STARKVILLE -- Expect a much different Renardo Sidney this season. The Mississippi State junior center spent over a month working out with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston, Texas to shed weight and improve his conditioning. Sidney returned to campus last week 23 pounds lighter after weighing 320 pounds when he showed up in Houston in May.
STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt is still trying to forget May 12. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, typical for the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Seconds after a heat of the decathlons' 400 meters, Schmidt, the director of Mississippi State University track and field, felt dizzy. A shortness of breath followed.
A thundering herd will stampede through the streets of Starkville Saturday, laying waste to everything in its path. And by "laying waste" we mean chucking water balloons and bopping people with pool noodles.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Maye doesn't feel like the new guy. The senior linebacker, who transferred from Clemson University and enrolled this summer at Mississippi State, said he has made an easy transition to living in Starkville and is adjusting to how MSU's program is run.
STARKVILLE -- After two seasons as a seldom-used backup, John Riek is no longer part of the Mississippi State basketball program. A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Riek, a 7-foot-2 center from Sudan, won't return for his junior season. He is expected to transfer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen, who led the Bulldogs to within one game of the College World Series and a No. 15 national ranking, has received a contract extension through the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Add senior outfielder Jaron Shepherd to the list of Mississippi State baseball standouts to move on this offseason to professional baseball. Shepherd, a 33rd-round selection earlier this month in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, became the sixth player from the Bulldogs' 2011 NCAA Super Regionals squad to sign a professional baseball contract when he agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking for a new non-conference opponent to complete its 2012 schedule. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin confirmed Tuesday that Louisiana Tech bought its way out of its agreement to play at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- TaTonka Gold, Mississippi State's beloved mascot from 2001-09, was euthanized Tuesday morning at the School of Veterinary Medicine on the MSU campus after his health had steadily declined the past few years.
The Southeastern Conference will transition from a two-division format to a 12-team arrangement for men's basketball for the 2011-12 season. The lingering issue is the number of conference games teams will play.
At this time last year, a cloud of uncertainty loomed over the Mississippi State's men's basketball program.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has sold every available season ticket for the 2011 football season, Mike Richey, senior associate athletic director for Bulldog Club and Ticket Operations announced Friday. It represents the earliest announced sellout for football season tickets in school history.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right-hander Devin Jones became the fifth member of the 2011 NCAA Super Regional baseball team to sign a professional baseball contract Friday when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
STARKVILLE -- Vann Stuedeman fits the mold. Energetic, confident, and experienced, the former University of Alabama pitching coach was introduced Thursday as Mississippi State's new softball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Forrest Moore's lawsuit against Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen took another turn Thursday after an affidavit by another former player that backed Moore's claims in the initial complaint was filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State will introduce former University of Alabama pitching coach Vann Stuedeman as its new head coach at 2:30 p.m. today.
Devin Jones received a deal too good to pass up. The former Mississippi State pitcher agreed to terms Tuesday on a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who selected him earlier this month in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft. Jones will receive a signing bonus expected to be $97,500. He'll have incentives in his contract that will alter the value of his deal as he moves through Baltimore's minor league system. The Orioles also will pay for three years of school. Jones will sign his contract Friday.
A hamstring injury and admitted underperformance marred Tavaris Tate's sophomore season at Mississippi State. Beginning today in Eugene, Ore., Tate hopes to return to form at the 2011 U.S.A. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The U.S.A. Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 27- Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.
After logging more than an estimated 1 million miles of travel during his 58 years as voice of the Bulldogs, Cristil will help usher fans to Starkville via the Jack Cristil Highway.
STARKVILLE -- If the Bulldogs head into next season with rising seniors Devin Jones and Nick Routt, their pitching staff will be the most experienced its been under coach John Cohen.
1. New Hope standout Johnson signs with East Tennessee State COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Excitement abounds as Starkville HIgh is set to name Woods new coach HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU men's basketball adds four-star prospect Holman COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Shaw picks up pace in Limited Late Model race LOCAL SPORTS
5. West Lowndes' Crawford signs baseball offer with Tougaloo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS