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Bjork introduced as Ole Miss' new AD

Posted 3/23/2012 in College Sports

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."

 

 

SEC's best pitching staffs on display in Starkville

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

PITCHING THE BULLDOGS FORWARD: Graveman embraces Sunday role for MSU

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Evans, Autry highlight early enrollees in spring football at MSU

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

MSU football wants to air it out

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is the time of the year when the talk turns to how the Mississippi State University football team is going to put the air in its offense.

 

 

Cooley packs punch for MSU softball

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Another weekend brings another highly regarded Southeastern Conference and national power to the MSU Softball Field. Junior left fielder Jessica Cooley wouldn't have it any other way for her Bulldogs.

 

 

WKU's Bjork named Ole Miss' new AD

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Ole Miss men want to take next step

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

EMCC men bounced from NJCAA tournament

Posted 3/22/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Former West Point standout Carr quits MSU football team

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Murray State AD not happy with MSU's tactics in coach search

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Nesbit helps MSU rally past UAB

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

MSU's win against UAB big deal for Mullins

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

EMCC men lose to South Plains in NJCAA tournament

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Ole Miss football will open practice with Freeze on Friday

Posted 3/21/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Stratton finds strike zone early and often in Baton Rouge

Posted 3/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --- Chris Stratton was in the zone Friday night.

 

 

EMCC men primed to pull upset at national tournament

Posted 3/17/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

MSU hires search firm to help with hunt for new men's basketball coach

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Creighton blocks way for Alabama

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

EMCC men leave for NJCAA national tournament

Posted 3/16/2012 in College Sports

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.

 

 

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