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MSU alters rotation with eye on South Carolina series

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With his eyes on a Southeastern Conference series against South Carolina, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen hinted Sunday afternoon at a shakeup of the Bulldogs' weekend pitching rotation. "We really have a set schedule," said Cohen of his pitching staff. "With us playing Thursday, we may decide to throw Lucas Laster in that game to keep everybody else on their same schedule."

 

 

Saban doesn't apologize for signing Taylor

Posted 3/31/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban steadfastly defended his signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who has been kicked off his second Southeastern Conference team for domestic violence arrests. Taylor, who some say should never had been on the team, was one of two Crimson Tide players arrested over the weekend. Defensive back Geno Smith was charged with the second DUI including the second DUI of his Alabama career. A defiant Saban was unapologetic Monday about choosing to sign Taylor, who was also dismissed from Georgia before signing with Alabama for similar allegations of domestic violence.

 

 

Holland's home run sparks MSU's win against Auburn

Posted 3/30/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With one swing, Mississippi State second baseman John Holland erased a week of frustration. Holland also woke up the Mississippi State baseball team's offense. Stepping to the plate in a scoreless game against Auburn, Holland admitted he and his teammates were feeling the weight of a 29-inning scoring drought, one that dated back to last weekend's series finale at Kentucky.

 

 

MSU softball rallies to beat No. 3 Florida

Posted 3/30/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It might have taken a while, but Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman had the end-game scenario she wanted Sunday afternoon at the MSU Softball Field. Sophomore third baseman Caroline Seitz was batting with her team trailing by a run with two runners on base. Seitz then became the latest Sunday walk-off hero, blasting a three-run home run to lift MSU past No. 3 Florida 5-3.

 

 

Howland completes first coaching staff at MSU

Posted 3/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - One of Ben Howland's first promises when he took the job as men's basketball coach at Mississippi State was that he would "assemble one of the best coaching staffs in the country."

 

 

MSU looks to build on historic women's basketball season

Posted 3/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "I think we have come a long way in a short amount of time."

 

 

Prescott embraces return to football practice

Posted 3/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - In what turned out to be an unexpectedly eventful March, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott found himself at peace on Friday afternoon.

 

 

MSU baseball begins weekend with shutout losses to Auburn

Posted 3/28/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - It just keeps getting worse for Mississippi State's baseball team.

 

 

Current Bulldogs resembling 2013 baseball team

Posted 3/27/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE John Cohen has heard the comparisons between his current Mississippi State baseball team and the 2013 squad that reached the College World Series and played for a national championship.

 

 

Humphreys emerges as MSU's hottest hitter

Posted 3/27/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE Though an afternoon class had him running a little late for Mississippi State's Thursday baseball practice, MSU left fielder Reid Humphreys didn't have to worry about finding a parking space.

 

 

MSU's RPI still high as No. 3 Florida prepares to visit

Posted 3/27/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - This past weekend, the Mississippi State softball team lost a Southeastern Conference series to arch-rival Ole Miss and subsequently its first national ranking in six seasons.

 

 

Reports: Howland makes coaching moves, first offer

Posted 3/26/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One of the first promises new Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland made to fans Tuesday was to "put together one of the best coaching staffs in America." That staff began to come together Wednesday, a day after Howland's introductory news conference. Two days after Howland agreed to a four-year, $8.20 million contract, reports late Wednesday said he is making progress filling his staff. According to a report by ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman,

 

 

Silkwood's no-hitter fuels MSU sweep of USM

Posted 3/26/2015 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- Alexis Silkwood helped the Mississippi State softball team close a six-game road trip in styles Wednesday night. The sophomore left-hander threw a six-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win in Game 1 before MSU rallied for a 12-6 victory in the nightcap to sweep Southern Mississippi at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.

 

 

Insells gear up for rematch tonight in WNIT

Posted 3/26/2015 in College Sports

Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Insell jokes he didn't realize he had so many family and friends, at least not until he and his son got a second chance at women's basketball history. Thanks to the Women's National Invitation Tournament, Rick's Blue Raiders (23-9) will host his son Matt and the Ole Miss Rebels (19-13) on Thursday night in the third round in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

 

 

Fan base welcomes new MSU basketball coach Howland

Posted 3/24/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The most electric atmosphere in Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum in months had nothing to do with a basketball game.

 

 

Golsan plays key role in Rebels' wins vs. Gators

Posted 3/24/2015 in College Sports

Don't be fooled by the Ole Miss baseball team's 13-10 start. Coach Mike Bianco expected growing pains after losing key pieces from his College World Series team and starting the season with one of the toughest schedules in the country. Ole Miss took a big step last weekend by winning two of three against a Florida team that was ranked No. 1 by D1Baseball.com. A week earlier, Ole Miss lost two of three at LSU, which is the No. 1 team in two major polls.

 

 

Initial reaction to MSU's hiring of Howland positive

Posted 3/24/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland watched and waited for two long years. A 19-year veteran of college basketball's coaching ranks, Howland went about his days in his native Southern California, yearning to coach but without a place to ply his trade. Two years after he was fired from his dream job at UCLA, where he won 233 games and led the program to three Final Four appearances in 10 seasons, Howland endured two seasons without blowing a whistle, without barking a command, without winning a game.

 

 

Though out, Bulldogs excited for team's future

Posted 3/23/2015 in College Sports

 

 

Bedeviled: Duke beats MSU to reach Sweet 16

Posted 3/23/2015 in College Sports

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team will have to wait until next season to try to put together 40 minutes on offense. While MSU's defense was consistent for most of the season, the Bulldogs offered flashes of what they could do on offense all year, particularly in the first 25 minutes of a loss to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference.

 

 

Bulldogs salvage series finale vs. Wildcats

Posted 3/23/2015 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sophomore designed hitter Reid Humphreys slugged a pair of home runs Sunday afternoon to spark the No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team's 12-5 victory against Kentucky in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Cliff Hagan Stadium. MSU salvaged the final game of the series after Kentucky earned wins Friday and Saturday. MSU improved to 18-8 and 2-4 in the SEC, while Kentucky fell to 15-7 and 2-4.

 

 

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