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