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Fall Ball Opens For Diamond Dogs

Fall Ball Opens For Diamond Dogs

He intentionally pushed fall team practices back to, literally, the first official days of fall. That is a long enough wait for John Cohen. Not to mention his Diamond Dogs. "We've had a good month and a half of strength-conditioning, and individual skill instruction," the coach says. "So I think our kids are dying to compete a little bit against each other."

That competition began Thursday afternoon as the Bulldogs assembled for the first day of real team work. Up to now, as noted by their skipper, it has been over five weeks of lifting, running, and stretching; followed by selected small group and solo player drills. Starting today, though, Mississippi State is playing games. Scrimmage games, to be sure, but games with final scores and updated-daily...

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