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Young quarterbacks shine in Alabama spring game

Posted 4/16/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the third straight year, Alabama's quarterback competition will carry over into preseason camp.



WR Brown no longer at MSU

Posted 4/15/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Junior wide receiver Fred Brown is no longer a student at Mississippi State, a football spokesperson confirmed Thursday. The Clarion-Ledger first reported Brown violated the MSU honor code, but the spokesperson didn't confirm the report.



Rigby emerges as key cog in MSU bullpen

Posted 4/15/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ryan Rigby didn't need two years at a junior college to get to the next level. Going from Kosciusko High School to East Mississippi Community College, the right-hander found a niche as a sidearm pitcher. He attracted the attention of several Division I and Southeastern Conference schools and then picked Mississippi State. Rigby has delivered on that potential and has emerged as a key member of No. 2 MSU's bullpen. The sophomore is 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA, second lowest on the team. He has allowed four runs (three earned) on 15 hits, and has struck out 23 and walked five.



MSU's Senior seeing time at both tackle positions

Posted 4/15/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Justin Senior has grown comfortable at right tackle. After starting all 14 games at that position in 2014, Senior started 12 of 13 games there last season. But this spring Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy asked the rising senior to practice at left tackle because he believed it would help the team and Senior.


No. 2 MSU defeats Memphis 11-1

Posted 4/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen is seeing a workmanlike attitude from his team. The Mississippi State baseball coach has been impressed with how the Bulldogs have handled the rigors of the Southeastern Conference and midweek games the last few weeks. MSU has taken series from SEC foes Vanderbilt, Georgia, Ole Miss, and then-No. 1 Florida. In that time, the Bulldogs are 3-0 in midweek games. No. 2 MSU exhibited that workmanlike attitude Wednesday night in an 11-1 victory against Memphis at Dudy Noble Field. The victory helped MSU (24-9-1) matched last season's win total.


Howland, Schaefer announce signings

Posted 4/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland announced Wednesday the signing of three-star center Elton "EJ" Datcher. Datcher, who committed to the Bulldogs in February, averaged 11.6 points, 1.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocked shots per game in his four-year career at Vincent (Alabama) High School.



MSU softball holds on to beat Louisiana Tech

Posted 4/14/2016 in College Sports

RUSTON, La. -- Sparked by an 11-pitch at bat by freshman Sabrina Turner, the Mississippi State softball team scored three runs in the fifth inning Wednesday to earn a 3-2 comeback victory against Louisiana Tech. The victory was the Bulldogs' ninth comeback win of the season and No. 59 under coach Vann Stuedeman.



Southern Miss rallies past Ole Miss

Posted 4/14/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The No. 25 Southern Mississippi baseball team scored three runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to beat No. 8 Ole Miss 5-1 at Swayze Field. The victory helped the Golden Eagles (26-7) win their fourth-straight game and hand Ole Miss (25-8) its first mid-week loss of the season. Southern Miss also won its third game in a row against Ole Miss in Oxford and the 10th in the last 12 games in the series.


Mangum building legacy in first season at MSU

Posted 4/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jake Mangum thought he would play college baseball in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The 2015 prospect, whose father, John, played football at Alabama in the late 1980s, committed to Alabama in 2013, but he changed his mind later that year and committed to Mississippi State.


Jiles, Cleveland want to offer new level of leadership

Posted 4/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cedric Jiles knows what is expected of him. As one of the veterans in the secondary on the Mississippi State football team, Jiles is being counted on to assume a bigger leadership role after the departures of Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond, who are expected to be taken in the NFL draft. Now it's time for Jiles and fellow senior Tolando Cleveland's to emerge at cornerback. The duo will get a chance to show how much they have improved as players and leaders at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the annual Maroon and White spring game.


MSU wants to build momentum after taking series at Florida

Posted 4/12/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brent Rooker never doubts his team. That's the mind-set for the entire Mississippi State baseball team. That wasn't the case last season when the Bulldogs finished 24-30 and missed the postseason. But the Bulldogs aren't doubting themselves this season. That was the case last weekend when MSU bounced back from a Friday night loss to win the next two games against then-No. 1 Florida in their Southeastern Conference series in Gainesville, Florida.


No. 4 Alabama softball team sweeps MSU

Posted 4/11/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior infielder Marisa Runyon blasted a fourth-inning grand slam and had five RBIs Sunday to lead the No. 4 Alabama softball team to an 8-1 victory against Mississippi State at Rhoads Stadium. The victory helped Alabama (35-7, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) sweep the three-game weekend series.



MSU baseball earns series win at Florida

Posted 4/11/2016 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State baseball team is making itself feel right at home on the road in the Southeastern Conference. No. 5 MSU won its fourth-straight SEC series Sunday with a 2-1 victory against No. 1 Florida in the final game of a three-game set at McKethan Stadium.



After time at MSU, Lovato ready for next stop on coaching career

Posted 4/11/2016 in College Sports

Nearly two years ago, Elena Lovato joined the Mississippi State women's basketball family intending to take full advantage of coach Vic Schaefer's mentorship.



West Lowndes' Neely signs with Mississippi Delta C.C.

Posted 4/9/2016 in College Sports

Danny Crawford believed Alexis Neely could make the transition.



Quarterbacks fare well in MSU scrimmage

Posted 4/9/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As a head coach, Dan Mullen is never happy when he leaves a scrimmage or practice.


MSU baseball faces top-ranked Florida on road

Posted 4/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team will have a positive experience to rely on as it faces another tough Southeastern Conference road test.


Improved quarterback play focal point of Saturday scrimmage

Posted 4/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In Brian Johnson's eyes, everything his quarterbacks do is a teachable moment.



Stricklin: Work on MSU's new baseball facility could begin in June 2017

Posted 4/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Construction on the new Dudy Noble Field/Polk-Dement Stadium could begin in June 2017, according to Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin.


Ole Miss freshman has big day at Old Waverly

Posted 4/6/2016 in College Sports

WEST POINT -- Braden Thornberry is getting into a rhythm. Last week, the Ole Miss freshman golfer earned co-medalist honors at the Florida Atlantic Autism Invite at Fountains Country Club North Course in Lake Worth, Florida. Thornberry's first career top finish gave him confidence entering the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club, a place he has played more than 30 times. Thornberry's success continued Tuesday, as he fired a bogey-free 3-under-par 69 in the final round to finish 7-under and earn the first outright victory of his career.


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