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MSU seniors seek positive end to careers

Posted 5/14/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With two Southeastern Conference series remaining and chances of postseason play long exhausted, the Mississippi State Bulldogs haven't packed it in.  Seniors want to finish their careers on a positive note and coaches want to continue first-year players' integration into league play.  The Bulldogs (21-28, 5-19 SEC), fresh off an 8-5 win against Northwestern State that snapped a school-record 11-game losing streak, host No. 18 Vanderbilt (36-13, 12-10) this weekend. 



MSU baseball ends losing streak

Posted 5/13/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Russ Sneed drove in four runs and the Mississippi State baseball team snapped an 11-game losing streak with an 8-5 win against Northwestern State on Wednesday.



SEC meet will be challenge for MSU

Posted 5/13/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt described Mississippi State's track performances at the Penn Relays as "magical." Who knows how he'll feel if the Bulldogs continue their trophy-winning form.



Mississippi State track team gears up for SEC, nationals

Posted 5/11/2010 in College Sports

With each meet this track season, Mississippi State's men's relay teams have built notoriety and put its stamp on the nation's high-profile events.



WNBA's Silver Stars cut former Lady Bulldog Rack

Posted 5/11/2010 in College Sports

The latest group of Mississippi State women's basketball players to reach the WNBA is down to one. The San Antonio Silver Stars released former MSU standout Alexis Rack and forward Krystal Vaughn on Monday.



MSU's Aaron will try to gain notoriety

Posted 5/11/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- LaQuinta Aaron smiles when asked if Mississippi State's men's track team success has overshadowed the progress made by MSU's women. The All-Southeastern Conference hurdler and heptathlete enters this week's SEC Championships hoping to achieve the same kind of notoriety.



EMCC suspends soccer programs

Posted 5/8/2010 in College Sports

Junior Noel was stunned. For the past two seasons, Noel worked to make the East Mississippi Community College men's and women's soccer programs respectable. The results weren't eye-popping, but Noel and those in the area who follow soccer believe EMCC was improving. That progress was put on hold earlier this week when the EMCC Board of Trustees voted to suspend the men's and women's soccer programs for one season.



Stricklin's introduction like family reunion

Posted 5/8/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Scott Stricklin's introduction as Mississippi State's 16th athletics director had the feeling of a family reunion or and Easter Sunday gathering. With Stricklin's family and friends gathered together Friday, the Mississippi State alum and employee spoke for the first time in a position he called "his dream job."



Fumo caught off guard by EMCC decision

Posted 5/8/2010 in College Sports

If Junior Noel was stunned to learn the East Mississippi Community College soccer programs he coached were going to be suspended, imagine the surprise of the freshmen on the teams when they heard the news. Former Starkville High School forward Eduardo Fumo, who was a freshman on the EMCC men's soccer team in the fall, said he first learned of the school's decision to suspend the men's and women's soccer programs in a phone call from Brian Bennett, his former coach at Starkville High.



Suspending soccer programs at EMCC creates disappointment

Posted 5/8/2010 in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees' decision Monday to suspend the school's men's and women's soccer programs has surprised and confused many coaches and followers of the teams. The surprise is understandable given that EMCC coach Junior Noel, who coached the men's team for the past three years and the women's team the past two years, had no idea a move like that was going to be made until Tuesday morning, when he also was informed his contract would not be renewed.



Stricklin: Time for MSU to 'start dreaming,' expect greatness

Posted 5/7/2010 in College Sports

Scott Stricklin's introduction as Mississippi State University's 16th athletics director had the feeling of a family reunion or an Easter Sunday gathering.



Montgomery not retained as EMCC baseball coach

Posted 5/7/2010 in College Sports

Tony Montgomery loves East Mississippi Community College.
The former New Hope High School baseball standout played the sport at EMCC, spent eight years as an assistant baseball coach to head coach Bill Baldner, and the past four seasons as the Lions' head baseball coach.
Montgomery doesn't know why, but he said there is something about Scooba he enjoys.



MSU softball team plays Alabama in important series

Posted 5/7/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A familiar season-ending situation faces the Mississippi State softball team this weekend against national championship favorite Alabama.
Mississippi State (26-26, 7-15 Southeastern Conference) hopes to force its way into the SEC and NCAA tournaments, but can't afford repeat of last weekend's doubleheader loss to Florida.
Tournament scenarios for the SEC include MSU having to finish better than Ole Miss and Auburn, both of which are vying for the eighth and final spot. MSU holds the tiebreaker against Auburn, while Ole Miss holds the tiebreaker against MSU. However, Auburn is a half-game ahead of MSU entering the weekend.



Stricklin tapped for Mississippi State athletic director job

Posted 5/7/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State will introduce Scott Stricklin as its 16th director of athletics at 2 p.m. today, capping the university's month-and-a-half long search to replace Greg Byrne.



EMCC rodeo hopes to get fast start

Posted 5/6/2010 in College Sports

WEST POINT -- A program six years in the making finalized its first recruiting class Wednesday as East Mississippi Community College signed nine area student-athletes to rodeo scholarships.
When EMCC President Dr. Rick Young started in 2004, he envisioned a scholarship-based rodeo program that would lead to an equestrian program.



Brooks makes most of his opportunities

Posted 5/5/2010 in College Sports

As a reserve outfielder on the Mississippi College baseball team, J’Marcus Brooks hasn’t gotten many opportunities to display his skills this season. But when the sophomore from Columbus has gotten to play, he’s made the most of his chances. The 5-foot-10, 173-pound fleet-footed Brooks has played in only 11 games this season for the Choctaws, but he’s produced when his name has been called.



Ole Miss wins slugfest

Posted 5/2/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Middle inning madness and potent Ole Miss offense clinched its weekend Southeastern Conference series with Mississippi State following a 12-10 win Saturday at Dudy Noble Field. Ole Miss (32-13, 13-7 SEC) was powered by a nine-run spree that spanned the fifth and sixth innings, while Mississippi State (20-22, 5-15) took advantage of a shaky outing from Ole Miss No. 2 pitcher Aaron Barrett. The Bulldogs, however, were dealt with a two-run gap in the bottom of the ninth and for the second-straight game had its own miscues in the field contribute to its demise.



Osby leaves, Smith signs with Bulldogs

Posted 5/2/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE –– Friday brought mixed news for the Mississippi State men’s basketball program.  MSU confirmed junior forward Romero Osby will transfer from the school his father attended, which will put the team at 13 scholarship players for next season.  Following Osby’s announcement, Mississippi State got its first 2011 verbal commitment from Jackson Callaway guard Marquavius “Deville” Smith.



MSU women add pieces to puzzle

Posted 5/1/2010 in College Sports

The pieces are finally assembled. Now Sharon Fanning-Otis and the Mississippi State women’s basketball coaching staff have some time to formulate a plan for the new pieces to the 2010-11 puzzle. The Lady Bulldogs finalized their recruiting class Friday by announcing the signing of 6-foot forward Elyseia Dunn of Jefferson College (Mo.). Dunn is the fifth junior college player to join the program, and the ninth member of the 2010 signing class. She joins Jefferson College (Mo.) teammates Porsha Porter and Ashley Brown, whose signings were announced earlier this week.



Harris signs with Texas-El Paso

Posted 4/30/2010 in College Sports

EL PASO, Texas — University of Texas at El Paso men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd continued Thursday to add to his first recruiting class at the school by announcing the signing of center Rashanti Harris. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Harris is regarded as a four-star recruit by He was rated the No. 15 player in the country by HoopScoop, No. 17 by, No. 26 by, and No. 37 by ESPN following a dominant prep career at New Hope High School. also regarded Harris as the No. 2 center in the Class of 2008. Harris averaged 19.7 points, 15 rebounds, and 4.5 blocked shots as a senior, shooting 65 percent from the field. He was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Mississippi after leading New Hope High School to the 2008 Class 4A state title.



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