HOOVER, Ala. -- For the last three years, everything for Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and quarterback Tyler Russell have been about experiencing firsts.
STARKVILLE -- The leading returning tackler in the Southeastern Conference finally was acknowledged Monday. Mississippi State University linebacker Cameron Lawrence was selected to the 2012 Butkus Award watch list. The award is given annually to the nation's best linebacker.
STARKVILLE -- The next step in Jake Wells' coaching career was about finding the right philosophical fit at a bigger program. For John Cohen and the Mississippi State University baseball program, the task was finding the next young, up-and-coming coach to complete a staff that will lead the team to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Mississippi State University head softball coach Vann Stuedeman recently completed her first season with the Bulldogs. MSU finished 33-24 and 12-16 in Southeastern Conference play, and returned to postseason play for the first time since 2009. MSU saw its season end with a pair of losses in the Eugene Regional, hosted by the University of Oregon. Today, Stuedeman reviews her first season as a head coach on the collegiate level, and looks ahead to 2013.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University offensive guard Gabe Jackson received two birthday presents Thursday. The junior from Amite County High School was named to the Outland Trophy Award watch list and was a preseason second-team pick to the All-Southeastern Conference team.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University redshirt sophomore tight end Malcolm Johnson suffered an injury last weekend. MSU football spokesperson Joe Galbraith declined to elaborate about the specifics of the injury, citing "team policy on injuries. He refused to comment about whether the injury was to Johnson's "upper body" or "lower body" when asked Wednesday afternoon.
OXFORD -- It has been a hectic few weeks for University of Mississippi junior right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
STARKVILLE -- Essentially what the Mississippi State University baseball program accomplished Tuesday was a trade with the country directly to the north of us.
STARKVILLE -- After completing their first active season on the Mississippi State University football team, two players made it to national watch lists.
STARKVILLE -- Marcus Green will be in a Mississippi State University football jersey in 2012. MSU officials announced Thursday morning the NCAA granted the 24-year-old tight end a sixth-year of eligibility after the school applied for it on his behalf.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze's résumé shows he's a football coach. It also indicates he also is some sort of magician.
Hunter Renfroe earned the reputation for being a power hitter early in his Mississippi State University baseball career. The rising junior may be primed to realize that potential thanks to a record-setting summer in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Summer Baseball League.
FULTON -- Itawamba Community College women's head basketball coach Nanci Gray announced sophomore Shay Bonner signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at the University of Montevallo in Alabama next season.
STARKVILLE -- Jenny Hazelwood has assembled a challenging 2012 schedule for one reason: RPI. In college volleyball, the Ratings Percentage Index is a crucial element used to rank schools and to determine at-large selections for the NCAA tournament. Hazelwood, who was a setter at MSU, is determined to make sure the program continues to improve.
Franqua Bedell was ready to take the next step. After Vic Shaefer replaced Sharon Fanning-Otis as women's basketball coach at Mississippi State University, Bedell applied for and had several interviews for a number of coaching vacancies throughout the nation.
FULTON -- Former Aberdeen High School and Itawamba Community College basketball standout Jameika Hoskins has been recognized for her final season at ICC by having her jersey as part of the Ring of Honor display at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Multiple reports have former Mississippi State University guard Rodney Hood heading to Duke University. ESPN.com and Fox Sports reported Saturday evening the former Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Mississippi has decided to transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse coached by Mike Krzyzewski, Division I men's college basketball's all-time leader in wins.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in 16 years, Mississippi State University produced a first round pick in the 2012 National Basketball Association draft.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University head men's basketball coach Rick Ray has already started looking to the 2014 recruiting class.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University officials confirmed Wednesday two members of the 2012 football recruiting class will not be on the fall roster.
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