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Former Bulldog Hogue eager to get professional career started

Posted 6/18/2009 in College Sports

David Lane said former Mississippi State center fielder Grant Hogue can’t get to Greeneville, Tenn., fast enough. Lane, the manager of the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League, believes Hogue’s speed on the basepaths will make him an instant weapon when his team begins competition Tuesday.

 

 

MSU has plans for facelifts at athletic facilities

Posted 6/17/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE There have been many changes to Mississippi States athletic landscape the past several months. The biggest deals with technology thanks to the installation of jumbotrons at Mississippi States football, baseball, and soccer stadiums. With those projects at or near completion, the focus at MSU has shifted to other needs.

 

 

Byrne strives for MSU to be best it can be

Posted 6/14/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Greg Byrnepausedlast week to reflect on his first year as Mississippi State Athletic Director and he pointed to one specific thing that impressed him most. Since taking over the day-to-day operations of the Mississippi State athletic department on July 11, 2008, Byrne said it has been the people he works with who have made the transition a positive one. Byrne knew it would be difficult to replace a man likeLarry Templeton, but said his approach and ideas have beenwell received.

 

 

MSU's Bowen, Hogue selected in major league draft

Posted 6/12/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Ron Polk gave Grant Hogue an opportunity to play baseball at Mississippi State. Hogue built on that chance this season for first-year coach John Cohen. After transferring from Pearl River Community College and having two productive seasons at MSU, Hogue will take his talents to the next level. The Houston Astros selected Hogue in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.

 

 

Dodgers select MSU's Powers

Posted 6/11/2009 in College Sports

The easy part was the wait for Mississippi State junior first baseball Conner Powers. Now comes the decision. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Powers in the 11th round Wednesday in the Major League Baseballs First-Year Player Draft.

 

 

MSU confident about signing Sidney

Posted 6/10/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Mississippi States mens basketball program wasnt afraid about going after McDonalds All-American Renardo Sidney as it appeared other schools were. Despite an on-going process concerning Sidneys eligibility, Mississippi State officials believe signing him was the right thing to do and are confident he will be on the court in the near future. Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury insists recruiting Sidney was in the best interest of the program and the player.

 

 

Work pays off for MSU track star Mayers

Posted 6/10/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Emanuel Mayers invested the time in the fall. The hours training spent in September and October blended into more hours on the track in December and January. The goal was to build a base that could help him reach the highest level of Division I track and field. Mayers realized that goal May 29-30 at the Mideast Regional Championships, and today he plans to begin to build on that success.

 

 

EMCC's Donald signs basketball scholarship with Mississippi Valley

Posted 6/5/2009 in College Sports

Darian Donald knew he was soft. A season of getting tossed from side to side on the blocks can convince even the most talented basketball player he needs to make a change. So the former Caledonia High School standout went to work immediately following his freshman season with the East Mississippi Community College mens basketball team. The work Donald did and the season he had as a sophomore transformed him into a different player.

 

 

MSU's Jones fine-tuning skills in summer league

Posted 6/2/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen is excited about the future of pitcher Devin Jones. Jones, who played at Eupora High School in Webster County,is spending his summer fine-tuning his skillsin the New England Collegiate Baseball League in Danbury, Conn.. He is one of 12 Mississippi State Bulldogs that has been assigned to a college summer league by Cohen and his staff. A broken hand kept Jones off the mound during much of the past season, but he started in the last two Southeastern Conference series against Ole Miss and LSU.

 

 

SEC presidents seek even field for all schools

Posted 6/2/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One of the main points of emphasis at the Southeastern Conference Meetings in Destin, Fla., this past week pertained to football recruiting andthe desire for a more even playing field for all 12 schools. The SEC presidents took an action that will move toward that goal. Beginning with next years signing class, SEC programs can only sign a total of 28 players. The coaches wanted the cap at 30, but the presidents got their way at 28.

 

 

Byrne impressed with how Mullen showed his class

Posted 5/31/2009 in College Sports

Greg Byrne is becoming more confident that Dan Mullen is the right man to be Mississippi States head football coach Each time Byrne, Mississippi States athletic director, sees Mullen in a public setting or at an official gathering, hes impressed with the way the coach handles the situation. After spendingtime together last week attheSoutheastern Conference Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., Byrne felt the need to pin another rose on Mullen.

 

 

SEC seeks even recruiting field

Posted 5/29/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State and Ole Miss dont play Southern Miss in football each fall. The battles between those schools are waged in the offseason when it comes to recruiting the states best talent. Thats why any perceived advantage for one of the other football programs can be an issue. At the Southeastern Conference spring meetings in Destin, Fla., this week, discussion has included a proposal to change an SEC regulation that restricts assistant football coaches from attending coaching clinics in their home states unless the coach is a speaker.

 

 

Mullings will try to deliver for MSU track

Posted 5/28/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Mississippi State junior sprinter Dwight Mullings knows his coaches believe in him. Each time Mullings runs a race, associate track coach Steve Dudley tells him he can do a little bit better.

 

 

Starkville's Williams picks Memphis

Posted 5/28/2009 in College Sports

The roads between Starkville to Memphis are going to be a little more busier during the college basketball season thanks to Latavious Williams. The former Starkville High School player announced Tuesday his commitment to play basketball at the University of Memphis.

 

 

Alabama seeks 12th regional bid during Wells' tenure

Posted 5/24/2009 in College Sports

University of Alabama baseball coach Jim Wells is set to hear thatone of his teams has been invited to an NCAA Regional for the 15th time when the pairings are announced Monday. In a 20-year coaching career that began at Northwestern State in 1990, Wells is no stranger to success by owning five regular-season SEC or Southland Conference championshipsand eight SEC or Southland postseason titles. Wells is set to take the Crimson Tide to a regional for the 12th time in 15 seasons. Three of his Alabama teams have made it to the College World Series (1996, 1997, 1999).

 

 

Ole Miss selected as one of 16 regional tournament hosts

Posted 5/24/2009 in College Sports

A disappointing showing in the Southeastern Conference Tournament this past week didnt keep the Ole Miss Rebels from hosting an NCAA regional tournament. Ole Miss (40-17) learned Sunday it made the NCAA Tournament by virtue of being selected as a regional tournament host. Ole Miss was chosen as a host despite going two and out at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala.

 

 

Matthes provides power for Alabama

Posted 5/22/2009 in College Sports

The University of Alabamas Kent Matthes wants to win a national championship. If honors and statistics come his way in the process, thats fine, but he has bigger plans. That is why it was hard for the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year to accept what happened to the Crimson Tide at the SEC tournament at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. Matthes set the schools single-season record for home runs in a season (28) with a blast to center field Wednesday night in a 9-5 lost to South Carolina.

 

 

Henson has been surprise for Ole Miss

Posted 5/22/2009 in College Sports

University of Georgia baseball coach David Perno can appreciate a good catcher. After playing the position at Georgia from 1989-91 before becoming a coach, Perno understands what it takes to be a catcher. He calls the skills he sees in University of Mississippi senior Kyle Henson tremendous.

 

 

Former MSU catcher Curry back at SEC tournament

Posted 5/21/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. Chris Curry has returned to the Southeastern Conference Baseball tournament after 10 years. In 1999, Curry played in the event in Hoover, Ala., as a catcher at Mississippi State. Now hes back as a volunteer assistant at the University of Arkansas.

 

 

Alabama will look to Hyatt today vs. LSU

Posted 5/21/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. University of Alabama baseball coach Jim Wells thought he got a good enough effort from pitchers Del Howell, Nathan Kilcrease, and Jimmy Nelson to pull out a win Wednesday night against South Carolina. But Wells will need an even better effort today.

 

 

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