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Hair Science: Categorizing and explaining every Bulldog beard

This time of year, it seems as if all sportswriters are writing stories about silly preseason projections or rankings, attempts at comparing teams or players to characters from TV shows or all kinds of other poor attempts at humor. This … Continue reading

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Learning about football and beards with A.J. Jefferson at SEC Media Days

A.J. Jefferson got a lot of questions about his beard Tuesday. Like, a whole lot. By the end of the day he half-joked that he wanted to shave it off just to get the questions to stop. I can’t blame … Continue reading

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Reviewing MSU’s 2015-16 athletic year with Scott Stricklin

The start of Independence Day weekend last Friday marked the official end of the 2015-16 athletic year for Mississippi State and the rest of the NCAA, bringing to close a year beginning with soccer and volleyball in August and finishing … Continue reading

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Current associate AD, former MSU tight end Duncan McKenzie retiring after 28 years

To many, Duncan McKenzie is Mississippi State’s second-highest ranking official in the athletic department, the Executive Associate Athletic Director who runs (among many other things) State’s growing budget. To others, he’s a former MSU tight end, playing for the Bulldogs … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mississippi State dads on Father’s Day

One of the weirder things about this job is the interaction with parents of the athletes I write about. Fans, friends, coaches, teammates, even my bosses – I know they will all be more or less fine with what I … Continue reading

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SEC Championship season comes to hard end at home for MSU

When unexpected, finality is devastating. Finality is crushing. Finality not only takes the breath out of the lungs, but swirls emotions, halts words in throats and unleashes torrents of tears fueled by love and regret alike. In sports, the end … Continue reading

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MSU’s Kruger a dominant leader on the diamond, passionate learner in life

Jack Kruger is a nerd. He’s a 6’1”, standout catcher who has started 52 games for Mississippi State’s SEC Champion baseball team. He bats .350, owns a slugging percentage of .562 and has forearms that could earn him a lifetime … Continue reading

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National Championship, not Regional, on MSU’s mind after sweeping Starkville Regional

As Sunday’s game was nearing its end, Mississippi State coach John Cohen turned to his assistant coaches with a question on his mind, a thought that had just struck him for the first time. He didn’t want to jinx anything, … Continue reading

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Sexton battles as MSU advances in Starkville Regional

A modern day warrior Mean, mean stride Today’s Tom Sawyer Mean, mean pride Though his mind is not for rent Don’t put him down as arrogant His reserve, a quiet defense Riding out the day’s events – Rush, Tom Sawyer … Continue reading

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Rooker, Brown pull off clutch performances as MSU advances to winner’s bracket

Finishing his approach to first base, Brent Rooker’s eyes darted downward to make sure he stepped on the bag as he rounded first and continued what seemed like a fruitless jog to second base. The ball he had crushed to … Continue reading

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