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Rebels' receivers improve in second practice

Posted 3/24/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with his team's progress Saturday in the second practice of 2012 spring drills. In the final day before putting on pads, the Rebels trained for close to two and a half hours. Freeze noted the improved play of the wide receivers, particularly juniors Terrell Grant and Ja-Mes Logan.



Alabama spends second day in pads

Posted 3/24/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team continued its spring practice schedule Saturday with a two-hour workout in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in front of an estimated 1,200 coaches from around the region who are attending the 2012 Alabama Coaching Clinic.



Good, bad about Alabama rigs

Posted 3/24/2012 in Local Columns

There is a hot new bait out on the market in bass fishing. The Alabama rig, an umbrella rig that has five wires with swivels attached, allows an angler to attach five baits to the rig and to fish on a single cast. Designed and sold by Andy Poss, he took the idea from the saltwater fishermen who use umbrella rigs to run teaser lures behind the boat while trolling to get the attention of saltwater fish such as marlin and tuna.



Tennessee softball blanks MSU

Posted 3/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Relentless effort has been a motto for the Mississippi State University softball team this season. MSU coach Vann Stuedeman felt she didn't get that type of effort Friday night at the MSU Softball Field.



Bradford returns to lineup for MSU

Posted 3/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the first time in nearly a month, C.T. Bradford sprinted out to center field at Dudy Noble Field. The sophomore outfielder returned from the disabled list Friday after suffering a separated shoulder March 7 in a 10-6 victory against Penn State University.



MSU's Fullerton making most of unexpected call

Posted 3/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tyler Fullerton was asleep at home in Tennessee when the phone rang. At first, he thought a joke was being played on him. But when the Mississippi State University freshman outfielder noticed coach John Cohen had called, he quickly realized he had received the call he thought would never come.



Freeze, Ole Miss begin spring practice

Posted 3/23/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Much has changed since Hugh Freeze was around the University of Mississippi's football team on a regular basis. Not all of it is good.



Bjork introduced as Ole Miss' new AD

Posted 3/23/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- New University of Mississippi Athletic Director Ross Bjork spoke with a steady and steely resolve, detailing every step on how he planned to lead the Rebels in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference. "I like to have fun, but I'm serious," Bjork said Thursday. "I take this very seriously."



Starkville High honors baseball coach with Carlisle Day

Posted 3/22/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High assistant baseball coach Ronald Campbell had an opportunity to return to his alma mater as a coach, he did not have to think twice about the invite. Campbell, a baseball standout at the school from 1982 through 1984, is in his sixth season as an assistant coach on head coach Danny Carlisle's staff.



SEC's best pitching staffs on display in Starkville

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen knows his team will have to dominate on the mound for his team to win Southeastern Conference games. The problem with that theory for now is the top-ranked pitching rotation in the league is traveling to Starkville for a three-game series.



PITCHING THE BULLDOGS FORWARD: Graveman embraces Sunday role for MSU

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

Junior right-hander Kendall Graveman has flourished in the role of Sunday starter for the Mississippi State University baseball team. This past weekend, Graveman threw the Bulldogs' first complete game of the season in a 7-1 victory over then 10th-ranked LSU at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Graveman struck out no batters but got an amazing 19 ground ball outs, while allowing 10 hits.



Evans, Autry highlight early enrollees in spring football at MSU

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While the Mississippi State University football staff can't ignore the new star defensive players arriving for spring practices, they can treat them like walk-ons. Before they play in their first Division 1 football game months from now, defensive lineman Denico Autry and Quay Evans will be forced to work their way up the Bulldogs depth chart in spring workouts scheduled to restart this weekend.



MSU football wants to air it out

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is the time of the year when the talk turns to how the Mississippi State University football team is going to put the air in its offense.



Cooley packs punch for MSU softball

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Another weekend brings another highly regarded Southeastern Conference and national power to the MSU Softball Field. Junior left fielder Jessica Cooley wouldn't have it any other way for her Bulldogs.



WKU's Bjork named Ole Miss' new AD

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

Ross Bjork has developed a reputation as an up-and-comer in college athletics who specializes in fund raising and isn't afraid to make bold moves with his coaching staff. That's exactly what the University of Mississippi wanted.



Ole Miss men want to take next step

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball program is struggling to take its next big step. The Rebels' season ended in the National Invitation Tournament for the fifth time in six seasons last week after a 96-93 loss to Illinois State. Ole Miss finished with a 20-14 record and an 8-8 mark in the Southeastern Conference.



EMCC men bounced from NJCAA tournament

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Jameel McKay and D.J. Bennett each had 16 points Wednesday to lead the No. 7 Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) men's basketball team to a 79-70 victory against No. 15 East Mississippi C.C. in the NJCAA Division I National Championship at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.



Former West Point standout Carr quits MSU football team

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen had said for months wide receiver Michael Carr would be welcomed back to the team for the 2012 season with no reservations. But Mullen announced Tuesday that Carr has decided to leave the program, citing a lack of devotion to the game.



Murray State AD not happy with MSU's tactics in coach search

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Murray State University Athletics Director Allen Ward isn't thrilled with the process Mississippi State University and the Parker Executive Search firm are using to find the Bulldogs' next men's basketball coach.



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