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Sallach moves back to TE coach at MSU

Posted 3/19/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Scott Sallach is essentially returning to a spot and place he never left. When Dan Mullen and Tim Brewster talked last month about the importance of Scott Sallach to the Mississippi State University football staff, they had no idea how correct they were. MSU announced Monday afternoon that Sallach would return to the field to coach this spring.

 

 

Lesson in perseverance for MSU men

Posted 3/19/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The 2012-13 season was a numbers game for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program. Unfortunately, on most occasions, those numbers weren't very appealing.

 

 

Ole Miss' Henderson set for big stage

Posted 3/19/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Marshall Henderson road show has at least one more stop. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's polarizing and high-scoring guard averaged more than 23 points per game in the Rebels' run to a Southeastern Conference title. Along the way, he dumped 27 points on the University of Missouri, flummoxed Vanderbilt University's defense, and mocked the University of Florida's crowd by doing the school's gator chomp after making a big 3-pointer in the championship game.

 

 

LSU beats MSU to clinch another series

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- According to an old saying, shame on Mississippi State University baseball. LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz fooled MSU again for a home run after hitting two Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. Katz took a first-inning fastball from starting pitcher Evan Mitchell deep over the trailers in the left-field lounge to get No. 7 LSU started on the way to a 7-1 victory against No. 13 MSU on Saturday night.

 

 

Katz powers LSU past MSU in game one

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As he watched the bat tower over left-field lounge at Dudy Noble Field on Friday night, Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen realized he didn't make his message clear enough to his pitchers. Minutes after Cohen went to the mound to remind starting pitcher Jacob Lindgren not to let LSU cleanup hitter Mason Katz beat him with first base open, Lindgren left a changeup over the heart of the plate on a 3-1 count. Katz didn't miss the opportunity.

 

 

Ole Miss likely secures NCAA bid by beating Vanderbilt

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team can breathe much easier on the edge of coach Andy Kennedy's first NCAA tournament berth in his seventh season. Now it is setting its sights on a Southeastern Conference tournament championship first. Marshall Henderson scored 23 points as Mississippi beat Vanderbilt University 64-52 Saturday in the SEC tournament semifinals, putting the Rebels into the title game for the first time since 2001.

 

 

Millinghaus' heroics lead Ole Miss past Missouri

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's NCAA tournament hopes aren't dead, and a new Southeastern Conference rivalry is born. Derrick Millinghaus made a driving basket with 1.1 seconds left Friday as No. 3 seed Mississippi rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to beat No. 6 seed University of Missouri 64-62 in an emotional SEC tournament quarterfinal that featured NCAA tournament intensity.

 

 

Memphis beats Southern Miss. in 2OTs

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

TULSA, Okla. -- Donnie Tyndall got the University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team about as close as a team can get to clinching a trip to the NCAA tournament without doing it. Selection Sunday will still be a nail-biter in Hattiesburg after the Golden Eagles allowed Chris Crawford to score 20 of his 23 points in the final 13 minutes and No. 20 Memphis beat Southern Miss 91-79 in double overtime Saturday in the Conference USA tournament title game.

 

 

Florida rallies past Alabama in SEC semifinals

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 13 University of Florida men's basketball team finally showed it can win a close game. All it takes is for senior guard Kenny Boynton to answer his coach's challenge. Held scoreless for the first 25 minutes, Boynton had 11 straight points during a critical 15-0 run Saturday as No. 13 Florida erased a 10-point, second-half deficit to beat the University of Alabama 61-51 in a Southeastern Conference semifinal.

 

 

Alabama improves NCAA hopes with victory vs. Tennessee

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- University of Alabama guard Trevor Releford isn't taking anything for granted. Fourth-seeded Alabama boosted its NCAA tournament hopes Friday by beating No. 5 seed University of Tennessee 58-48 in a Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal, but Releford realizes that doesn't guarantee anything.

 

 

Alabama football begins practice

Posted 3/16/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team began spring practice Saturday afternoon with a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

 

 

LSU, MSU will kick off SEC slate tonight

Posted 3/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Welcome to the first true litmus test for the Mississippi State University baseball team. No. 13 MSU (18-2) will take on No. 7 LSU at 6:30 tonight in game one of its first Southeastern Conference series of the season. The series is one of two (No. 6 University of Mississippi will face No. 11 University of Arkansas) in the league matching top 25 programs.

 

 

Tennessee ends MSU's season

Posted 3/15/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee men's basketball team's players and coaches didn't have any pregame discussions about avoiding the fate that befell them at last year's Southeastern Conference tournament. There was no need.

 

 

MSU men beat South Carolina to extend season

Posted 3/14/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray didn't understand some of the compliments his team received this season even as it struggled through a 13-game losing streak. "You're not supposed to get a gold ribbon for playing hard," Ray said Wednesday night after his 13th-seeded Bulldogs defeated No. 12 seed University of South Carolina 70-59 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament. "This is what you're supposed to do. I'm always amazed when people talk about how hard we play. We're supposed to do that."

 

 

MSU likely will be without Rea vs. LSU

Posted 3/14/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University first baseman Wes Rea is still in a lot of pain. The pain in the sophomore's quad, an injury he suffered in the opening weekend that has kept him from starting a game since March 1, is so severe that it likely will keep him out of action this weekend when the No. 13 MSU (18-2) plays host to No. 7 LSU (16-1) in the first Southeastern Conference series of the season.

 

 

MSU players pack for long SEC tournament trip

Posted 3/13/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The motto for Gavin Ware is since this is likely the last trip for the Mississippi State University men's basketball team, let's make it last as long as possible.

 

 

Bulldogs put on hitting show in rout of Golden Eagles

Posted 3/13/2013 in College Sports

PEARL -- It may be not be long before Hunter Renfroe gets paid professionally to play in Trustmark Park.

 

 

Minichino Column: Bulldogs have questions to get answered

Posted 3/11/2013 in College Sports

Is a team better off not having any flashes of brilliance or staying in the same gear for an entire season?

 

 

Eager Schaefer wants more

Posted 3/11/2013 in College Sports

The bad taste has lingered in Vic Schaefer's mouth.

 

 

Cherry, Bougard go out as champions

Posted 3/11/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- D'Angelo Cherry is one of the rare people who ended his college career exactly the way he wanted to -- the best at what he does.

 

 

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