STARKVILLE -- From the moment Dan Mullen took the Mississippi State coaching job in December 2008, he has spoken of the need to win the recruiting battle in the state of Mississippi every year. But even Mullen might not have pictured dominating the state like this.
MSU Class of 2015, Outlook
STARKVILLE -- It was a scene that captured the 2015 recruiting haul for the Mississippi State football team. Midway through the first half of MSU's basketball game against LSU on Saturday afternoon, during a normally quiet media timeout, fans at the Humphrey Coliseum began to stir, as a smattering of applause turned into an ovation.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Mississippi State's Craig Sword said he's feeling fine as long as his team keeps playing the way it did Tuesday. Sword scored 26 points to continue his successful comeback from preseason back surgery as the MSU men's basketball team relied on sizzling 3-point shooting to beat Tennessee 71-66 at Thompson-Boling Arena. "Anytime we get a win, I'm (feeling) 100 percent," Sword said.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fourth-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman had little trouble praising the left side of her infield a season ago. Stuedeman felt like third baseman Caroline Seitz and shortstop Kayla Winkfield combined to form "the best left side of the infield" in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray knew about his team's improvement long before anyone else. For weeks, even through consecutive losses to Southeastern Conference foes Georgia and Ole Miss, Ray said the Bulldogs were close to reversing their fortunes. After losing nine of 11 games at one point, Ray believed his Bulldogs started to find themselves early in SEC play, particularly in a 74-70 loss at Texas A&M.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson didn't know what the meeting was going to be about.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Leading by two points with 9:37 remaining in the first half at Missouri on Saturday, Mississippi's Anthony Perez launched a 3-point attempt that bounced high off the back rim only to be palmed by teammate Stefan Moody in midair.
STARKVILLE - There would be no close call this time.
The Ole Miss women's basketball team has no choice but to bounce back.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team needs Ketara Chapel.
A charge of domestic violence against former Mississippi State defensive back Justin Cox has been dropped.
STARKVILLE -- Forty-one points.
STARKVILLE -- Craig Sword was visibly upset.
OXFORD -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team did everything necessary to earn a road win at Ole Miss on Wednesday night. Well, almost everything. The Bulldogs opened each half with strong runs, had a double-digit lead in the second half, and shot 56 percent from the field, but even one of MSU's best statistical efforts of the season wasn't enough in a 79-73 loss.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows how to accentuate a point. Sitting in a chair behind a table on a podium in the media room at Humphrey Coliseum, the Mississippi State women's basketball coach will listen to a question and take a moment to consider it. Once Schaefer begins his answer, he will turn and look at the person who is the subject of the query and try to make eye contact to emphasize what he is saying. Schaefer had more than one of those instances Wednesday afternoon as he discussed his team's preparations for its game at 7 tonight against Vanderbilt (12-8, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) at the Hump. He also made sure senior center Martha Alwal understood what he was saying and how important it will be for her to back up his words.
STARKVILLE -- For a time of year that normally is hectic and riddled with rumors, the Mississippi State football team might be poised for something new on the recruiting trail this season: a quiet finish. With one week remaining before student-athletes can sign National Letters of Intents to play at the next level, MSU has 28 commitments in its Class of 2015.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dorian Finney-Smith slammed home a dunk with 17 seconds remaining as the Florida men's basketball team held off a second-half comeback by Alabama to earn a 52-50 victory on Tuesday night. Eli Carter scored 13 points and Chris Walker finished with 12 for Florida (11-9, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), which snapped a three-game SEC losing streak.
The Ole Miss men's basketball team is out to prove it is among the elite basketball teams in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State wants to show its recent surge is no fluke. A victory tonight in Oxford would help either team advance its cause.
MSU Football 2015 Commitment List
1. Patriots' Berry returns from injury with vengeance HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Skinner wins at Magnolia Motor Speedway LOCAL SPORTS
3. Littell talks about coaching journey, Budke COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU's James feeling stronger with each outing COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Tempo will be key for No. 1 MSU vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State COLLEGE SPORTS