Focus is an essential part of athletics. Whether it's staring down a pass rush, eyeing a soccer players movements while setting up for a penalty kick, or trying to read a pitcher's hands to determine what pitch is coming, Tyler Aldridge has faced all of those situations and has learned to tune out the distractions that prevent other athletes from being successful.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 25 Mississippi State University baseball team knows it will be without its starting catcher this weekend at No. 15 University of Arkansas, but it also could be without its ace pitcher.
OXFORD -- Matt Insell, who has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the nationally ranked University of Kentucky women's basketball program, was named Thursday new women's basketball coach at the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Natural is often used to describe Hunter Renfroe's skills on the diamond. That description couldn't be more false. Renfroe is constantly working on the finer points of his game so he can have weekends like last week in Lexington, Ky., against then-No.10 University of Kentucky. Despite all of the attention to details, the Mississippi State University outfielder, a nominee for the Golden Spikes Trophy this season, is difficult to please. Sometimes, in fact, it seems nothing is good enough for Renfroe, who is his biggest critic. The constant self-evaluation drives MSU coaches crazy.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer joked Wednesday night that the honeymoon is over for his tenure as the Mississippi State University women's basketball coach. Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant learned enough in their first seasons with Schaefer to know that things aren't going to change any as they and MSU move forward.
HATTIESBURG -- Brock Zylstra's fifth 3-pointer of the first half swished through the net and BYU's bench broke out in wild cheers. The 6-foot-6 guard is usually an afterthought in the Cougars' prolific offense, but he was impossible to miss on Wednesday, helping BYU easily beat Southern Miss 79-62 in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team navigated a miserable December, dealt with a couple of key injuries and lacked a consistent scoring threat in the post. Still, the Crimson Tide managed to win 23 games and advance to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament while losing only one senior and no starters for next season.
STARKVILLE -- After 18 years as an assistant coach at the Division 1 level, Phil Cunningham is ready to make that critical move one chair over.
STARKVILLE -- In a 13-5 victory over a quality mid-major opponent Tuesday night, Mississippi State University baseball got some answers.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph and Retin Obasohan are two of the biggest reasons Alabama is still playing this season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has decided to rework its weekend pitching rotation in the search of finding a third weekend option with better command.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If anyone says the La Salle University men's basketball team is making its first trip to the round of 16 in a very, very long time, don't believe it. The last time the upstart Explorers got this far, the NCAA tournament didn't even have a round of 16. But now it does and the little school from Philadelphia is there.
STARKVILLE -- In the midst of the revolving staff changes among the Mississippi State University football program, head coach Dan Mullen decided to make one more subtle switch to the offense.
STARKVILLE -- From afar, the head coaches who will meet in a Southeastern Conference three-game series this weekend in Lexington, Ky., seem like polar opposites. A deeper look reveals Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen and University of Kentucky coach Gary Henderson might have more in common than just a professional respect for each other after having worked side by side for five seasons. Cohen will bring his No. 19 MSU (20-4, 1-2 SEC) team to Cliff Hagan Stadium for the first time since he left Kentucky to take the job at his alma mater to face Henderson and the No. 10 Wildcats (16-4, 2-1).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It won't be the tortoise and the hare, but today's second-round NCAA matchup between flamboyant University of Mississippi and wary University of Wisconsin will feature a big difference in styles. After all, the 12th-seeded Rebels (26-8) have been known to stop for breath every once in a while and play some half-court offense while averaging nearly 80 points. And the button-downed Badgers (23-11) did score 87 once.
Dispatch sports writer Matt Stevens examines five questions for the Mississippi State University football team as spring practice begins:
East Mississippi Community College rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich felt like a proud parent Wednesday night. A dream four years ago becomes reality later today when EMCC plays host to an Ozark Region spring rodeo. The three-day event runs through Saturday at West Point's Eagle Ranch.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore is stepping down to become special assistant to the president because of health problems after a lengthy reign at his alma mater that ended with the Crimson Tide's football program back on top nationally. The university announced the move Wednesday. The 73-year-old Moore, who played and coached for Paul "Bear" Bryant" and then hired football coach Nick Saban, has been hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center since March 13 with pulmonary problems.
HATTIESBURG -- Jonathan Mills tried to put away the Charleston Southern University men's basketball team. So did Neil Watson. Neither could do it. Instead, it was four points in the final 20 seconds from unheralded Rashard McGill that gave the University of Southern Mississippi a 78-71 victory against Charleston Southern in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University strength coach Matt Balis expects a much less dramatic spring session for wide receiver Michael Carr than in his first tour of duty with the football program.
1. Stevens' work in summer pays off in college offers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Former MSU RB Robinson arrested LOCAL SPORTS
3. Running backs have chance to shine for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Coaches excited to kick season off at jamboree HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Gay accepts invitation to All-American Bowl HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS