Dan Mullen, Lane Kiffin, and Gene Chizik all have been assigned the same task. The men are in charge of returning three Southeastern Conference football teams to winning ways. Mississippi State, Auburn, and Tennessee all participated in and won bowl games in 2007, but failed in its quests to record winning seasons in 2008.
In her first season at Birmingham-Southern College, Tori Harris helped the softball program reach new heights. Birmingham-Southern ended its season Sunday with the best record in school history. Birmingham-Southern, ranked No. 17 nationally, swept a doubleheader from Hendrix College to finish the season 32-5 for an .865 winning percentage. Harris, a 2006 graduate of New Hope High School, contributed to that success as a junior pitcher and third baseman.
Clark Richey won’t realize his goal until June. But he will take another step toward it tonight when the Cotton States Baseball League unveils its four-team North Division at 4:45 p.m. today at the Magnolia Civic Center in New Albany.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State Bulldogs got a taste of what coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense could be on the football field on Saturday night. In a full game scrimmage, the Maroon team came from behind to defeat the White 24-21 in the Maroon-White Game at Davis Wade Stadium. The announced crowd of 31,606 was the largest ever to watch a spring game at MSU. Although the Bulldogs did not show fans an all-out offensive explosion, it was enough to satisfy Mullen.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State senior first baseman Connor Powers took out his frustration on one pitch Saturday afternoon. Powers hit a walkoff solo home run in the 10th inning to help the Mississippi State Bulldogs beat the Kentucky Wildcats 4-3 at Dudy Noble Field. A season-high crowd of 10,210, the 22nd largest in MSU history and third largest in the Southeastern Conference this year, looked on during Super Bulldog Weekend. After losing 5-4 in 11 innings on Friday, MSU (20-19, 6-11 Southeastern Conference) was able to even its series with Kentucky at 1-1.
STARKVILLE — John Cohen has had what he calls “weird” experiences in coaching. The first came when he was an assistant at Florida under Pat McMahon and coached against former Mississippi State coach Ron Polk, who he played for from 1988-90.
STARKVILLE — Run, run, run. Tyson Lee, of Columbus, and the other Mississippi State quarterbacks have heard those words shouted at them several times this spring. In coach Dan Mullen’s new spread offense, there are opportunities for the quarterback to call his number for a running play.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury emphasizes winning championships. He believes strongly enough in winning titles that last month he made sure everyone saw the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship trophy on the table for his press conference prior to the NCAA tournament.
The Mississippi State football team said goodbye to Russell Athletics on Wednesday and hello to adidas. Football players Derek Sherrod, Anthony Dixon, Jamar Chaney, and Bo Walters sported their new adidas uniforms for the first time in front of the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus. The school reached a new apparel agreement with adidas a few weeks ago.
PEARL –– Senior left-hander Brett Bukvich struck out a career-high 11 batters and did not walk one on the way to Most Valuable Player honors as he helped Ole Miss beat Mississippi State 8-1 to claim the Governor’s Cup. The fifth largest crowd in Trustmark Park history (7,458) watched Bukvich (5-1) pitch six innings and allow only one run on five hits with no walks as Ole Miss (26-10) claimed the annual non-conference contest between Southeastern Conference rivals.
STARKVILLE -- Kyle Roberts is happy to be practicing football in Oktibbeha County again. After taking a detour to East Mississippi Community College for two years, the former East Oktibbeha High School player has walked on at Mississippi State for spring practice. Roberts has been primarily a slot receiver in Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense and has worked his way up to second team.
Rachel Baucom is accustomed to winning when it comes to playing softball. She played on six state championship teams at New Hope High School and back-to-back state championship teams at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala. Baucom isn’t on a team that good this season, but she’s helping revive the softball program at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark.
It has almost been 20 years since Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has competed as a player against the University of Mississippi. During his playing career with the Bulldogs (1988-90), Cohen remembers the rivalry with the Rebels wasn’t as intense as it is today.
The appearance of former Mississippi State football coach Jackie Sherrill at spring football practice last week has caused quite a stir. Sherrill’s possible interaction with the Bulldogs at Friday’s workout might have violated an NCAA bylaw regarding the limitation of coaches taking part in on-the-field teaching.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State football team was hard at work early Thursday, but it had nothing to do with spring football practice. The Bulldogs helped children from the T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability in Starkville participate in an Easter Egg hunt inside the Palmeiro Center. It was an opportunity to meet some of the children in the community and to have fun between classes.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State baseball team needs to make up some ground in a hurry if it is to avoid the fate it endured last season. Ever since John Cohen took over for Ron Polk, his goal has been to avoid a repeat of last season, when the Bulldogs finished 22-33 and 9-21 in the Southeastern Conference. MSU (18-15, 4-8 SEC) showed some signs of life this week in victories against the University of Alabama-Birmingham (10-0) and Southern Miss (7-6). It will try to build on that momentum this weekend at Tennessee (13-20, 1-11).
STARKVILLE — Whether it’s coaching in the Ivy League or in the Southeastern Conference, football is played the same way. Scott Sallach is finding that out as a member of Dan Mullen’s coaching staff at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State baseball team found the momentum Wednesday night it will need in a weekend Southeastern Conference baseball series at Tennessee. The Bulldogs used a walk-off solo home run by junior designated hitter Ryan Duffy in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Southern Mississippi 7-6 at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE — O’Neal Wilder hopes the speed that helped him run a state best 48.3 seconds in the 400-meter dash at Carthage High School in 2006 will serve him well as a member of the Mississippi State football team. After a knee injury sidelined him last season, Wilder will try to get back in shape to provide the Bulldogs with a valuable weapon in coach Dan Mullen’s spread offense.
As a sophomore on the East Mississippi Community College golf team, Hal Larkin is making the most of a second chance. Larkin has the second lowest average on EMCC’s team after being academically ineligible to play as a freshman. Larkin, a 2007 graduate of Caledonia High School, has made the most of his last chance to play at EMCC by earning second-team all-state honors. He earned the honor based on being 10th in the state with a 76.7 stroke average.
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