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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.

 

 

Nesbit helps MSU rally past UAB

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman preaches living in the moment, forgetting previous at-bats, and doing your best in the present. Sophomore shortstop Erin Nesbit backed the coach's approach Tuesday night.

 

 

MSU's win against UAB big deal for Mullins

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University's 4-3 victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Tuesday was a pretty big deal to assistant softball coach Beth Mullins.

 

 

EMCC men lose to South Plains in NJCAA tournament

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The No. 15 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team couldn't take advantage of a solid first-half defensive effort in a 71-63 loss to No. 1 and unbeaten South Plains College (Texas) on Tuesday in Game 1 of the 2012 NJCAA Division National Championship at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

 

 

Ole Miss football will open practice with Freeze on Friday

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team will open its first spring drills with coach Hugh Freeze this weekend, and fans are welcome to attend the first two practices. Four practices will be open to the public, including at 3:30 p.m. Friday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

 

 

Stratton finds strike zone early and often in Baton Rouge

Posted 3/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --- Chris Stratton was in the zone Friday night.

 

 

Kingery, Jackets rememebr fondly state championship run

Posted 3/20/2012 in High School Sports

For Starkville High soccer player Kase Kingery, winning a state championship was simply a matter of time.

 

 

New Hope's Sarah Hern transitions to defense to help lead team

Posted 3/17/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School soccer player Sarah Hern did her best this season to help motivate her teammates.

 

 

Starkville's Hardin shows leadership on, off field

Posted 3/17/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School sophomore Noa Hardin takes great delight when her teammates look to her for leadership and guidance on the soccer field.

 

 

EMCC men primed to pull upset at national tournament

Posted 3/17/2012 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White compares the situation his team is in to that of Lehigh University or Norfolk State University.

 

 

MSU hires search firm to help with hunt for new men's basketball coach

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has hired the private firm Parker Executive Search to assist in the process of filling its men's basketball coach opening. The Dispatch confirmed the transaction Thursday evening through sources inside school administration after MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said it was likely the school would seek outside assistance.

 

 

Creighton blocks way for Alabama

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one. After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds left, the junior guard blocked a 3-pointer by Trevor Releford to help the Creighton University men's basketball team end its 10-year NCAA tournament drought with a 58-57 victory against the University of Alabama on Friday.

 

 

EMCC men leave for NJCAA national tournament

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College cleared space in the trophy case for the school's first national championship in football in December. The Lions would like to add some basketball hardwood to that case.

 

 

Who's next for MSU?

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For nearly a decade and a half, every single person involved with Mississippi State University men's basketball has never had to wonder about the value of the head coaching position. The reason is simple -- Rick Stansbury has always been there. For 14 years, since taking over for his boss Richard Williams in 1998, Stansbury has always led the program and been the face of Bulldogs basketball. This fact alone has made such an exercise essentially meaningless.

 

 

WITH NO REGRETS -- Stansbury: Decision to bypass Clemson was right one

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Two years ago, Rick Stansbury presented what he perceived to be his commitment to Mississippi State University by staying in Starkville. Thursday, Stansbury sat in the very same building showing his love for the institution he's been associated with for 22 years by doing the exact opposite -- walking away at the right time. It was the moment he considered leaving Starkville for Clemson University as a poignantly parallel moment during his retirement announcement in an emotional news conference at the Bryan Athletic Building Thursday.

 

COLUMN: Stansbury goes out to applause

Posted 3/16/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- Applause greeted Rick Stansbury at 1:12 p.m. Thursday as he turned the corner into the lobby of the Bryan Building. The longtime Mississippi State men's basketball coach scanned the room and chided the supporters gathered for the announcement of his retirement for having long faces. "Cheer up. Smile. This is a happy day," Stansbury said.

 

Shaw adjusts to Crate Lake Model racing

Posted 3/16/2012 in Local Sports

Don't discount the power of the classifieds. Jeremy Shaw hadn't considered selling his Open Wheel Modified vehicle. But it didn't hurt to look at the online classifieds. After all, you never know what you're going to find. Besides, the number of Open Wheel Modified opportunities in the Columbus area were diminishing, so why not.

 

 

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