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Eleven lessons learned in Italy with MSU basketball

Twice in Italy, Mississippi State took games against professional basketball teams into overtime. On both occasions, Ben Howland’s team won. Most impressively, one of those wins came against the national team of Kosovo, a group made up of, as one … Continue reading

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Brian Johnson breaks down MSU’s QB competition midway through preseason

Finding the replacement for Dak Prescott, it turns out, has surprisingly little to do with emulating the former star quarterback for Mississippi State. In fact, calling the next starting QB for the Bulldogs a “replacement” for Dak would be misleading … Continue reading

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Howland Building Through Details, Experience In Italy

Ben Howland lives in the details. Not in a way to suggest he needs organization to function – though disorganization is almost certainly among his pet peeves – but in the sense that he builds his knowledge on details. He … Continue reading

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MSU Basketball Tours Roman Coliseum On Maroon Friday

  It took each of them traveling thousands of miles halfway around the globe to one of the world’s most historic sites, but finally, with perfect timing on Maroon Friday, the two met. Just outside of The Coliseum in Rome, … Continue reading

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MSU Basketball Arrives In Europe, Tours Rome Ahead Of First Exhibition Game

  Buongiorno from Italia! After somewhere between 20-30 hours of travel, depending on how you do time zone math, the Mississippi State basketball team arrived in Rome on Wednesday morning for a two-week, four-game exhibition trip in Europe. Days one … Continue reading

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Jackie Sherrill remembered as he enters Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Jackie Sherrill is the winningest coach in Misissippi State football history. He took the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship game one year, and his teams were collectively the ‘Best in the West’ for three more. He produced All-SEC and All-American … Continue reading

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SEC Network takeover for MSU on Wednesday highlights impressive year of Bulldog athletics

At 11 o’clock tonight – midnight tomorrow, technically, if you’re on the east coast – 24 hours of all things Mississippi State sports begins on the SEC Network. With the two documentaries leading off the programming block being the exceptions, … Continue reading

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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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