BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Arkansas led the way Thursday with 14 selections to the Southeastern Conference preseason coaches' teams, while the University of Alabama had 13 and Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi had four apiece.
Tyler Aldridge, Mitch Bohon, and Cole Vaughan will be able to look back one day and know they were a part of something special. Their efforts this season were instrumental in helping the East Mississippi Community College baseball team get back to the postseason and making the first step toward becoming a perennial contender.
Sammy Smith needed a scale Tuesday afternoon. Two months earlier, Smith's jaw dropped when former Columbus High boys basketball standout Phillip Morris entered his office. "What have you been doing?" Smith asked Morris, a former CHS point guard who went on to play basketball at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit.
STARKVILLE -- Bulked up and anxious to hit the court, Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie is ready to see what he can do in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State and baseball coach John Cohen filed a motion for protective order Friday regarding an information request by former player Forrest Moore.
STARKVILLE -- Expect a different Renardo Sidney this season. The Mississippi State junior center spent more than a month working out with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston, Texas, to shed weight and to improve his conditioning.
Mississippi State signee Justin Cox will play his freshman football season at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Expect a much different Renardo Sidney this season. The Mississippi State junior center spent over a month working out with former NBA player and coach John Lucas in Houston, Texas to shed weight and improve his conditioning. Sidney returned to campus last week 23 pounds lighter after weighing 320 pounds when he showed up in Houston in May.
STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt is still trying to forget May 12. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, typical for the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Seconds after a heat of the decathlons' 400 meters, Schmidt, the director of Mississippi State University track and field, felt dizzy. A shortness of breath followed.
A thundering herd will stampede through the streets of Starkville Saturday, laying waste to everything in its path. And by "laying waste" we mean chucking water balloons and bopping people with pool noodles.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Maye doesn't feel like the new guy. The senior linebacker, who transferred from Clemson University and enrolled this summer at Mississippi State, said he has made an easy transition to living in Starkville and is adjusting to how MSU's program is run.
STARKVILLE -- After two seasons as a seldom-used backup, John Riek is no longer part of the Mississippi State basketball program. A team spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Riek, a 7-foot-2 center from Sudan, won't return for his junior season. He is expected to transfer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen, who led the Bulldogs to within one game of the College World Series and a No. 15 national ranking, has received a contract extension through the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Add senior outfielder Jaron Shepherd to the list of Mississippi State baseball standouts to move on this offseason to professional baseball. Shepherd, a 33rd-round selection earlier this month in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, became the sixth player from the Bulldogs' 2011 NCAA Super Regionals squad to sign a professional baseball contract when he agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking for a new non-conference opponent to complete its 2012 schedule. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin confirmed Tuesday that Louisiana Tech bought its way out of its agreement to play at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- TaTonka Gold, Mississippi State's beloved mascot from 2001-09, was euthanized Tuesday morning at the School of Veterinary Medicine on the MSU campus after his health had steadily declined the past few years.
The Southeastern Conference will transition from a two-division format to a 12-team arrangement for men's basketball for the 2011-12 season. The lingering issue is the number of conference games teams will play.
At this time last year, a cloud of uncertainty loomed over the Mississippi State's men's basketball program.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has sold every available season ticket for the 2011 football season, Mike Richey, senior associate athletic director for Bulldog Club and Ticket Operations announced Friday. It represents the earliest announced sellout for football season tickets in school history.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right-hander Devin Jones became the fifth member of the 2011 NCAA Super Regional baseball team to sign a professional baseball contract Friday when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
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