Two of the biggest areas of concern for University of Mississippi fourth-year football coach Houston Nutt entering spring practice have produced positive results.
Brian Alexander has coached all over the state of Mississippi, so it was easy for the teacher/coach to find his way home. Northeast Mississippi Community College made it official Wednesday when it named the former Columbus High School and former NEMCC student assistant/manager the school's new women's basketball coach.
Sammy Smith knows a great hire when he hears about one. When he learned Tuesday night that Northeast Mississippi Community College planned today to name Brian Alexander its new women's basketball coach, Smith couldn't help but smile.
PEARL -- The University of Mississippi baseball team was in a generous mood Tuesday night. Mississippi State didn't complain. Kendall Graveman pitched four scoreless innings to lead Mississippi State to a 6-1 victory against Ole Miss before an announced crowd of 7,334 in the Governor's Cup at Trustmark Park.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior football player Chad Bumphis' premature diagnosis of his injured ankle turned out to be a sprain, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Losers of eight of its last 11 games, the Mississippi State baseball team could greatly use the momentum from another victory against a state rival in Pearl.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior wide receiver Chad Bumphis dropped a potentially plan-altering tweet Monday night, saying he'd be having surgery today to repair a broken ankle.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Kathryn Govero believes the Mississippi State women's basketball team can get back to the NCAA tournament in 2012.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team dipped back into the G.W. Carver High School talent pool Monday and received a verbal commitment from shooting guard Craig Sword.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's football team may have been split into Crimson and White sides for the annual spring game, but it was the players in black who received the most attention Saturday.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt came into Saturday's spring game hoping to get a better feel for who might win its three-man quarterback race. A few leaders on defense would be nice, too. But much like the final score, not much was decided. The Blue and Red teams finished the Grove Bowl in a 17-17 tie at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and the unresolved outcome was a fitting finish to Nutt's most crucial spring practice in his four-year tenure with the Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- When fall camp opened last season, Mississippi State wide receiver Michael Carr had no idea what was going on. He hadn't worked out with the team in summer while he finished academic work and awaited certification from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball's new weekend rotation will have its first go this weekend, and coach John Cohen isn't second-guessing the decision. The Bulldogs, coming off a 6-4 loss to the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday, will kick off a three-game Southeastern Conference series at 7 tonight at the University of Arkansas (24-8, 6-6 SEC).
This is where Vincent Sanders wants to be. Right here, in the University of Mississippi football team's huddle. Jogging to the line. Sprinting down field, reading the defense. Finding an opening near the sideline. His eyes following the football to his hands as he fights off double coverage to make a leaping grab, placing him one catch closer to becoming the consistent, big-play receiver the Rebels lacked one season earlier while he redshirted.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's tennis is back. With back-to-back wins against the University of Alabama and Auburn last weekend, MSU clinched the Southeastern Conference Western Division title, snapping the University of Mississippi's nine-year stranglehold on the division. Up until last weekend, MSU hadn't won a division or league title since 1996, when it won the SEC tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Linda Bell was anxious to organize efforts to honor her son's memory. The mother of Nick Bell, the late Mississippi State football player, Linda started the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation at the beginning of the year to keep alive Nick's passion for education and mentoring. On Wednesday, Linda and her daughter, Monica, visited MSU and started a pair of scholarships through the school's Alumni Association.
The University of Alabama will add more history to campus on Saturday when a statue of Nick Saban is unveiled beside likenesses of other Crimson Tide football coaches who won national titles.
OXFORD -- Less than a week ago after a particularly disappointing practice, Mississippi linebacker D.T. Shackelford was among the team's most outspoken players, pushing his teammates to raise their performance. The coaches weren't surprised. Houston Nutt called him one of the unquestioned team leaders. Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix marveled at how a still relatively young player could command so much respect. But now that leadership almost certainly will be lost for the upcoming season. Shackelford, a 6-foot-1, 244-pound junior, has a torn ACL in his right knee and will be out six to eight months.
STARKVILLE -- Changes are on the horizon for the Mississippi State baseball team's pitching rotation. MSU coach John Cohen has been encouraged by the solid innings junior Nick Routt has provided since sliding into the Sunday role, but ultra-talented junior Devin Jones has faltered as the Friday starter in league play. Cohen said Monday he and his staff have discussed the possibility of bumping Routt to Saturday and current Saturday starter Chris Stratton to Friday. The moves are being contemplated in an effort to protect the bullpen, which is lauded as the strength of the team.
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