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Stuedeman, MSU softball geared up for 2013

Posted 1/19/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University assistant softball coach Alan Reach summed up the cornerstone of the MSU softball program succinctly Friday.

 

 

Alabama celebrates third BCS title

Posted 1/19/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama on Saturday celebrated its third Bowl Championship Series National Championship in four years in front of thousands of crimson- and white-clad fans.

 

 

Ray hopes MSU will deliver better effort vs. Tennessee

Posted 1/18/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Rick Ray knows what he's going to see Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.

 

 

Kentucky uses defense to rout MSU

Posted 1/18/2013 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- DeNesha Stallworth's night started when she received a specially marked game ball recognizing her recently surpassing 1,000 career points. Stallworth capped it with a performance to remember, scoring a season high 25 points to help the No. 5 University of Kentucky women's basketball team defeat Mississippi State University 100-47 on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.

 

 

Mitchell builds defensive juggernaut at Kentucky

Posted 1/17/2013 in College Sports

Matthew Mitchell knew who to call when he wanted to talk abut defense. Mitchell spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky before becoming the head coach at Morehead State University in 2005. When Mitchell returned to the Southeastern Conference in 2007 to take over at Kentucky, he wanted to find a way to design an aggressive player-to-player pressure defense that was going to maximize the talents of his players. It was natural for him to reach out to Vic Schaefer, who was then associate head coach to Gary Blair at Texas A&M University.

 

 

Humbler at The Hump: Alabama rolls past MSU

Posted 1/17/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- More than two weeks ago, the Mississippi State University men's basketball team suffered an embarrassing loss to Alabama A&M University, or how one member of the Bulldogs' staff put it, "Alabama with some stuff behind it." It took days for the players and everybody associated with the program to get over the Dec. 30 home loss. Sixteen days later, MSU experienced that same emotional feeling.

 

 

MSU's poor play in practice led to rout

Posted 1/17/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray had the sinking feeling every coach experiences when his team doesn't practice well. Given that feeling, Ray could have predicted the Mississippi State University men's basketball team was going to come up short Wednesday night.

 

 

Alabama's Releford likely to miss game vs. MSU

Posted 1/16/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maybe the Mississippi State University men's basketball team's luck with injuries is starting to turn the other way. With MSU confident freshman guard Craig Sword will be able to play at 8 tonight (CSS) against the University of Alabama at Humphrey Coliseum, the Crimson Tide may not be as fortunate.

 

 

Ole Miss rallies to beat Vanderbilt in OT

Posted 1/16/2013 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marshall Henderson saw nobody in front of him with time running out, so he heaved the ball at the basket, beating the buzzer to force overtime. Just as the University of Mississippi guard planned.

 

 

Soccer tournament expected to be boon for city

Posted 1/15/2013 in College Sports

Tom Velek hoped last week he could return from a trip to Vicksburg with something to invigorate the city of Columbus. What happened at the Mississippi Soccer Association's annual meeting exceeded Velek's wildest dreams.

 

 

MSU's Sword earns SEC honor

Posted 1/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University guard Craig Sword wasn't aware Monday the Southeastern Conference had named him Freshman of the Week until he received a text message from team spokesperson Gregg Ellis.

 

 

Mullen open to having Carr come back

Posted 1/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen confirmed last week he had conversations with receiver Michael Carr about returning to the program.

 

 

Hangin' Tough: Bulldogs embrace Ray's style of play

Posted 1/15/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Asked if he's surprised his team has bought in to his defensive, grind-it-out, and responsible style, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray shook his head and laughed.

 

 

Mullen: Changes had to be made for 2013

Posted 1/12/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Change is something Dan Mullen thought had to happen. The Mississippi State University football coach looked at the way his team lost five of its last six games this season and felt it would have been passed by in the Southeastern Conference if it stayed on the course it was on.

 

 

MSU beats Georgia to go to 2-0 in SEC

Posted 1/12/2013 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- After watching Kentavious Caldwell-Pope light up his team's zone defense in the first half, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray made a defensive switch. Ray used a man-to-man defense with Jalen Steele, who was assigned the task of guarding Caldwell-Pope in the second half and was told to switch off on screens.

 

 

Ole Miss upsets No. 10 Missouri

Posted 1/12/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Murphy Holloway scored 22 points, Jarvis Summers added 12, and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team cruised to a 64-49 victory against No. 10 University of Missouri on Saturday night.

 

 

MSU women want to take one trip at a time

Posted 1/12/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Sharon Fanning-Otis emphasized the importance of doing the little things to make sure the Mississippi State University women's basketball team had success on as many possessions as possible.

 

 

Alabama men survive to beat Tennessee

Posted 1/12/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford lifted the University of Alabama men's basketball team with a big spurt early in the second half and Andrew Steele supplied another one late. Releford and Trevor Lacey each scored 15 points and Steele sparked a key late run to lift the Crimson Tide to a 68-65 victory against the University of Tennessee on Saturday.

 

 

Alabama's Lacy, Milliner, Fluker enter NFL draft

Posted 1/12/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner, and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft after helping lead the Crimson Tide to a second straight national title.

 

Spirited effort for MSU women falls short

Posted 1/11/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team experienced a different degree of disappointment Thursday night. One week after suffering its worst loss in a Southeastern Conference opener, MSU showed tangible signs it is making progress.

 

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