April 3, 2012 1:25:57 PM
STARKVILLE - First of all - I apologize for the lack of updates yesterday and this morning but the wireless internet situation in The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog home office was technically out of service and we thank you for your patience while the technical difficulties were handled.
Without further ado:
Item No. 1 - Mississippi State men's basketball news -
Obviously Monday was an historic day for the Mississippi State men's basketball program. Here's the coverage I and my colleagues at The Dispatch provided in today's edition on the introductory press conference of Rick Ray as the 19th men's basketball coach in MSU history.
- My feature on who Rick Ray is and what he intends to bring to the MSU program: http://www.cdispatch.com/sports/article.asp?aid=16375
- My look into what Ray must starting doing immediately to put together a competitive roster at MSU before the March 11 signing period: http://www.cdispatch.com/sports/article.asp?aid=16382
- My boss and Dispatch sports editor Adam Minichino had a great column on how Ray can change the perceptions of this hire in the men's basketball program - WIN: http://www.cdispatch.com/sports/article.asp?aid=16381
- As a selfish plug, I'll be on the Baribeau and Scarbo show on 97.3 The Zone today at 3 p.m. to talk about MSU's hiring of Rick Ray as its next men's basketball head coach: http://www.973thezone.com/
Hope you enjoy these pieces in today's Dispatch.
Item No. 2 - Mississippi State baseball news -
Tuesday night's scheduled Mississippi State-Mississippi Valley State baseball game at Dudy Noble Field has been canceled due to weather concerns as well as travel and financial considerations.
It has been rescheduled as a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) May 8 at 4 p.m. that also replaces a Mar. 21 rainout against Alabama A&M on the MSU schedule.
Holders of MSU baseball season tickets are advised to retain today's original MSU-Mississippi Valley State game ticket for admission at the May 8 twinbill.
Mississippi State (18-11, 3-6 in Southeastern Conference) resumes SEC competition this weekend at Dudy Noble Field, testing 2011 College World Series participant and defending SEC tri-champion Vanderbilt (11-17, 3-6 SEC) in a three-game Easter weekend series. Weekend game times are set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Dudy Noble Field gates and ticket windows open two hours prior to each game.
Item No. 3 - Mississippi State football news -
Unless weather threatens this as well, I'll be out at MSU spring football practice today (starting at 4:30 p.m. and open to the public but stay tuned to my Twitter account - @matthewcstevens - if anything changes in that regard) and I'll be focused on the linebackers as every one of them returns except the two seniors at middle linebacker in Brandon Wilson and Clemson transfer Brandon Maye. I'll be looking to talk to senior outside linebacker Cam Lawrence, MSU linebackers coach Geoff Collins and defensive coordinator Chris Wilson as to how all the experience coming back for the Bulldogs in the middle three can help them install some more complicated blitz packages and provide more pressure to the quarterback in 2012.
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