Dan Leibovitz wants people to associate Southeastern Conference men's basketball with success. Leibovitz decided to begin his work last week during the NBA draft. When Craig Pinkerton, the SEC Director of Communications for men's basketball, tweeted the league had more first-round picks (five) than any other conference, Leibovitz shared that fact. "I sent it directly to a couple members of national media just to kind of create a little bit of buzz," Leibovitz said Monday on the SEC's summer teleconference. "Their reaction was a little bit jaded, a little bit sarcastic. I'm wondering why that is."
STARKVILLE -- Freshman outfielder Jake Mangum is the second Mississippi State baseball player in three years to be named the Southeastern Conference's batting champion, recording a league-high .408 batting average this season. Mangum is the first Bulldog to take home the award since Brett Pirtle captured it in 2014 while posting a .363 batting average. Mangum's .408 average is seventh in school history, ousting Rafael Palmeiro's .406 batting average during his rookie campaign in 1983.
STARKVILLE -- Will Coggin didn't want to get ahead of himself. But when Coggin heard Nick Mingione was named the new head baseball coach at Kentucky, he thought Mingione's good fortune could help him. Mingione served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Mississippi State baseball team. As a volunteer assistant and coordinator of camps, Coggin thought coach John Cohen might promote him.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland is aware of what kind of team he is going to have this season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has never hosted a game show.
STARKVILLE -- It was just a typical Friday night in Starkville, but the stands and the berm at the Mississippi State Soccer Field were filled to near capacity.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball fans filed into Dudy Noble Field on a Wednesday afternoon to see their Bulldogs take on Memphis.
STARKVILLE -- Watching Adam Frazier in 2013, Mississippi State baseball fans knew he was destined for big things.
A lot of familiar faces could be found when Sporting News magazine released its preseason junior college football national rankings.
STARKVILLE -- As Scott Stricklin sits at his desk in the Bryan Building on an early summer morning, a mockup of the new court for Humphrey Coliseum sits in front of him.
For fans of college baseball, this year was mighty good inside this state.
STARKVILLE -- Even eight years removed, Greg Dombrowski vividly recalls learning from Gary Henderson.
MLB.com's Jim Callis reported Monday that Mississippi State baseball junior Gavin Collins has signed with the Cleveland Indians for $100,000.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen officially announced the hiring of Gary Henderson as the team's new pitching coach Saturday. A source said Thursday the two were close to coming to a deal. Cohen also promoted volunteer assistant and coordinator of camps Will Coggin to a full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
STARKVILLE -- Marta Freitas came oh so close to a second-straight year with a disappointing finish. After falling in the 1,500 meters last year at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Mississippi State track and field athlete was ready for redemption this season. The heavy favorite, she led early in the 2016 race. But as she neared the finish line, she lifted her arms in celebration a little too early.
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.
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.
1. Sykes' faith leads him to coach at Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Mangum wins SEC batting title COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Former Bulldog Freitas qualifies for Olympics LOCAL SPORTS