STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson always calls Tuesday's practice "the first days out of the pajamas and into some work clothes". Welcome to the first day of shoulder pads at MSU spring football practice. "It's sort of what I expected out there today with the pads on and people moving at a different speeds out here," Wilson said. "You get to see who really wants to play when you're getting bodies on bodies."
New Hope sophomore pitcher D.J. Sanders was really proud that no opposing batters got hit Tuesday night. Actually, Columbus got no hits and did not get hit, either one. However, it was more of the latter than had Sanders happy in the postgame.
STARKVILLE -- The final scoreboard didn't seem to please Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen in the least.
STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney's three-year stint with the Mississippi State University men's basketball program is over. The school confirmed the junior center has signed with an agent and will forego his final season of eligibility in an attempt to play professional basketball.
STARKVILLE -- Monday was a day to cross potential candidates off the list for Mississippi State University's next men's basketball coach. Steve Prohm, who Murray State University officials confirmed in multiple reports was approached by the search firm on Mississippi State's behalf, signed a contract extension that will pay him $300,000 per year to stay with the Racers through May 2016.
OXFORD -- After five straight years of NCAA tournament appearances and Western Athletic Conference championships at Fresno State University, Adrian Wiggins is ready to move to the Southeastern Conference. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the University of Mississippi will officially introduce Wiggins as its next women's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen acknowledges he hasn't had a standout tailback in two of his four spring football practices at the school. Mullen admitted this week this is one of those seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Momentum is the next day's starting pitcher. The No. 3 University of Arkansas baseball team proved Saturday afternoon that theory fits as sophomore right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek guided his team to an 8-0 victory against Mississippi State in front of a crowd of 4,554 at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University opening night starting pitcher Ben Bracewell might have taken a giant step in his rehabilitation Saturday morning. The sophomore right-hander, who has been out since March 2 with soreness in his pitching elbow, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session off flat ground approximately three hours before MSU's 8-0 loss to the University of Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior outfielder Ka'ili Smith really likes her team's offensive abilities. Smith simply wants to see more production from her and her teammates. The Bulldogs pounded out 10 hits but timely hitting again eluded the squad in a 10-3 loss to No. 12 Tennessee at the MSU Softball Field.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with his team's progress Saturday in the second practice of 2012 spring drills. In the final day before putting on pads, the Rebels trained for close to two and a half hours. Freeze noted the improved play of the wide receivers, particularly juniors Terrell Grant and Ja-Mes Logan.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team continued its spring practice schedule Saturday with a two-hour workout in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in front of an estimated 1,200 coaches from around the region who are attending the 2012 Alabama Coaching Clinic.
STARKVILLE -- Relentless effort has been a motto for the Mississippi State University softball team this season. MSU coach Vann Stuedeman felt she didn't get that type of effort Friday night at the MSU Softball Field.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in nearly a month, C.T. Bradford sprinted out to center field at Dudy Noble Field. The sophomore outfielder returned from the disabled list Friday after suffering a separated shoulder March 7 in a 10-6 victory against Penn State University.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Fullerton was asleep at home in Tennessee when the phone rang. At first, he thought a joke was being played on him. But when the Mississippi State University freshman outfielder noticed coach John Cohen had called, he quickly realized he had received the call he thought would never come.
OXFORD -- Much has changed since Hugh Freeze was around the University of Mississippi's football team on a regular basis. Not all of it is good.
OXFORD -- New University of Mississippi Athletic Director Ross Bjork spoke with a steady and steely resolve, detailing every step on how he planned to lead the Rebels in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference. "I like to have fun, but I'm serious," Bjork said Thursday. "I take this very seriously."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen knows his team will have to dominate on the mound for his team to win Southeastern Conference games. The problem with that theory for now is the top-ranked pitching rotation in the league is traveling to Starkville for a three-game series.
Junior right-hander Kendall Graveman has flourished in the role of Sunday starter for the Mississippi State University baseball team. This past weekend, Graveman threw the Bulldogs' first complete game of the season in a 7-1 victory over then 10th-ranked LSU at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Graveman struck out no batters but got an amazing 19 ground ball outs, while allowing 10 hits.
STARKVILLE -- While the Mississippi State University football staff can't ignore the new star defensive players arriving for spring practices, they can treat them like walk-ons. Before they play in their first Division 1 football game months from now, defensive lineman Denico Autry and Quay Evans will be forced to work their way up the Bulldogs depth chart in spring workouts scheduled to restart this weekend.
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