STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman believes in playing the game, not the opponent. Stuedeman feels teams too often spend unnecessary time and energy thinking about the other team rather than focusing on what it needs to do to be successful. In the Southeastern Conference, when ranked opponents usually are in the opposing dugout, that kind of thinking can make it difficult to get results.
"Are you going to be that kind of parent?" I don't recall who asked me the question. It was several years ago, well before my son, Austin, played his first baseball game or soccer match. But after years of umpiring at nearly every age division, I kind of knew the direction the questioner was going.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Collins' mother, Shannon, just couldn't contain her joy. And who could blame her?
These are exciting times for the Columbus United Soccer Club.
STARKVILLE --Dan Mullen summarized the 2014 Maroon-White spring football game in four words.
STARKVILLE -- In a game dominated by statistics and analysis, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen is turning to his artist on the mound.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has gotten to the point he doesn't have to yell out the coverage, blitzes or scheme to safety Justin Cox. All Collins has to do is remind Cox when he's allowed to play with reckless abandon.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State and adidas announced Thursday they have extended their partnership and unveiled new uniforms for the school's football and baseball programs.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior catcher Sam Lenahan talks passionately about her coach stressing the importance of believing. MSU coach Vann Stuedeman wants the Bulldogs to continue to battle and to believe as they finish the final stretch of a daunting Southeastern Conference schedule.
While things will be busy in Starkville with Super Bulldog Weekend, there will be plenty to do this weekend in Columbus.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has talked in the past few offseasons about beefing up its pass rush. And while the Bulldogs haven't been able to deliver the consistent pressure on the quarterback coach Dan Mullen wants, they hope a decision to add size and length to the defensive line will help produce results.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 17 Mississippi State baseball team is preparing for another weekend without sophomore right-hander Preston Brown.
Aaron Gordon likes the progress the Mississippi State women's soccer team has made in its spring season. The second-year MSU head coach will like his 2014 team even better when he has all 19 of the freshmen in his recruiting class on campus.
Even though he is preparing for his sixth season in the National Football League, Rashad Johnson still gets nervous. Johnson spoke with nervousness, but he also spoke with a purpose Monday night at the Pickens County High School football banquet.
Stan Hughey still loves basketball. The only difference next school year is Hughey will coach the sport at a different school.
WEST POINT -- It's hard to underestimate a connection. With all of the factors student-athletes have to consider when picking a college, the relationship they build with coaches often plays a big role in the final decision.
The past four years have prepared Taylor Baudoin for the next step in her basketball career.
Bri Edinburgh's patience paid off Tuesday. Last season, Edinburgh was a third option in the backcourt behind standouts Kiki Patterson and Daisha Williams. While Patterson, who later signed with Mississippi State, and Williams, who signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College, paced the Lady Falcons in scoring, Edinburgh watched, learned, and waited.
PEARL -- When Derrick Armstrong raced home with the game-winning run, a lot of anxiety was lifted from the Mississippi State baseball team. Armstrong scored on a walk-off wild pitch to help No. 17 MSU defeat Southern Mississippi 4-3 in 11 innings Tuesday night before a crowd of 3,379 at Trustmark Park.
1. Hill shows speed, strength in Maroon & White Game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. France offers strong relief outing as part of MSU's sweep COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Stacy staying in control for Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Berry leads West Point to playoff series victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Oregon's Sanders taken in NPF draft LOCAL SPORTS