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Ward figuring out what it takes to contribute at Ole Miss

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

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.



Turnovers in MSU's scrimmage disappoint Mullen

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Context is normally needed for Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen to evaluate a spring scrimmage.



Graveman helps MSU clinch series at Texas A&M

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

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.



Crotwell approved as Caledonia High's new football coach

Posted 4/13/2013 in High School Sports

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.



Ole Miss introduces Insell as its new women's basketball coach

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

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.



MSU softball hold on to beat Ole Miss, clinch series

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

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.



Record crowd watches MSU softball team beat Ole Miss in opener

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Vann Stuedeman signed on as softball coach at Mississippi State University, Friday night was the night she dreamed about.



Ole Miss' Marry earns Mullins Courage Award

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi announced its spring football awards Saturday, highlighted by senior linebacker Mike Marry receiving the prestigious Chucky Mullins Courage Award.



McCarron, Yeldon shine in Alabama's scrimmage

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

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.



Allen, Ole Miss beat Alabama to clinch series

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

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.



Ole Miss, Kennedy agree to extension

Posted 4/13/2013 in College Sports

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.



Bulldogs, Rebels renew rivalry in critical weekend softball series

Posted 4/12/2013 in College Sports

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.



Bulldogs prepare for second scrimmage today at Davis Wade Stadium

Posted 4/12/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen blames himself for the lack of tempo he noticed on the film on the first spring scrimmage last weekend.



Bulldogs, Aggies begin life as SEC baseball rivals

Posted 4/12/2013 in College Sports

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.


Bulldogs, Rebels thankful for holiday exposure

Posted 4/11/2013 in College Sports

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.


IN THE CIRCLE OF TRUST: Confidence of teammates allows Owen to be at her best for MSU softball team

Posted 4/11/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Rarely has a flyout meant so much to a team.



Frazier's hit helps lift MSU past Ole Miss

Posted 4/10/2013 in College Sports

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.



MSU beats UAB in playoff in home golf match

Posted 4/10/2013 in College Sports

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 High's Howard honed touch at early age

Posted 4/10/2013 in High School Sports

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.



Woodruff ready to lead Bulldogs vs. Rebels

Posted 4/9/2013 in College Sports

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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