Ross Bjork has developed a reputation as an up-and-comer in college athletics who specializes in fund raising and isn't afraid to make bold moves with his coaching staff. That's exactly what the University of Mississippi wanted.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball program is struggling to take its next big step. The Rebels' season ended in the National Invitation Tournament for the fifth time in six seasons last week after a 96-93 loss to Illinois State. Ole Miss finished with a 20-14 record and an 8-8 mark in the Southeastern Conference.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Jameel McKay and D.J. Bennett each had 16 points Wednesday to lead the No. 7 Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) men's basketball team to a 79-70 victory against No. 15 East Mississippi C.C. in the NJCAA Division I National Championship at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen had said for months wide receiver Michael Carr would be welcomed back to the team for the 2012 season with no reservations. But Mullen announced Tuesday that Carr has decided to leave the program, citing a lack of devotion to the game.
STARKVILLE -- Murray State University Athletics Director Allen Ward isn't thrilled with the process Mississippi State University and the Parker Executive Search firm are using to find the Bulldogs' next men's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman preaches living in the moment, forgetting previous at-bats, and doing your best in the present. Sophomore shortstop Erin Nesbit backed the coach's approach Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University's 4-3 victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Tuesday was a pretty big deal to assistant softball coach Beth Mullins.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The No. 15 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team couldn't take advantage of a solid first-half defensive effort in a 71-63 loss to No. 1 and unbeaten South Plains College (Texas) on Tuesday in Game 1 of the 2012 NJCAA Division National Championship at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team will open its first spring drills with coach Hugh Freeze this weekend, and fans are welcome to attend the first two practices. Four practices will be open to the public, including at 3:30 p.m. Friday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
STARKVILLE --- Chris Stratton was in the zone Friday night.
East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White compares the situation his team is in to that of Lehigh University or Norfolk State University.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has hired the private firm Parker Executive Search to assist in the process of filling its men's basketball coach opening. The Dispatch confirmed the transaction Thursday evening through sources inside school administration after MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said it was likely the school would seek outside assistance.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one. After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds left, the junior guard blocked a 3-pointer by Trevor Releford to help the Creighton University men's basketball team end its 10-year NCAA tournament drought with a 58-57 victory against the University of Alabama on Friday.
East Mississippi Community College cleared space in the trophy case for the school's first national championship in football in December. The Lions would like to add some basketball hardwood to that case.
STARKVILLE -- For nearly a decade and a half, every single person involved with Mississippi State University men's basketball has never had to wonder about the value of the head coaching position. The reason is simple -- Rick Stansbury has always been there. For 14 years, since taking over for his boss Richard Williams in 1998, Stansbury has always led the program and been the face of Bulldogs basketball. This fact alone has made such an exercise essentially meaningless.
STARKVILLE -- Two years ago, Rick Stansbury presented what he perceived to be his commitment to Mississippi State University by staying in Starkville. Thursday, Stansbury sat in the very same building showing his love for the institution he's been associated with for 22 years by doing the exact opposite -- walking away at the right time. It was the moment he considered leaving Starkville for Clemson University as a poignantly parallel moment during his retirement announcement in an emotional news conference at the Bryan Athletic Building Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury said he hasn't thought about his job security as Mississippi State University men's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Consider Sharon Fanning-Otis impressed. Mississippi State University's recently retired women's basketball coach was in attendance Tuesday to welcome Vic Schaefer to Starkville to be the seventh coach in the program's history.
STARKVILLE -- The plan for redshirt sophomore Ben Bracewell's return to the mound has changed again. Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen said the right-handed starting pitcher likely won't see action this weekend due to concerns about his recovery from elbow soreness nearly a month ago.
The Mississippi State University softball team found itself in a lengthy airport layover Wednesday afternoon trying to get from Columbus, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La. While no one likely will write a paper entitled "How I spent my spring break" about this odyssey, the Bulldogs were determined to make the most of their spare time.
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