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Linguist leaves MSU for job at Minnesota

Posted 1/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A day after announcing a new defensive coordinator, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen needs to find another new defensive coach. A MSU team spokesperson confirmed Thursday that safeties coach Maurice Linguist will join the Minnesota coaching staff as the secondary coach under new coach P.J. Fleck. Minnesota hasn't officially announced the hiring of Linguist.



Holman carving out bigger role for Bulldogs

Posted 1/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Aric Holman had to do something he had never done as a freshman with the Mississippi State men's basketball team: He had to sit. Holman arrived at MSU in the summer of 2015 as part of a group of freshmen that was expected to make an immediate impact. But Holman had micro fracture surgery on his left knee to correct a patellofemoral disorder prior to the 2015-16 season and missed the first 10 games.



Ole Miss beats Tennessee, snaps long losing skid

Posted 1/13/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Madinah Muhammad had a team-best 21 points, while Shandricka Sessom celebrated her birthday in style with 14 points and team-best 11 rebounds Thursday night to lead the Ole Miss women's basketball team to a 67-62 victory against Tennessee at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.



William emerging as more vocal leader

Posted 1/12/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Great teams need floor generals. With depth and experience at every position, Mississippi State women's basketball coach has the luxury of having leaders all over the court, but there is no question junior point guard Morgan William is the engine that drives the Bulldogs. Even though William isn't MSU's most vocal player, she has kept a steady hand in her first two seasons in Starkville and gained the confidence of her teammates and coaches.



Grantham will be MSU's new defensive coordinator

Posted 1/12/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will have a new defensive coordinator for the fourth-straight year. On Wednesday, Mullen announced the hiring of Louisville coach Todd Grantham as MSU's new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. In other coaching news, MSU safeties coach Maurice Linguist accepted the defensive backs position at Minnesota, reported. MSU didn't confirm Linguist's departure.



Rebels fall at home to Bulldogs

Posted 1/12/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Yante Maten was well aware of the scouting report and knew Ole Miss was one of the best offensive teams in the Southeastern Conference. That might be true on paper, but the Bulldogs made the Rebels look quite ordinary on Wednesday night. J.J. Frazier scored 17 points, Maten added 15 points and 11 rebounds and the Georgia men's basketball team easily handled Ole Miss 69-47 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.



MSU tabs Grantham as new defensive coordinator

Posted 1/11/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the fourth-straight year, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will have a new defensive coordinator.



Weatherspoon leads MSU's 3-point assault on Arkansas

Posted 1/11/2017 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team made more national news for its early season non-conference losses than most anything else in the first few months of the season. Don't look now, but the youthful Bulldogs -- with only one senior -- might have figured things out after early losses to Central Florida, Lehigh, and East Tennessee State.



Chemistry is a strength for MSU women

Posted 1/11/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knew the challenge he faced prior to the 2016-17 season. With experience and depth at every position for really the first time in his five seasons at Mississippi State, Schaefer said several times finding playing time for all of his players might be one of his biggest issues coming off a program-best 28-win campaign and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.



MSU earns special victory at Tennessee

Posted 1/11/2017 in College Sports

The Mississippi State women's basketball team earned a place in a very special group of teams Sunday. In the 30 seasons the Tennessee women's and men's basketball teams have called Thompson-Boling Arena home, the Lady Volunteers entered their game against the No. 4 MSU Bulldogs with a 422-33 mark (92.7 percent) in the venue.



MSU football team adds 11 newcomers

Posted 1/10/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With school starting Monday, the Mississippi State football team announced 11 new players are enrolled for the spring semester and will be able to go through spring practices. Four of the 11 are high school graduates. The other seven are junior college grads.



MSU men will try to win again on road

Posted 1/10/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland has been tinkering with his lineup the last two games. Howland started Xavian Stapleton at guard over Tyson Carter to get more size on the floor against Alabama in his team's Southeastern Conference opener. He was forced to start center Schnider Herard for Aric Holman due to disciplinary reasons. In a 95-78 victory against LSU on Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Howland started Holman, Herard, Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mario Kegler, and Lamar Peters. He then went five deep into his bench.



No. 4 MSU women get first win at Tennessee

Posted 1/8/2017 in College Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The latest victory for unbeaten Mississippi State was doubly satisfying for coach Vic Schaefer.


Starkville's Leonard signs with Southern Illinois

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

Raphael Leonard feels better prepared for the second time around.

No. 4 MSU women look for first-ever win at Tennessee

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nearly three years ago, Vic Schaefer had to find a way to get his team to regroup.


MSU men storm back to rout LSU

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Aric Holman scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Mississippi State defeated LSU 95-78 in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday.



Former UT star Carter learns the ropes of broadcasting

Posted 1/7/2017 in College Sports

Finding a comfort level and building confidence take time.



Stapleton provides athletic spark for Bulldogs

Posted 1/6/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Xavian Stapleton rotated his body 180 degrees in the air and dunked on Missouri-Kansas City last month. There was a discussion between media members whether it was a 360- or 180-degree dunk. When Stapleton was asked he said, "I just call those dunks. That's for y'all to decide." Stapleton had two dunks against UMKC and had a reverse dunk against Alabama on Tuesday. Although the Mississippi State sophomore guard has been sidelined for a year and a half, Stapleton's dunks have been electric, but not as electric as he thinks they could be.



No. 4 MSU women survive test at Arkansas

Posted 1/6/2017 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Vic Schaefer hasn't been happy with how the Mississippi State women's basketball team has practiced in recent days, despite the Bulldogs' undefeated record to start the season. The Mississippi State coach finally saw that lack of focus -- along with perhaps a dash of pressure -- show itself in a game, a 59-51 victory at Arkansas on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.


Maturity has fueled MSU women's rise to No. 4

Posted 1/5/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's easier to "live it" when you have been through the grind. After two seasons of building and waiting for two of his recruiting classes to mature, Vic Schaefer and the rest of his coaching staff are reaping the rewards of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's experience. It's evident in multiple ways -- in a program-best No. 4 ranking in The Associated Press and USA Today polls, as well as a 15-0 record.


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