added to an impressive legacy.
Senior Seth Heck, a junior college transfer from Tacoma (Washington) Community College, was named the Southeastern Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year for baseball for the second consecutive season. This season, Heck started 27 games at shortstop and 21 games at third base.
Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin suddenly has work to do to finish MSU's 2016 football schedule.
A slate that originally looked finalized when MSU announced a home-and-home deal with BYU in March now has a hole in Week 3, as Tulane informed MSU that it is canceling the Sept. 24, 2016, game in Starkville between the teams.
OXFORD -- Through two games in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State championship series, the New Hope and Oxford high school baseball teams traded thrilling wins, alternating walk-off victories.
First, the Chargers celebrated thanks to a game-winning, two-run home run by Ben Bianco for a 3-2 win in Game 1 Tuesday night. On Thursday night, the Trojans countered with a game-winner of their own, a solo home run by junior catcher Will Godfrey that gave new Hope a 1-0 win and pushed the series to a Game 3.
There wasn't a walk-off in the finale.
STARKVILLE -- Trevor Fitts never imagined his Mississippi State baseball career could end like this.
The senior closer was part of MSU's run to the College World Series and national championship series in 2013. He also enjoyed NCAA regional appearances as a freshman in 2012 and as a junior in 2014.
STARKVILLE -- One by one, Mississippi State track and field athletes gushed Tuesday about the opportunity to compete for a conference championship on their home turf during a news conference at MSU's Humphrey Coliseum.
Each athlete questioned about the advantages of MSU playing host to the Southeastern Conference Championships for the first time since 2002 talked about the advantage of being able to sleep at home, to avoid strenuous travel, and to compete in familiar surroundings.
Funny how greatness can sometimes come from just a small idea.
That's what happened with Mississippi State track and field standout Erica Bougard.
As a sophomore six years ago at Byhalia High School, a Class 1A program in north Mississippi, Bougard had shown promise on the basketball court for the Indians.
One day, though, she was inspired to try another sport.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith is a Washington Redskin.
Benardrick McKinney is a member of the Houston Texans.
Josh Robinson is settling in with the Indianapolis Colts.Malcolm Johnson recently signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns.
The coach who found them, Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, is looking forward to the next crop of undiscovered gems that can become standouts in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- The arrest of former Mississippi State cornerback Jamerson Love was expunged from his record Tuesday.
Love, a product of Aberdeen High School and a four-year performer for the Bulldogs, was arrested in early April and charged with simple domestic violence. At 6:02 p.m. April 9, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office received a call about a disturbance regarding a female in distress on Inverness Road in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's five-run collapse in the ninth inning of Saturday's series finale at Ole Miss did more than secure a season sweep for the Rebels.
The loss also put the Bulldogs on the brink of elimination for the postseason.
OXFORD -- As Ole Miss designated hitter Nic Perkins rounded first base moments after delivering the game-winning single in a stunning, come-from-behind 8-7 win against Mississippi State on Saturday, he turned and saw his teammates running in his direction.
As the celebratory victory pile took place just beyond first base at Swayze Field, members of MSU's baseball team slowly walked through and around the Rebels.
OXFORD -- Just throw strikes.
It's the mantra Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has repeated all season. Its importance reared its head in the ninth inning Saturday in Ole Miss' come-from-behind 8-7 victory against MSU in 10 innings.
After limiting Ole Miss to three walks and two runs through 8 2/3 innings, MSU walked three in the ninth and allowed Ole Miss to erase a 7-2 lead.
STARKVILLE -- Twice, Mississippi State outfielders played shallow when Ole Miss shortstop Errol Robinson came to the plate with runners in scoring position during the series opener between the arch-rivals Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- It took a simple adjustment for Zac Houston to become more comfortable on the mound for Mississippi State's baseball team.
Jamie Mitchell admits it was going to take a special opportunity to make him leave his post at Starkville High School's football coach.
STARKVILLE -- With six games remaining in the regular season, the goals have shifted for the Mississippi State baseball team.
At 24-24 (8-16 Southeastern Conference), MSU is No. 100 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), meaning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament is a long shot. MSU's players have embraced a potential spot in the SEC tournament as a way to cling to postseason hopes.
STARKVILLE -- Both Preston Smith and Benardrick McKinney waited patiently to hear their names called in the NFL Draft, a wait that lasted through the First Round on Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Following Mississippi State's 11-4 loss to No. 1 LSU Friday night, Bulldogs' coach John Cohen explained what he wanted to see from his players.
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