STARKVILLE -- For nearly a decade and a half, every single person involved with Mississippi State University men's basketball has never had to wonder about the value of the head coaching position. The reason is simple -- Rick Stansbury has always been there. For 14 years, since taking over for his boss Richard Williams in 1998, Stansbury has always led the program and been the face of Bulldogs basketball. This fact alone has made such an exercise essentially meaningless.
STARKVILLE -- Two years ago, Rick Stansbury presented what he perceived to be his commitment to Mississippi State University by staying in Starkville. Thursday, Stansbury sat in the very same building showing his love for the institution he's been associated with for 22 years by doing the exact opposite -- walking away at the right time. It was the moment he considered leaving Starkville for Clemson University as a poignantly parallel moment during his retirement announcement in an emotional news conference at the Bryan Athletic Building Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury said he hasn't thought about his job security as Mississippi State University men's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Consider Sharon Fanning-Otis impressed. Mississippi State University's recently retired women's basketball coach was in attendance Tuesday to welcome Vic Schaefer to Starkville to be the seventh coach in the program's history.
STARKVILLE -- The plan for redshirt sophomore Ben Bracewell's return to the mound has changed again. Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen said the right-handed starting pitcher likely won't see action this weekend due to concerns about his recovery from elbow soreness nearly a month ago.
The Mississippi State University softball team found itself in a lengthy airport layover Wednesday afternoon trying to get from Columbus, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La. While no one likely will write a paper entitled "How I spent my spring break" about this odyssey, the Bulldogs were determined to make the most of their spare time.
OXFORD -- Tyler Brown scored 26 points, Nic Moore added 24, and the Illinois State University men's basketball team put on a record-setting shooting display in a 96-93 overtime victory against the University of Mississippi on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.
STARKVILLE -- The 100th year of basketball at Mississippi State University didn't end in celebration. It ended in front of an announced crowd of 2,507 at Humphrey Coliseum that was inflated and frustrated.
STARKVILLE -- It would be inaccurate to categorize the Mississippi State University men's basketball team as less than prepared for what turned out to be the season finale Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were properly prepared to fail.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer felt the spark the first time he met Scott Stricklin. Once Schaefer had an opportunity to visit Starkville and tour Mississippi State University's campus and athletic facilities, it didn't take him long to know he could bring the same spark to the school's women's basketball program.
STARKVILLE -- The consistent rule of thumb of teams participating the National Invitational Tournament is the more motivated team typically wins.
STARKVILLE -- Phillip Casey wasn't sure what his role would be on the 2012 Mississippi State baseball roster.
Vic Schaefer will become the next women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University.
STARKVILLE -- At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, the fate of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team had been sealed, according to the NCAA tournament selection chairman.
STARKVILLE -- Renardo Sidney won't give any hints where he will play basketball next season. Mississippi State University's 6-foot-10 center didn't address the topic Thursday in the team's locker room following a 71-61 loss to the University of Georgia in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
STARKVILLE -- For 15 games, the Mississippi State University baseball team hasn't looked like an inexperienced team at the plate or in the field. MSU coach John Cohen and his 27 active players agreed Saturday was a good time for those things to pop up before Southeastern Conference play begins next week. MSU had what Cohen called a "teaching moment" Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Mercer University at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs had only seven at-bats with runners in scoring position. The loss snapped a season-best seven-game win streak.
NEW ORLEANS -- Vanderbilt University's John Jenkins has a philosophy on 3-point shooting that doesn't require much of a conscience. It does require confidence. And the Commodores' most prolific long-range bomber isn't lacking it, which is the main reason Vanderbilt rallied to beat the University of Mississippi 65-53 and advance to the program's first Southeastern Conference tournament final in more than 60 years.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball player Heidi Shape enjoys playing against the University of Georgia. Shape is a Georgia native and was a standout at Norcross High School in Duluth, Ga. The second baseman had another couple of nice defensive plays and a hit Saturday, but it wasn't enough to help MSU avoid a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Georgia in a Southeastern Conference game at the MSU Softball Field.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball team received a huge lift to its pitching staff Saturday afternoon. Junior left-hander Kylie Vry returned to the circle for the first time since a Feb. 26 outing against he University of Michigan. Vry pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in a 2-0 loss to the No. 7 University of Georgia at the MSU Softball Field.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball team was left with two options Wednesday night. MSU could have been disappointed after two hard-fought losses against the No. 3 University of Florida and let a possible slide begin. The other option was for the team to return to the diamond and pull a top-10 upset.
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