Linguist leaves MSU for Minnesota

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com There is another opening on Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen’s coaching staff. Mississippi State confirmed on Thursday that safeties coach Maurice Linguist has left the program to join the University of Minnesota. According to Linguist’s Twitter profile, he will coach the secondary for the Golden Gophers. Linguist spent just…

Mississippi State hires Grantham as new defensive coordinator

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com It’s another offseason and another defensive coordinator for Mississippi State football. MSU hired Louisville’s Todd Grantham on Wednesday to orchestrate the Bulldogs defense. Grantham becomes State’s fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons. Grantham replaces outgoing defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon who, oddly, is headed to Louisville to replace Grantham according to…

MSU falls to Alabama in SEC opener

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com There’s plenty of basketball left to play, but the Southeastern Conference portion of Mississippi State’s schedule is off to a rocky start. Alabama bottled up and frustrated Mississippi State as the Bulldogs lost a 68-58 decision to the Crimson Tide in both teams’ SEC opener on Tuesday night at Humphrey Coliseum.…

D and Q lead MSU to a W

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com With a little bit of ‘D’ and a whole lot of ‘Q’, Mississippi State ended non-conference play with a bang on Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU’s defense limited the University of Missouri-Kansas City to a 28.3 percent field goal percentage and Quinndary Weatherspoon had yet another fantastic game, leading all…

Hankerson arrested again, no longer enrolled at MSU

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com For the third time in under a month, now-former Mississippi State defensive back John Michael Hankerson has been arrested. Hankerson was arrested on Wednesday by U.S. Marshals in Horn Lake in connection to a December 17th incident at Campus Trails apartments in Starkville. According to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office, Hankerson…

MSU’s Johnson named Houston’s offensive coordinator

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com The man who helped develop two of the most successful quarterbacks in Mississippi State history is leaving the program. MSU quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson was named the new offensive coordinator at the University of Houston on Tuesday. Johnson leaves after three years at Mississippi State in which he polished the abilities…

Banged-up Weatherspoon has career night

By JOEL COLEMAN sports@starkvilledailynews.com If there was any question about it, Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon isn’t a bit happy when he misses a free throw. After missing a pair from the charity stripe during the second half of MSU’s 85-76 win over Morehead State on Thursday, Weatherspoon immediately picked up a steal, advanced back down…