STARKVILLE -- Peter Sirmon wasn't shy about what new philosophies he wants to bring to the Mississippi State football defense.
STARKVILLE -- After February's signing period and the loss of three wide receivers, Mississippi State's Billy Gonzales feared a lack of depth.
STARKVILLE -- Mallory Eubanks is ready to shine. Following an offseason in which she immersed herself in soccer and was called up to be a member of the United States' Under-19 Women's National Team, Eubanks wants to give back some of what she learned to her Mississippi State women's soccer teammates to help the Bulldogs kick the season off in style.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wouldn't be surprised if a quarterback transfers because he has seen it before. Mullen was involved in a quarterback controversy while he was the quarterbacks coach at Utah in 2003. Starter Brett Elliott broke his wrist in the second game and backup Alex Smith took over. When Elliott returned four weeks later, Smith had won the job. Before the next season, Mullen sat down with Elliott.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wants to ease Fred Ross back into football shape. A groin sidelined the senior wide receiver for all of the team's 15 spring practices. Last month, though, Ross said at Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, that he was close to being ready. On Monday, speaking at MSU's media day, Mullen said Ross isn't back to 100 percent.
STARKVILLE -- "Tournament." The word occupies Jazmyne Johnson's thoughts every day. That shouldn't be surprising to anyone who knows the history of the Mississippi State volleyball. Started in 1975, the program recorded only eight winning seasons up until the 2015 season, when new head coach David McFatrich came over from Central Arkansas with the goal to reverse the Bulldogs' fortunes.
STARKVILLE -- Like many coaches, Dan Mullen was excited to talk to the media at Southeastern Conference Media Days earlier this month. Staring at more than 100 media members, the Mississippi State football coach ended his opening statement by saying, "Some of the best times of the year is Saturdays down south in the fall. There's nothing like it."
STARKVILLE -- The options on both ends of the court make Vic Schaefer smile. A year ago, Schaefer had plenty of reasons to smiles as the Mississippi State women's basketball team won a program-record 28 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the second time. The Bulldogs reached those marks with a point guard -- Morgan William -- who often was at less than 100 percent due to a leg injury -- and a freshman -- Jazzmun Holmes -- as the backup point guard.
OXFORD -- Matt Insell can't believe the transformation Shandricka Sessom has made. In just two years, Sessom has gone from a player who was reluctant to take her shot and to assert her will on games to being one of the go-to players on the Ole Miss women's basketball team. Now, Sessom is ready to add a running mate who can match her shot for shot.
STARKVILLE -- After winning the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen received an extension. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin announced Friday that Cohen signed a four-year contract extension through 2020. Also, Cohen has added the title of associate athletic director.
In his first eight seasons as coach of the East Mississippi Community College football program, there is little question Buddy Stephens has created a national image. The Lions have won three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championships and made headlines on and off the field. Even still, the program has found new platitudes to explore.
STARKVILLE -- As John Cohen looked at the reporters gathered June 11, he knew his Mississippi State baseball team was about to undergo a major overhaul. Cohen had just watched his team suffer a loss to Arizona in the Starkville Super Regional that ended one of the most historic seasons in school history. The Bulldogs, who won the Southeastern Conference championship for the first time since 1989 and went 44-18-1. MSU also had a school-record 11 players taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft.
Although Wayne Madkin had not seen C.J. Sirmones in several years, the news he heard Wednesday was hard for him to handle.
Adam Frazier will always remember June 23, 2016.
For the East Mississippi Community College football team, the challenges will come early and often this season.
All Jacquez Horsley wants is a chance. After suffering a series of injuries at Starkville High School, Horsley has waited patiently for that breakout season and, more importantly, a season of good health. With a senior college future to plan, Horsley feels the time is right for that breakout season. It could start Sept. 1 when East Mississippi Community College takes on Jones Junior College.
STARKVILLE -- Alicia Mardis refuses to take the blame. After all, she was merely playing basketball as an eighth-grader at Coconut Creek High School in Florida when she noticed her sister, Jacaira Allen, watching her. She didn't realize she was making an impression on a younger sister whose only athletic claim to fame to that point was playing football in the street with the local boys.
OXFORD -- Erika Sisk usually is too quick to take a hip check in practice. Whether it's the Ole Miss senior's track and field background or the boundless energy she brings to the basketball court, Sisk can zig and zap and push tempo with the best guards in the Southeastern Conference.
IRVING, Texas -- Senior defensive lineman Dylan Bradley was one of six Southern Mississippi football players named Wednesday to the Conference USA preseason team.
CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd said Wednesday an NCAA suspension "is definitely in play" for Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze. Dodd made the comments on "SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly," a syndicated radio show in Arkansas.
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