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Stricklin: Changes on Mullen's staff part of game

Posted 3/7/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After not having any coaching changes on its staff prior to last season, the Mississippi State University football team has returned to the wild world of coaching changes. Three new coaches have joined Dan Mullen's coaching staff in the offseason, and Geoff Collins was promoted to defensive coordinator since MSU's appearance in the 2013 Gator Bowl.



MSU can't come all way back vs. South Carolina

Posted 3/7/2013 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brenton Williams decided last week he wasn't ready to give up on the University of South Carolina' men's basketball season, shooting dozens of extra shots after the last several practices. The work paid off as Williams scored a career-high 38 points to lead South Carolina (14-16, 4-13 Southeastern Conference) to a 79-72 victory against Mississippi State University on Wednesday night.



MSU women fall to Alabama in SEC opener

Posted 3/7/2013 in College Sports

DULUTH, Ga. - A season of improvement ended on a disappointing note for the Bulldogs Wednesday night. A difficult night making shots and a difficult night possessing the basketball led to trouble, as Mississippi State dropped a 63-36 decision to Alabama in an opening-round game of the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament played at the Gwinnett Center. MSU fell to 13-17 with the setback.



MSU softball team wins ninth game in a row

Posted 3/7/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While hardcore Mississippi State University sports fans know the third-ranked baseball team is on a 16-game winning streak to start the season, they might not realize coach John Cohen's squad next-door neighbor is on a streak of its own. The MSU softball team extended its winning streak to nine Wednesday night with an 8-1 victory against the University of Memphis at the MSU Softball Field. MSU broke it open with a five-run third inning to win its final non-conference game before opening Southeastern Conference play this weekend against No. 12 LSU in Starkville.



MSU women ready for SEC tournament opener

Posted 3/6/2013 in College Sports

Three games ago, Martha Alwal showed what she is capable of when she applies herself.



New Hope boasts additional football signees

Posted 3/6/2013 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School football program extended its reach Tuesday throughout the state of Mississippi.



Johnson, Bulldogs face South Carolina in road tilt

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Roquez Johnson just couldn't wait to get back on the floor and proved it Saturday night.



Bulldogs move to 16-0 by pounding Delta Devils

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After completing its 16th straight win to start the 2013 season Tuesday night at Dudy Noble Field with a 14-2 win against Mississippi Valley State University, the debate still rages on about Mississippi State baseball.



New Hopes knocks off Columbus in prep baseball

Posted 3/5/2013 in High School Sports

When New Hope High School baseball fans see Taylor Stafford stride to the mound, they know it is a serious point in the ballgame.



Gentry plays key role in MSU's bullpen

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University pitching coach Butch Thompson's pet project for the past six months has been a little-known freshman right-hander. The development of Myles Gentry started the minute he arrived from Gulfport High School as more of a thrower than a pitcher. Thompson also had to deal with the fact Gentry's pitching mechanics needed some fine tuning. Thompson's work in progress is going just fine, as is MSU's start to the 2013 season.



Ole Miss, Kennedy will try to regroup

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

Andy Kennedy said he has likely seen more than a hundred University of Mississippi-Mississippi State University basketball games at Humphrey Coliseum. The latest one may have been the most painful.



Tournament opener not 'ho-hum' affair for MSU

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer hopes the Mississippi State University women's basketball team can back up his talk Monday afternoon. As part of the annual teleconference prior to the Southeastern Conference tournament, Schaefer said he has to be the "proudest coach in the country" based on the fact his players have kept "plugging away" while learning to deal with the ups and downs that come with being a young and inexperienced team. Those signs reared their head again Sunday, as MSU fell behind Auburn University by 16 points at halftime en route to a 74-65 victory.



Carroll mixes offense, defense for Starkville Academy

Posted 3/5/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Nora Kathryn Carroll admits she wasn't quite sure how sports fit into her future. While Carroll played key roles for the Starkville Academy girls soccer and girls basketball teams, she wanted to work on her skills, particularly on the basketball court, to make a bigger impact. Consider that goal accomplished and a bigger step left to take.



MSU baseball climbs to No. 3

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --The Mississippi State University baseball team climbed to No. 3 in the Baseball America rankings released Monday. MSU, which is riding a season-opening 15-game winning streak, will put that ranking on the line at 6:30 tonight when it plays host to Mississippi Valley State University at Dudy Noble Field.



Big Ten baseball coaches vote on fall games that count

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

The Big Ten Conference is measuring support for a proposal that would give baseball teams the option of playing non-conference games in the fall that would count toward determining the NCAA tournament field the following spring. Big Ten coaches voted to continue studying the possibility, and deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia said Monday the conference is in the process of explaining the concept to coaches across the country.



MSU women lose to Auburn, slip to No. 12 seed

Posted 3/4/2013 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team entered its game Sunday against Auburn University in control if its destiny and with postseason still on its mind. MSU's road to the postseason became infinitely more difficult following a 74-65 loss to Auburn before a Senior Day crowd of 2,738 at Auburn Arena in the Southeastern Conference regular-season finale for both teams.



Bulldogs pull shocker against Rebels

Posted 3/2/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University coach Rick Ray can hold his head up high around the community for awhile after what his team accomplished Saturday night.


Lady Volunteers finish perfect season with state championship

Posted 3/2/2013 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team closed the door Saturday in a most satisfying manner.


Heritage Academy's Sykes ready for next level

Posted 3/2/2013 in High School Sports

Matt Sykes believed.



MSU baseball remains undefeated

Posted 3/2/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Not too long ago Mississippi State coach John Cohen saw a breakout performance on the mound like Jacob Lindgren delivered Friday night.



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