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Mullen faces questions about Simmons at SEC Media Days

Posted 7/13/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- More than a month after Mississippi State allowed prized recruit Jeffery Simmons to enroll in the school and to become a member of its football program, MSU football coach Dan Mullen was pressed to answer questions about the decision on the second day of Southeastern Conference Media Days.



Senior DB Evans will transfer from MSU

Posted 7/12/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mississippi State football defensive back Deontay Evans will transfer, a team spokesperson said Monday. Evans wasn't listed on the roster given to the media at Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday. His transfer destination is unknown.



Sankey, SEC want to keep getting better

Posted 7/12/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- As Greg Sankey sat in church Sunday morning, he was reminded of the diversity in the United States. After what happened last week -- notably the death of two African-American men in incidents with police and a sniper attack by an Army veteran that resulted in the death of five police officers in Dallas -- Sankey had a heavy heart. But sitting in that church pew in church provided a respite that allowed him to remember there is good in the world.



Malzahn likes Tigers' chances to rebound in 2016

Posted 7/12/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The Auburn football team was the trendy pick to win the Southeastern Conference entering coach Gus Malzahn's third year. But the 2015 season didn't play out the way the Tigers wanted.



MSU's McBride punches ticket to Rio Games

Posted 7/11/2016 in College Sports

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Brandon McBride's Olympic dream became a reality Sunday. McBride, who completed his senior season as a distance runner at Mississippi State earlier this year, became Canada's national champion in the 800 meters to secure a spot on his nation's track and field team that will compete next month in the Rio Olympic Games.


SEC prepares to kick season off with Media Days

Posted 7/9/2016 in College Sports

Every college football fan will be paying attention to Hoover, Alabama, this week. There won't aren't any games or practices, but all 14 Southeastern Conference coaches and several student-athletes will get a chance to talk about their teams and the upcoming season. SEC Media Days -- the unofficial kickoff to the college football season -- will be Monday-Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel.


Williams will provide depth in post for MSU women

Posted 7/9/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ameshya Williams would like to forget the events of March 11, 2016. As a senior, Williams hoped that Friday night would be special. After all of the points, rebounds, and blocked shots earlier in the season, Williams was one victory away from leading the Gulfport West Harrison girls basketball team to a state title. But all it took was one layup attempt to derail all of that hard work.



Cohen adds Brown to coaching staff

Posted 7/8/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen rounded out his coaching staff Thursday with the announcement of the hiring of New Mexico State assistant Mike Brown as the new coordinator of camps and volunteer assistant coach.



SEC teams announce players who will attend Media Days

Posted 7/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will send three seniors to Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, next week. Linebacker Richie Brown, defensive lineman A.J. Jefferson, and wide receiver Fred Ross will represent MSU on Tuesday when they speak to media members at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel.



MSU right-hander Young signs with Kansas City Royals

Posted 7/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball right-hander Paul Young signed a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, MSU announced.


Trailer for Netflix series about EMCC football team online

Posted 7/6/2016 in College Sports

Netflix went behind the scenes with the East Mississippi Community College football team to produce its first original sports documentary series, Last Chance U, which begins Friday, July 29.


MSU men's basketball announces 12-game non-conference slate

Posted 7/6/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's second season leading the Mississippi State men's basketball team features a non-conference schedule that includes eight home games in Starkville. The non-conference schedule, which was released Tuesday also features three games in the Charleston Classic and another game in Jackson.



MSU adds late signees to football program

Posted 7/6/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team announced Tuesday that late signees Osirus Mitchell and Reginald Todd have enrolled at the school. Both wide receivers signed this summer. Defensive back Cameron Dantzler, of Hammond, Louisiana, will enroll today, according to a team spokesperson. Mitchell and Todd join 14 others who enrolled during the June semester.



MSU will play Southern Miss in men's basketball

Posted 7/2/2016 in College Sports

For the first time in 15 years, the Mississippi State men's basketball team will play Southern Mississippi. MSU and Southern Miss have struck a four-game deal, the Hattiesburg American reported Saturday. A MSU spokesperson said nothing is finalized, but an official announcement is expected Tuesday.



Leibovitz will work to raise profile of SEC men's basketball

Posted 6/30/2016 in College Sports

Dan Leibovitz wants people to associate Southeastern Conference men's basketball with success. Leibovitz decided to begin his work last week during the NBA draft. When Craig Pinkerton, the SEC Director of Communications for men's basketball, tweeted the league had more first-round picks (five) than any other conference, Leibovitz shared that fact. "I sent it directly to a couple members of national media just to kind of create a little bit of buzz," Leibovitz said Monday on the SEC's summer teleconference. "Their reaction was a little bit jaded, a little bit sarcastic. I'm wondering why that is."



Mangum wins SEC batting title

Posted 6/30/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Freshman outfielder Jake Mangum is the second Mississippi State baseball player in three years to be named the Southeastern Conference's batting champion, recording a league-high .408 batting average this season. Mangum is the first Bulldog to take home the award since Brett Pirtle captured it in 2014 while posting a .363 batting average. Mangum's .408 average is seventh in school history, ousting Rafael Palmeiro's .406 batting average during his rookie campaign in 1983.



Lessons learned helped Coggin earn promotion

Posted 6/29/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Will Coggin didn't want to get ahead of himself. But when Coggin heard Nick Mingione was named the new head baseball coach at Kentucky, he thought Mingione's good fortune could help him. Mingione served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Mississippi State baseball team. As a volunteer assistant and coordinator of camps, Coggin thought coach John Cohen might promote him.



Howland looking forward to working with young basketball team

Posted 6/27/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland is aware of what kind of team he is going to have this season.


Schaefer, Stuedeman travel to promote respective programs

Posted 6/25/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has never hosted a game show.

Partnership between MSU, Starkville benefits during record school year

Posted 6/25/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It was just a typical Friday night in Starkville, but the stands and the berm at the Mississippi State Soccer Field were filled to near capacity.


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