STARKVILLE — The intensity seemed to rise with the temperatures Thursday morning at the Mississippi State football practice fields. The Bulldogs seemed to take things a little more seriously in their second day in pads. “They came out better than (Wednesday),” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. “They weren’t really used to being in pads, but this was what we expect our normal practices to look like.”
STARKVILLE — Jenny Hazelwood knows how to surprise people. In coaching stops at Centenary College (La.) and at Austin Peay, the former Mississippi State volleyball player has exceeded expectations and helped her programs reach new levels of success. Hazelwood believes she can follow that same formula at MSU.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen’s face lit up when he heard the news. Mississippi State announced Tuesday it has set a school record in season-ticket sales, and finished the day at 38,469. That total includes 10,000 student tickets that will go on sale when classes begin on Aug. 17. Although Mullen is pleased about the new record, he won’t be satisfied until his goal of 40,000 season tickets sold has been met. He plans to keep promoting until it happens.
STARKVILLE — It’s too early to tell about Tyler Russell. That’s the impression most people had about the Mississippi State freshman quarterback after his first practice Tuesday with the full squad. The freshmen and varsity held separate workouts to open preseason drills Monday. Russell seemed to hold his own with the other quarterbacks in the near three-hour session that lasted into the night.
STARKVILLE — It was in with the old and the new Monday at Mississippi State as the football team opened preseason practice with two sessions. The freshmen and newcomers worked out for an hour and a half in the morning, while the varsity team members spent nearly three hours in the afternoon brushing up on what they learned in the spring.
The NCAA notified Donald Jackson, the attorney for Mississippi State basketball signee Renardo Sidney, by an e-mail Monday morning that he wouldn’t be permitted to participate in interviews of third parties unless he signed a statement of confidentiality.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen appears to have left the door open for a quarterback controversy. Although senior Tyson Lee, of Columbus, appears to be the front-runner Monday entering the start of preseason football practice, there are indications Mullen isn’t completely satisfied with the position.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State is approaching a record for season-ticket sales. A little more than a month before MSU faces Jackson State on Sept. 5 in Starkville, the school’s ticket office announced it has sold 37,523 season tickets.
STARKVILLE — The wide receiver position at Mississippi State has taken a hit in the past two weeks. The departures of Terrance Davis and Delmon Robinson from the program subtracts two potential weapons from coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense.
Buddy Stephens can’t find enough adjectives to describe how excited he is to begin the 2009 season. There apparently are plenty of people throughout the country who share Stephens’ excitement.
Donald Jackson, the attorney for the family of Mississippi State men’s basketball signee Renardo Sidney, said the recent comments by former University of Southern California coach Tim Floyd can only help his client’s case.
Former Mississippi State pitcher Jared Wesson wasn’t sure the opportunity was going to come. After his name failed to come up one month after the Major League Baseball First-Player Draft, he began to wonder if any organization would take a chance on him.
WEST POINT — West Point High School offensive and defensive lineman Curtis Virges likes the direction coach Dan Mullen is taking the Mississippi State football program. Even though the Bulldogs haven’t taken the field this season, Virges has been impressed with how Mullen prepares the team.
Mississippi State is losing one of its pitchers to professional baseball. Right-hander Ricky Bowen will skip his senior season with the Bulldogs and has signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He reported to the Billings (Montana) Mustangs of the Pioneer League on Monday.
People will be talking this weekend about Tyrone Keys. But while the topic — football — will be the same, the memories from all of the teams Keys played on will be different.
HOOVER, Ala. — Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney didn’t return for his senior year to get preseason honors. After breaking his leg in MSU’s opening game of the 2008 season at Louisiana Tech, Chaney received a medical redshirt that gave him another year of eligibility.
HOOVER, Ala. — Nick Saban isn’t one to offer excuses. The University of Alabama coach praised quarterback Tim Tebow, coach Urban Meyer, and the rest of the Florida Gators for playing a great game in the 2008 Southeastern Conference Championship game. Saban didn’t blame his team’s loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2009, to a “blinking light” otherwise known as offensive lineman Andre Smith. Instead, the third-year coach preferred Thursday to talk about how his “blue-collar team” was going to continue to try to “do the job” as best as possible to get back to Atlanta to win a SEC title and compete for a national championship.
HOOVER, Ala. — Remarkable is one way to describe the tone of Houston Nutt’s appearances the past two years at Southeastern Conference Media Days. The veteran coach, who led the University of Arkansas to three SEC Western Division titles and eight bowl games in 10 seasons, inherited an Ole Miss program that couldn’t go any lower. The Rebels won only three SEC games in three seasons under Ed Orgeron and were desperate to have something to care about in the fall. My how things changed last season.
HOOVER, Ala. –– The legal system may have to run its course before Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will decide punishments for senior running back Anthony Dixon and sophomore tight end Marcus Green. Dixon was arrested last Saturday night in Starkville for driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and not having proof of insurance, while Green was arrested on July 15 for possession of marijuana. Mullen doesn’t anticipate handing out any punishment until the judicial process plays out.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen seemed to handle his first experience as a head football coach at Southeastern Conference Media Days just fine. Nothing seemed to faze Mullen on Wednesday afternoon at the Wynfrey Hotel or wipe the smile off his face. Mississippi State junior linebacker K.J. Wright said Mullen is always smiling and what the media saw was nothing new.
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