PHILADELPHIA -- Standout defensive tackle Fletcher Cox agreed Monday to a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that could earn him nine figures. The 2012 first-round draft pick from Mississippi State has been a starter since midway in his rookie season. One of the NFL's most versatile defensive linemen, he has 308 tackles and 22 sacks in his four pro seasons.
Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft selections (Rounds 11 through 40)
Mississippi State routinely sets attendance records in college baseball. They may have set an attendance record of another sort Saturday night - the quietest gathering of 13,452 people ever assembled to watch a college baseball game.
STARKVILLE -- All Blake Smith could do was stare into right field.
STARKVILLE -- As Jake Mangum stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, Dudy Noble Field came to life.
SCOOBA -- Jimmy Gilford quickly stepped away and immediately shouted encouragement at high school football players.
STARKVILLE -- After not having a player taken last year, the Mississippi State baseball team had a school-record 11 players selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
STARKVILLE -- Ryan Rigby stood in the bullpen and watched sparingly as Zac Houston loaded the bases Sunday. The Mississippi State sophomore right-hander didn't have time to fixate on Houston because he was locked into his warmup. But Rigby knew he was about to enter in a tough spot.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Gibbons wanted to have a big junior season. After being a big part of the Arizona baseball team in 2014, he struggled in 2015 as the Wildcats had another losing season. That didn't sit well with Gibbons, so he worked hard in the summer and fall to get back on track.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball junior right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson was expected to go in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Hudson probably didn't think it would come down to the wire, but he had to wait until pick No. 34, the last pick of the first round, before the St. Louis Cardinals selected him.
Heath Beard doesn't race a Camaro in Street Stocks races anymore, but he's the guy to call if anyone wants to know how to set up one for a race. "The other day someone called (Street Stocks racer) Lee Ray and said, 'Can you help me figure out this Camaro?' " Beard said. "Lee said, 'Nope, you need to call Heath Beard.' "
STARKVILLE -- Dakota Hudson has every right to throw a huge party to celebrate his future.
Casey Finch was a 22-year-old nursing student at Mississippi University for Women when she got a life-changing phone call.
Luther Riley, who led the Columbus High School boys basketball team to its first state championship this year, will not return to coach the Falcons.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Collins isn't passing the blame. The Mississippi State junior third baseman recognizes his defensive struggles. Collins, who is playing third base for the first time in his college career, has committed 17 errors and has a fielding percentage of .898.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference and ESPN announced Tuesday the game times and networks for the first three weekends of the college football schedule. Mississippi State will play host to South Alabama in its season opener at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 (SEC Network). MSU will welcome South Carolina to Davis Wade Stadium for its SEC opener at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise the game. MSU's game at LSU will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast the game.
STARKVILLE -- There was no dog pile after Ryan Rigby flipped the baseball to Nathaniel Lowe at first base to record the last out. The Mississippi State baseball team had reason to celebrate Sunday night after a 4-0 victory against Louisiana Tech helped it win the Starkville Regional and advance to the NCAA tournament's Super Regionals. Nobody would have blamed MSU if it showed emotion and basked in the moment. But that wasn't the case because MSU has higher aspirations.
STARKVILLE -- Erica Bougard is ready for another challenge. The Mississippi State track and field standout has prepared all season to compete on the national stage. As she counts down the time to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Bougard is confident her training has put her in great position to realize her goals.
Don't tell Carly Thibault she can't do something. Al Lewis attempted to influence Carly in high school by bringing her back slowly from injuries. Mike Thibault tried to do it years ago when he encouraged Carly and his son, Eric, not to follow in his footsteps and become a basketball coach. Carly's passion for basketball won out on both occasions.
STARKVILLE -- A two-hour, 10-minute rain delay Sunday couldn't stop Mississippi State's party. Playing host to a baseball regional for the second time in four seasons, No. 4 Mississippi State stamped its super regional invite with a 4-0 victory against Louisiana Tech that finished a few minutes shy of Monday morning.
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