Mississippi St. Rumors & News

  • Mississippi State Lands Commitment From 4-Star Guard Eli Wright

    College Spun "Alabama and Auburn basketball landed big-time recruits over the past two days, and it was Mississippi State’s turn moments ago. The Bulldogs have secured a commitment from four-star shooting guard Eli Wright, according to multiple reports. " August 18

  • Louisiana Tech transfer Stapleton headed to Mississippi State

    CBS Sports "Louisiana Tech transfer Xavian Stapleton has committed to Mississippi State, sources said Sunday. The 6-foot-6 wing, who averaged 6.7 ppg last season, will have three years of eligibility remaining but must sit out next season per NCAA rules." July 05

  • Mississippi State lands first 2016 commitment

    The Clarion-Ledger "Mississippi State got on a jump start on its 2016 recruiting class with a commitment from four-star point guard Lamar Peters on Saturday night. Peters, a New Orleans native, planned to announce his commitment by July. The 6-foot, 165-pound guard was visiting Starkville with his New Orleans..." June 08

  • Aric Holman to sign with Miss. State, coach says

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Owensboro High School senior power forward Aric Holman, who had previously announced he would reclassify to 2016 and attend prep school for a year, now plans to sign Thursday with Mississippi State, Owensboro coach Roderick Drake said Thursday morning. The 6-foot-9 Holman, who helped the Red..." May 21

  • Mississippi State gets commitment from elite recruit Malik Newman

    CBS Sports "Class of 2015 standout Malik Newman on Friday publicly committed to play college basketball at Mississippi State in a development that gives Ben Howland a five-star recruit just one month after agreeing to become the Bulldogs' head coach. Newman is from Jackson, Miss. His father, Horatio..." April 25

  • Five-star recruit Malik Newman plans to commit to Mississippi State

    CBS Sports "Class of 2015 star Malik Newman is planning to publicly commit later this week to play basketball at Mississippi State, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. The announcement is expected Friday at 1 p.m. ET. Granted, this is high-stakes recruiting, and Newman could ultimately..." April 22

  • MSU's Johnny Zuppardo arrested for suspended license

    The Clarion-Ledger "Mississippi State forward Johnny Zuppardo was arrested Sunday night for driving with a suspended license after he ran a red light on campus. The incident occurred at 8:17 p.m. behind McKee Hall on MSU's campus. Zuppardo's license had been suspended due to a previous incident that involved..." April 20

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    Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

    Ben Howland has reached a verbal agreement to become the Mississippi State coach, sources told ESPN. He is en route to Starkville now.

  • Mississippi State expected to finalize deal to make Ben Howland coach

    CBS Sports "Mississippi State and former UCLA head coach Ben Howland are putting the finishing touches on a deal that would make the 57-year old the Bulldogs' next head basketball coach, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. The deal is expected to be officially completed by Monday barring any last-minute..." March 23

  • Sources: Howland, Miss. State agree to deal

    ESPN "Ben Howland has agreed to become Mississippi State's head coach, multiple sources told ESPN. Howland was en route to Starkville, Mississippi, on Monday morning, a source said. An official announcement is expected later this week." March 23

  • Gainesville guard D'Marcus Simonds decommits from Mississippi State after coach's firing

    Gainesville Times "Gainesville junior guard D'Marcus Simonds has decided to reconsider his college options after Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray was fired Saturday afternoon. Simonds, who led the Red Elephants (25-5, 12-1 Region 8-AAAAA) to a second-round appearance in the Class AAAAA playoffs this season,..." March 22

  • Mississippi State fires Rick Ray

    ESPN "Mississippi State has parted ways with coach Rick Ray after just three seasons. Ray, 44, went 37-60 in three seasons at Mississippi State after replacing Rick Stansbury in 2012. The Bulldogs went 13-19 this season, including 6-12 in SEC play. Mississippi State athletic director Scott..." March 22

  • Bulldogs shaken up after plane scare

    ESPN "Mississippi State's chartered Embraer 145 twin engine jet had to make an emergency landing in St. Louis after losing power in its right engine, 20 minutes after takeoff from Columbia, Missouri, sports information director Gregg Ellis told ESPN by phone from St. Louis on Saturday night. The..." February 15

  • Darius Hicks commits to Mississippi State

    The Clarion-Ledger "Two days after Mississippi State men's basketball added the first member to its 2016 recruiting class, Rick Ray strikes again. Quitman's Darius Hicks committed to the Bulldogs Friday morning, joining three-star shooting guard D'Marcus Simonds from Georgia as Mississippi State's two 2016..." November 21

  • Mississippi State’s leading scorer out 4-6 weeks, JuCo transfer done for season

    College Basketball Talk "All is well with the Mississippi State football program in mid-October as the nation’s new No. 1 team. The men’s basketball team, however, is off to a bit of a rough start in the first few weeks of practice. The school announced on Monday that last season’s top scorer Craig Sword will need to..." October 15

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Quinndary Weatherspoon commits to Mississippi State

    The Clarion-Ledger "Velma Jackson shooting guard Quinndary Weatherspoon has committed to Mississippi State. The 6-foot-5, 170 pound prospect chose the Bulldogs over offers from Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Wake Forest. A Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen selection as a junior, Weatherspoon led the Falcons..." July 31

  • Mississippi 78, Mississippi St. 66

    ProSportsDaily "Marshall Henderson scored 21 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the Rebels rallied to down the Bulldogs in the second round of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. Jarvis Summers also added 21 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds for Mississippi (19-13), which erased a 13-point..." March 14

  • South Carolina 74, Mississippi St. 62

    ProSportsDaily "Brenton Williams scored a game-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the visiting Gamecocks heaped more misery on the Bulldogs. Sindarius Thornwell added 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for South Carolina (12-19, 5-13 SEC), which snapped an 18-game road losing streak dating..." March 09

  • Gamecocks Conclude Regular Season at Mississippi State On Saturday

    GamecocksOnline.com "South Carolina wraps up the regular season Saturday afternoon at Mississippi State in the only meeting this season between the two teams. The two sides split last year’s regular season meetings, but the Bulldogs defeated the Gamecocks in the SEC Tournament, 70-59, on March 13, 2013 at Bridgestone..." March 07

  • Georgia 66, Mississippi St. 45

    ProSportsDaily "Kenny Gaines scored 14 points and the host Bulldogs ended the first half on a 29-8 run to win for the seventh time in nine games. Marcus Thornton added 13 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots for Georgia (17-12, 11-6 SEC), which continued its late-season surge and moved into position to..." March 06

  • Missouri 85, Mississippi St. 66

    ProSportsDaily "Jabari Brown had 21 points as the Tigers kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a one-sided win over the visiting Bulldogs. Brown hit a pair of 3-pointers while adding five rebounds and five assists for Missouri (20-9, 8-8 SEC), which shot 62.3 percent from the floor to hand Mississippi..." March 02

  • Arkansas 73, Mississippi St. 69

    ProSportsDaily "Anthlon Bell scored a career-high 19 points off the bench and Michael Qualls added 15 as the visiting Razorbacks held off the Bulldogs. Bobby Portis collected 13 points and seven rebounds for Arkansas (18-9, 7-7 SEC), which has won five of its last six to move back to .500 in the SEC. Coty..." February 23

  • Full-Court Press: Mississippi State at Auburn

    The Clarion-Ledger "It’s been a while since Mississippi State last won a game. It came against the same opponent it plays today — Auburn. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers at home on Jan. 22. This time MSU tries to do it on the road even though the Bulldogs have lost 14 straight road games. Their last win away from..." February 15

  • Losses leave Mississippi State coach Rick Ray at a loss for words

    The Clarion-Ledger "Rick Ray didn’t want to talk about it. The second-year coach was terse when addressing his team’s loss against Georgia on Wednesday. Of course, he didn’t need to say much. Mississippi State’s performance also spoke for itself. “We just simply haven’t or won’t accept who we are,” Ray said...." February 14

  • Georgia’s men’s basketball team forced to drive to Starkville for Wednesday’s game

    Clarion-Ledger "Rain, sleet or snow the Georgia men’s basketball team will get to Starkville, just not via airplane. Due to winter weather conditions in Georgia and Mississippi, the team elected to leave Athens on Tuesday and drive to Starkville, according to The Telegraph. “Even if we have to hitch-hike,..." February 11

  • Kentucky basketball defeats Mississippi State 69-59

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Sometimes you need to look beyond the usual suspects. With his team as listless as a tortoise in molasses Saturday afternoon, coach John Calipari went deep into his bench. Little-used reserves Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson helped the foul-plagued University of Kentucky men’s basketball team escape..." February 09

  • 'Sense of urgency' propels Aggies to first win in six games, 72-52 victory over Miss. State

    Dallas Morning News "Texas A&M, in citing a "sense of urgency" the Aggies said they repeated in every huddle, snapped a five-game losing streak with a 72-52 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night before 4,626 fans in Reed Arena. Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 20 points and fellow forward Kourtney..." February 06

  • Prather's 16 points power No. 3 Gators to 62-51 win at Mississippi State

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Senior forward Casey Prather scored 16 points, lifting No. 3 Florida to a 62-51 win over Mississippi State on Thursday night in Starkville, Miss. Florida (18-2, 7-0 SEC) won its 12th straight game, continuing its longest in-season winning streak since running off 17 victories in a row to start..." January 31

  • SEC won't punish Mississippi State coach for comments to Marshall Henderson

    USA Today "The Southeastern Conference will not discipline Mississippi State coach Rick Ray following his actions at the end of Saturday's game against Ole Miss, the league office told the Clarion-Ledger on Monday. Ray spoke with SEC commissioner Mike Slive on Monday morning regarding the head coach using..." January 27