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Gentry plays key role in MSU's bullpen

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University pitching coach Butch Thompson's pet project for the past six months has been a little-known freshman right-hander. The development of Myles Gentry started the minute he arrived from Gulfport High School as more of a thrower than a pitcher. Thompson also had to deal with the fact Gentry's pitching mechanics needed some fine tuning. Thompson's work in progress is going just fine, as is MSU's start to the 2013 season.



Ole Miss, Kennedy will try to regroup

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

Andy Kennedy said he has likely seen more than a hundred University of Mississippi-Mississippi State University basketball games at Humphrey Coliseum. The latest one may have been the most painful.



Tournament opener not 'ho-hum' affair for MSU

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer hopes the Mississippi State University women's basketball team can back up his talk Monday afternoon. As part of the annual teleconference prior to the Southeastern Conference tournament, Schaefer said he has to be the "proudest coach in the country" based on the fact his players have kept "plugging away" while learning to deal with the ups and downs that come with being a young and inexperienced team. Those signs reared their head again Sunday, as MSU fell behind Auburn University by 16 points at halftime en route to a 74-65 victory.



MSU baseball climbs to No. 3

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --The Mississippi State University baseball team climbed to No. 3 in the Baseball America rankings released Monday. MSU, which is riding a season-opening 15-game winning streak, will put that ranking on the line at 6:30 tonight when it plays host to Mississippi Valley State University at Dudy Noble Field.



Big Ten baseball coaches vote on fall games that count

Posted 3/5/2013 in College Sports

The Big Ten Conference is measuring support for a proposal that would give baseball teams the option of playing non-conference games in the fall that would count toward determining the NCAA tournament field the following spring. Big Ten coaches voted to continue studying the possibility, and deputy commissioner Brad Traviolia said Monday the conference is in the process of explaining the concept to coaches across the country.



MSU women lose to Auburn, slip to No. 12 seed

Posted 3/4/2013 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team entered its game Sunday against Auburn University in control if its destiny and with postseason still on its mind. MSU's road to the postseason became infinitely more difficult following a 74-65 loss to Auburn before a Senior Day crowd of 2,738 at Auburn Arena in the Southeastern Conference regular-season finale for both teams.



Bulldogs pull shocker against Rebels

Posted 3/2/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University coach Rick Ray can hold his head up high around the community for awhile after what his team accomplished Saturday night.



MSU baseball remains undefeated

Posted 3/2/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Not too long ago Mississippi State coach John Cohen saw a breakout performance on the mound like Jacob Lindgren delivered Friday night.



MSU women's basketball travels to Auburn

Posted 3/2/2013 in College Sports

Martha Alwal, Darriel Gaynor, Kendra Grant, and Jerica James were downright giddy Thursday evening.



Ray, MSU hope for packed house vs. Ole Miss

Posted 3/1/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray realizes he won't be able to affect a change to the number of players on his roster for the rest of the season.



Brewster leaves MSU to go to FSU

Posted 3/1/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE --Tim Brewster is leaving what was supposed to be his tight ends coaching position at Mississippi State University football program for the same job at Florida State University.



MSU women knock off No. 11 Georgia

Posted 3/1/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team has brought the "Secretary of Defense" to the verge of tears on several occasions this season. None of those efforts compared to the one MSU delivered Thursday night. The result brought a "whew" to Vic Schaefer's lips as he savored his first signature victory.



MSU beats URI to keep winning streak alive

Posted 2/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Adam Frazier has been waiting months to say four words about Mississippi State University baseball team's offense. "We told you so," Frazier said about the Bulldogs' hot start. "We told you all before the season started we could easily do more than we did last year, and that's what is happening." No. 5 MSU recorded its seventh game with double-digit hits Wednesday night in a 17-5 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Dudy Noble Field.



Gaynor hopes she has set example

Posted 2/28/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The college journey is almost over. From the University of Oregon to Trinity Valley Community College to Mississippi State University, basketball has taken Darriel Gaynor on a winding journey that has had more than its share of ups and downs.



Ole Miss gets key victory vs. Texas A&M

Posted 2/28/2013 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Marshall Henderson was hitting 3-pointers, Murphy Holloway was getting easy dunks, and Reginald Buckner was patrolling the paint with big blocks and rebounds. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team is finally playing well again after a mid-season swoon. Now the Rebels hope it's not too late to make a run to their first NCAA tournament since 2002.



Kentucky extends MSU's losing streak to 13

Posted 2/28/2013 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- On the verge of being forgotten two weeks ago, University of Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow now has control of his role and game. The same can be said for the Wildcats' resurgent Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournament prospects, much stronger after looking done not long ago.



Saban dismisses four from Alabama football team

Posted 2/28/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Four players for two-time defending national champion University of Alabama football team have been dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus. University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review.



Different look suits MSU's Girodo

Posted 2/27/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Your eyes aren't deceiving you when you see Mississippi State University senior left-handed pitcher Chad Girodo. The reason Girodo looks different on the mound in his final season is because nearly everything has changed. He still throws from the left side, but his arm slot has changed and he has gone to a three-quarter delivery that has given new life to his slider and a changeup. The change has given Girodo a new-found confidence to attack hitters.



MSU men will try to snap skid against Kentucky

Posted 2/27/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's easy to look at the rosters for the Mississippi State University and the University of Kentucky men's basketball team and see the different in depth and talent. While MSU's injuries and suspensions likely will make it difficult for Rick Ray and the Bulldogs to beat Kentucky at 7 tonight (WCBI), the first-year MSU head coach may want to look at the recruiting success coach John Calipari has had in recent years to help the Wildcats reload. According to, Kentucky has had the top ranked recruiting class in the country each season since Calipari took over for the fired Billy Gillespie in 2009. Kentucky is projected to repeat that feat with its 2013 recruiting haul.



Alabama warms up in second half to beat Auburn

Posted 2/27/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The first half had a familiar feel for the University of Alabama and Auburn University: Good defense, scant offense. This time, Trevor Releford and the Crimson Tide broke out of the scoring funk without letting up defensively after halftime, en route to a 61-43 victory Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum.



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