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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
An opportunity to play close to home has proved to be a perfect fit for Ben Fleming and Brent Hallmark. The former New Hope High School baseball standouts, who are teammates on the Golden Triangle Jets, were named Wednesday to the Cotton States Baseball League All-Star team.
Apparently the football coaches from around the Southeastern Conference believe Mississippi State senior running back Anthony Dixon can thrive in coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense. Dixon, of Terry, was named Thursday to the second-team offense of the Coaches All-SEC football team.
STARKVILLE — Athletic trainers and strength coaches at Mississippi State aren’t only concerned in the summer with managing the football players’ weightlifting and conditioning sessions. They also plan trips to the local grocery stores. The Bulldogs appreciate their coaches and trainers care enough not only to tell them how to take care of their bodies, but also to show them.
The NCAA Eligibility Center has requested more documentation in the case of Mississippi State basketball signee Renardo Sidney. Sidney’s attorney, Donald Jackson, believes the request is an attempt by the Eligibility Center to prolong the investigation into Sidney’s amateur status that would keep him from getting on the court in a timely manner to play for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State senior running back Anthony Dixon will return home today for a few hours. Dixon will be one of the Bulldogs who will attend the Central Mississippi Alumni Association “Summer Extravaganza” in Jackson.
Mississippi State softball player Chelsea Bramlett had a tough time measuring the correct temperature during her stay at the Canada Cup in Surrey, British Columbia. Bramlett pretty much had to guess the temperature after trying to convert Canada’s Celsius readings to Fahrenheit.
STARKVILLE — Sharon Fanning didn’t know where to begin. There was no official starting point for the Mississippi State women’s basketball coach because everything in the program’s new locker room in Humphrey Coliseum begged to bragged about and to be touched. There were murals, pictures, and plaques on the walls to honor former and current Lady Bulldogs.
STARKVILLE –– Mississippi State’s athletic department has encouraged its coaches and student-athletes to be visible throughout the community of Starkville. Many sports have followed through with that request from MSU Athletic Director Greg Byrne and the administration. The volleyball team takes advantage of one of those opportunities today. The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to be at the multi-purpose facility at the Starkville Sportsplex from 1-3 p.m. and will volunteer their time to conduct a skills and drills teaching session for the Starkville Boys and Girls Club.
LUBBOCK, Texas — New inductees from the fourth class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame expressed gratitude Friday for long careers and for the people who helped them achieve college baseball’s highest honor. The Class, which included former Mississippi State coach Ron Polk and former Mississippi State outfielder Rafael Palmeiro, brought the Hall’s membership to 44. In addition to Polk and Palmeiro, the group includes outfielder Joe Carter and pitcher/designated hitter Darren Dreifort (Wichita State), pitcher Kirk Dressendorfer and catcher/utility Keith Moreland (Texas), shortstop Barry Larkin, Michigan; and second baseman Todd Walker (LSU).
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen’s idea of a vacation is being able to kick back on the beach and enjoy reading a good book. That’s what Mississippi State’s football coach tried to do as he and his family took a week off from football for a little rest and relaxation. It all changes when Mullen returns to Starkville later this week. He will trade in his novel for the playbook.
It has already taken quite a bit of time for the case regarding Renardo Sidney’s amateur status to develop. Donald Jackson, the attorney for the Mississippi State basketball signee, said something happened this week that could delay the process even further. Jackson recently learned through e-mail the NCAA has transferred all amateurism cases to the eligibility center, which means a new person will handle the case.
Mississippi State sophomore center D.J. Looney has his bags packed for a trip this month, but it’s not for a vacation. It’s for business. Looney will travel to Denver to meet with members of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Looney was selected in Junee to represent the Southeastern Conference as a member of the committee.
Until the NCAA has had a chance to weigh all the facts concerning Mississippi State men’s basketball signee Renardo Sidney’s eligibilty, it will continue to be a “he said, he said” situation and MSU basketball coach Rick Stansbury appears to be staying out of it. Ever since Sidney signed with Mississippi State, there has been a question concerning his amateur status because of dealings with Reebok representatives, first with Sonny Viccaro and later with Chris Rivers.
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