DESTIN, Fla. -- The cowbell is safe in Davis Wade Stadium for another year. Today, Southeastern Conference school presidents voted in favor of extending the ammended artificial noisemaker policy by another year to allow Mississippi State fans to bring cowbells in to Davis Wade Stadium and ring them at designated times. MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin wouldn't divulge how the voting breakdown but said there was "overwhelming" support for MSU's longest sporting tradition.
---NCAA Regional at Atlanta No. 3 MSU (34-23, finished second in SEC West) v No. 2 Southern Miss (39-17, C-USA regular-season champion) Game time: 2 p.m. (CDT) Broadcast: CSS
DESTIN, Fla. -- Steve Spurrier has a plan to pay football players -- and it wouldn't cost schools or conferences a dime.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Senior Kelsi Dunne and freshman Jackie Traina combined to allow just one hit Thursday in the University of Alabama softball team's 1-0 victory against to down seventh-seeded California in the opening game of the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The New Hope High School softball program will have one final go-round today and Saturday.
ATLANTA -- One day after questions about the Southern Mississippi pitching staff were finalized, injures to a pair of key hitters gained a bit more clarity.
ATLANTA -- The Mississippi State baseball team earned a spot in the 2011 NCAA regionals by playing small ball.
STARKVILLE -- Dennis Thames' career as a Mississippi State football player is over. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety was dismissed from the team Thursday for a violation of team rules. Thames was arrested May 31 for possession of marijuana and alcohol in a motor vehicle, Winston County corrections warden Tim Palmer said Friday.
ATLANTA -- While Southern Miss' pitching staff questions were finalized Wednesday, its injury concerns with a pair of key hitters gained a bit more clarity Thursday. A day head of the Golden Eagles' NCAA regional game versus Mississippi State in Atlanta, Ferriss Trophy winner Tyler Koelling said he isn't 100 percent healed from an injured hamstring that saw him miss the Conference USA tournament.
ATLANTA -- Mississippi State's baseball team has made its money off playing small-ball this season. There's temptation, though, in Russ Chandler Stadium, the site of the Bulldogs NCAA regional game against rival Southern Miss at 2 p.m. (CDT) today. The right-center gap is 353 feet, about 21 feet shorter than the alley at Dudy Noble Field. For Mississippi State left-handed hitters Jaron Shepherd, CT Bradford and Ryan Collins, the invitation to aim for the fence in right-center will be there.
Shay Ashford is going home. The Columbus High School volleyball coach said Wednesday she has stepped down from that position to become assistant varsity and ninth-grade girls basketball at Tupelo High School.
Mississippi State moved a step closer to extending the Southeastern Conference's "cowbell compromise" after league coaches and athletic directors voted favorably Wednesday at the league's annual meetings in Destin, Fla. The amended artificial noisemaker policy went into effect last year, when the ban on cowbells in Davis Wade Stadium was still in place and MSU faced significant fines for failing to properly police usage.
STARKVILLE -- No changeup. No problem. Mississippi State junior pitcher Nick Routt hasn't had his go-to pitch, which Southeastern Conference coaches have rated as the league's best the past two seasons, for the entire season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has a new jewel it is eager to show off. On Wednesday, MSU took possession of the Mize Pavilion, the new practice facility for the school's basketball teams.
STARKVILLE -- Luis Pollorena has the hot hand. The sophomore left-hander, who has shined out of the bullpen and as a starter, will start Friday for the Mississippi State baseball team against Southern Mississippi in the first game of the NCAA tournament's Atlanta Regional.
Christian Dale is in a class by himself. The Columbus High School sophomore recently was named to The Clarion-Ledger Class 6A All-State team. The right-handed pitcher/infielder was named to the second team. He was the only underclassman named to the squad, which featured a first and a second team.
Lawrence Brown planned to be busy this summer. After watching many of his teammates from the past two New Hope High School football teams realize dreams to play college football, Brown decided he was going to do his best to attract attention so he could reach that goal, too. June has just started and Brown already has made impressive headway.
Columbus' Magnolia Motor Speedway returns to action Saturday with the Eighth Governor's Cup. Fresh off a barn-burner last weekend at the Southern All Stars Super Late Models, Magnolia Motor Speedway's latest event will feature the RockAuto.com Super Late Models in a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win showdown.
Haley Tutor never lost her love for softball. It's just that after two seasons of practice, travel, games -- repeat -- for each of the past five-plus years Tutor wanted a break. So instead of completing her senior year at New Hope High School on the softball diamond, Tutor opted to work and didn't play for the Lady Trojans' fast-pitch team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's coaches and players knew they were going to get into the NCAA tournament. But seeing their name Monday on ESPN during the tournamentﾕs selection show was more than confirmation they'd be heading to a regional for the first time since 2007. It was relief.
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