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Others look to emerge in 'starless' SEC

Posted 7/17/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel insists there are still plenty of superstars in the Southeastern Conference. The only problem is nobody has heard of them.



Mullen, Bulldogs embrace expectations

Posted 7/16/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Dan Mullen has spent five seasons trying to build expectations at Mississippi State. Now he has them. Boasting a league-best 18 returning starters and helming a team that closed 2013 on a three-game winning streak, Mullen was calm and confident Tuesday as he talked about a team he believes could be the best he has had in Starkville during the morning session of Day 2 of the Southeastern Conference's Media Days.



Prescott sets tone for MSU

Posted 7/16/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- For the first time, Dak Prescott owns the starting quarterback job entering a season at Mississippi State. On Tuesday morning, he owned the room at the Southeastern Conference Media Days.



Spurrier star of show at SEC Media Days

Posted 7/16/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier attended Southeastern Conference Media Days for the 22nd time Tuesday. He has been the star of the show at most of them, and this time was no different.



Slive says changes need to be made in college athletics

Posted 7/15/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Slive believes the Southeastern Conference will be at the forefront of significant changes in the college football landscape, and to get his point across, he quoted Eisenhower, Churchill, and Nelson Mandela. Welcome to SEC Media Days.



Malzahn undecided about punishment for QB Marshall

Posted 7/15/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The most talked-about player during the opening session of Southeastern Conference Media Days wasn't in attendance. His coach wasn't in a rush to talk about him, either.



MACJC confirms changes for baseball in 2015

Posted 7/15/2014 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Changes are coming to the scheduling and playoff formats for Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College baseball. On Thursday, the league announced in 2015 each team in the state will have the opportunity to face each other once in the regular season and play a 28-game league schedule. Those games will be played in 14 doubleheaders. League opponents will play Wednesdays and Saturdays.



MSU men's basketball team will play Tulane

Posted 7/15/2014 in College Sports

The Mississippi State men's basketball team will play Tulane this season for the first time in 11 years, the school announced Monday.



Plenty of stories as SEC Media Days begin

Posted 7/14/2014 in College Sports

There are plenty of issues to discuss in the Southeastern Conference. The league opens its annual media days -- four days instead of three now -- today in Hoover, Alabama, with radical change in the college athletic model appearing imminent and the SEC Network soon to take the airwaves.



Gordon targets 'launching point' for MSU soccer

Posted 7/12/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Don't expect Aaron Gordon to use youth as an excuse this season. Looking at a Mississippi State women's soccer team roster that features 19 freshmen among its 20 newcomers, it would be easy for Gordon to give his players a crutch that would allow them to navigate the pitfalls of their first year of Division I soccer and their initial run through the Southeastern Conference.



EMCC will open title defense at Southwest

Posted 7/11/2014 in College Sports

With a new computerized ranking system, scheduling in junior college football is more important. East Mississippi Community College unveiled its path to a potential repeat national championship Thursday when it released its 2014 football schedule.



McKinney, Nkemdiche latest from MSU, Ole Miss on award lists

Posted 7/11/2014 in College Sports

DALLAS -- For the second time this week, Mississippi State junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney has earned watch list recognition for a national individual award as the Bronko Nagurski Trophy unveiled its 81 candidates for the 2014 season, the Football Writers Association of America unveiled Thursday.



Prescott joins Wallace on list for top honor

Posted 7/8/2014 in College Sports

Three Mississippi State and two Ole Miss football players earned watch list recognition from three national individual college football awards, the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) announced Monday.



Weight work paying off for MSU women

Posted 7/3/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Three years ago, weightlifting was a foreign concept to Martha Alwal. At 6-foot-4, Alwal relied on her height and her length to affect shots in the post and didn't have the strength to use her body to carve out space in the paint because she hadn't trained in the weight room.



Stricklin believes in Roberts as new MSU men's tennis coach

Posted 7/2/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Scott Stricklin has to be a believer. As Mississippi State Director of Athletics, Stricklin has a core set of principles he wants every coach at the school to possess. When it's time to hire a new coach, Stricklin analyzes the numbers and talks to peers, coaches, and players to make sure he has the best information about a candidate. After that, he has to trust his instincts and make a final choice. Stricklin believes he made the right call in naming Matt Roberts the new men's tennis coach at MSU.



MSU, N.C. State agree to series

Posted 7/2/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State and North Carolina State football programs have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2020 and 2021.



Tutor will get chance to play softball again

Posted 7/1/2014 in College Sports

Haley Tutor thought the University of Alabama was the place for her. As right as it felt for Tutor to continue her education in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former New Hope High School and East Mississippi Community College standout realized it was difficult to stop playing softball, a sport she excelled in for many years.



Basketball Bulldogs continue growth in Ray's third season

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With the core of the Mississippi State basketball team set to enter its junior year together, coach Rick Ray is eager to watch the Bulldogs turn the corner.



Roberts chosen to take over MSU men's tennis program

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matt Roberts has been named Mississippi State's new head men's tennis coach, as announced by athletic director Scott Stricklin Saturday. The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.



Sporting News magazine ranks EMCC football No. 2 nationally in preseason

Posted 6/28/2014 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College will bring the 2014 football season in familiar territory.



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