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Former coach Nutt sues Ole Miss

Posted 7/13/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Former Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt has filed a civil lawsuit against the school and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his severance agreement because of false statements he says school officials made in an ongoing NCAA investigation.


Gray looks to make most of senior season at MSU

Posted 7/11/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- As he does with every soon-to-be senior, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen sat down with wide receiver Donald Gray in his office. These meetings always come in January and they always carry the same question.


Media Days Notebook: Georgia to rely on defensive experience

Posted 7/11/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The only thing missing from Georgia's 2016 defense -- which ranked 16th nationally and fourth in the conference -- is a single defensive back, Maurice Smith.



Officials to enforce stricter conduct penalties for coaches

Posted 7/11/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Any time Kirby Smart caught the attention of a television camera while he was Alabama's defensive coordinator, Scott Cochran was probably in the shot, too. Cochran was given the duty of sideline management, which often meant grabbing Smart by the belt loop to keep him from meandering onto the field in giving a defensive call.


Orgeron more confidence about second coaching stint in SEC

Posted 7/10/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Alabama -- Ed Orgeron took the podium at Southeastern Conference Media Days and launched into a story from 1971.


Media Days Notebook: Bielema counting on offensive line play during critical season ahead

Posted 7/10/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The 10 years of Bret Bielema's head coaching career have provided enough precedent to assume one thing of his teams: quality offensive line play.



Offensive linemen take center stage when the SEC hosts Media Days

Posted 7/6/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference is not expected to hurt for quality offensive linemen. The players around them will be the topic of discussion beginning Monday.



Hernandez hits ground running to build MUW volleyball program

Posted 7/5/2017 in College Sports

Networking has been a priority for Roxanne Hernandez for a long time.



Return of MUW volleyball excites Caledonia coach Brooks

Posted 7/5/2017 in College Sports

CALEDONIA -- Samantha (Kreller) Brooks didn't see it coming.



Former Starkville High standout Jones uses redshirt year to learn

Posted 7/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For all the comfort that comes with going to college in one's hometown, it could've easily come with just as much pressure for Kobe Jones. The ease of access due to proximity can lead to an exaggerated itch for early playing time, whether that's the beneficial first step or not.


Gould will look to initial class to lay foundation

Posted 7/1/2017 in College Sports

Work rate. When Tim Gould looks at the first roster for his Mississippi University for Women men's soccer team, he sees a common trait he hopes will help bring the Owls together quickly.


Todd hopes changes help him earn playing time at WR for MSU

Posted 7/1/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Reggie Todd has changed from the man he was prior to his redshirt year with the Mississippi State football team. This season, Todd hopes the changes he has made to his body will help him be a serious threat at wide receiver. But there's more to Todd than the physical transformation.



Local players feel excitement growing at The W

Posted 7/1/2017 in College Sports

Nathan Wilson and Chandler Lester can feel the excitement building. After all, in a little more than two months Wilson, Lester, and former Caledonia High School standout Will Jones will help the Mississippi University for Women men's soccer team make history when it plays host to Concordia College (Ala.) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Downtown Soccer Complex in Columbus. The match will be The W's first ever men's intercollegiate competition as the school welcomes sports back to the campus.



Cannizaro not surprised by how MLB draft affected MSU

Posted 6/30/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Seven months removed from the start of the 2018 baseball season, Mississippi State coach Andy Cannizaro knows playing time will be up for grabs.



Cannizaro praises fight of team in his first year

Posted 6/29/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro only had three seasons of college baseball experience before getting his first head coaching job. If Cannizaro had 30 years of experience, he isn't sure his first year as coach would have been any easier.


MSU baseball team will have makeshift schedule for 2018

Posted 6/29/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In describing his first season as Mississippi State's baseball coach as a series of "hoops to jump through," Andy Cannizaro and the Bulldogs couldn't escape a series of injuries that started in the fall and continued through the spring.


Rooker wins SEC Triple Crown

Posted 6/29/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State redshirt junior first-baseman / outfielder Brent Rooker became the second player to claim the Southeastern Conference Triple Crown by leading the league in batting average (.387), home runs (23), and RBIs (82).


MSU pitcher Plumlee suspended for 1 year for failing drug test

Posted 6/28/2017 in College Sports

The Dispatch has learned from multiple sources close to the program that Mississippi State pitcher Peyton Plumlee has been suspended for 365 days after failing a drug test during the Baton Rouge Super Regional.


Eastern Michigan tabs MSU's Wetherbee as AD

Posted 6/27/2017 in College Sports

Scott Wetherbee's career in collegiate athletics has taken him from California to North Carolina to Mississippi, but home has always been his native Michigan.



Dudy Noble Field construction continues on schedule

Posted 6/27/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The smoke was the final selling point for George Bratcher.



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