STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference men's basketball will see several new faces roaming the sidelines later this year. Those faces are pretty recognizable at the national level. Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida all hired new head coaches this offseason, and all four received high praise from college basketball experts.
IRVINE, Calif. -- Former New Hope High School standout and Louisiana-Lafayette rising sophomore DJ Sanders is three games into her first international experience with the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team. Through three games at the World Cup of Softball X in Irvine, California, Sanders is 3-for-7 for the JWNT program, which is making its first appearance in the World Cup.
STARKVILLE -- Jazzmun "Jazz" Holmes isn't going to let her relative inexperience hold her back. Going up against speedsters like Morgan William and Roshunda Johnson every day in practice should be just the test Holmes needs to make a quick adjustment to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
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STARKVILLE -- Two positions of need for the Mississippi State football team took unexpected hits Tuesday. MSU's offensive line lost three of five starters from last season, and both starting safeties graduated, leaving questions at both spots. Those questions remain following the transfers of offensive lineman Kent Flowers and defensive back Jahmere Irvin-Sills.
STARKVILLE -- Zion Campbell usually is one of the tallest players on the basketball court. At 6-foot-3, Campbell has grown accustomed to having her way in the post, whether it has been at Riverdale Baptist School (Md.), St. John's College (Washington, D.C.) High School, or Hilton Head (S.C.) High. Part of "owning" the paint involves knowing how to throw your weight around and to bang bodies with opponents to get position for rebounds or to set yourself up close to the basket for an easy shot. It has taken only a few weeks for Campbell to realize she likely will have to try to new way to utilize her size to help her make an impact on the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's starting rotation will feature a different look next season.
"You must be passionate, you must dedicate yourself, and you must be relentless in the pursuit of your goals. If you do, you will be successful." -- a tweet by Mississippi State women's basketball transfer Roshunda Johnson on May 27 STARKVILLE -- Roshunda Johnson knows the power of social media. That knowledge was part of her motivation for the tweet that served as her unofficial welcome announcement to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- To peer inside the mind of Mississippi State's Brandon McBride is to study an honor student and a soft-spoken business major who is exceptionally talented on the track. It's a great place to start because the mind also is where races sometimes are won and lost.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Taylor has a tough task ahead of him. Taylor, a decathlete at Mississippi State, will compete today against the top athletes in the country at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. He also will compete against himself.
STARKVILLE -- There was a moment, several actually, during Mississippi State's rise to the top of the college football world last fall when MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin took a second to look around him and soak in everything that was happening.
Even after years of playing softball, Cara Hopper knew she was going to have to make an adjustment when she started her college career at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's reinvention of the Mississippi State men's basketball team continues. Since becoming MSU's coach March 21, Howland has signed two highly touted recruits. He also has watched two players leave the program. Late Tuesday night, MSU's attrition continued when freshman Oliver Black, who saw action in all 31 games this past season, decided to leave the program. Black's departure was confirmed by a MSU spokesman.
STARKVILLE -- During a week that will see 16 teams compete in eight super regionals for the right to advance to the College World Series, Mississippi State's 2015 baseball season was put to rest Tuesday, two weeks after a season-ending sweep at Tennessee. Early Tuesday afternoon, MSU coach John Cohen talked about the heartbreak involved with a 24-30 season. "We were very disappointed," said Cohen, whose team finished 11-30 after a 13-0 start. "If you look at all phases of the season in terms of our overall production and the health with our club, everything was pretty disappointing."
STARKVILLE -- With the start of college football season a little more than three months away, Mississippi State learned the time for its first game time Monday. MSU will open its season at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, against Southern Mississippi at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg. Fox Sports 1 will televise the game.
Teaira McCowan set a goal to earn All-America honors during her senior year at Brenham (Texas) High School. When McCowan wasn't invited to the McDonald's All-American Game, the 6-foot-7 center thought the chances of realizing her goal had ended. But a phone call Monday afternoon from Mississippi State women's basketball associate head coach Johnnie Harris changed McCowan's thinking and informed her she was one of 30 girls named to the Parade All-America team.
ELLISVILLE -- For the second-straight year, the Dudley Softball National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Player of the Year is a Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcat. Lauren Holifield, who recently completed her sophomore season, was named the national Player of the Year on Monday. "All I can say is that hard work pays off," the former New Hope High School standout said Monday afternoon. "I put a lot of hard work into my game in the offseason and this past season and it paid off.
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