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MSU/Starkville Sports blog: Mullen not fazed by rankings

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen isn't concerned with recruiting rankings. Nor does he care about anyone's perception of why his Mississippi State Bulldogs had six players de-commit and only land two Dandy Dozen players -- the least they've signed since 2006. To him, the 22 players in the 2010 class fit his mission of landing the top players in-state and filling needs.

 

 

Mississippi State signees

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

Dan Mullen's third recruiting class at Mississippi State includes 22 signees (as of 11:25 a.m.). Fifteen players are from the state of Mississippi, and two are junior college transfers. Rivals.com currently rankes MSU's class 42nd in the country, while Scout.com has the Bulldogs at No. 40.

 

 

Area college football signees list

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

This list will be updated throughout the day.

 

 

Sidney, MSU front court face tough task against 'Bama bigs

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney once claimed to be "unstoppable" in the post. "No one in the nation or the world," Sidney proclaimed in December, could match him on the block. Except maybe University of Alabama forward JaMychal Green. Sidney was held to two points and five turnovers in a loss to the Crimson Tide on Jan. 8, the worst performance of his eight-game college career.

 

 

MSU/Starkville sports blog: MSU looks to close strong on signing day

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's football recruiting class has taken some hits in recent weeks, and national signing day could provide more surprises. MSU has had six de-commitments this recruiting season, including All-Americans C.J. Johnson and Nick Brassell.

 

 

MSU wants to finish recruiting season strong

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's 2011 recruiting class has taken hits in recent weeks, and National Signing Day could provide more surprises. MSU has had six de-commitments this recruiting season, including All-Americans C.J. Johnson and Nick Brassell.

 

 

Warren's trey helps Ole Miss upset No. 10 Kentucky

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Chris Warren's college career isn't over, so he didn't want to rank his best moments just yet. But with a wide grin, the University of Mississippi point guard admitted the high-arcing, 3-pointer that beat No. 10 Kentucky on Tuesday night will rank close to the top no matter what happens the rest of the season.

 

 

West Point basketball sweeps New Hope

Posted 2/2/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- A lot can change in a week. After consecutive victories last week against West Point and Oxford, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer thought his team was primed to complete a trifecta that would have helped it wrap up the top seed for the district tournament. Coach Brad Cox and the West Point High Green Wave had other plans.

 

 

Alabama, Auburn in line for top classes

Posted 2/2/2011 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The University of Alabama has apparently become a destination state for blue chip recruits. Alabama and Auburn University, which have divvied up the past two national titles and Heisman Trophies, both are expected to land highly-ranked recruiting classes today on National Signing Day, when prospects start signing national letters of intent.

 

 

Changed MSU set to face Alabama again

Posted 2/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- So much has changed for the Mississippi State men's basketball team since it lost its league opener to the University of Alabama.

 

 

Ole Miss will look for signature win vs. No. 10 Kentucky

Posted 2/1/2011 in College Sports

Andy Kennedy is in an unenviable position. His University of Mississippi men's basketball team lost five of its past six games following a 12-3 start. The Rebels lost to the University of Florida and Mississippi State by five before losing their next three by an average of 16 points.

 

 

Noxubee County's Mallard sets tone with all-around game

Posted 2/1/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Leaders do what their teams need. Daquarius Mallard knew entering his senior basketball season at Noxubee County High School that he would play a key role in making the 2010-11 campaign one to remember.

 

 

MSU's losing streak reaches nine

Posted 1/31/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One step forward, one step back. As much as Porsha Porter has raised her level to meet the challenges of Southeastern Conference basketball, the junior guard admits she still has work to do. The same can be said the Mississippi State women's basketball team.

 

 

Stokes honored for winning NeSmith West title

Posted 1/31/2011 in Local Sports

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Columbus' Johnny Stokes was one of many honored Saturday at the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Annual Awards Banquet.

 

 

Eriksen replaces Miller as coach of U.S. Softball Women's National Team

Posted 1/31/2011 in Local Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Friday the selection of Ken Eriksen and Karen Johns as the head coaches of the Women's National Team and Junior Women's National Team, respectively. Johns was an assistant coach at Mississippi State last season. Eriksen replaces MSU coach Jay Miller, who was named head coach of the USA Softball Women's National Team in February 2009.

 

 

Duffy remains determined to make progress

Posted 1/29/2011 in College Sports

Each day, Ryan Duffy wakes up ready to conquer the world. It's the same attitude that provided the foundation for a standout college baseball career at Mississippi State.

 

 

'Do It for Duffy' will feature 5-K, silent auction

Posted 1/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Efforts to help former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy in his recovery from neck surgery will take a major step forward this year. A group of MSU fans and friends of Duffy will host a "Do it for Duffy" 5-Kilometer Walk/Run and silent auction Feb. 12 in conjunction with MSU's annual First Pitch Banquet.

 

 

Ridgeland outlasts New Hope

Posted 1/29/2011 in High School Sports

Possession soccer works best when you can provide the exclamation point. The Ridgeland High School girls soccer team's ability to turn its pressure into goals is one reason why the program has won five state titles in the past six years.

 

 

Madison Central eliminates Starkville

Posted 1/29/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys soccer team's first trip to the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs stalled at home Saturday against a tenacious Madison Central team. The Jaguars (19-2-3) outhustled the Yellow Jackets (16-2-1) to a goal in each half and weathered Starkville's attempts to creep back into the game to earn a 2-0 victory.

 

 

New Albany defeats Caledonia

Posted 1/29/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- For much of Caledonia High School boys soccer team's playoff match against New Albany on Saturday, the offsides trap worked to perfection. New Albany failed to finish the handful of times it beat the trap.

 

 

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