STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen believes in giving young coaches a shot. The Mississippi State football coach remembers how mentor Urban Meyer helped make him a better coach while working together at the University of Utah and the University of Florida. He credits former Syracuse football coach Paul Pasqualoni for giving him his first chance to coach as a graduate assistant at the Division I level and helping mold his coaching methodology. That's why he had no qualms or reservations about promoting Angelo Mirando to be MSU's new wide receivers coach.
STARKVILLE -- Geoff Collins just fit the mold of a Mississippi State coach. That's what MSU football coach Dan Mullen thought when he made his final coaching hire Wednesday, naming Collins as linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator, the school announced Wednesday.
Mary Kathryn Govero doesn't have all of the answers. But the senior guard has played in enough games to know what is ailing the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-- The University of Alabama men's basketball team won its Southeastern Conference home opener Wednesday night with a 57-47 victory against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
STARKVILLE -- Heading into Oxford for a pivotal in-state matchup against Ole Miss, Mississippi State players know their mid-season rebuilding plan will get much tougher if they lose tomorrow night. MSU (8-7, 0-1) can ill-afford falling into a 0-2 hole to start league play, especially with games against No. 24 Georgia, Vanderbilt and Florida to close the January slate.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has filled its final coaching vacancy with the hire of Geoff Collins as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Collins takes over a role served by former defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Manny Diaz, who left last week to coach become defensive coordinator at Texas.
Auburn fans in the Mobile area who wanted to chow down on duck meat while watching the Tigers defeat the Oregon Ducks for the national championship may have been out of luck. At least two stores sold out of duck meat Monday as fans were getting ready for the big game.
The Mississippi State and University of Mississippi men's basketball teams lost their Southeastern Conference openers Saturday, but only one team left its game feeling better about how it played. Ole Miss (12-4, 0-1 SEC) lost at the University of Florida 77-71, but outrebounded the league's top team in that category and received 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots from foul-plagued Reginald Buckner.
The University of Alabama men's basketball team won its matchup in the post against Mississippi State on Saturday, but it will face a tougher test at 8 p.m. Wednesday (CSS) when it takes on Southeastern Conference Player of the Week Sam Muldrow and the University of South Carolina at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
STARKVILLE -- While Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney gained most of the headlines before and after Mississippi State's loss to Alabama, leading scorer Ravern Johnson's ongoing shooting slump flew under the radar.
STARKVILLE -- Lessons usually come easier when student-athletes have complete focus. But attention to detail typically isn't a strength of teams packed with inexperienced pieces trying to find their chemistry. The Mississippi State women's basketball team learned that lesson again Sunday afternoon.
The time for sitting is over. It's time for "speed on speed." Darriel Gaynor admits she isn't there yet, but the Mississippi State sophomore is going to do everything in her power to get back to that point this season and for the rest of her career as a Lady Bulldog.
Mississippi State's men's basketball team's "new season" began much like its dismal non-conference road swing ended: with a uninspiring loss.
STARKVILLE -- The hype surrounding Mississippi State sophomore forward Renardo Sidney has yet to be witnessed at Humphrey Coliseum. The show-stopping athleticism and inside-out game can be found on Youtube.com and recruiting websites, but Sidney hasn't flashed a single highlight in Starkville. Sidney has spent most of his career on the bench awaiting the conclusion of his year-long fight with the NCAA to gain eligibility.
STARKVILLE -- I caught up with former Mississippi State infielder and Boo Ferriss Trophy winner Thomas Berkery at the site for his new baseball/softball training facility on Industrial Road. Berkery spent three seasons playing minor league ball after a standout career as an infielder at MSU. Some players don't want to get away from the game after hanging up their spikes. Berkery is one of them.
When Dan Mullen talks about building Mississippi State's football program, one word always comes up: family.
Dee Bost's anxious wait to return to the court ends Saturday.
Mississippi State could not overcome slow start, as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 65-44 decision to homestanding Vanderbilt in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game Thursday night at Memorial Gymnasium.
STARKVILLE -- Lost in the whirlwind of Manny Diaz leaving Mississippi State to join the staff at Texas was the Bulldogs' addition of four early enrollees. Defensive end John Harris; quarterback Dak Prescott; and offensive linemen Nick Redmond and Joey Trapp are enrolled for the spring semester and will begin workouts with the team on Jan. 18. Harris, Prescott and Trapp graduated high school in December, giving the Bulldogs five prep signees to enroll in the spring in head coach Dan Mullen's last three recruiting classes.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State didn't take long or look far to fill the coaching vacancies left by Manny Diaz and Mark Hudspeth. The program announced co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Chris Wilson will be promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Manny Diaz, who accepted the same job at Texas on Wednesday. Graduate assistant Angelo Mirando was named wide receivers coach, replacing Mark Hudspeth, who left the Bulldogs to become head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette prior to the beginning of Gator Bowl preparation.
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