STARKVILLE — Depth, experience and leadership have topped Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen’s checklist for offensive improvements this spring. Prior to Mississippi State’s Maroon-White game on Saturday, his list hasn’t changed much. Mississippi State’s receiving corps, offensive line and running back stable have had mixed rotations this spring and with that Mullen has seen performances fluctuate.
STARKVILLE — Nearing the halfway point of the season, Mississippi State coach John Cohen isn’t surprised about where his team is so far. At 17-16 overall and 3-9 in the Southeastern Conference, the Bulldogs are in last place in the SEC Western Division. Mississippi State will meet the last-place team from the SEC East this weekend when it hosts Tennessee at Dudy Noble Field. Game times are 6:30 p.m. today, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
STARKVILLE — For Jenny Hazelwood and the Mississippi State volleyball team, Saturday’s alumni match will be a chance to relax. The Lady Bulldogs have spent the offseason working on ball control, improving strength and building off their 2009 finish, which saw them win three of their last four matches. Hazelwood and assistants Lindi Bankowski and Branden Higa have spent a significant portion of the offseason recruiting for the 2011 class, using the strong finish last season to increase the talent pool.
Rick Stansbury's lengthy diatribe about John Wall's rebound in the waning seconds of Mississippi State's loss to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference title game will cost the Bulldogs coach $30,000.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State baseball team received a shot of positive energy heading into Super Bulldog Weekend, topping South Alabama 9-5 on Wednesday night.
CALEDONIA — The lesson was devastating. Like any other senior, Rickey McCollum Jr. wanted to make a mark in his final year in high school.
If DeShuni Sanders is experiencing any lingering effects from a concussion, it didn’t show Monday afternoon. The freshman center fielder was instrumental in helping the East Mississippi Community College softball team sweep a doubleheader from Coahoma Community College. Sanders had five singles in seven at-bats, stole four bases, scored four runs and knocked in two runs in the two games as EMCC won the opener 8-0 and the nightcap 22-5.
Johnathan Brandon knew he had to make a change. In middle school and as a freshman in high school, Brandon’s attitude and behavior cost him a lot of chances, including numerous opportunities to play basketball. But Brandon realized he was missing out, so he left behind the “hard-headed” young man he once was and matured into the upperclassman who became a team leader.
Raymond Walters wanted to keep his options open. As a football and a basketball standout at New Hope High School, Walters hoped to attract interest from coaches of both sports and then decide which path he wanted to take.
Ole Miss fans won’t have to pay a tailgate tax for the upcoming football season, but they will have a tighter timeframe for setting up their party tents.
Rumors rippled through the Mississippi State fan base Monday morning, as news broke that head basketball coach Rick Stansbury was in line to be the next head coach at Clemson. False alarm.
STARKVILLE — “Cleaner” is how Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen described his team’s second spring scrimmage Saturday. Just one week after bemoaning the sloppiness of the team’s first full scrimmage, the second-year head coach was pleased on all fronts as most questions following the two-and-a-half hour session were aimed at the offensive line, which paved the way for 251 rushing yards. About the only area Mullen wasn’t pleased with was the return game, which saw fumbles by Chad Bumphis and Brandon Heavens drop points for the offense.
STARKVILLE — What started as a pitching duel turned into an error-plagued game that cost Mississippi State a chance for a Southeastern Conference win Saturday afternoon. Mistakes piled up in the late innings to cost Mississippi State in an 8-5 loss to Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field. The mistakes marred a quality start by Mississippi State freshman pitcher Chris Stratton. Arkansas (25-6, 8-3 SEC) claimed the win to set a up a chance for a series sweep at 1:30 p.m.today.
Dreams came true Thursday for three Mississippi State women’s basketball players and the University of Mississippi’s Bianca Thomas. Now Armelie Lumanu, Chanel Mokango and Alexis Rack, of Mississippi State, and Thomas are faced with the hard part: Making the most of their opportunities. Things likely will be a little easier for Mokango and Thomas, who were selected with the No. 9 and the No. 12 picks in the WNBA draft by the Atlanta Dream and Los Angeles Sparks, respectively.
STARKVILLE — Fueled by a mid-week offensive uprising, the Mississippi State baseball team will yet again have another first when it plays host to Arkansas this weekend. New faces, new positions, new lessons learned and another new attempt by MSU coach John Cohen hope to provide a spark for the Bulldogs. But make no mistake, Caleb Reed’s first career start scheduled for today’s 6:30 p.m. opener against the Razorbacks isn’t just a shot in the dark to get longer innings out of starters.
STARKVILLE — Chanel Mokango is ready for anything today. The only problem is the Mississippi State senior doesn’t know when it will happen.
Bianca Thomas believes in herself. You can hear it in her voice. More importantly, the University of Mississippi senior makes you believe on the court.
None of the four WNBA coaches and/or general managers could pinpoint where Mississippi State seniors Armelie Lumanu, Chanel Mokango, and Alexis Rack and University of Mississippi senior Bianca Thomas will be picked today in the annual WNBA draft. But all four individuals agreed all four will be drafted, likely in the first two rounds of the three-round event.
In his first season on the East Mississippi Community College baseball team, Hilton Gibson ranks among the team leaders in hitting and power production. The freshman first baseman is third with a .376 batting average to go with two home runs and 20 RBIs. But the production at the plate isn’t Gibson’s greatest contribution to the Lions, according to EMCC coach Tony Montgomery.
STARKVILLE — Pernell McPhee admitted there was some revenge laid out during Mississippi State’s football scrimmage on Saturday. Just one day after being dominated by the offense, the defensive meetings “weren’t pretty,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said following Saturday’s work.
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