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Cox trying to become fast learner for MSU

Posted 3/30/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the eyes of the Mississippi State University football coaching staff, Justin Cox is the kind of player that can benefit from spring practice the most. As a junior college transfer from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Cox is trying to get everything down so he can be a starter for in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs also have little time to develop Cox, who only two years of college eligibility left.



Graveman helps MSU even series with Arkansas

Posted 3/30/2013 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- With his team needing a lift, senior right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman answered the call. Throwing his fourth complete game, Graveman played a key role Saturday in the No. 25 Mississippi State University baseball team's 4-1 victory against No. 15 University of Arkansas in game two of their Southeastern Conference series at Baum Stadium.



MSU softball team rallies to beat Auburn

Posted 3/30/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While it remains to be seen if Sam Lenahan saved the Mississippi State University softball team's season, there is no question the junior catcher saved Easter weekend. Lenahan's two-run home run in the seventh inning kick-started a rally as MSU worked its way past Auburn 4-3 in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series Saturday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field.



Former Alabama AD Moore dies

Posted 3/30/2013 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Former University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore, who played and coached under Bear Bryant, hired Nick Saban and presided over a heyday in athletics at his alma mater, has passed away. The university said the 73-year-old Moore died Saturday at Duke University Medical Center. Moore had been in the Durham, N.C., hospital since March 13 with pulmonary problems.



Bulldogs' Eulls has new focus at DT

Posted 3/29/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Who knew sliding inside a few feet would represent a different world for Kaleb Eulls. The Mississippi State University defensive lineman is spending the spring football season learning everything about how to play in defensive tackle.



Delta State's Aldridge keeps focus after father's shooting

Posted 3/29/2013 in College Sports

Focus is an essential part of athletics. Whether it's staring down a pass rush, eyeing a soccer players movements while setting up for a penalty kick, or trying to read a pitcher's hands to determine what pitch is coming, Tyler Aldridge has faced all of those situations and has learned to tune out the distractions that prevent other athletes from being successful.



MSU will be without Slauter vs. Arkansas

Posted 3/29/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The No. 25 Mississippi State University baseball team knows it will be without its starting catcher this weekend at No. 15 University of Arkansas, but it also could be without its ace pitcher.



Ole Miss names Insell its new women's basketball coach

Posted 3/29/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Matt Insell, who has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the nationally ranked University of Kentucky women's basketball program, was named Thursday new women's basketball coach at the University of Mississippi.



MSU's Renfroe off to fast start

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Natural is often used to describe Hunter Renfroe's skills on the diamond. That description couldn't be more false. Renfroe is constantly working on the finer points of his game so he can have weekends like last week in Lexington, Ky., against then-No.10 University of Kentucky. Despite all of the attention to details, the Mississippi State University outfielder, a nominee for the Golden Spikes Trophy this season, is difficult to please. Sometimes, in fact, it seems nothing is good enough for Renfroe, who is his biggest critic. The constant self-evaluation drives MSU coaches crazy.



Schaefer, MSU women optimistic about 2013-14

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer joked Wednesday night that the honeymoon is over for his tenure as the Mississippi State University women's basketball coach. Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant learned enough in their first seasons with Schaefer to know that things aren't going to change any as they and MSU move forward.



BYU ends USM's run in NIT

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- Brock Zylstra's fifth 3-pointer of the first half swished through the net and BYU's bench broke out in wild cheers. The 6-foot-6 guard is usually an afterthought in the Cougars' prolific offense, but he was impossible to miss on Wednesday, helping BYU easily beat Southern Miss 79-62 in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.



Alabama returns nearly entire cast after NIT run

Posted 3/28/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team navigated a miserable December, dealt with a couple of key injuries and lacked a consistent scoring threat in the post. Still, the Crimson Tide managed to win 23 games and advance to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament while losing only one senior and no starters for next season.



Troy chooses former MSU assistant Cunningham as next coach

Posted 3/27/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After 18 years as an assistant coach at the Division 1 level, Phil Cunningham is ready to make that critical move one chair over.



MSU grabs quality mid-week win against Austin Peay

Posted 3/26/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In a 13-5 victory over a quality mid-major opponent Tuesday night, Mississippi State University baseball got some answers.



Alabama faces Maryland in NIT quarterfinal

Posted 3/25/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph and Retin Obasohan are two of the biggest reasons Alabama is still playing this season.



Bulldogs look to shuffle pitching rotation

Posted 3/25/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has decided to rework its weekend pitching rotation in the search of finding a third weekend option with better command.



Unlucky No. 13: La Salle eliminates Ole Miss on last-second shot

Posted 3/25/2013 in College Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If anyone says the La Salle University men's basketball team is making its first trip to the round of 16 in a very, very long time, don't believe it. The last time the upstart Explorers got this far, the NCAA tournament didn't even have a round of 16. But now it does and the little school from Philadelphia is there.



Russell takes larger leadership role with MSU offense

Posted 3/23/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In the midst of the revolving staff changes among the Mississippi State University football program, head coach Dan Mullen decided to make one more subtle switch to the offense.



Cohen will renew ties at Kentucky

Posted 3/22/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- From afar, the head coaches who will meet in a Southeastern Conference three-game series this weekend in Lexington, Ky., seem like polar opposites. A deeper look reveals Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen and University of Kentucky coach Gary Henderson might have more in common than just a professional respect for each other after having worked side by side for five seasons. Cohen will bring his No. 19 MSU (20-4, 1-2 SEC) team to Cliff Hagan Stadium for the first time since he left Kentucky to take the job at his alma mater to face Henderson and the No. 10 Wildcats (16-4, 2-1).



Ole Miss-Wisconsin offer contrast in styles

Posted 3/22/2013 in College Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It won't be the tortoise and the hare, but today's second-round NCAA matchup between flamboyant University of Mississippi and wary University of Wisconsin will feature a big difference in styles. After all, the 12th-seeded Rebels (26-8) have been known to stop for breath every once in a while and play some half-court offense while averaging nearly 80 points. And the button-downed Badgers (23-11) did score 87 once.



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