NEW YORK -- The players flooded off the Wichita State bench, jumping together near the corner of the floor. Gregg Marshall smiled and pumped his fist. A few thousand fans dressed in yellow stood on their feet, cheering for a championship. Good luck convincing any of them that they didn't deserve it, or that they didn't belong in a more prestigious postseason tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Jay Miller's appreciation of the game won't let him indulge in the career milestone he's approaching. The Mississippi State softball coach has 997 career wins in a 29-year career in the college game. Miller could earn win No. 1,000 this weekend if the Bulldogs sweep their three-game series against the University of Mississippi. That series will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team scored a season-high Wednesday in an 18-0 victory against Alabama A&M. MSU secured its fifth shutout of the season in 6 1/2 innings, as the game was called due to a pre-arranged decision between MSU coach John Cohen and Alabama A&M coach Ed McCann.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitcher Devin Jones has a world of potential. He just has to realize it. That's the message MSU coach John Cohen has had for Jones dating back to last season when the Eupora native struggled to find the strike zone against Southeastern Conference competition.
McGee Ledbetter knew the Mississippi Association All-Star Boys Soccer game would be his chance to shine and to make a final impression on college coaches. The Heritage Academy senior midfielder didn't disappoint.
NEW YORK -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team is making sure Anthony Grant stays focused on his team rather than watching his former team's incredible NCAA tournament run. After all, the Crimson Tide will play for a championship.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's pitching staff threw its fourth shutout of the season Sunday in a 5-0 victory against No. 21 Auburn in the final game of a Southeastern Conference series Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Nick Routt and Daryl Norris combined on a four-hit shutout. It was MSU's first shutout of a league opponent since Ricky Bowen threw a two-hit, 4-0 shutout against the University of Mississippi on March 16, 2008.
Inconsistency is common through spring practice, and the Mississippi State football team's first spring scrimmage was no different.
STARKVILLE -- The rout was on after one inning. The Mississippi State baseball team scored eight runs in the first inning and five in the second to earn a 15-8 victory against Auburn University on Saturday at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's first home track meet in four years Saturday ended with the Southeastern Conference falling to the Big Ten on the men's and women's sides. The results didn't take away from the excitement of MSU runners and field athletes, especially the ones who earned victories at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge at the renovated Carl Maddox Track Facility.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will jump at the opportunity to get more exposure. That was the thinking behind MSU's decision to accept the University of Memphis' offer to move their season-opening game in Memphis from Sept. 3 to Sept. 1 (Thursday).
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's win Sunday at Vanderbilt University has given the squad a ton of confidence. After being shut out in the first two games of the series, MSU used a five-run eighth inning to rally for a 9-8 win against No. 1 Vanderbilt. A loss in that game, especially another in which they struggled at the plate, could have been damaging, third baseman Jarrod Parks said.
STARKVILLE -- After two weeks away from the practice field, the Mississippi State football players were bound to be rusty. MSU started spring practice March 3 and had four sessions before taking two weeks off for spring break. The Bulldogs returned to the field Thursday for a two-hour session in front of fans and dozens of high school coaches who were attending MSU's coaches' clinic.
STARKVILLE -- Before Nick Bell died last fall, he told his mother he wanted to be a mentor to kids. The former Mississippi State defensive end, who lost a brief battle with cancer Nov. 2, didn't have a father figure growing up, leaving his mother, Linda, to rely on his coaches to help mold the respectful, personable young man she and many others remember.
STARKVILLE -- Tavaris Tate says he doesn't study opponents. No matter what track meet he competes in, each track is different, everyone is fast, and someone in the race won't have their 'A' game. To Tate, there are too many variables to study every move of national rivals like Southern California's Joey Hughes and the University of Alabama's Kirani James.
STARKVILLE -- When members of the Mississippi State track and field team first stepped on the renovated surface at the Carl Maddox facility, they didn't want to stop running. It had been four years since MSU held its last on-campus track meet, but that will change Saturday when MSU will play host to the Southeastern Conference-Big Ten Challenge.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Freshman guard Trevor Releford scored 22 points Wednesday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 79-64 victory against the University of Miami in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament before a crowd of 8,612 at Coleman Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- With a pair of extra scholarships heading into next season, Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury has added a fourth member to his 2011 class in Alabama native Roquez Johnson.
STARKVILLE -- There was too much that stood out to go anyplace else. That's how former Clemson University linebacker Brandon Maye felt Monday when he decided to transfer to Mississippi State for his fifth and final season of college football.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi's Jerrell Powe hopes his perseverance leads to NFL success. The 320-pounder's college career started with a three-year NCAA eligibility saga and ended with two seasons of dominance in the Southeastern Conference. Powe and 14 other former Ole Miss players went through the school's pro day Tuesday, working out for scouts from 24 NFL teams.
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