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Bulldogs older, wiser entering rematch with Huskies

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Timid and shell-shocked were words used Monday by members of the television crew covering the Oregon women's basketball team's experience against four-time reigning national champion Connecticut.

Price making a habit of saving Bulldogs

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Spencer Price did not choose to be a closer at the beginning. The brutally honest truth is he wasn't good enough to start on his high school team.

Finding right players has helped UConn remain gold standard

Posted yesterday in College Sports

If it is getting harder and harder to return to the Final Four, like Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma claimed Tuesday morning, then the veteran coach has found a way to make difficult things look easy. On Monday, four-time reigning national champion UConn took its next step toward its record 12 NCAA Division I title with a 90-52 victory against Oregon in the championship game of the Bridgeport Regional in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


MSU will look to returning players to set tone up front on defense

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Fourteen Southeastern Conference defensive linemen finished last season with at least 10 tackles for a loss. Mississippi State had two of them, but they both graduated. As MSU football works through spring practice without Johnathan Calvin and A.J. Jefferson, a young group of returning players has been thrust into a leadership role for five early enrollees on the defensive line.



Early offense helps MSU baseball team beat Memphis

Posted yesterday in College Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. --The Mississippi State baseball team used a five-run first inning Tuesday to provide a spark that carried it to an 8-3 victory against Memphis at AutoZone Park.



MSU softball team rallies past Southern Mississippi

Posted yesterday in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- The Mississippi State softball team rallied from two runs down in the final inning to beat Southern Mississippi 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.


Schaefer, MSU are 'heartbroken' no longer

Posted 3/28/2017 in Local Columns

There have been humbling times for Vic Schaefer in five years in Starkville. A 22-day stretch in January 2013 was the most trying time for the veteran coach, as the Mississippi State women's basketball lost to Vanderbilt by 51 points, Kentucky by 53, and Texas A&M by 48. A season that showed so much potential in a 50-38 victory against then-No. 11 Georgia at Humphrey Coliseum ended with a thud to Alabama in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Duluth, Georgia.


Bulldogs want to continue to see production throughout lineup

Posted 3/28/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The decision came sometime earlier this month: Brent Rooker was too good to limit his at-bats. In the first month of the season, Rooker was locked in as the Mississippi State baseball team's cleanup hitter. MSU coach Andy Cannizaro then opted to try to get Rooker as many plate appearances as possible. As a result, Rooker has hit third once, first once, and second three times.



Starkville High's Perry shows his versatility

Posted 3/28/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jack Perry has given Travis Garner some thinking to do. Garner, Starkville High's baseball coach, thought he had his rotation of starting pitchers set for the all-important district schedule. But Perry, a freshman, continues to pitch well and make life tough on Garner.


Noxubee County will miss Patterson

Posted 3/28/2017 in Local Columns

Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter knew when it was a job well done. When Shorter received a hug from assistant coach/offensive coordinator James Patterson, it meant things were right with the world.

Sturdy defensive effort lifts Bulldogs to Final Four

Posted 3/27/2017 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- It might be difficult to imagine defense being a key in a game in which 179 points are scored.

Notebook: Secretary of defense knows some offense too

Posted 3/27/2017 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Vic Schaefer better watch out or he is going to earn a new nickname.

Bulldogs' bats complete sweep of Volunteers

Posted 3/27/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Seventeen hits is all Mississippi State had to show for its first weekend of Southeastern Conference baseball, doing so in 93 at-bats to end the weekend at Arkansas with a .183 batting average.


Notebook: Bulldogs stay productive during rain delay

Posted 3/27/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Luke Alexander wasn't sure what he was looking at, but it was fun to watch.


Mississippi State women head to the Final Four for the first time

Posted 3/26/2017 in College Sports

Morgan William scored a career-high 41 points, and No. 2 seed Mississippi State upset top-seeded Baylor 94-85 in overtime Sunday to reach the Final Four for the first time.


Linebackers help make Grantham's system go

Posted 3/26/2017 in College Sports

Todd Grantham's defense revolves around the pursuit of, as he so boldly put it in February, "make (quarterbacks) play bad." If his prior defenses are any indication of what he'll do at Mississippi State, he's going to lean most on linebackers to make that happen.


MSU powers way past Washington to reach Elite Elight

Posted 3/26/2017 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Teaira McCowan had her choice.


Depth provides key to Baylor's magical run

Posted 3/26/2017 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Ten players average double-digit minutes. Multiple players shoot better than 50 percent from the field. An old-school coach who stresses toughness and loves teams that play defense and take care of the basketball.



Defensive effort lifts MSU to first-ever Elite Eight

Posted 3/26/2017 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Take out the first 3 minutes, 38 seconds.



Coaching buddies square off in Sweet 16 matchup

Posted 3/26/2017 in College Sports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Mike Neighbors has seen Vic Schaefer at work on and off the court, so there was no one better Friday night to assess the Mississippi State women's basketball team's latest history-making step.



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