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Running backs work on technique at MSU's first practice

Posted 8/4/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — It was in with the old and the new Monday at Mississippi State as the football team opened preseason practice with two sessions. The freshmen and newcomers worked out for an hour and a half in the morning, while the varsity team members spent nearly three hours in the afternoon brushing up on what they learned in the spring.



NCAA asks Sidneys' attorney to sign confidentiality statement

Posted 8/4/2009 in College Sports

The NCAA notified Donald Jackson, the attorney for Mississippi State basketball signee Renardo Sidney, by an e-mail Monday morning that he wouldn’t be permitted to participate in interviews of third parties unless he signed a statement of confidentiality.



Mullen looking for right fit at QB

Posted 8/2/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen appears to have left the door open for a quarterback controversy. Although senior Tyson Lee, of Columbus, appears to be the front-runner Monday entering the start of preseason football practice, there are indications Mullen isn’t completely satisfied with the position.



MSU nearing football season ticket record

Posted 8/2/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State is approaching a record for season-ticket sales. A little more than a month before MSU faces Jackson State on Sept. 5 in Starkville, the school’s ticket office announced it has sold 37,523 season tickets.



MSU will go with what it has at WR

Posted 7/31/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The wide receiver position at Mississippi State has taken a hit in the past two weeks. The departures of Terrance Davis and Delmon Robinson from the program subtracts two potential weapons from coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense.



EMCC football ranked No. 6; All-Americans named

Posted 7/31/2009 in College Sports

Buddy Stephens can’t find enough adjectives to describe how excited he is to begin the 2009 season. There apparently are plenty of people throughout the country who share Stephens’ excitement.



Attorney: Floyd's comments could help Sidney's case

Posted 7/30/2009 in College Sports

Donald Jackson, the attorney for the family of Mississippi State men’s basketball signee Renardo Sidney, said the recent comments by former University of Southern California coach Tim Floyd can only help his client’s case.



Tigers sign former Bulldog P Wesson

Posted 7/30/2009 in College Sports

Former Mississippi State pitcher Jared Wesson wasn’t sure the opportunity was going to come. After his name failed to come up one month after the Major League Baseball First-Player Draft, he began to wonder if any organization would take a chance on him.



West Point's Virges commits to MSU; WRs leave program

Posted 7/29/2009 in College Sports

WEST POINT — West Point High School offensive and defensive lineman Curtis Virges likes the direction coach Dan Mullen is taking the Mississippi State football program. Even though the Bulldogs haven’t taken the field this season, Virges has been impressed with how Mullen prepares the team.



Former Bulldog Bowen signs with Reds

Posted 7/29/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State is losing one of its pitchers to professional baseball. Right-hander Ricky Bowen will skip his senior season with the Bulldogs and has signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He reported to the Billings (Montana) Mustangs of the Pioneer League on Monday.



Hall calls for Keys: Former MSU star will be inducted into state's Sports Hall of Fame

Posted 7/28/2009 in College Sports

People will be talking this weekend about Tyrone Keys. But while the topic — football — will be the same, the memories from all of the teams Keys played on will be different.



Bulldogs' Chaney named All-SEC

Posted 7/25/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. — Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney didn’t return for his senior year to get preseason honors. After breaking his leg in MSU’s opening game of the 2008 season at Louisiana Tech, Chaney received a medical redshirt that gave him another year of eligibility.



Alabama puts end of last year behind and moves forward

Posted 7/24/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. — Nick Saban isn’t one to offer excuses. The University of Alabama coach praised quarterback Tim Tebow, coach Urban Meyer, and the rest of the Florida Gators for playing a great game in the 2008 Southeastern Conference Championship game. Saban didn’t blame his team’s loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2009, to a “blinking light” otherwise known as offensive lineman Andre Smith. Instead, the third-year coach preferred Thursday to talk about how his “blue-collar team” was going to continue to try to “do the job” as best as possible to get back to Atlanta to win a SEC title and compete for a national championship.



Ole Miss not satisfied afte having success last season

Posted 7/24/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. — Remarkable is one way to describe the tone of Houston Nutt’s appearances the past two years at Southeastern Conference Media Days. The veteran coach, who led the University of Arkansas to three SEC Western Division titles and eight bowl games in 10 seasons, inherited an Ole Miss program that couldn’t go any lower. The Rebels won only three SEC games in three seasons under Ed Orgeron and were desperate to have something to care about in the fall. My how things changed last season.



MSU's Mullen will wait to decide punishment for Dizon, Green

Posted 7/23/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. –– The legal system may have to run its course before Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will decide punishments for senior running back Anthony Dixon and sophomore tight end Marcus Green. Dixon was arrested last Saturday night in Starkville for driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and not having proof of insurance, while Green was arrested on July 15 for possession of marijuana. Mullen doesn’t anticipate handing out any punishment until the judicial process plays out.



MSU's Mullen handles spotlight at SEC Media Days

Posted 7/23/2009 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen seemed to handle his first experience as a head football coach at Southeastern Conference Media Days just fine. Nothing seemed to faze Mullen on Wednesday afternoon at the Wynfrey Hotel or wipe the smile off his face. Mississippi State junior linebacker K.J. Wright said Mullen is always smiling and what the media saw was nothing new.



MSU soccer recruits on display in nationals

Posted 7/20/2009 in College Sports

The Mississippi State women’s soccer team’s recruiting success will be on display this week in Massachusetts. Two of MSU’s 11-player freshman class — Alex Kytan and Jasmine Simmons — will play for their respective club teams at the United States Youth Soccer Nationals in Lancaster, Mass. The Nationals begin Tuesday and conclude Sunday. They bring together the champions from each of the nation’s regions to crown a champion.



MSU quarterback Lee confident in his ability

Posted 7/20/2009 in College Sports

“Tyson Lee is serviceable, but not outstanding. His stature (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) was a clear obstacle at times (last year).” -- 2009 Athlon Sports preseason football edition.   Statements like those in Athlon Sports preseason college football edition haven’t all been kind to incumbent Mississippi State quarterback Tyson Lee. Even with that, the senior from Columbus remains confident in his ability.



MSU working through tough economy

Posted 7/19/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State athletic department is taking the struggling economy seriously. Even though the nationwide financial downturn haven’t created any major issues at MSU, the athletic department is watching its spending and is trying to cut back.



MSU has success with five sessions of baseball camps

Posted 7/17/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s Baseball Summer Camp returned after a year absence and finished Thursday on a successful note. With the transition of coaching staffs and head coaches from Ron Polk to John Cohen, the MSU baseball program decided not to have the camps last year. Camp coordinator Nick Mingione was pleased with the outcome of the program’s five sessions.



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