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Scholarships will honor memory of MSU's Bell

Posted 4/14/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Linda Bell was anxious to organize efforts to honor her son's memory. The mother of Nick Bell, the late Mississippi State football player, Linda started the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation at the beginning of the year to keep alive Nick's passion for education and mentoring. On Wednesday, Linda and her daughter, Monica, visited MSU and started a pair of scholarships through the school's Alumni Association.

 

 

Alabama to unveil Saban statue Saturday

Posted 4/13/2011 in College Sports

The University of Alabama will add more history to campus on Saturday when a statue of Nick Saban is unveiled beside likenesses of other Crimson Tide football coaches who won national titles.

 

 

Ole Miss loses LB Shackelford for 6-8 months

Posted 4/13/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Less than a week ago after a particularly disappointing practice, Mississippi linebacker D.T. Shackelford was among the team's most outspoken players, pushing his teammates to raise their performance. The coaches weren't surprised. Houston Nutt called him one of the unquestioned team leaders. Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix marveled at how a still relatively young player could command so much respect. But now that leadership almost certainly will be lost for the upcoming season. Shackelford, a 6-foot-1, 244-pound junior, has a torn ACL in his right knee and will be out six to eight months.

 

 

Cohen considers shuffling rotation

Posted 4/12/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Changes are on the horizon for the Mississippi State baseball team's pitching rotation. MSU coach John Cohen has been encouraged by the solid innings junior Nick Routt has provided since sliding into the Sunday role, but ultra-talented junior Devin Jones has faltered as the Friday starter in league play. Cohen said Monday he and his staff have discussed the possibility of bumping Routt to Saturday and current Saturday starter Chris Stratton to Friday. The moves are being contemplated in an effort to protect the bullpen, which is lauded as the strength of the team.

 

 

Aldridge living up to higher expectations at EMCC

Posted 4/12/2011 in College Sports

Relentless is great way for a coach to describe a player. Tyler Aldridge has earned that moniker from East Mississippi Community College baseball coach because he is living up to standards higher than he set for himself.

 

 

MSU baseball stranded in finale vs. Florida

Posted 4/11/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's struggles with runners in scoring position continued Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the No. 4 University of Florida in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series. MSU (21-11, 5-7 SEC) was 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position Sunday, and 3-for-21 for the weekend.

 

 

Barry has been strong in circle for EMCC

Posted 4/11/2011 in College Sports

It's not easy to be patient when you're the center of attention. But Nashedra Barry wanted to make a change, so she knew she needed to take things slowly.

 

 

MSU shows depth, promise at QB in spring game

Posted 4/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The name says it all. Dylan Favre spent his first season as a Mississippi State quarterback tucked behind Chris Relf and Tyler Russell.

 

 

Florida baseball pounds MSU

Posted 4/9/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the second straight day, a team's leading pitcher in the Mississippi State-Florida series was chased far earlier than expected.

 

 

MSU football excited about Maroon-White scrimmage

Posted 4/8/2011 in College Sports

The Mississippi State football team's freshmen are are eager for their first appearance at Davis Wade Stadium this Saturday during the Maroon-White Spring Game.

 

 

Florida will be big test for MSU

Posted 4/8/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- John Cohen knows his Mississippi State baseball team will face a challenge at 6:30 tonight when it kicks off a three-game weekend series against the University of Florida

 

 

Gift of $12M from Seal Family Foundation will go to MSU football facility

Posted 4/7/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Through the largest private gift in the history of Mississippi State University athletics, the football team will take a major step forward in its ability to compete in the country's top conference. On Wednesday, MSU announced a $12 million gift from the Seal Family Foundation of Gulfport to help fund a football facility that will house a new weight room, coaches' offices, and treatment rooms. The facility will be adjacent to MSU's practice fields on campus.

 

 

Former WLHS standout Hill learning to play TE at MSU

Posted 4/6/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The tag "athlete" is common for high school football recruits. While there's value in a player who can help in multiple areas -- most play several positions in high school -- sooner or later he's going to have to settle in at one position.

 

 

MSU baseball defeats Southern Miss

Posted 4/6/2011 in College Sports

PEARL -- Using Trustmark Park's big dimensions to his advantage, Luis Pollorena threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to help the Mississippi State baseball team rally to beat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday night.

 

 

Offense impresses in MSU football scrimmage

Posted 4/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State's past two spring football scrimmages, the defense ended each day with a decisive advantage against a sometimes sluggish and error-prone offense. On Saturday in Davis-Wade Stadium, the offense responded with its most crisp performance of the spring, driving the ball at will and going three-and-out only once against MSU's first-team defense.

 

 

MSU baseball team will try to climb SEC ladder

Posted 4/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It would be easy for Mississippi State's baseball program is back on course after its recent accomplishments. The Bulldogs have won five straight, including a series sweep of Auburn, their first since 2007. They've cracked a national poll for the first time in three seasons under coach John Cohen and are coming off a season-high 18-run performance in a victory against Alabama A&M.

 

 

Mullen not happy with inconsistency

Posted 4/1/2011 in College Sports

Dan Mullen wasn't a happy football coach following Mississippi State's spring practice session Thursday. On one hand, he was pleased by his defense's domination in parts of the 11-on-11 work in the last block, but turnovers, procedural penalties, and botched snaps drew his ire.

 

 

MSU men's tennis in unfamiliar spot in SEC standings

Posted 4/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's tennis team is in an unfamiliar position in second place in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division No. 32 MSU is 4-2 in the league and two games behind weekend opponents University of Tennessee and Georgia for the overall lead in the SEC.

 

 

Shockers roll Tide for NIT title

Posted 4/1/2011 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- The players flooded off the Wichita State bench, jumping together near the corner of the floor. Gregg Marshall smiled and pumped his fist. A few thousand fans dressed in yellow stood on their feet, cheering for a championship. Good luck convincing any of them that they didn't deserve it, or that they didn't belong in a more prestigious postseason tournament.

 

 

MSU's Miller could get 1,000th win this weekend

Posted 3/31/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jay Miller's appreciation of the game won't let him indulge in the career milestone he's approaching. The Mississippi State softball coach has 997 career wins in a 29-year career in the college game. Miller could earn win No. 1,000 this weekend if the Bulldogs sweep their three-game series against the University of Mississippi. That series will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in Starkville.

 

 

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