STARKVILLE -- Gary Henderson is close to becoming the new Mississippi State baseball pitching coach, a source said Thursday. The deal is expected to be finalized today. The source also said volunteer assistant Will Coggin will be promoted to a full-time assistant and gain the title of recruiting coordinator. Henderson, who stepped down after eight seasons as the Kentucky coach, will fill a void left by Wes Johnson. Johnson, who spent one season at MSU, was announced as Arkansas' new pitching coach Wednesday.
Gym rats come in all shapes and sizes. Usually the student-athletes you find toiling away long after their teammates have went home are a step slower or a few inches shorter than the standouts that grab all the headlines. Those stalwarts likely attracted their share of stars and are on the watch lists of most local colleges, and maybe even some of the national powerhouses.
STARKVILLE -- Curtis Thompson had an idea of what it would feel like to be a national champion.
While the initial season at Nusz Park proved action-packed for the Mississippi State softball team, one final piece of business remains on the docket.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball pitching coach Wes Johnson took the same position at Arkansas, coach Dave Van Horn announced Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- After a stellar season, the Mississippi State baseball team will send 22 players to compete in summer baseball leagues around the country, coach John Cohen announced Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Brent Rooker and Austin Sexton walked to the podium with heads down and somber looks on their faces. Rooker, wearing a maroon pullover, and Sexton, who was still wearing his gray uniform with maroon pinstripes, sat down to face the media. Bright lights flooded the eyes of the Mississippi State baseball players as they looked out at the room and prepared to talk about an unexpected end to a great season.
STARKVILLE -- Jarrod Parks didn't know how much Nick Mingione was paying attention as he ran around Dudy Noble Field. Every day, Parks, who played for the Mississippi State baseball team from 2009-11, would take batting practice and get plenty of ground balls at third base. He didn't know Mingione very well when he arrived at MSU because the volunteer assistant coach wasn't involved in his recruiting. That was left up to coach John Cohen and assistant Lane Burroughs. But when Mingione approached Parks with some thoughts, he was floored at how much he cared.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football recruiting specialist Rod Gibson was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
PHILADELPHIA -- Standout defensive tackle Fletcher Cox agreed Monday to a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that could earn him nine figures. The 2012 first-round draft pick from Mississippi State has been a starter since midway in his rookie season. One of the NFL's most versatile defensive linemen, he has 308 tackles and 22 sacks in his four pro seasons.
Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft selections (Rounds 11 through 40)
Mississippi State routinely sets attendance records in college baseball. They may have set an attendance record of another sort Saturday night - the quietest gathering of 13,452 people ever assembled to watch a college baseball game.
STARKVILLE -- All Blake Smith could do was stare into right field.
STARKVILLE -- As Jake Mangum stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday, Dudy Noble Field came to life.
SCOOBA -- Jimmy Gilford quickly stepped away and immediately shouted encouragement at high school football players.
STARKVILLE -- After not having a player taken last year, the Mississippi State baseball team had a school-record 11 players selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
STARKVILLE -- Ryan Rigby stood in the bullpen and watched sparingly as Zac Houston loaded the bases Sunday. The Mississippi State sophomore right-hander didn't have time to fixate on Houston because he was locked into his warmup. But Rigby knew he was about to enter in a tough spot.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Gibbons wanted to have a big junior season. After being a big part of the Arizona baseball team in 2014, he struggled in 2015 as the Wildcats had another losing season. That didn't sit well with Gibbons, so he worked hard in the summer and fall to get back on track.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball junior right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson was expected to go in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Hudson probably didn't think it would come down to the wire, but he had to wait until pick No. 34, the last pick of the first round, before the St. Louis Cardinals selected him.
Heath Beard doesn't race a Camaro in Street Stocks races anymore, but he's the guy to call if anyone wants to know how to set up one for a race. "The other day someone called (Street Stocks racer) Lee Ray and said, 'Can you help me figure out this Camaro?' " Beard said. "Lee said, 'Nope, you need to call Heath Beard.' "
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