TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's football team may have been split into Crimson and White sides for the annual spring game, but it was the players in black who received the most attention Saturday.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt came into Saturday's spring game hoping to get a better feel for who might win its three-man quarterback race. A few leaders on defense would be nice, too. But much like the final score, not much was decided. The Blue and Red teams finished the Grove Bowl in a 17-17 tie at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and the unresolved outcome was a fitting finish to Nutt's most crucial spring practice in his four-year tenure with the Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- When fall camp opened last season, Mississippi State wide receiver Michael Carr had no idea what was going on. He hadn't worked out with the team in summer while he finished academic work and awaited certification from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball's new weekend rotation will have its first go this weekend, and coach John Cohen isn't second-guessing the decision. The Bulldogs, coming off a 6-4 loss to the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday, will kick off a three-game Southeastern Conference series at 7 tonight at the University of Arkansas (24-8, 6-6 SEC).
This is where Vincent Sanders wants to be. Right here, in the University of Mississippi football team's huddle. Jogging to the line. Sprinting down field, reading the defense. Finding an opening near the sideline. His eyes following the football to his hands as he fights off double coverage to make a leaping grab, placing him one catch closer to becoming the consistent, big-play receiver the Rebels lacked one season earlier while he redshirted.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's tennis is back. With back-to-back wins against the University of Alabama and Auburn last weekend, MSU clinched the Southeastern Conference Western Division title, snapping the University of Mississippi's nine-year stranglehold on the division. Up until last weekend, MSU hadn't won a division or league title since 1996, when it won the SEC tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Linda Bell was anxious to organize efforts to honor her son's memory. The mother of Nick Bell, the late Mississippi State football player, Linda started the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation at the beginning of the year to keep alive Nick's passion for education and mentoring. On Wednesday, Linda and her daughter, Monica, visited MSU and started a pair of scholarships through the school's Alumni Association.
The University of Alabama will add more history to campus on Saturday when a statue of Nick Saban is unveiled beside likenesses of other Crimson Tide football coaches who won national titles.
OXFORD -- Less than a week ago after a particularly disappointing practice, Mississippi linebacker D.T. Shackelford was among the team's most outspoken players, pushing his teammates to raise their performance. The coaches weren't surprised. Houston Nutt called him one of the unquestioned team leaders. Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix marveled at how a still relatively young player could command so much respect. But now that leadership almost certainly will be lost for the upcoming season. Shackelford, a 6-foot-1, 244-pound junior, has a torn ACL in his right knee and will be out six to eight months.
STARKVILLE -- Changes are on the horizon for the Mississippi State baseball team's pitching rotation. MSU coach John Cohen has been encouraged by the solid innings junior Nick Routt has provided since sliding into the Sunday role, but ultra-talented junior Devin Jones has faltered as the Friday starter in league play. Cohen said Monday he and his staff have discussed the possibility of bumping Routt to Saturday and current Saturday starter Chris Stratton to Friday. The moves are being contemplated in an effort to protect the bullpen, which is lauded as the strength of the team.
Relentless is great way for a coach to describe a player. Tyler Aldridge has earned that moniker from East Mississippi Community College baseball coach because he is living up to standards higher than he set for himself.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's struggles with runners in scoring position continued Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the No. 4 University of Florida in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series. MSU (21-11, 5-7 SEC) was 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position Sunday, and 3-for-21 for the weekend.
It's not easy to be patient when you're the center of attention. But Nashedra Barry wanted to make a change, so she knew she needed to take things slowly.
STARKVILLE -- The name says it all. Dylan Favre spent his first season as a Mississippi State quarterback tucked behind Chris Relf and Tyler Russell.
STARKVILLE -- For the second straight day, a team's leading pitcher in the Mississippi State-Florida series was chased far earlier than expected.
The Mississippi State football team's freshmen are are eager for their first appearance at Davis Wade Stadium this Saturday during the Maroon-White Spring Game.
STARKVILLE -- John Cohen knows his Mississippi State baseball team will face a challenge at 6:30 tonight when it kicks off a three-game weekend series against the University of Florida
STARKVILLE -- Through the largest private gift in the history of Mississippi State University athletics, the football team will take a major step forward in its ability to compete in the country's top conference. On Wednesday, MSU announced a $12 million gift from the Seal Family Foundation of Gulfport to help fund a football facility that will house a new weight room, coaches' offices, and treatment rooms. The facility will be adjacent to MSU's practice fields on campus.
STARKVILLE -- The tag "athlete" is common for high school football recruits. While there's value in a player who can help in multiple areas -- most play several positions in high school -- sooner or later he's going to have to settle in at one position.
PEARL -- Using Trustmark Park's big dimensions to his advantage, Luis Pollorena threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to help the Mississippi State baseball team rally to beat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday night.
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