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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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lauren Sweet learned quickly after striking out in her first at-bat. The senior catcher hit a grand slam her next time up to help the No. 3 Michigan softball team beat No. 6 Alabama 5-0 on Thursday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in the Women's College World Series opener for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- Everything about Rhianwedd Price is calculated. Price, a sophomore distance runner for Mississippi State's track and field team, works out at the same time each day. She runs the same distance every time. She wears the same color socks for each race. She has a well-rehearsed plan of attack in each race, and knows when to be patient, when to attack, and when to make her move. So how did someone as collected and organized as Price make the most important decision of her life? Blindly, of course.
DESTIN, Fla. -- Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings immediately noticed four new faces when he first stepped into the Southeastern Conference meeting room this week. Stallings also noticed one familiar face was missing. With longtime Florida coach Billy Donovan leaving college for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month, Stallings is the new dean of SEC basketball coaches.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Clint Myers has swiftly fulfilled his promise to take the Auburn softball team to the Women's College World Series, while Alabama and Patrick Murphy are making a return trip. The rivals -- one a fast-rising program and other a more traditional power -- will make up a quarter of the eight-team field at the World Series, which will begin Thursday in Oklahoma City. No. 4 seed Auburn (54-9) and sixth-seeded Alabama (47-13) are on opposite sides of the bracket and wouldn't meet before the championship game.
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