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Business benefits from College World Series
Mississippi State baseball fell short of winning a national championship in the College World Series, but its deep run through the postseason provided a welcome boon to Starkville businesses. "It's been very good for us," said John Hendricks, owner of The Lodge, a Mississippi State paraphernalia store. "Normally May and June are slow months for us with school out of session. With all the excitement about baseball, we've had a nice boost in business."
 
Event to welcome home Mississippi State baseball players
MSU will host a welcome home celebration Thursday evening for its baseball players returning to Starkville from the College World Series. The celebration at Dudy Noble Field on the MSU campus in Starkville is free. Gates will open at 5 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The event will include MSU sports announcer Jim Ellis introducing the players as well as remarks by Head Coach John Cohen, university officials and selected players.
 
Locals join sea of maroon at series
A sea of maroon flooded Omaha, Neb., this week in support of Mississippi State playing for a national title for the first time in school history. Despite being swept by the UCLA Bruins with last night's game, many fans from Brookhaven made sure to give the team all their support. "It almost seems like we're in Starkville," Sandy Winborne said Tuesday afternoon. "It is a home game atmosphere. It feels like we're one big family." "Because there's so many Mississippi State people, it's phenomenal," said Jamie Gatlin. "We have painted Omaha maroon."
 
Mississippi: Where the Grapes of Wrath are stored | Slim Smith (Opinion)
The Dispatch's Slim Smith writes: "I'm probably the only person in Mississippi that feels sort of sorry for ESPN commentator Mike Patrick today. I doubt the ESPN commentator meant any offense with an off-the-cuff remark about Mississippi State's enormous following at the College World Series made during the broadcast of Monday's Mississippi State-UCLA game. Yet by Tuesday morning, Mississippians from Aberdeen to Yazoo City (there are no towns that start with "Z" in the state) were brandishing their figurative pitchforks and torches on social media, demanding that Patrick either be forced to apologize, be fired or be subjected to 'advanced interrogation techniques.'"
 
Bulldogs wrap up an historic season
The Sun Herald editorializes: " Certainly Mississippi State players and fans would have rather come home from Omaha as College World Series champions. But they hardly return empty handed. Never before has a team of Bulldogs played with a national championship at stake. And they did so with thousands of fans clad in maroon and white cheering them on, helping set a record attendance of 27,127 on Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park. ..."We knocked on the door," MSU head coach John Cohen said. ...'These kids came here off a 23-win season. They brought us all the way to the mountain top. We are disappointed in today and yesterday, but certainly not our body of work for the season. I am so proud of these kids.' As are we, coach, as are we. And it was great to see the entire state pull for State."
 
Mississippi State University Grads Do Well in Salary Survey
A new survey by The College Database shows Mississippi State graduates leading their peers at other Magnolia State universities and colleges in starting salaries. According to the website report, graduates of the Starkville land-grant institution begin work making an average of $41,200. The complete survey is available at www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/online-colleges-in-mississippi/#high-starting-salary-colleges-mississippi. The next three highest starting salaries listed in the survey are $40,000 for Mississippi University for Women, and $39,000 at both the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College. MSU, MUW and Ole Miss are public institutions, while MC is private.
 
Starkville and Oxford on Top 100 Smartest City List
Bulldogs and Rebels make up two of the smartest cities in the country. A national study shows that both Starkville and Oxford made the top 100 list. Luminosity, based out of San Francisco, conducted a national study for residents between the ages of 18 and 75. They used five brain games to measure cognitive skills. Those include memory, processing, and attention span among other things. Starkville came in at 34, while Oxford came in 40 spots lower at 74.
 
MSU discusses affirmative action
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-1 to return a case concerning affirmative action in the University of Texas admission system to lower courts. Abigail Noel Fisher of Sugar Land, Texas had sued the university after it rejected her application in 2008, claiming that it used affirmative action policies to admit minority students less qualified than her. The Supreme Court's opinion affirmed the use of race in college admissions but also outlined tight restrictions for that use.
 
Climate change: Disasters in Mississippi cited
Seeking support for its plan to limit greenhouse gas with new regulations, the Obama administration on Wednesday released for Mississippi, as it has for other states, the harm carbon pollution is causing on its homefront. The White House noted that, in 2011, power plants and major industrial facilities in Mississippi emitted more than 35 million metric tons of carbon pollution -- equal to the yearly pollution from more than 7.5 million cars. Gov. Phil Bryant and others, however, see a major cost in complying with the regulations. Dennis D. Truax, head of the civil and environmental engineering department at Mississippi State University, said the EPA proposal would make it difficult for coal-fired plants to run economically and would not lower greenhouse gas emissions by itself. "The more restrictive we become on emissions, the more difficult it will be to operate in an environmentally sustainable way," he said.
 
Mississippi's Ironic Presidential Library
To be home to a presidential library is quite an honor, but it's ironic that the 18th President of the United States and the conquering Civil War general from the North would find a posthumous home in the land that he defeated. Did fate have a hand in bringing this extraordinary leader's papers down South to Starkville? "The establishment of the U.S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University is a tribute to the quality of scholarship, archival pursuits and digital traditional library access offered here," says MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum.
 
Wet, cool weather impacted winter wheat's growth, harvest
Producers are bringing in Mississippi's amber waves of grain later than usual, but sunny weather has allowed them to make strong progress on the winter wheat harvest during the last two weeks. Wet conditions that began in February and cooler-than-normal conditions in March, April and most of May delayed the crop's maturity. Erick Larson, small grains agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the prolonged spring may have helped farmers with the timing of their management inputs, but now they are rushing to complete the wheat harvest.
 
Water activities provide summer fun for children
During summer months when many children leave for the beach and others complain of boredom, Starkville offers several options to get kids out of the house and into some water. Brent Crocker, associate director of programming at the Sanderson Center at Mississippi State University, said the center offered swimming lessons to help children be safe while playing in water.
 
MSMS Names Director of Academic Affairs
The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Kessler Brown as the school's newest Director of Academic Affairs. Brown most recently held the position of Curriculum Coordinator for the Lowndes County School District. Brown is married to Steve Brown, director of Pastoral Care at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle. The Browns' two daughters, Kessler -- a current senior at Mississippi State University majoring in secondary education -- and Kennedy -- an upcoming freshman at MSU who plans to major in industrial engineering -- are both graduates of MSMS.
 
Grisham's 'A Time To Kill' heading to Broadway
John Grisham's first novel, which was made into a star-filled film, is now heading to a Broadway stage. Producers said Tuesday that an adaptation of "A Time to Kill" will begin performances at the John Golden Theatre this fall. An earlier version was staged at Washington's Arena Stage in 2011. "A Time to Kill" was Grisham's first novel and it was made into a 1996 movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel L. Jackson. It's a courtroom thriller set in Mississippi that centers on a white lawyer defending a black father who has killed the man who raped his young daughter.
 
Oktibbeha Democrats remove Isaac, Neal from executive committee
Oktibbeha County Democratic Party Executive Committee members Dorothy Isaac and Kennedy Neal were removed from the board in separate votes Tuesday after they were found in violation of the state party's constitution and bylaws by their peers. The two executive committee members, along with three aldermen-elects -- Roy A. Perkins, Henry Vaughn and Lisa Wynn -- were linked to a May Republican fund-raiser for former mayoral candidate Dan Moreland.
 
Region's jobless rate rises in May
Northeast Mississippi's unemployment stayed under 10 percent for the third month in a row, but not by much. Preliminary numbers released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security on Wednesday showed the 16-county region posted a 9.7 percent jobless rate in May, up from 8.5 percent in April. Statewide, the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent, down from 9.2 percent a month earlier. Clay County's 18.5 percent rate was the highest in the region and state.
 
Lawmakers convene today amid uncertainty
The Mississippi Legislature will convene in special session at 10 a.m. today to take up funding and reauthorizing the Division of Medicaid for the new fiscal year, which begins Monday. The question is whether legislators also will take up a proposal to expand Medicaid to cover those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $15,000 annually for an individual, as is allowed by federal law. A rift between Democrats in the House, trying to force a vote on the issue of expansion, and the Republican leadership, trying to block such a vote, resulted in the program not being funded or reauthorized during the regular 2013 session. In today's special session, the Republican leadership, particularly Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton and Gov. Phil Bryant, will continue to try to block an expansion vote. But Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said, "We're going to talk about Medicaid, all facets of it, including of the expansion."
 
State marriage law may face tests
Gay Mississippians still will not be allowed to marry here despite Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a federal law that defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman. Mississippi also will not be required to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. But the decision opens up the possibility of attacks against such state prohibitions, said legal authorities. "This decision is massive," said George Cochran, constitutional law professor at the University of Mississippi Law Center.
 
DOMA ruling's impact on Mississippi couples murky
Same-sex married couples in Mississippi may in the near future enjoy some 1,100 potential federal benefits given to married people --- how and when it happens, though, is unclear. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued on the federal Defense of Marriage Act says the federal government recognizes same-sex marriage in states where same-sex marriage is legal. What's murky is what that means for Mississippi and 38 other states where same-sex marriage is illegal. And both officials and experts who are proponents and opponents of gay marriage say for a while at least -- the rulings won't mean much in Mississippi. Mississippi State University assistant professor of political science Ravi Perry, who married his husband in Massachusetts, called the ruling "bittersweet."
 
Same-sex marriage: Couples look forward following court rulings
Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday paved the way for same-sex marriage and federal recognition of the practice, though neither opinion changed how Mississippi legislates marriage. A state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman remains the law of the land in Mississippi. But some LGBT residents here are hopeful after the court's rulings on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
 
Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage With Two Major Rulings
In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there. The rulings leave in place laws banning same-sex marriage around the nation, and the court declined to say whether there was a constitutional right to such unions. But in clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, the nation's most populous state, the court effectively increased to 13 the number of states that allow it. The decisions will only intensify the fast-moving debate over same-sex marriage.
 
Gay-Marriage Battles Still Loom in States
The Supreme Court's decisions Wednesday offered neither side in the debate over same-sex marriage a sweeping resolution. With the justices' ruling on the Proposition 8 gay-marriage ban concerning only California, the path forward nationally on the issue remains winding---and may eventually lead back to the Supreme Court. Both sides say they are gearing up for more battles in individual states until the courts or Congress intervenes with a federal answer to a core question: Is there a federal right to marriage for same-sex couples? Very few states remain undecided on gay marriage.
 
Conservatives promise legislative fight over marriage
A group of conservative House Republicans blasted the decisions on same-sex marriage issued Wednesday by the Supreme Court as legally inconsistent and detrimental to the future of the nation's children. One lawmaker pledged to soon file a constitutional amendment to reinstate the Defense of Marriage Act. "A narrow radical majority of the court has substituted their personal views for the constitutional decisions of the American voters and their elected representatives," said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.). "My response will be later this week to file a federal marriage amendment."
 
How Pop Culture Changed the Face of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate
Things were different in 2008, the year Proposition 8 passed in California and limited the definition of marriage to a man and a woman. Back then there was no "Glee," and we didn't know what a "Modern Family" was. Back in 1996, when the Defense of Marriage Act passed, there were even fewer images of gay and lesbian characters in mainstream media and Batwoman had yet to come out of the closet. Now it's 2013, and yesterday's Supreme Court decisions about DOMA and Prop 8 have paved new roads for same-sex marriageā€“roads that were both measured by and shaped by the positive gay characters that began to emerge in mainstream media throughout the last several decades.
 
House leadership draws flak on farm bill defeat
Fallout from the farm bill's failure is erupting behind closed doors. Almost a week after Republicans failed to pass the nearly $1 trillion, five-year agricultural package through the House, Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders are feeling the heat from frustrated lawmakers sick of screw-ups. Republican Reps. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota separately stood up at a GOP meeting Wednesday and confronted their leadership about its bumbling legislative strategy and inability to figure out a way forward on the massive legislation, according to multiple sources at the meeting.
 
Farm bill problems could hurt USDA budget
The House farm bill's collapse spilled over Wednesday to the Agriculture Department's annual budget, threatening additional cuts that would lower 2014 appropriations to levels well below the already-reduced funding set by the March sequester. On a 235-187 vote, Republicans cleared the way for consideration of the $19.45 billion spending bill after the July 4th recess. But as part of the bargain, Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) kept his right to be a one-man wrecking crew unless he sees some progress in the interim on his priority -- the five-year farm bill.
 
House GOP Argues Over Next Steps on Farm Legislation
A week after a surprising defeat for the farm bill, some House conservatives who helped sink the legislation are trying to build momentum to split it in half, ending years of precedent for passing agriculture and nutrition legislation in one package. Members made their case in a House Republican Conference meeting Wednesday morning, but they were rebuked by farm-district Republicans who said the group did them a disservice by voting for controversial amendments that cost the bill Democratic support and then voting against the underlying bill.
 
USM hosts Mississippi Health Summit
The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the Mississippi Health Summit 2013 on Wednesday. The summit featured discussions from field of experts on topics ranging from primary care to Medicaid. With a theme of "Forming Partnerships and Breaking Barriers to Mississippi's Health", the summit also included keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Mansour, a cardiologist in Greenville.
 
Intern surveying the field with engineering firm
Carter Smith of Natchez is getting a taste of the field he plans to study in college before he even packs his bags for freshman year. Smith, a recent Trinity Episcopal Day School graduate, is working at Jordan, Kaiser and Sessions engineering firm this summer on the survey crew. Smith will attend the University of Mississippi this fall and plans to major in civil engineering. "I'm excited to go to Oxford. My whole family has gone to Ole Miss," he said.
 
Homegrown gaming: Students design group's first app
A fan of video games long before the first angry bird was ever flicked at a pig, Belhaven student Chad Harman remembers telling his mother he wanted to make a video game. Now Harman is on his way to reaching that goal, having formed his own video gaming company, Cryogenic Studios, which is set to launch its first game this fall. Right now, the company has 15 employees, all working for free and at different paces. "They're anywhere from working full time to part time," said Nelms. Most have a Belhaven University connection. Some University of Southern Mississippi students also have contributed, Harman added.
 
William Carey receives $250,000 nursing grant
William Carey University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation in support of the Ph.D. in Nursing Education and Administration program, which was implemented in the Fall of 2012. The Ph.D program was designed to prepare professional nurse scholars to assume leadership and upper-level management roles in nursing education programs or health care organizations. "This is the first major grant that WCU has received from the Hearin Foundation and is an indication that William Carey has become a major player in providing health care education for Mississippi and the entire region," said Tommy King, president of WCU.
 
East Mississippi Community College seeks money
Student growth at East Mississippi Community College has reportedly reached its brim, and school representatives are now asking taxpayers in six counties to ante up toward expansion projects.
 
Music experience: 500 students hone skills at camp
More than 500 high school band students from across the country are attending the 33rd annual Itawamba Community College Summer Band Camp this week in Fulton. The weeklong camp, which started Sunday and ends Friday, is designed to push the 503 campers to their limits in a slightly competitive setting, according to ICC band director and band camp director Brian Gillentine. The rising seventh- through 12th-grade students are mostly from high schools in Mississippi, but some traveled from Alabama, Tennessee and even Colorado.
 
Report ranks Alabama 49th for student-loan debt, shows fewer Alabamians seek college degrees
A new ranking from Bloomberg.com shows fewer Alabamians owe money for their college educations compared to most other U.S. states. But the ranking might not be a positive sign for the status of higher education in Alabama. Instead of indicating fewer residents need student loans to pay for their educations, it could be a sign that fewer Alabamians are pursuing college degrees, says Gordon Stone, executive director of the Higher Education Partnership in Montgomery.
 
Tuscaloosa mayor issues order to create student rental housing market task force
Has the number of student-based apartment complexes in Tuscaloosa grown too high? That's an answer that Mayor Walt Maddox is seeking with the formation Wednesday of a student rental housing task force. "The recent boom of new student housing developments has produced a great deal of questions and concerns from all corners of our community," Maddox said in a press release announcing the task force's formation.
 
Rice farmers face challenges in global market
Rice farmers have long worried about bugs, weeds and plant diseases, but these days the local rice industry is just as concerned about world markets, Washington politics and the growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly food. The annual LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day on Wednesday was a chance for agricultural researchers to show off developments in rice breeding and innovative farming practices, but much of the day was also spent discussing national and international issues that are affecting the rice fields of rural Louisiana. One of the newest issues is sustainable rice farming, a move to more environmentally friendly farming practices being pushed in part by cereal maker Kellogg's. "Kellogg's is a very large customer for Louisiana rice," said Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station near Crowley.
 
Texas A&M System leading joint initiative on genomic research
Texas A&M University on Wednesday announced a research initiative aimed at genomic science. The Whole Systems Genomics Initiative, or WSGI, will bring together 184 faculty members in 39 departments and units across nine colleges, the Texas A&M Health Science Center and other A&M System agencies with the goal of research into the genetics of organisms and their DNA sequences. David Threadgill, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an industry leader in genomics, was hired from North Carolina State University to be the director of the WSGI. Threadgill, an Aggie alumnus, said he will start on July 15.
 
Texas A&M camp offers kids early prep for jobs in biocorridor
A summer camp on the Texas A&M campus is preparing students as young as 14 to fill science, technology, engineering and math jobs coming to the Bryan-College Station biocorridor. The BioFORCE Summer Academy is a weeklong summer program in the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing on Texas A&M's west campus that is intended to inspire high school students during the summers following their ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade years to pursue STEM in post-secondary education.
 
U. of Tennessee to honor Pat Summitt with statue, plaza
With a campus street and a basketball court already named in Pat Summitt's honor, the University of Tennessee had to be more creative to recognize the Lady Vols coaching legend. The university will use land across from Thompson-Boling Arena to build a plaza featuring a bronze statue of Summitt. It will be called Pat Summitt Plaza. UT issued a release on Wednesday elaborating on plans for a Summitt statue that UT athletic director Dave Hart first mentioned last month. "This is an exciting opportunity to honor, in perpetuity, the coach who is synonymous with the sport of women's basketball," Hart said.
 
Doctor found dead at U. of Tennessee Medical Center
Knoxville police are investigating the death of a resident doctor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Knoxville Police Department Lt. Paul Lane said the body of Dr. Zackary Rose, 28, was found early Monday morning in a break room at the medical center. "There were no signs of foul play and we're awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology," Lane said. Jim Ragonese, spokesman for the medical center, said Rose was in his fourth year of residency at the hospital. Rose was in anesthesiology with the UT Graduate School of Medicine.
 
U. of Missouri Health Care breaks ground on new clinic
Representatives from the University of Missouri System and University of Missouri Health Care broke ground Wednesday on the University Physicians-South Providence Medical Park, a $35 million project that will bring several medical practices under one roof. Mitch Wasden, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health, said the two-story, 85,000-square-foot facility is set to open in the spring of 2015 and represents the future of health care facilities.
 
Deadline Near With No Deal on Loan Rates for Students
With only five days before interest rates on student loans are scheduled to double, the Senate majority leader rejected a proposed bipartisan solution that has now scrambled alliances and muddied political attacks for both sides. Barring a last-minute breakthrough, 7.4 million university students will see rates on their federal Stafford loans jump to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent on July 1.
 
Taking a break from it all
Marty Wiseman, director of the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State, writes: "May we please take a break? We have now reached the summer solstice and not one slat in the political picket fence has been mended. At least the grind of municipal elections is behind us as is moving day for United Methodist ministers. Such could only mean that summer is in full swing. Last week my wife and I and our extended brood took a vacation in an area isolated enough that there was (horrors) no cell phone coverage and, for a time, no Internet. The deep breath was palpable as if it were a massage of the inner lungs. Partisan politics at every level was stiffed-armed out of sight. In their place, William Faulkner's "Intruder in the Dust" would have to do. I gladly took the plunge into the pursuit of the salvation of the life of accused murderer Lucas Beauchamp."
 
Bryant has chance to create 9,000 jobs
Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove writes: "I had the good fortune a few months back to attend Gov. William Winter's 90th birthday celebration. Winter passed on the usual cake, candles and confetti, instead bringing together experts to address the future of Mississippi. It was a remarkable event for a remarkable person. Jim Barksdale, who is a modern day E.F. Hutton, spoke. When he talks, people listen. Barksdale graciously served as Gov. Phil Bryant's interim head of economic development. There was something that he said at Winter's birthday panel discussion that keeps ringing in my head. He discussed the price tag states pay to attract companies. Mississippi, Barksdale said, should not pay more than $100,000 per job in the escalating incentives war. I found this interesting in light of Bryant's call for a special session this week to address Medicaid re-authorization."


SPORTS
 
Cohen vows Mississippi State will return to World Series, win it
For nearly two weeks they were focused on the now. Each time the topic of a College World Series title was brought up by a reporter, John Cohen rehashed the same response. "I know exactly what our focus will be on and that is what they're going to eat," the Mississippi State coach said. "And that will be a huge focus to our club for sure." Cohen recycled the answer more than a few times, careful to keep his club focused on the task at hand. Late Tuesday night Cohen sat at the same podium, where he continued to speak about his players' appetites.
 
Bulldogs call 2013 squad most memorable
Kendall Graveman's eyes were red from the sting of losing. But in that moment, he knew that at some point, the pain would recede and the positive thoughts would resurface. Immediate consolation doesn't come easy for a team that missed out on a national championship. That's especially true for a senior like Graveman, a right-handed pitcher who was a big reason Mississippi State reached the finals of the College World Series for the first time.
 
Mississippi State takes next step in Cohen's plan
Five years ago, John Cohen had a frank discussion with Greg Byrne, who was Mississippi State University's director of athletics at the time. "I remembered saying to him in our first conversation about the job, 'Greg, this is not going to be fun early on because I have to break this thing down and then build it back up,' " Cohen said earlier this week. "I made it very clear that if you wanted to try a quick fix then we can part ways and there's no hard feelings." Byrne wasn't interested in a quick fix and trusted that Cohen's plan, which included rebuilding the program through recruiting and playing to the strengths of the size of Dudy Noble Field, would help the MSU baseball team earn a chance to play for a national title.
 
Even in defeat, Mississippi State has best season in school history
While the season was spectacular, the ending was not for the Mississippi State University baseball team Tuesday night. Playing for a team sport national championship for the first time in school history, the magic ran out as MSU dropped an 8-0 decision to UCLA in the final game of the College World Series championship series. The TD Ameritrade Park record crowd of 27,127 was full of Maroon, but it was not enough to spark the Bulldogs' offense.
 
Mississippi State knocks on championship door, but UCLA kicks it in
Mississippi State University coaches, players, and fans have 235 days until the start of the 2014 season to stew over the disappointment of not playing their best in the College World Series. "What we've now done is knock on the door," MSU coach John Cohen said. "UCLA has knocked down the door tonight, and we didn't do that."
 
Family of Mississippi State's Porter enjoys CWS experience
Mississippi State senior Trey Porter put together a strong College World Series performance with a big family following in the stands in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs' historic run to the CWS Finals came to an end Tuesday night with an 8-0 loss to UCLA, but it's an experience that Porter and his family won't soon forget. Porter, an East Central alum, was used off-and-on throughout the CWS by MSU coach John Cohen, but he seemed to make an impact every time he had the bat in his hands, whether it was as a pinch hitter or designated hitter.
 
Where does Mississippi State's CWS run rank?
Syndicated columnist Rick Cleveland writes: "Mississippi State has reached the championship series of the College World Series, and the immediate question comes to mind: Where does this rank among the biggest stories in Magnolia State sports history? ...In my mind, State's 2013 baseball run is in the top five all-time. It's oh-so-hard to rank them, but here are some for consideration..."
 
Long year, short time before next | John L. Pitts (Opinion)
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal's John L. Pitts writes: "The final out of the College World Series on Tuesday night also signaled the end of the 2012-13 college sports season. It was quite a year in Mississippi for the state's Big Three. ...And it starts soon. As hard as it is to fathom, the SEC's media days for football will begin on July 16 in Hoover, Ala., That's just 19 days from today."



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