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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.



MSU looks to get back into race for SEC Tournament

Posted 4/30/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — With three chances lost at Alabama, the Mississippi State baseball team hopes to avoid another disappointing weekend against a division opponent and claw back into the race for a Southeastern Conference tournament spot.  Last weekend’s rain-affected series against the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala., saw the Bulldogs squander leads with single-inning meltdowns. The Bulldogs had a seven-run lead evaporate in Game 2 before losing a 4-1 lead in Game 3.  Mississippi State coach John Cohen admits the team is frustrated with the nature of the losses, but as he explained Thursday, the Bulldogs (20-20, 5-13 SEC) have gone through the growing pains of playing the most freshmen in the conference.



Harris expected to land at UTEP

Posted 4/29/2010 in College Sports

Dave Telep has fond memories of Rashanti Harris. In December 2007, Telep, the national recruiting director for, watched as Harris, then a senior at New Hope High School, held his own with some of the nation’s top post players at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.



Hallmark perseveres as Delta State reliever

Posted 4/28/2010 in College Sports

When Brent Hallmark struggled with his control as a freshman pitcher at Delta State, he contemplated hanging up his cleats. But Hallmark didn’t give up that easily and has persevered to become a solid late-inning reliever his sophomore season at Delta State. Hallmark, a 2007 graduate of New Hope High School, has found a remedy for his control issues by going to a sidearm delivery as recommended by former Delta State and major league pitcher Matt Miller, and he’s thriving out of the bullpen.



MSU's Bost, Johnson declare for NBA draft

Posted 4/27/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mondays have been newsworthy days for Mississippi State athletics this year. Greg Byrne’s announcement of his decision to leave for the University of Arizona came on a Monday, as did men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury’s selection to turn down Clemson’s offer to become its new coach remain at MSU. This week, that theme was continued when MSU guards Dee Bost and Ravern Johnson opted enter the NBA draft.



MSU's Dixon, Chaney drafted

Posted 4/24/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE –– Anthony Dixon waited longer than he wanted to on the final day of the NFL draft, but the crossed fingers, prayers and nervous energy turned to joy in the sixth round. A life-long San Francisco 49ers fan, Dixon grew up hoping to grace the same field as his favorite player, Jerry Rice, once did. Saturday, San Francisco drafted the Mississippi State record-setter with the 173rd overall pick, bolstering a backfield that already has Pro Bowler Frank Gore and former Alabama running back Glen Coffee.



McKenzie to serve at MSU's interim AD

Posted 4/24/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State announced Friday senior associate athletic director Duncan McKenzie will serve as interim athletic director while the school continues its search for a long term replacement for Greg Byrne. McKenzie also serves as the athletic department’s chief financial officer. He is a former football letterman, starring for MSU as a tight end from 1974-78. He played in the Sun Bowl his freshman season.



Intangibless helped Holman make Delta State Hall of Fame

Posted 4/24/2010 in College Sports

HAMILTON — Good athletes come by their talent naturally and, rightfully so, are remembered for their extraordinary athletic skills. Unfortunately, because some have been blessed with an abundance of athletic ability and little else, they never learn that becoming an exceptional athlete takes more than having fantastic skills. So what distinguishes a good athlete from a great one?



MSU names interim athletic director

Posted 4/23/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State University announced Friday its senior associate athletic director Duncan McKenzie will serve as interim athletic director while the school continues its search for a long term replacement for Greg Byrne.



MSU baseball team travels to Alabama

Posted 4/23/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Two weeks ago, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen could see the effects of a sluggish conference start beginning to take a toll on his team.  Cohen made it a point for the coaching staff to analyze every aspect of the Bulldogs’ week –– from batting practice to bullpen routines to overall energy and enthusiasm.  During a critical home stretch and in danger of falling behind the eight ball in the race to make the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Cohen sat down with his players and doled out individual assignments and critiques on “effort level and things that we hadn’t been doing a good job of,” Mississippi State senior first baseman Connor Powers said.



Dixon's strong season puts him in position to be picked

Posted 4/22/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — While most NFL draft prospects head to specialized pre-combine training destinations, Anthony Dixon didn’t see a reason to leave home. After re-writing Mississippi State’s rushing records, the Bulldogs’ heralded running back chose to do his pre-draft testing with MSU strength coach Matt Balis.



Draft drought likely to end for MSU

Posted 4/22/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State hasn’t had a player selected in the NFL draft since 2007, but this year figures to be the end of that run.



Bulldogs' young talent shows in spring

Posted 4/20/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State football team’s Maroon-White game showcased the Bulldogs’ young talent that could become the household names of the future.



MSU women celebrate season at banquet

Posted 4/20/2010 in College Sports

Work already has started to build on the best season in Mississippi State women’s basketball history. But the Lady Bulldogs took Monday to celebrate as a group for perhaps one final time at their season-ending banquet at the Hunter Henry Center.



Maroon wins MSU spring game

Posted 4/17/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen called Saturday’s Maroon-White Game a “celebration” of the hard work his team put in during spring practice. Basically, the Maroon team won 26-13 and the announced crowd of 34,127 got to see the team’s redshirt players from last season. Most notably, it was quarterback Tyler Russell in his first “big atmosphere” performance. With the team split in half, Russell had just one of Mississippi State’s starting linemen and struggled early on.



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