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Ray must start building quickly at MSU

Posted 4/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Once he accepted the job as Mississippi State University men's basketball coach, Rick Ray said he returned to Clemson, S.C., with 867 emails and 347 text messages on his cell phone. The task for MSU's first new men's basketball coach in more than 14 years will be to return some of those messages.


Checking perceptions will be key for Ray

Posted 4/3/2012 in Local Columns

Even though Rick Stansbury hadn't been a head coach when he was hired to replace Richard Williams as head men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University, the perception was he was ready to take the next step.


Lee, Dale do their part with defense to fuel Falcons

Posted 4/3/2012 in High School Sports

Trace Lee and Christian Dale are going to do everything in their power to help get the Columbus High School baseball team back to the postseason. While both players make solid contributions in the field and at the plate, Lee and Dale likely will make their presence felt the most on the mound. Combined with left-hander Hunter Mullis, Columbus (11-6, 2-2 Class 6A, Region) has three starting pitchers who can stop a team's momentum.



Dreams, hard work helped Kelly reach NFL

Posted 4/3/2012 in Local Sports

ABERDEEN -- Former Mississippi State University and current NFL standout tight end Reggie Kelly shared the secrets of his success Monday with a packed audience at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.


Ray wants to win by 'doing things the right way'

Posted 4/3/2012 in College Sports

Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin is adamant he didn't hire a resumé as the school's new men's basketball coach. He hired a man.

MSU selects Clemson assistant as next coach

Posted 4/2/2012 in College Sports

For the first time in nearly 15 years, Mississippi State University has a new men's basketball coach: Rick Ray.


MSU can't clinch series vs. Auburn

Posted 4/2/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen wants his Bulldogs a little more "locked in." Lack of focus and attention to detail proved costly Sunday afternoon as MSU lost to No. 24 Auburn 8-2 in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series before a crowd of 3,458 at Plainsman Park.



No. 2 Alabama sweeps MSU softball

Posted 4/2/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman tried everything and still came up short Sunday afternoon against her former employer.



Former Bulldogs push for UK's Payne

Posted 3/31/2012 in College Sports

Two former Mississippi State University men's basketball players are the primary reason behind the momentum behind Kenny Payne's candidacy for the school's opening for a head coach.



MSU offense comes out ahead in first scrimmage

Posted 3/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A lot of spectators walked away impressed Saturday with the Mississippi State University football team's offense.



Auburn evens series with MSU with 10-6 win

Posted 3/31/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Mississippi State University baseball team last won a baseball series at Auburn University in 2004. MSU will have that opportunity against at 1 p.m. today when the teams meet in the rubber game of a weekend three-game Southeastern Conference series.



Graveman looking forward to start in series finale

Posted 3/31/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- With his team playing a critical Southeastern Conference baseball game against No. 24 Auburn, Mississippi State University starting pitcher Kendall Graveman has plenty of reason to be excited as he heads to the ballpark today.



MSU softball comes close again, falls to No. 2 Alabama

Posted 3/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The message from the Mississippi State University softball locker room is the team is close. Unfortunately in the Southeastern Conference and against the No. 2 team in the country, close isn't good enough.



Bulldogs drop heart-breaker in softball

Posted 3/31/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Just that quickly and the losing streak is 24 in a row. The Mississippi State University softball team, led by former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman, nearly pulled off one of the most significant upsets in program history. The Bulldogs softball program couldn't hold a 4-2 lead with just nine outs remaining. Instead, the second-ranked Crimson Tide scored the final three runs of the game to take a dramatic 5-4 victory. Alabama plated the game-winning run on a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk by MSU relief pitcher Misty Flesher.



MSU AD asks for patience in men's basketball coach search

Posted 3/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball coaching search process hit the two-week mark Thursday on a confusing note. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin released a statement Thursday that, according to sources connected to the search, was intended "to calm the troops" and instill confidence in a fanbase that wants to know why the process has dragged on so long.



Robinson finding home at right tackle

Posted 3/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Damien Robinson seems to have found a home at right tackle. After suffering through two seasons of being "in a phone booth" at offensive guard, the Mississippi State University sophomore offensive lineman has a chance this season to replace Addison Lawrence and to return to a tackle position he finds more comfortable.



Dunne's paths will coverge this weekend

Posted 3/30/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Every graduate school student has to complete an internship. Kelsi Dunne is taking a unique route to fulfilling her obligations.



Cooley fell in love with racing at early age

Posted 3/30/2012 in Local Sports

Promoters at the Columbus Speedway have refurbished the facility hoping to pump life into an aging masterpiece. Now, the drivers are ready to do their part in re-energizing "The Baddest Bullring in the South." After the season-opening James King Memorial two weeks ago, racing returns to the speedway Saturday for the first of several weekly races scheduled for 2012. Among the competitors in the late model racing series will be Fulton's Eric Cooley.



EMCC baseball forced to forfeit after brawl

Posted 3/30/2012 in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College baseball team received the atypical Saturday off Thursday afternoon. The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College ordered the Lions to forfeit Saturday's scheduled North Division doubleheader at Coahoma C.C.



Dupler wins fishing event in Iuka

Posted 3/30/2012 in Local Sports

Will Dupler knows how to fish in tournaments. Dupler, who lives in Columbus, has been fishing since his early years in Florida, and he knows the saying "nothing beats time on the water" holds true in the tournaments.



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