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Mullen talks about developing talent for NFL

Posted 5/13/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith is a Washington Redskin. Benardrick McKinney is a member of the Houston Texans. Josh Robinson is settling in with the Indianapolis Colts.Malcolm Johnson recently signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns. The coach who found them, Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, is looking forward to the next crop of undiscovered gems that can become standouts in Starkville.



MSU hopes it will be able to keep hitting at Lafayette Regional

Posted 5/13/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference Network analyst Maria Taylor asked Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman a question hoping to elicit a long answer. Instead, Stuedeman took the simple approach to explain her team's offensive resurgence. "It's the Ricketts effect," Stuedeman said.



Arrest of former MSU player Love expunged from his record

Posted 5/13/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The arrest of former Mississippi State cornerback Jamerson Love was expunged from his record Tuesday. Love, a product of Aberdeen High School and a four-year performer for the Bulldogs, was arrested in early April and charged with simple domestic violence. At 6:02 p.m. April 9, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office received a call about a disturbance regarding a female in distress on Inverness Road in Starkville.



MSU clings to postseason hopes

Posted 5/12/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's five-run collapse in the ninth inning of Saturday's series finale at Ole Miss did more than secure a season sweep for the Rebels. The loss also put the Bulldogs on the brink of elimination for the postseason.



MSU softball team going back to Lafayette, La.

Posted 5/11/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior softball player Julia Echols feels like her team will have a slight home-field advantage this weekend. "We are excited to be going back to ULL," Echols said. "I think we have played well down there. It's close enough that we can have a lot of our fans traveling down there. We are excited to still be playing. "It's a huge advantage. When you go somewhere you haven't been before, you have to get acclimated to the field. This year, we can step in right away and feel at home."



Ole Miss stuns MSU to earn sweep

Posted 5/9/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- As Ole Miss designated hitter Nic Perkins rounded first base moments after delivering the game-winning single in a stunning, come-from-behind 8-7 win against Mississippi State on Saturday, he turned and saw his teammates running in his direction. As the celebratory victory pile took place just beyond first base at Swayze Field, members of MSU's baseball team slowly walked through and around the Rebels.



MSU's walks pave way for Ole Miss' rally

Posted 5/9/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Just throw strikes. It's the mantra Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has repeated all season. Its importance reared its head in the ninth inning Saturday in Ole Miss' come-from-behind 8-7 victory against MSU in 10 innings. After limiting Ole Miss to three walks and two runs through 8 2/3 innings, MSU walked three in the ninth and allowed Ole Miss to erase a 7-2 lead.



Robinson's double lifts Ole Miss past Mississippi State

Posted 5/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Twice, Mississippi State outfielders played shallow when Ole Miss shortstop Errol Robinson came to the plate with runners in scoring position during the series opener between the arch-rivals Thursday night.



Houston emerges as top arm out of MSU bullpen

Posted 5/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It took a simple adjustment for Zac Houston to become more comfortable on the mound for Mississippi State's baseball team.



Vivians invited to USA Basketball trials

Posted 5/6/2015 in College Sports

The calendar might suggest it is the offseason, but the Mississippi State women's basketball team continues to make news.



MSU softball looks to end skid at SEC tournament

Posted 5/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman doesn't take NCAA regional berths for granted. However, the fourth-year coach is giddy about this season's Southeastern Conference tournament. The expanded 12-team, single-elimination tournament kicks off at 11 a.m. today when No. 10 seed MSU (35-18) takes on No. 7 seed and 13th-ranked Missouri (38-15) in the first of four first-round games at Tiger Park on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The SEC Network will broadcast the games.



Ole Miss, Kennedy agree to extension

Posted 5/6/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- After guiding the Ole Miss men's basketball team to its second NCAA tournament appearance in three seasons, coach Andy Kennedy has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2019, Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Tuesday.



MSU baseball has little margin for error

Posted 5/5/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With six games remaining in the regular season, the goals have shifted for the Mississippi State baseball team. At 24-24 (8-16 Southeastern Conference), MSU is No. 100 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), meaning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament is a long shot. MSU's players have embraced a potential spot in the SEC tournament as a way to cling to postseason hopes.



MSU's Jones signs with Dolphins

Posted 5/4/2015 in College Sports

A day after six of his former Mississippi State teammates signed contracts as undrafted free agents, former Bulldog defensive lineman P.J. Jones did the same Sunday.



EMCC football team celebrates another title

Posted 5/4/2015 in College Sports

MAYHEW -- East Mississippi Community College celebrated the football team's third national football championship season in four years Saturday night in a ring presentation banquet at the Lyceum auditorium on EMCC's Golden Triangle campus.



MSU softball loses to South Carolina

Posted 5/4/2015 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sarah Mooney, Taylor Williams, and Krystan White hit home runs in the second inning to propel the South Carolina softball team to a 9-1 win against Mississippi State in six innings Sunday at Beckham Field.



Smith, McKinney headline MSU draft class of five

Posted 5/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Both Preston Smith and Benardrick McKinney waited patiently to hear their names called in the NFL Draft, a wait that lasted through the First Round on Thursday.



MSU baseball knocks off No. 1 LSU in 12 innings

Posted 5/2/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Following Mississippi State's 11-4 loss to No. 1 LSU Friday night, Bulldogs' coach John Cohen explained what he wanted to see from his players.



Missed Opportunities: MSU loses to No. 1 LSU in 14 innings

Posted 5/1/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "I've been doing this for 24 years, and I've never seen anything like that. I've never seen that happen in any baseball game." Those words from Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen summed up what led to MSU's 5-3 loss to LSU in 14 innings Thursday night at Dudy Noble Field.



Multiple Bulldogs awaiting calls as NFL Draft arrives

Posted 4/30/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For three seasons, Benardrick McKinney and Preston Smith loomed large as cornerstones for Mississippi State's defense.



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