For Jay Hughes, the days are different now. And they are the same.
Taylor Baudoin's dream wasn't to be an OK player.
OXFORD -- Scoring 14 runs in the first two innings, the Ole Miss baseball team defeated Central Arkansas 18-4 on Tuesday at Swayze Field. The 18 runs were a season high for the Rebels (21-20), who kicked off a five-game homestand with a win against the Bears (19-15).
STARKVILLE -- Trevor Fitts and John Holland haven't given up on this Mississippi State baseball team. With the regular season winding to a close and MSU reeling from being swept by then-No. 8 Florida, Fitts and Holland were asked Saturday about MSU's postseason possibilities. "I know we are running out of games," Fitts said. "But I really feel like we're right there. I really like this team. I know we are not showing it at all times, but I think we've got a good team. If we put ourselves in such a hole that we will have to win the SEC tournament just to get a bid, then that's what we will have to do. I think we can do it."
STARKVILLE -- Jason Ludwig has joined Ben Howland's men's basketball staff at Mississippi State as director of operations. Ludwig spent the past two seasons in the same capacity at Arizona State. Ludwig and Howland know each other well, as Ludwig spent 10 years at UCLA in various roles, including the director of scouting and player development positions he held from 2009-13.
STARKVILLE -- After two years away from the game, new Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland found himself in an interesting spot last weekend. Donning maroon and white for the first time, Howland won his first game at MSU on a touchdown pass.
STARKVILLE -- After sitting out his first season with the Mississippi State's men's basketball program due to injury, forward Johnny Zuppardo's off-court struggles continued last weekend.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 12 Tennessee softball team hit five home runs in a 15-hit attack Sunday en route to a 16-8 victory against Mississippi State in six innings before a crowd of 1,089 at the MSU Softball Field. Megan Geer was 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBIs to help Tennessee (35-11, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) sweep the three-game weekend series.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitcher Austin Sexton missed his target by six inches. Florida first baseman Peter Alonso hit the mistake more than 400 feet. It was that kind of weekend for MSU's baseball team. Alonso, a junior who has battled injury for much of the season, hit two home runs and had four RBIs as part of a season-high four-hit day in No. 8 Florida's 10-5 victory Sunday at Dudy Noble Field.
Super Bulldog Weekend was memorable for the Mississippi State women's basketball team even though it didn't see any action. While MSU didn't take the court, coach Vic Schaefer and his coaches and players were busy playing host to recruits they hoped to add to another nationally ranked recruiting class. MSU received the news it wanted to hear Sunday, when 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan and Oklahoma State transfer Roshunda Johnson, a 5-7 guard, signed on to join Schaefer's program.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn't think it's fair to pass judgment on his quarterbacks based on the spring game. Jake Coker was easily the most productive of the Crimson Tide passers Saturday in his second bid to win the starting job after transferring from Florida State last summer. He led the White team featuring the first-team offense to a 27-14 win against the defense-led Crimson before 65,157 fans.
STARKVILLE -- There has been nothing super about the Mississippi State baseball team's weekend. For the fifth time in six weekends, MSU has lost a Southeastern Conference series. Thanks to a 6-3 loss to No. 8 Florida on Friday night and a 2-1 setback on Saturday afternoon, MSU (22-18, 6-11 SEC) is seeing its postseason hopes flicker. After losing for the 18th time in the team's last 31 games, some of the Bulldogs began to think about what they have to do to make the postseason.
STARKVILLE -- J.T. Gray never had a chance. Gray, a rising sophomore who was named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman Team in 2014, found himself between the goal line and a charging Dontavian Lee on Saturday at MSU spring game.
STARKVILLE -- Quarterback Dak Prescott was disappointed Saturday following the Mississippi State football team's spring game. His backup, freshman Nick Fitzgerald, was all smiles. The reason for Prescott's disappointment and Fitzgerald's happiness was simple. The stakes of the game stated that the losing team in the matchup between Prescott's Maroon squad and Fitzgerald's White unit would have to show up at Davis Wade Stadium early this morning and perform cleaning duty.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 12 Tennessee softball team rallied for a 5-3 victory against Mississippi State on Saturday before a crowd of 1,362 at the MSU Softball Field. The victory helped T
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal still can't grasp the enormity of her situation. Four years ago, Alwal was a shy, 6-foot-4 center then-Mississippi State women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis "found" and offered a scholarship to leave Worthington, Minnesota, to come to Starkville to play basketball in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- In a season full of comeback wins, the Mississippi State softball team was on the doorstep again Wednesday night. However, No. 22 South Alabama slammed the door shut to pull out a dramatic 3-2 win before a crowd of 862 and a national television audience at the MSU Softball Field.
1. Prescott will be guest coach at MSU spring game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Talley, Trojans building tennis program at New Hope HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU women say goodbyes, look ahead COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bulldogs working to keep Abram on the field this fall COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Columbus Christian's Webber heads to Mississippi College HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS