Sunday Reading: Hoops, Football & Baseball

We’ve got a ton of must-read Mississippi State copy in today’s Daily Journal. So take some time this fine afternoon and enjoy it.

LOVE & BASKETBALL: I have a profile of MSU women’s coach Sharon Fanning-Otis and her husband, former Tupelo mayor Larry Otis. They’ve been through a lot in a short amount of time and have found the kind of love and family closeness that can carry them through both the trials of life and everyday living.

Speaking of the Lady Bulldogs, they take on Florida State in the third round of the NCAA tournament in just a few minutes (1:30 p.m.). It’s on ESPN2.

WRAPPING UP A SEASON: I also have something on the men’s team, an “obit” as we call it. My column focuses on the adversity MSU had to overcome and that, despite all that, it wound up being a pretty good season.

WHITE IN THE MIDDLE: My spring football notebook leads off with senior middle linebacker Chris White, who’s relishing his move from the weakside spot. Also covered is yesterday’s practice, and I talk with running backs coach Greg Knox about the tailback situation.

BASEBALL GOES FOR WIN: MSU’s baseball team fell to Georgia yesterday, 7-4, evening the series. Game 3 starts at 1:30 p.m. today at Dudy Noble Field. Chad Girodo, a true freshman, will go for the home Bulldogs. And I’m sure MSU coach John Cohen hopes the umpires are more, um, kind to his pitchers.