Victoria Vivians no longer is a freshman. The end of classes for the 2014-15 school year means a player who had one of the biggest impacts on her women's basketball team this past season is a sophomore. Judging from the Vivians' comments Tuesday, she is ready to take on an even bigger leadership role as she prepares for the 2015-16 season.
Funny how greatness can sometimes come from just a small idea. That's what happened with Mississippi State track and field standout Erica Bougard. As a sophomore six years ago at Byhalia High School, a Class 1A program in north Mississippi, Bougard had shown promise on the basketball court for the Indians. One day, though, she was inspired to try another sport.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith is a Washington Redskin. Benardrick McKinney is a member of the Houston Texans. Josh Robinson is settling in with the Indianapolis Colts.Malcolm Johnson recently signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns. The coach who found them, Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, is looking forward to the next crop of undiscovered gems that can become standouts in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference Network analyst Maria Taylor asked Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman a question hoping to elicit a long answer. Instead, Stuedeman took the simple approach to explain her team's offensive resurgence. "It's the Ricketts effect," Stuedeman said.
STARKVILLE -- The arrest of former Mississippi State cornerback Jamerson Love was expunged from his record Tuesday. Love, a product of Aberdeen High School and a four-year performer for the Bulldogs, was arrested in early April and charged with simple domestic violence. At 6:02 p.m. April 9, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office received a call about a disturbance regarding a female in distress on Inverness Road in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team's five-run collapse in the ninth inning of Saturday's series finale at Ole Miss did more than secure a season sweep for the Rebels. The loss also put the Bulldogs on the brink of elimination for the postseason.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior softball player Julia Echols feels like her team will have a slight home-field advantage this weekend. "We are excited to be going back to ULL," Echols said. "I think we have played well down there. It's close enough that we can have a lot of our fans traveling down there. We are excited to still be playing. "It's a huge advantage. When you go somewhere you haven't been before, you have to get acclimated to the field. This year, we can step in right away and feel at home."
OXFORD -- As Ole Miss designated hitter Nic Perkins rounded first base moments after delivering the game-winning single in a stunning, come-from-behind 8-7 win against Mississippi State on Saturday, he turned and saw his teammates running in his direction. As the celebratory victory pile took place just beyond first base at Swayze Field, members of MSU's baseball team slowly walked through and around the Rebels.
OXFORD -- Just throw strikes. It's the mantra Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen has repeated all season. Its importance reared its head in the ninth inning Saturday in Ole Miss' come-from-behind 8-7 victory against MSU in 10 innings. After limiting Ole Miss to three walks and two runs through 8 2/3 innings, MSU walked three in the ninth and allowed Ole Miss to erase a 7-2 lead.
STARKVILLE -- Twice, Mississippi State outfielders played shallow when Ole Miss shortstop Errol Robinson came to the plate with runners in scoring position during the series opener between the arch-rivals Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- It took a simple adjustment for Zac Houston to become more comfortable on the mound for Mississippi State's baseball team.
The calendar might suggest it is the offseason, but the Mississippi State women's basketball team continues to make news.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman doesn't take NCAA regional berths for granted. However, the fourth-year coach is giddy about this season's Southeastern Conference tournament. The expanded 12-team, single-elimination tournament kicks off at 11 a.m. today when No. 10 seed MSU (35-18) takes on No. 7 seed and 13th-ranked Missouri (38-15) in the first of four first-round games at Tiger Park on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The SEC Network will broadcast the games.
OXFORD -- After guiding the Ole Miss men's basketball team to its second NCAA tournament appearance in three seasons, coach Andy Kennedy has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2019, Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- With six games remaining in the regular season, the goals have shifted for the Mississippi State baseball team. At 24-24 (8-16 Southeastern Conference), MSU is No. 100 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), meaning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament is a long shot. MSU's players have embraced a potential spot in the SEC tournament as a way to cling to postseason hopes.
A day after six of his former Mississippi State teammates signed contracts as undrafted free agents, former Bulldog defensive lineman P.J. Jones did the same Sunday.
MAYHEW -- East Mississippi Community College celebrated the football team's third national football championship season in four years Saturday night in a ring presentation banquet at the Lyceum auditorium on EMCC's Golden Triangle campus.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sarah Mooney, Taylor Williams, and Krystan White hit home runs in the second inning to propel the South Carolina softball team to a 9-1 win against Mississippi State in six innings Sunday at Beckham Field.
STARKVILLE -- Both Preston Smith and Benardrick McKinney waited patiently to hear their names called in the NFL Draft, a wait that lasted through the First Round on Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Following Mississippi State's 11-4 loss to No. 1 LSU Friday night, Bulldogs' coach John Cohen explained what he wanted to see from his players.
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