JACKSON -- The opening weekend of the college baseball season was a jarring experience for Gary Henderson.
JACKSON -- Jake Mangum inserted himself in the center of a circle of his teammates and injected life into the celebration.
STARKVILLE -- The ups and downs of the men's college basketball season have impacted every Mississippi State Bulldog except Aric Holman.
Andy Cannizaro is out as head coach of the Mississippi State baseball team.
University officials announced in a statement this morning Cannizaro has resigned effective immediately.
HATTIESBURG -- History is being made, and not in the good way. Still, no one in the Mississippi State baseball program is panicking.
A 5-2 loss to No. 21 Southern Mississippi on Sunday at Pete Taylor Park dropped No. 23 MSU to 0-3 for the first time since 1996. The loss marks the first time the Bulldogs have been swept in a three-game series to open the season since 1906.
HATTIESBURG -- Time and structure has done Cole Gordon a lot of good.
Last year, Gordon opened the season as a candidate to start at first base. He ended it by playing a key role as a starting pitcher and as a reliever on a Mississippi State staff that was decimated by injuries.
HATTIESBURG -- After the first day of its season, the Mississippi State baseball team was searching for contact of any kind. Six hits and 11 strikeouts left MSU scoreless and on the brink of losing the first series of the season.
HATTIESBURG -- Ethan Small expected to be more nervous.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State hired Joe Moorhead for his offense, and he has not forgotten that. He has made it clear he is going to maintain the playcalling duties as MSU's head coach, but he's also made another thing clear: he has going to have plenty of help.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Hudspeth and Andrew Breiner can both empathize with Joe Moorhead. Both of them have years of head coaching experience -- Hudspeth with seven years at North Alabama before seven more at Louisiana-Lafayette, Breiner with four at Fordham -- so they know what Moorhead has on his plate.
STARKVILLE -- Considering the alternatives, there was no way Hunter Stovall could truly lose the battle for Mississippi State's starting shortstop. He knew entering this academic year it would be him and Luke Alexander battling for that spot throughout the fall and likely in the spring, as well. If he won, he would have a starting position he's always coveted; if he didn't, he would move to second and resume a double play combination that got years of practice in youth travel ball that both parties loved.
For eight months, the complete destruction and rebuild of Dudy Noble Field and Polk-DeMent Stadium was concealed from the public, limited to just construction workers and occasional practices for the Mississippi State baseball team, under particular circumstances.
STARKVILLE -- Abdul Ado is a bit of an anomaly.
While other high school players attracted attention from college coaches by scoring, Ado received Division I offers by rebounding, blocking shots, and chasing loose balls. He did those things while averaging less than 10 points per game, including less than eight per game as a senior.
The significance of Sunday's games wasn't lost on Bailee Watts. The Bishopville, South Carolina, native didn't know a lot about the history of the Mississippi University for Women's athletic department when she arrived in Columbus, but she still felt the pressure when The W re-booted the softball program for its first game in 15 years.
STARKVILLE -- Jacob Billingsley has more competition.
Last year, as a redshirt junior, Billingsley was one of few options Mississippi State had as a starting pitcher after injuries decimated the staff. Billingsley responded by going 2-3 with a 4.78 earned run average in 16 games (13 starts). In 52 2/3 innings, he struck out 52 and walked 38.
STARKVILLE -- As Ben Howland sees it, the Mississippi State men's basketball team already has been through the gauntlet.
Howland believes the rest of the nation will experience that gauntlet in the coming weeks.
STARKVILLE -- The first recruiting class for new Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead balanced what he and his staff
STARKVILLE -- Kameron Jones was outside of the Starkville High School Auditorium, minutes away from signing a National Letter of Intent to join the Louisiana-Lafayette football program Wednesday morning.
Jones then received a call he wasn't expecting.
STARKVILLE -- When the Starkville High School football team sputtered on offense in the middle of a run to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State championship game, it leaned on its defense, especially its secondary.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's winning streak is adapting -- and growing.
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