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Fall Ball Opens Friday For Diamond Dogs

It's sort of ironic. They've spent weeks upgrading both strength and condition for just this fall-point, and suddenly several Diamond Dogs are sidelined. "A lot of our kids are battling flu stuff," Coach John Cohen said Wednesday. "So it might be a sparse group to start out the official part of fall."

Some bodies might be weakened, or recovering from more serious situations. But Mississippi State spirits are still strong as full-team practicing and scrimmaging begins this weekend. Cohen and staff will have the fall semester squad on Dudy Noble Field together for the first working-time starting Friday at 2:30. After two hours of drills and practices, a scrimmage begins at 4:30. Saturday...

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