STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has made her name nationally known as a pitching expert. When Stuedeman was hired four seasons ago to revitalize the program, it was easy to assume going to the next level would involve getting a game-changing pitcher.
Minutes after East Mississippi Community College won the Mississippi Bowl and captured its third National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in football, coach Buddy Stephens was looking ahead to the 2015 season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball players feel like they will be a part of a much better offensive team this season. So far, so good.
The Southeastern Conference is off to a good start in trying to get back to winning national titles. The league's talent haul on Wednesday included top defensive linemen Trenton Thompson (Georgia), Byron Cowart (Auburn) and Kahlil MacKenzie (Tennessee) and blue-chip prospects at every other position as well, notably including a restocking of talent at quarterback.
Alabama, Ole Miss, Southern Miss Signing Classes for 2015
EMCC, ICC 2015 Signing Classes
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss men's basketball team continued its string of impressive Southeastern Conference play thanks to something it's not usually known for -- defense. Ole Miss won its fourth-straight game Wednesday night, beating Texas A&M 69-59 at Tad Smith Coliseum in a disjointed game that featured plenty of missed shots, turnovers, and empty possessions.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has never been shy about chasing some of the nation's top prospects, no matter what other big-name programs are in pursuit. That approach helped the Rebels grab arguably the school's best class ever in 2013. It didn't work out quite as well Wednesday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Retin Obasohan grabbed a rebound to start a fast break, then delivered a behind-the-back pass to Levi Randolph for a dunk with eight minutes left. The Crimson Tide didn't score another field goal, or need one. Randolph scored 20 points and Obasohan did a little bit of everything in Alabama's 62-49 victory against Missouri on Wednesday night, including setting up that emphatic final basket.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban was perfectly content to let other programs hog the signing day spotlight. The Crimson Tide had little excitement in capping another recruiting class considered among the nation's best Wednesday. Eight of the 24 signees, including quarterback Blake Barnett and running back Bo Scarbrough, are already enrolled.
STARKVILLE -- With his senior football season a fading memory, it had been a while since Brookhaven High School linebacker Leo Lewis received a standing ovation. He earned two Wednesday morning. The first came at the auditorium at Brookhaven High when Lewis, the nation's top inside linebacker prospect, according to 247sports.com, announced his intention to play football at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- From the moment Dan Mullen took the Mississippi State coaching job in December 2008, he has spoken of the need to win the recruiting battle in the state of Mississippi every year. But even Mullen might not have pictured dominating the state like this.
MSU Class of 2015, Outlook
STARKVILLE -- It was a scene that captured the 2015 recruiting haul for the Mississippi State football team. Midway through the first half of MSU's basketball game against LSU on Saturday afternoon, during a normally quiet media timeout, fans at the Humphrey Coliseum began to stir, as a smattering of applause turned into an ovation.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Mississippi State's Craig Sword said he's feeling fine as long as his team keeps playing the way it did Tuesday. Sword scored 26 points to continue his successful comeback from preseason back surgery as the MSU men's basketball team relied on sizzling 3-point shooting to beat Tennessee 71-66 at Thompson-Boling Arena. "Anytime we get a win, I'm (feeling) 100 percent," Sword said.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fourth-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman had little trouble praising the left side of her infield a season ago. Stuedeman felt like third baseman Caroline Seitz and shortstop Kayla Winkfield combined to form "the best left side of the infield" in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray knew about his team's improvement long before anyone else. For weeks, even through consecutive losses to Southeastern Conference foes Georgia and Ole Miss, Ray said the Bulldogs were close to reversing their fortunes. After losing nine of 11 games at one point, Ray believed his Bulldogs started to find themselves early in SEC play, particularly in a 74-70 loss at Texas A&M.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson didn't know what the meeting was going to be about.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Leading by two points with 9:37 remaining in the first half at Missouri on Saturday, Mississippi's Anthony Perez launched a 3-point attempt that bounced high off the back rim only to be palmed by teammate Stefan Moody in midair.
STARKVILLE - There would be no close call this time.
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