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Bulldogs talk Simmons at Media Days

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com HOOVER, Ala. – For months now, a big question has hung over the Mississippi State football program. It has been a 6-foot-4, 310-pound question to be exact. In March, then-signee Jeffery Simmons was charged with simple assault when a video surfaced of an altercation in which Simmons struck a woman multiple…

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McKenzie nearing retirement after almost three decades at MSU

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Duncan McKenzie loves Mississippi State. That much has been apparent as the Starkville native has managed the finances for MSU athletics over the last 28-plus years. After spending nearly three decades deciding when the Bulldogs should spend and when the checkbook should stay closed though, McKenzie has finally decided it’s time…

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Stricklin addresses facility upgrades with Rotary Club

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com Change is on the horizon at Mississippi State. From the new Dudy Noble Field to upgrades of Humphrey Coliseum, MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin addressed the upcoming improvements around campus on Monday in his visit with the Starkville Rotary Club. Much of Stricklin’s time was focused on the details surrounding the…

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Winkfield shines in return to Nusz Park

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com No matter what color jersey Kayla Winkfield wears, the hits just keep coming. The former Mississippi State infielder, now a member of the Pennsylvania Rebellion of National Pro Fastpitch, came back to her old stomping grounds of MSU’s Nusz Park on Friday night and came through with a pair of hits…

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Henderson to join MSU as pitching coach

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilldailynews.com It appears Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen will turn to a familiar face to fill the recently-vacated pitching coach spot on his staff. A source told the Starkville Daily News on Thursday that former Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson is nearing a deal to become MSU’s pitching coach. Henderson…

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Arizona spoils MSU’s dreams of Omaha

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com For seven and a half innings on Saturday night, it seemed Mississippi State was bound to play another day. Then, courtesy of late-inning disaster, MSU’s Omaha dreams fell completely apart. Arizona, trailing by four runs entering the bottom of the eighth inning, came from behind to tie the game before ultimately…

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Record 11 Bulldogs selected in MLB Draft

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com What a difference a year makes. One season after Mississippi State didn’t have a single player drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft, the event wrapped up on Saturday with a school record 11 players drafted. That total was the third most from any school in the country. Seven Bulldogs heard…