OXFORD -- Channing Ward spent 15 spring practices with the University of Mississippi football team learning the difference between being an athletic freak and playing defensive end at the Division I level. On Saturday after the 2013 Grove Bowl, the sophomore defensive lineman from Aberdeen feels like he has figured out pieces of what it will take to play every down in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- Context is normally needed for Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen to evaluate a spring scrimmage.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 21 Mississippi State University baseball team clinched its second consecutive Southeastern Conference series Saturday with a 9-3 victory against Texas A&M University at Blue Bell Park. Senior right-hander Kendall Graveman threw a third-straight complete game and received a conference-game best 15-hit attack to help MSU improve to 29-9 and 7-7 in the SEC. Texas A&M dropped to 21-15 and 6-8.
The consensus among area coaches is Ricky Kendrick had the Caledonia High School football program going in the right direction. Not only did Kendrick provide stability to a program that had shuffled through a host of coaches in recent years, but he also helped instill a new confidence and optimism in the program. Andy Crotwell hopes to continue Kendrick's work and to help the Confederates become even more competitive.
OXFORD -- Rick Insell has seen his son, Matt, develop relationships from California to New York. As a longtime high school and college basketball coach, Rick Insell also has watched Matt break down videotape as a teenager, win championships as a young adult coaching Amateur Athletic Union basketball, and help build the University of Kentucky into a national power.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman doesn't believe in defined pitching roles. That is one reason Alison Owen is her type of pitcher.
STARKVILLE -- When Vann Stuedeman signed on as softball coach at Mississippi State University, Friday night was the night she dreamed about.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi announced its spring football awards Saturday, highlighted by senior linebacker Mike Marry receiving the prestigious Chucky Mullins Courage Award.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns, while T.J. Yeldon rushed for 101 yards and two scores Saturday in the defending national champion University of Alabama football team's second scrimmage of the spring season at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
OXFORD -- Will Allen's two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning Saturday helped the No. 23 University of Mississippi baseball team beat the University of Alabama 5-2 and clinch its best-of-three Southeastern Conference weekend series in front of a Swayze Field-record crowd of 11,729.
OXFORD -- On the heels of an NCAA tournament appearance and Southeastern Conference tournament championship, University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy's contract has been extended to run through 2017, Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Friday.
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State University hosts the University of Mississippi in a Thanksgiving night football game this fall, MSU softball coach Vann Stuedeman plans to be in the stands of Davis Wade Stadium ringing a cowbell.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen blames himself for the lack of tempo he noticed on the film on the first spring scrimmage last weekend.
STARKVILLE -- After learning of his new role on the Mississippi State University pitching staff, the numerous members of friends and family of Luis Pollorena knew they'd have to arrive earlier this weekend to see him.
The football game that is considered a statewide celebration for all Mississippians will now have the platform of a national holiday this season. ESPN announced Wednesday morning that the 2013 rivalry game between Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi, commonly known as "The Egg Bowl," will be played on Thanksgiving evening for the first time in a decade.
STARKVILLE - Rarely has a flyout meant so much to a team.
PEARL -- Mississippi State University baseball fans had the situation they wanted. The Bulldogs' most consistent hitter was at the plate with the bases loaded in a tie game in the fifth inning. Adam Frazier rewarded the optimism of those fans with a two-run single to left field to give MSU its first and final lead Tuesday night.
WEST POINT -- By the time the final holes were played in the Old Waverly Collegiate Championships, the inaugural event already was a huge success. Mississippi State University then decided to give a little extra Tuesday to ensure victory.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Howard had no idea how much he would grow to love the cones and what they represented. Littered throughout the Starkville recreation field, the cones were defenders or obstacles Howard and his Select teammates had to work their way through with the ball to develop the deft touch needed to move with pace and vision.
STARKVILLE -- For the past two months, Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen has been telling anybody who will listen that Brandon Woodruff will pitch in critical games this season. In terms of Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and emotionally charged atmospheres, things don't get any more critical than No. 21 MSU's game at 6:30 tonight against the No. 23 University of Mississippi in the annual Governors Cup matchup at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
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