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Rebels ready to move forward

Posted 3/26/2009 in College Sports

It’s time to move on. As much as University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt would love to enjoy the fruits of a 9-4 season that ended with a six-game winning streak and a victory against Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl, he’s ready for another ride.



Freshmen help MSU beat Memphis

Posted 3/26/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen is looking for players who will give a consistent effort every time they step on the field. If Cohen can get that effort from a freshman, he will go that route. On Wednesday night against the University of Memphis, two MSU freshmen showed they could be a key to the program’s future.



Lady Bulldogs already looking ahead

Posted 3/25/2009 in College Sports

Sharon Fanning already is thinking about the 2009-10 season. One of the first jobs Fanning took to prepare for next season was to watch Mississippi States 64-58 loss to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Monday again. The veteran MSU coach knew the outcome wasnt going to change. She also knew her confidence in her players wasnt going to diminish one bit.



Smith rejoins MSU football team

Posted 3/25/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE It has been a long seven months for Mississippi State offensive lineman Tobias Smith, of Columbus. After breaking his left leg during two-a-days and having surgery last August, Smith went through rehabilitation and rejoined the Bulldogs for the first day of spring practice Tuesday. MSU coach Dan Mullen was happy Smith could be a part of his first practice in Starkville. Smith a graduate of Columbus High School, was excited to get back on the field, even if it was just a practice.



Polk, Palmeiro chosen to Collegle Baseball HoF

Posted 3/25/2009 in College Sports

Ron Polk believes he wouldnt be Hall of Fame material if not for the players he has coached. Thats why he is glad to be inducted into a Hall of Fame with one of his former Mississippi State players. Polk and Rafael Palmeiro will be two of 10 players and coaches who will be inducted to the College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 3 in Lubbock, Texas.



Gordon contributes to UWA success

Posted 3/25/2009 in College Sports

Prior to the start of the season, Courtney Gordon believed the University of West Alabama had the potential to have a good softball team. Gordon must have known something. West Alabama (27-5) is off to its best start in school history after sweeping a doubleheader at Stillman College, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers won the opener 18-0 and the nightcap 17-2. Gordon, a 2005 graduate of New Hope High School, is a senior shortstop for the Lady Tigers who has played an instrumental role in the teams fast start.



MSU, Ole Miss basketball players named finalists for state award

Posted 3/24/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi are well represented among the finalists for the Cellular South Bailey Howell and Peggy Gillom Trophies. The awards, which go to the states top mens and womens college basketball players, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson.



Champions Club member Lee set to lead Mullen's first practice

Posted 3/24/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen already considers quarterback Tyson Lee, of Columbus, a champion before he sees what he can do on the practice field today. Thats because Lee is one of 16 Bulldogs chosen to the Champions Club, which is made up of players who excelled on and off the field in offseason conditioning and met standards set by their position group.



Koenning welcomes return to MSU

Posted 3/23/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Les Koenning returns to the Mississippi State football practice field Tuesday after a 20-year absence. Koenning was the running backs and wide receivers coach at Mississippi State from 1986-89. He returned when Dan Mullen was hired to replace Sylvester Croom this past December. Koenning welcomes the opportunity to work with Mullen and return to Mississippi State.



Dixon won't be forgotten man at MSU

Posted 3/22/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tailback Anthony Dixon will not be a forgotten man in the spread offense of new Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen. It is Mullens hope that the former 1,000-yard rusher willbe again next fall his senior season. Mullen said there is a misconception that a running game is not important in the spread, but he begs to differ.



MSU softball team swept by LSU

Posted 3/22/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Mississippi States softball team had an opportunity to answer with agood third inning after LSU put up a four-spotin the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Mississippi State scored one runwhen Ali Bainbridge was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded andtwo outs, but ended up leaving three runners on basewhen Sammie Jo Bailey popped out to the catcher to end the inning. Mississippi State coach Jay Miller said it was tough to see his clean-up hitter fail to get the job done in that situation.



Ole Miss hosts Murray State in WNIT

Posted 3/22/2009 in College Sports

Renee Ladner hoped a loss to Auburn in the Southeastern Conference tournament earlier this month wasnt the end to her teams season. The University of Mississippi coach learned Monday that the Lady Rebels will play at least one more game. Trouble is, Ole Miss didnt find out until Friday night who and where they were playing. Murray State defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 67-65 in a first-round game at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark. The victory means Murray State (23-8) will play at Ole Miss (17-14) at 4 p.m. today.



MSU's Mullen ready to `Spread the Fun'

Posted 3/20/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE The Mississippi State football team will begin to Spread the Fun next week when coach Dan Mullen opens spring football practice. After a week of spring break where some of his assistants were finishing moves to Starkville, Mullen said everyone will be ready to get down to business. Mullen, who was hired Dec. 11, 2008, after Sylvester Croom resigned Nov. 29, will try to start out with a clean slate with the players.



Lumanu, Mokango key ingredients for Lady Bulldogs

Posted 3/20/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Armelie Lumanu trudged out of the teams locker room following a loss to LSU in the Southeastern Conference tournament in North Little Rock, Ark. Lumanus body language was in stark contrast to the emotion and energy she exhibited in the second half. With less than eight minutes remaining, Lumanu stole the basketball near midcourt and was fouled seconds later.



Sykes, Rutgers continue up, down season

Posted 3/20/2009 in College Sports

April Sykes transformation into a Division I basketball player will continue Saturday in the NCAA tournament. Sykes and the No. 7 seed Rutgers Lady Scarlet Knights (19-12) will take on No. 10 seed Virginia Commonwealth (26-6) at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, N.J. Its not surprising Rutgers, which went 9-7 in the Big East Conference, is in the NCAA tournament.



MSU pitching coach faces former team

Posted 3/20/2009 in College Sports

Its Butch Thompsons turn. The Mississippi State pitching coach was an observer Wednesday when Alabama-Birmingham coach Brian Shoop and volunteer coach Ron Polk returned to Dudy Noble Field. Shoop was an assistant coach at Mississippi State and Polk was MSUs coach for 29 seasons. This weekend will be a homecoming for Thompson when MSU plays at Georgia.



MSU-Loyola film will be shown next week

Posted 3/19/2009 in College Sports

Ever since Dr. James Giesen saw the documentary Game of Change last year in Detroit, he knew he had to find a way to bring the film to Mississippi State. Giesen, an assistant professor of History, was interviewed to provide perspective for the film about the 1963 NCAA mens basketball tournament game that pit Mississippi State against Loyola of Chicago in East Lansing, Mich., so he already knew how to contact the films director and producer, Jerald Harkness.



Discussions continue about updating drainage at Dudy Noble

Posted 3/19/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Dudy Noble Field, Mississippi States baseball surface, has had the reputation of being one of the nations best draining fields. But the system is showing its age.



Bulldogs 'power' past Blazers

Posted 3/19/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE It really didnt surprise Mississippi State baseball coaches John Cohen and Butch Thompson to see Ryan Powers hot hitting against the Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday night. Thompson had already told Cohen how Powers was swinging the bat in pregame batting practice.



Prep rivals will meet again in NCAA opener

Posted 3/19/2009 in College Sports

Mississippi State freshman point guard Dee Bost would take another 20-point win against his old prep school rival this afternoon. Bost was at Hargrave Military School when he played against Isaiah Thomas at South Kent School in Connecticut. Thomas is now a freshman point guard at the University of Washington, MSUs opponent at 3:45 p.m. today (WCBI) in the first round of the NCAA tournament West Regional in Portland, Ore.



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