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SEC Commissioner Slive outlines possible changes

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive utilized the opening press conference of SEC Football Media Day to announce plans Wednesday to strengthen academic requirements for incoming freshmen and transfers.



Muschamp hopes to re-energize Florida

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The rookie head coach strolled into the second-floor ballroom at The Wynfrey Hotel like he'd been there before. He hadn't -- at least not in front of this microphone, not while addressing a media contingent in the hundreds. "Great to be here," Will Muschamp said. "Great to be back in the Southeastern Conference and at the University of Florida." Moments like that one, captured in front of the laptops and pens and digital tape recorders and a Gators helmet near the podium, convinced Muschamp to go from coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas to coach-right-now.



Former Rebel Warren will play in Australia

Posted 7/21/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Throughout his exceptional high school and college career, Chris Warren dreamed of taking his basketball talents to the professional level. On Wednesday, the former University of Mississippi point guard was earned that opportunity when he signed with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's National Basketball League.



Harrell will go to Michigan to play baseball

Posted 7/20/2011 in College Sports

Baseball knows no boundaries. And when you make an impression on someone, there's no telling where your hard work will help you wind up. Blake Harrell finalized his destination of choice Tuesday, signing a scholarship to play baseball at St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, Mich.



Ole Miss Athletics assists Smithville

Posted 7/20/2011 in College Sports

SMITHVILLE -- After collecting household goods the past two weekends, University of Mississippi Athletics personnel delivered Tuesday a load of items to the Smithville community as part of the Rebel Relief Project.



MSU's Saulsberry does internship with SPD

Posted 7/15/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- You might have noticed a familiar face in an unfamiliar uniform around Starkville. Mississippi State senior lineman Quentin Saulsberry has spent the past month and a half interning at the Starkville Police Department. In that time he has been the most popular person to step out of a squad car.



Arkansas, Alabama lead preseason All-SEC picks

Posted 7/15/2011 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Arkansas led the way Thursday with 14 selections to the Southeastern Conference preseason coaches' teams, while the University of Alabama had 13 and Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi had four apiece.



Local Lions movin' on up

Posted 7/14/2011 in College Sports

Tyler Aldridge, Mitch Bohon, and Cole Vaughan will be able to look back one day and know they were a part of something special. Their efforts this season were instrumental in helping the East Mississippi Community College baseball team get back to the postseason and making the first step toward becoming a perennial contender.



Former CHS standout Morris will go to West Alabama

Posted 7/13/2011 in College Sports

Sammy Smith needed a scale Tuesday afternoon. Two months earlier, Smith's jaw dropped when former Columbus High boys basketball standout Phillip Morris entered his office. "What have you been doing?" Smith asked Morris, a former CHS point guard who went on to play basketball at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit.



Moultrie ready to take court for MSU

Posted 7/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Bulked up and anxious to hit the court, Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie is ready to see what he can do in the Southeastern Conference.



MSU, Cohen file motion for protective order

Posted 7/13/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State and baseball coach John Cohen filed a motion for protective order Friday regarding an information request by former player Forrest Moore.



Sidney working in offseason to improve conditioning

Posted 7/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Expect a different Renardo Sidney this season. The Mississippi State junior center spent more than a month working out with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston, Texas, to shed weight and to improve his conditioning.



MSU signee Cox will play at EMCC

Posted 7/12/2011 in College Sports

Mississippi State signee Justin Cox will play his freshman football season at East Mississippi Community College.



Sidney sheds weight, regains focus

Posted 7/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Expect a much different Renardo Sidney this season. The Mississippi State junior center spent over a month working out with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston, Texas to shed weight and improve his conditioning. Sidney returned to campus last week 23 pounds lighter after weighing 320 pounds when he showed up in Houston in May.


Still in the race: Al Schmidt's life saved by quick action of an athletic trainer

Posted 7/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt is still trying to forget May 12. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, typical for the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Seconds after a heat of the decathlons' 400 meters, Schmidt, the director of Mississippi State University track and field, felt dizzy. A shortness of breath followed.

Fans bless football season with Running of the Bulldogs

Posted 7/7/2011 in College Sports

A thundering herd will stampede through the streets of Starkville Saturday, laying waste to everything in its path. And by "laying waste" we mean chucking water balloons and bopping people with pool noodles.


Maye hopes to use experience at MSU

Posted 7/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brandon Maye doesn't feel like the new guy. The senior linebacker, who transferred from Clemson University and enrolled this summer at Mississippi State, said he has made an easy transition to living in Starkville and is adjusting to how MSU's program is run.



Riek leaves MSU

Posted 7/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two seasons as a seldom-used backup, John Riek is no longer part of the Mississippi State basketball program. A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Riek, a 7-foot-2 center from Sudan, won't return for his junior season. He is expected to transfer.



MSU rewards Cohen with extension, raise

Posted 7/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen, who led the Bulldogs to within one game of the College World Series and a No. 15 national ranking, has received a contract extension through the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced Thursday.



Shepherd signs with Colorado Rockies

Posted 6/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Add senior outfielder Jaron Shepherd to the list of Mississippi State baseball standouts to move on this offseason to professional baseball. Shepherd, a 33rd-round selection earlier this month in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, became the sixth player from the Bulldogs' 2011 NCAA Super Regionals squad to sign a professional baseball contract when he agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies.



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