March 29, 2012 5:30:09 PM
STARKVILLE - Here is the final new item to The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog.
Now that you've been introduced to the wake-up call, and the lunch hour, This dinner conversation post will give you what happened this afternoon in Mississippi State University sports news throughout the mid-morning and give you a taste as to what's in store tonight. We hope you'll enjoy.
Without further ado:
· Item No. 1 - Mississippi State men's basketball coaching news -
Mississippi State University Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin released a statement to the public in the intent of calming fans down over the perceived lack of movement in the men's basketball coaching search.
"Like Bulldog fans everywhere, I eagerly anticipate the hiring of Mississippi State's next men's basketball coach. However, from the beginning of this process, no deadline has been imposed on the search. It's important that we hire the right candidate to lead our program, a person of integrity who will instill discipline, character and accountability into the men's basketball program at Mississippi State. Thank you for your patience. Hail State!"
This statement followed a CBS Sports report where college basketball analyst Gary Parrish released a report that Vanderbilt assistant coach Dan Muller has emerged as a candidate to replace Rick Stansbury after he retired after 14 seasons as the head coach at MSU.
Bulldawgjunction.com reported earlier in the day that Murray State coach Steve Prohm is back in the picture even after agreeing to a contract extension with the Racers program.
· Item No. 2 - Mississippi State football news -
I'll be dodging raindrops at spring practice today and while I do, I'll be focused on the offensive lineman in the trenches tonight for my copy in Friday's edition of The Dispatch. I hope to talk to MSU redshirt sophomore Damien Robinson as he begins the process to take over Addison Lawrence's position at right tackle. Robinson was a four-star recruit from Olive Branch High School and spent his first two seasons working inside at guard but switch back to his old position of tackle during bowl preparation last December.
· Item No. 3 - Mississippi State softball news -
I sat down this afternoon with Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedemann to discuss the obvious connection to her weekend opponent, the University of Alabama, starting with a Friday night contest at 7 p.m.
Steudemann is having over 200 friends and family down for the weekend series after spending over a decade as the pitching coach to current Tide head coach Patrick Murphy.
MSU hitting coach Alan Reach is a former head coach at Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High School and his best player is currently the centerfielder for the Crimson Tide.
Four-time All-American Kelsi Dunne is now a volunteer assistant at Mississippi State and can earn graduate school credit for coaching against the University of Alabama.
"She had to do an internship and I saw an opportunity to have a four-time All-American and two-time All-SEC, three-time College World Series appearance pitcher here to get started," Steudemann said. "It is ironic she is getting course credit for this but everybody has to do an internship. This is her's."
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