New starts happen all of the time in college athletics. Jamie Gunter knew after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee and having to sit out her freshman season at the University of Louisiana Lafayette that change might be the best thing for her. But the former Heritage Academy and Columbus High School standout listened to the advice of her father and decided to give ULL another chance.
SCOOBA -- It seemed like a no-brainer for Brad Henderson. With one season left at East Mississippi Community College, he'd finally get the chance to pilot an offense that averaged 37.7 points per game last season. No filling in when leads mounted. No subbing for JUCO All-American Randall Mackey. Finally, he'd get a chance to drive the sports car that's ripped through the state the past two years. Surprisingly, the Starkville High School graduate was close to leaving the enviable opportunity behind to walk on at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- The LSU baseball team is fighting for a chance to make the Southeastern Conference tournament, while Mississippi State wants to end a disappointing season on a high by winning a series against the defending national champions.
Spare time used to be in short supply for Tyson Lee, but without college football commanding most of his hours like in the past he's decided to give football back to his hometown. As a quarterback at Mississippi State, Lee ascended into a Southeastern Conference starting spot so many high school quarterbacks dream. He was one of them. Starting May 31, on the same Columbus High School practice fields where he spent extra hours throwing passes into a net, Lee will hold the Tyson Lee 3-D Football Camp.
STARKVILLE -- Senior Day was dashed Saturday and at the precipice of a league win. Mississippi State imploded in a 13-7 extra-innings loss to Vanderbilt. Mississippi State relief pitcher C.C. Watson walked in a run, gave up a two-run double and an RBI single in the 10th inning after the Bulldogs gave up two runs with a 5-3 lead in the ninth. As gray clouds moved in and swirling winds kicked up dirt, Mississippi State (21-30, 5-21 Southeastern Conference) gave up eight runs in a disastrous 10th inning.
STARKVILLE -- With two Southeastern Conference series remaining and chances of postseason play long exhausted, the Mississippi State Bulldogs haven't packed it in. Seniors want to finish their careers on a positive note and coaches want to continue first-year players' integration into league play. The Bulldogs (21-28, 5-19 SEC), fresh off an 8-5 win against Northwestern State that snapped a school-record 11-game losing streak, host No. 18 Vanderbilt (36-13, 12-10) this weekend.
STARKVILLE -- Russ Sneed drove in four runs and the Mississippi State baseball team snapped an 11-game losing streak with an 8-5 win against Northwestern State on Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- Al Schmidt described Mississippi State's track performances at the Penn Relays as "magical." Who knows how he'll feel if the Bulldogs continue their trophy-winning form.
With each meet this track season, Mississippi State's men's relay teams have built notoriety and put its stamp on the nation's high-profile events.
The latest group of Mississippi State women's basketball players to reach the WNBA is down to one. The San Antonio Silver Stars released former MSU standout Alexis Rack and forward Krystal Vaughn on Monday.
STARKVILLE -- LaQuinta Aaron smiles when asked if Mississippi State's men's track team success has overshadowed the progress made by MSU's women. The All-Southeastern Conference hurdler and heptathlete enters this week's SEC Championships hoping to achieve the same kind of notoriety.
Junior Noel was stunned. For the past two seasons, Noel worked to make the East Mississippi Community College men's and women's soccer programs respectable. The results weren't eye-popping, but Noel and those in the area who follow soccer believe EMCC was improving. That progress was put on hold earlier this week when the EMCC Board of Trustees voted to suspend the men's and women's soccer programs for one season.
STARKVILLE -- Scott Stricklin's introduction as Mississippi State's 16th athletics director had the feeling of a family reunion or and Easter Sunday gathering. With Stricklin's family and friends gathered together Friday, the Mississippi State alum and employee spoke for the first time in a position he called "his dream job."
If Junior Noel was stunned to learn the East Mississippi Community College soccer programs he coached were going to be suspended, imagine the surprise of the freshmen on the teams when they heard the news. Former Starkville High School forward Eduardo Fumo, who was a freshman on the EMCC men's soccer team in the fall, said he first learned of the school's decision to suspend the men's and women's soccer programs in a phone call from Brian Bennett, his former coach at Starkville High.
The East Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees' decision Monday to suspend the school's men's and women's soccer programs has surprised and confused many coaches and followers of the teams. The surprise is understandable given that EMCC coach Junior Noel, who coached the men's team for the past three years and the women's team the past two years, had no idea a move like that was going to be made until Tuesday morning, when he also was informed his contract would not be renewed.
Scott Stricklin's introduction as Mississippi State University's 16th athletics director had the feeling of a family reunion or an Easter Sunday gathering.
Tony Montgomery loves East Mississippi Community College.
The former New Hope High School baseball standout played the sport at EMCC, spent eight years as an assistant baseball coach to head coach Bill Baldner, and the past four seasons as the Lions' head baseball coach.
Montgomery doesn't know why, but he said there is something about Scooba he enjoys.
STARKVILLE -- A familiar season-ending situation faces the Mississippi State softball team this weekend against national championship favorite Alabama.
Mississippi State (26-26, 7-15 Southeastern Conference) hopes to force its way into the SEC and NCAA tournaments, but can't afford repeat of last weekend's doubleheader loss to Florida.
Tournament scenarios for the SEC include MSU having to finish better than Ole Miss and Auburn, both of which are vying for the eighth and final spot. MSU holds the tiebreaker against Auburn, while Ole Miss holds the tiebreaker against MSU. However, Auburn is a half-game ahead of MSU entering the weekend.
Mississippi State will introduce Scott Stricklin as its 16th director of athletics at 2 p.m. today, capping the university's month-and-a-half long search to replace Greg Byrne.
WEST POINT -- A program six years in the making finalized its first recruiting class Wednesday as East Mississippi Community College signed nine area student-athletes to rodeo scholarships.
When EMCC President Dr. Rick Young started in 2004, he envisioned a scholarship-based rodeo program that would lead to an equestrian program.
1. Mullen's 2014 squad has homegrown flavor COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Pigg, McKell will lead Starkville Academy girls soccer HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Walters, Oswalt back together to play catch HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Tapley excited about new season for Hebron Christian HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS