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The Two Matts: Head Coach Roberts, Assistant Walters Reunite To Lead MSU Tennis

About eight years ago, Matt Walters was a rising star on Arkansas’s men’s tennis team. Over Christmas break, he and his doubles partner were at a local athletic club just hitting around. Nothing serious, just enough to not get rusty … Continue reading

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Bulldog Greats Celebrate Reunion For Mullens’ Golf Classic

If there’s one thing career athletes have trouble turning off, it’s their competitive drive. Whatever else in the world they may want, they always want to win. Or at the very least, as former Mississippi State defensive lineman Chris Jones … Continue reading

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What It’s Like To Hit A Home Run: Dropping Bombs With Brent Rooker

To get straight to the point, Brent Rooker is really good at hitting baseballs. Like, really good. He is, it turns out, one of the very best at it, as the Mississippi State junior currently leads the SEC in just … Continue reading

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Historic Run Ends In National Title Game For Schaefer’s Bulldogs

What do you say, what do you do, when you’ve already poured it all out? How do you hold your head high when your heart has dropped so low? You can’t speak to what you’ve done unless you also confess … Continue reading

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Post-Game: Bulldogs Across The Country Celebrate Historic Win

Around 1:10 a.m., Mississippi State’s team bus pulled up to their hotel, the Hilton Anatole. Waiting inside was a crowd of hundreds in Maroon and White chanting and cheering and causing general mayhem in a hotel where everyone should have … Continue reading

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Schaefer, Bulldogs Shock The Country In Final Four Victory

In the final moments – the final 26.6 seconds to be exact – Vic Schaefer had his team in the huddle for what seemed like it might be the final time. Mississippi State was in overtime against Connecticut. The right … Continue reading

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#PTLGD: On The Origins Of Vic Schaefer’s Favorite Phrase

It’s hard to tell when it became a thing, but at this point, it’s very clear that it is 100 percent A Thing, capital A and capital T. At the end of every press conference, radio interview or speaking engagement, … Continue reading

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William, Vivians Shine As Bulldogs Make First-Ever Final Four

When Mississippi State’s bus shifted into park at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the team managers quickly hopped off first, as is their custom, and the rest of the staff waited while the players began to follow from the back. But then … Continue reading

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Bulldogs Make History, Advance To Elite Eight On Impressive Team Performance

I don’t know whether to call it old school because of the style or new school because of the way he used the roster, but this much I am confident saying: that was a classic Vic Schaefer win. Low scoring … Continue reading

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Bulldogs, Huskies Present Contrasting Styles In Sweet 16 Matchup

For nearly 25 years, Gary Blair has, likely unbeknownst to himself, helped raise the next generation of great college women’s basketball coaches. Now the head coach at Texas A&M, Blair has seen two of his former assistants and pupils at … Continue reading

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