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Begley returns home as new coach of EMCC men's basketball

Posted 6/4/2015 in College Sports

 

 

Former Caledonia standout Hopper headed to Blue Mountain

Posted 6/3/2015 in College Sports

Even after years of playing softball, Cara Hopper knew she was going to have to make an adjustment when she started her college career at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.

 

 

Black leaves MSU men's basketball team

Posted 6/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's reinvention of the Mississippi State men's basketball team continues. Since becoming MSU's coach March 21, Howland has signed two highly touted recruits. He also has watched two players leave the program. Late Tuesday night, MSU's attrition continued when freshman Oliver Black, who saw action in all 31 games this past season, decided to leave the program. Black's departure was confirmed by a MSU spokesman.

 

 

Cohen recaps MSU's 'disappointing' season

Posted 6/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- During a week that will see 16 teams compete in eight super regionals for the right to advance to the College World Series, Mississippi State's 2015 baseball season was put to rest Tuesday, two weeks after a season-ending sweep at Tennessee. Early Tuesday afternoon, MSU coach John Cohen talked about the heartbreak involved with a 24-30 season. "We were very disappointed," said Cohen, whose team finished 11-30 after a 13-0 start. "If you look at all phases of the season in terms of our overall production and the health with our club, everything was pretty disappointing."

 

 

MSU-USM will have late start for opener

Posted 6/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With the start of college football season a little more than three months away, Mississippi State learned the time for its first game time Monday. MSU will open its season at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, against Southern Mississippi at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg. Fox Sports 1 will televise the game.

 

 

MSU signee McCowan earns Parade All-America honor

Posted 6/2/2015 in College Sports

Teaira McCowan set a goal to earn All-America honors during her senior year at Brenham (Texas) High School. When McCowan wasn't invited to the McDonald's All-American Game, the 6-foot-7 center thought the chances of realizing her goal had ended. But a phone call Monday afternoon from Mississippi State women's basketball associate head coach Johnnie Harris changed McCowan's thinking and informed her she was one of 30 girls named to the Parade All-America team.

 

 

Jones County J.C.'s Holifield earns top honor

Posted 6/2/2015 in College Sports

ELLISVILLE -- For the second-straight year, the Dudley Softball National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Player of the Year is a Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcat. Lauren Holifield, who recently completed her sophomore season, was named the national Player of the Year on Monday. "All I can say is that hard work pays off," the former New Hope High School standout said Monday afternoon. "I put a lot of hard work into my game in the offseason and this past season and it paid off.

 

 

Bulldogs to share in record revenue from SEC

Posted 5/30/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - How much does the SEC Network mean to Mississippi State and the other 13 schools in the Southeastern Conference?

 

 

Michigan shuts out Alabama in WCWS

Posted 5/29/2015 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lauren Sweet learned quickly after striking out in her first at-bat. The senior catcher hit a grand slam her next time up to help the No. 3 Michigan softball team beat No. 6 Alabama 5-0 on Thursday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in the Women's College World Series opener for both teams.

 

 

MSU's Price moves from small town to big stage

Posted 5/29/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Everything about Rhianwedd Price is calculated. Price, a sophomore distance runner for Mississippi State's track and field team, works out at the same time each day. She runs the same distance every time. She wears the same color socks for each race. She has a well-rehearsed plan of attack in each race, and knows when to be patient, when to attack, and when to make her move. So how did someone as collected and organized as Price make the most important decision of her life? Blindly, of course.

 

 

New men's basketball coaches enhance SEC's profile

Posted 5/29/2015 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- Vanderbilt men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings immediately noticed four new faces when he first stepped into the Southeastern Conference meeting room this week. Stallings also noticed one familiar face was missing. With longtime Florida coach Billy Donovan leaving college for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this month, Stallings is the new dean of SEC basketball coaches.

 

 

State of Alabama will have strong presence at Women's College World Series

Posted 5/27/2015 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Clint Myers has swiftly fulfilled his promise to take the Auburn softball team to the Women's College World Series, while Alabama and Patrick Murphy are making a return trip. The rivals -- one a fast-rising program and other a more traditional power -- will make up a quarter of the eight-team field at the World Series, which will begin Thursday in Oklahoma City. No. 4 seed Auburn (54-9) and sixth-seeded Alabama (47-13) are on opposite sides of the bracket and wouldn't meet before the championship game.

 

 

SEC wants 'level playing field' for camps, transfers

Posted 5/27/2015 in College Sports

DESTIN, Fla. -- The Southeastern Conference wants a level playing field. The league that boasts seven consecutive football national championships, resides in some of the country's most fertile recruiting grounds, and has loads of history and fan support is complaining about being at a competitive disadvantage.

 

 

Ole Miss earns NCAA bid; Southern Mississippi left out

Posted 5/26/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- For the 20th time in program history, the Ole Miss baseball team has earned a berth in the NCAA tournament, the organization's selection committee announced Monday.

 

 

Cohen, Bulldogs look for answers after 2015 season

Posted 5/23/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State's baseball team, the questions about next season's team started before MSU's disappointing 2014 season ended.

 

 

New Hope standout Johnson signs with East Tennessee State

Posted 5/21/2015 in College Sports

It's hard to be patient when you're traveling trying to find the right fit.

 

 

Alabama, Southern Mississippi win in conference tournaments

Posted 5/21/2015 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Will Haynie's leadoff homer in the bottom of the seventh inning helped Alabama beat Missouri 4-3 Thursday in a Southeastern Conference tournament elimination game.

 

 

MSU men's basketball adds four-star prospect Holman

Posted 5/21/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The transformation of Mississippi State's basketball program under new coach Ben Howland continues.

 

 

Schaefer, Insell discuss proposed rule changes for women's game

Posted 5/20/2015 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer always is prepared to coach better and to teach better. Matt Insell's teams are going to continue to play defense and a full-court trapping style. As much as the Mississippi State and Ole Miss women's basketball coaches like to have time to study and to adjust to changes in their game, they are ready for a host of changes that could be enacted next month when the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel meets for a conference call June 8. That's when that panel will discuss rules changes that were recommended earlier this month by the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee.

 

 

Southern Miss baseball team riding 13-game winning streak

Posted 5/20/2015 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- Connor Barron grew up just a few miles from Southern Mississippi, watching in high school as the Golden Eagles went to the NCAA tournament year after year, even advancing to the College World Series in 2009. By the time he arrived on campus, he figured making the postseason was a birthright in Hattiesburg. It's not that easy.

 

 

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