News from MSU Media Relations--January 17

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...MSU Athletics, Women's Tennis, Men's Tennis and Men's Basketball.

MSU Athletics
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State team physician Dr. Rusty Linton will be honored as the Southeastern Conference Team Physician of the Year at the Southern Orthopedic Association meetings, it was announced Friday.

Dr. Linton, on staff at Columbus Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, P.C., has served as Mississippi State's team orthopedic surgeon since 1990. He has worked with Bulldog athletics dating back to 1983, while completing his medical school work and during his residency.

A 1980 graduate of Mississippi State, Dr. Linton earned his M.D. from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1984. From 1984 through 1989, he served his orthopedic residency at the University of Tennessee Medical School/Campbell's Clinic. He then completed one year of sports medicine fellowship at the University of Florida prior to his arrival in Starkville.

Dr. Linton worked with the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team which claimed the gold medal in Seoul, South Korea, and continues to assist the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers at the annual NFL Scouting Combine.

Given annually to recognize a team physician that has contributed greatly to both their school's teams and to the SEC sports medicine community, the SEC Team Physician of the Year is sponsored by dj Orthopedics and the Southern Orthopedic Association and will be presented to Dr. Linton at the SEC Basketball Tournament in Tampa.

Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - With the start of the 2009 season just one week away, the Mississippi State women's tennis team received a jump start to 2010 this week, as Zion Lutheran High School senior Danielle Terpko signed a national letter-of-intent to play with the Lady Bulldogs next fall.

"After my visit to Mississippi State, I was so impressed by Coach Lane, the great people and their facilities," says Terpko. "I knew that this was the place for me."

Known as "the tennis girl" around her high school campus, the 17-year-old Terpko comes to State after a stellar career in the state of Florida. Consistently ranked in the top 100 throughout her career by, Terpko comes to MSU as the 95th-ranked prospect in the country, including a #20 ranking in Florida.

Selected five times to play for Team Florida at the United States Tennis Association's national event, Terpko has competed nationally in tournaments throughout 10 different states. She holds an overall record of 33-35 in her tennis career, including a combined 17 wins over four- and five-star prospects from around the nation.

The Pompano Beach native will join the Lady Bulldogs in the fall of 2009.

Mississippi State will open its 2009 dual match season Jan. 24 against North Texas in Lubbock, Tex.

Men's Tennis
LEXINGTON, Ky. - It was a solid start for Mississippi State at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships on Friday as four Bulldog netmen advanced to the second round of the singles main draw.

Freshman Louis Cant advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Otto Sauer of Ole Miss. Sophomore Tanner Stump advanced with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Tennessee's Jeremy Tweedt while Bulldog rookie Daniel Sanchez began his spring with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over LSU's Mark Bowtell. MSU's lone senior Ryan Farlow was victorious over Georgia's Alex Hill 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Bulldog sophomore Antonio Lastre fell in a tight 3-6, 7-5, 6-7 decision to LSU's John Tragardh in first round action.

State dropped a pair of doubles matches in the first round as Cant and Stump fell 8-4 to LSU's Mark Bowtell and David Roberts while Sanchez and Lastre fell 9-8 in a tiebreaker to Florida's Jeff Dadamo and Jon Haumi.

Main draw singles will continue on Saturday at Kentucky's Boone Tennis Complex while consolation singles will be played at the Lexington Tennis Club on Saturday. Both MSU's doubles teams will be in consolation doubles action which also begins on Saturday at the Boone Tennis Complex.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sunday marks the 2009 debut of "Mississippi State Basketball with Rick Stansbury" both locally and regionally.

The 30-minute television show, hosted by the award-winning and legendary "Voice of the Bulldogs" Jack Cristil, features 11th-year MSU head basketball coach Rick Stansbury.

Local CBS affiliate WCBI-TV is scheduled to show the weekly program every Sunday night at 11:05 p.m. In addition, My Mississippi is slated to carry the MSU coach's show each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. CSS is lined up to air the show Mondays at 3:30 p.m., while Cox Sports Television (CST) will carry the program Thursday at 4 p.m.

MSU TV 18 in Starkville will show the broadcast Monday-Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Regionally, Sports South will air the show every Sunday at 5 p.m., with the exception of the this Sunday, which has a 7 p.m. airing, and on Tuesdays beginning at 2:30 p.m.

All times are Central.

Other selected Mississippi cable systems may also carry the show. Check your local listings to see if the show will be carried by your area's cable system.

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