News from MSU Media Relations--July 10

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, Women's Basketball, Women's & Men's Golf, & MSU Athletics.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The first team meeting of July brought a familiar face back to the Mississippi State football team, as former MSU standout and current Cincinnati Bengal tight end Reggie Kelly spoke to the Bulldog football team on Monday afternoon.

Kelly, who played in 44 games for Mississippi State from 1995-98, was invited by Head Coach Sylvester Croom as part of an ongoing series of former players speaking about life both on and off the field of play.

The eight-year veteran of the National Football League spoke at length about themes such as trust, belief and preparation. Kelly also told the team about his family, his college days and life in the NFL.

The Bulldogs returned to campus on Monday as the second term of the summer session got under way. State opens its season at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field on Thursday, August 30 against LSU.

Women's Basketball
XENIA, Ohio - Mississippi State University women's basketball player Bethany Workman will be one member of the nine-player Athletes in Action basketball team will be competing in Brazil from June 24 ­July 10. The team arrived in Xenia, Ohio on June 18 for training camp at AIA's World Training and Resource Center prior to their departure.

The team will play games against Brazilian club teams. They also will help with AIA Brazil Sports Camps, put on basketball clinics, and help the AIA Brazilian staff prepare for the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Athletes in Action regularly uses the unique platform of sport to help people around the world with questions of faith. While involved with the team Workman, a junior guard, will be able to use her love of basketball to share her Christian faith with opponents and fans alike.

"I am looking forward to seeing how God uses basketball as a medium to the message of his love," Workman said.

Based out of Xenia, Ohio, Athletes in Action has been sending men's and women's teams of this nature for almost three decades.

Women's Golf
Coral Springs, Fla. - Mississippi State women's golf team members Amanda Mathis and Suzanne Stanley were named to the 2007 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar team announced by the organization on Monday.

Mathis, who played her final season at MSU in 2007, received the honor for the forth consecutive season. The Picayune, Miss., native ended her career with the Lady Bulldogs totaling 16 top-10 finishes during her career. Mathis tied the school record low-round, firing a 67 in 2005. Mathis finished at MSU third on the career stroke-average list and holds the single season stroke average record with a 74.20 during her junior campaign.

Stanley, an upcoming sophomore, is a native of Decatur, Ala. In her first season at MSU, Stanley competed in eight of nine tournaments. Her best finish came at the Chrysler Challenge where she fired a 238 and tied for 22nd.

The pair joined 366 other women's collegiate golfers recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50% of the college's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

Men's Golf
WHEATON, Ill. - Mississppi State sophomore golfer Josh Bevell only played four holes before weather halted first round activity in the 82nd United States Amateur Public Links Championship at Cantigny Golf Club. The amateur event is one of 13 national championships sanctioned by the United States Golf Association.

Bevell, a native of Southaven, Miss., qualified for the field in June at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Bartlett, Tenn. He recorded a two-round total of 139 to advance to the championship.

On Monday, Bevell was apart of the afternoon wave of golfers that had their round suspended due to rain. Beginning on the 10th tee, he got off to a rough start by posting a bogey on three of his four holes played. The MSU golfer is just one of two golfers from the Magnolia state competing in this week's field. Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs also qualified for the national event. Bevell will return to the course at 7:30 a.m. CST to complete the opening round on Tuesday.

His appearance in the U.S . Amateur Public Links Championship is an addition to the already impressive summer slate by Bevell. Earlier this summer, he finished runner-up at the 2007 Mississippi State Amateur Championship. During the state competition, he posted a hole-in-one on the final day of the championship.

The amateur public links championship is devoted to the players who compete on public courses throughout the nation. To be eligible to compete in the event, players must have amateur status by the beginning of the year and not be a bona fide member of a club.

MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ Mississippi State University Associate Athletic Director Dr. David C. Boles is a scheduled guest speaker at the Second Annual National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators Workshop set for July 15-17 in Austin, Texas.

Boles and Julie Cromer, Director of Membership Services with the NCAA, will present a 50-minute seminar on the Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Best Practices.

Boles is entering his 20th year of his second tour of duty with MSU's athletic family and oversees the all-encompassing area of academic student services. He has a split appointment between the provost office and the athletic department. Boles was named MSU's Director of Student Support and Retention in August 2000, now directing the Academic Advising Center for the entire campus.

Originally from Abilene, Kan., the 1965 Kansas State alumnus serves as MSU's associate athletic director for student services. Charged with overseeing eligibility certification, compliance, and academics, Boles rejoined the MSU staff in 1988 after a three-year stint as the assistant to the superintendent of schools at Great Bend, Kan.

STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ Mississippi State Associate Athletic Director Straton Karatassos was inducted into the Mississippi Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame on Monday as a part of the annual MATA Symposium and Business Meeting. The induction was held at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, Miss.

Joining Karatassos in the Class of 2007 was Dr. James Manning, a physician from Jackson and an instrumental figure in founding the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and Joel "Hap" Hudson, former Head Athletic Trainer at Mississippi College and currently an Assistant Professor Emeritus and adjunct professor in kinesiology at MC.

Karatassos joins W.J. "Dutch" Luchsinger and Dr. William Warner as the three Mississippi State representatives in the 10-member Hall of Fame. Both 2003 inductees, Luchsinger was MSU's Head Athletic Trainer from 1949-1965 and Warner, a graduate of MSU, was honored for his years of service and promotion of athletic training.

Karatassos was named the school's head athletic trainer in 1981 and later took on the role as MSU's assistant athletic director for sports medicine. Karatassos accompanied Bulldog football teams to five postseason bowl appearances as team trainer and he has handled the athletic training responsibilities for five NCAA College World Series baseball clubs coached by Ron Polk.

Karatassos is currently in his fourth year serving as an associate athletic director for athletic development. In his current position, Karatassos works closely with marketing MSU Athletics and coordinating Bulldog Club activities and operations. He joined the Mississippi State athletic family in 1973.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Karatassos is a 1973 graduate of Georgia Southern, where he administered to the medical needs of the Polk-coached Eagle baseball club that claimed the 1973 NCAA District III championship and advanced to the College World Series.

Karatassos is married to the former Harriet Hubbard of Batesville, Miss., and they have two daughters, Harris Helen and Mary Straton.

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