JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - This year had everything; from championship runs, to new coaches. The state of Mississippi had some special moments in 2018.
The Mississippi State women’s basketball team started 2018 ranked #3 in the country, and are marching toward another national championship.
Going 32 and 0, all the way to the national championship in Columbus.
But, MSU fell short at the last second of the fourth quarter against Notre Dame. Several bulldogs will leave the program in elite status, as the best team to date in Mississippi State history.
MSU girls basketball coach Vic Schaefer says, “I’m just so proud of these kids right here, I mean our seniors, this senior class is just so special.”
Ole Miss Rebel baseball was also loaded with talent in 2018, and were the 4th best team in the nation. The rebels downed their Magnolia Bowl rivals LSU to win their first SEC tournament title since 2006.
Parker Caracci, a Jackson Prep alumnus, was selected to the national team after a solid season on the mound.
Coach Bianco and the Rebels ended their season losing in an upset against Tennessee Tech.
Nick Fortes says, “You know everyone knows that we can hang with anybody in the nation. So for me it gives us a lot of confidence.”
On the other side of the field, Mississippi State baseball started their season in a tough stance. Head coach Andy Cannizaro resigned after leading the team to the 2017 super regional. Pitching coach Gary Henderson was tabbed as the interim.
The bulldogs bullied their way to the College Baseball World Series with some help from the Rally Banana.
MSU football lost Dan Mullen to his dream job at Florida. That opened the door to Joe Moorhead, a former Penn State coordinator.
Moorhead and the Dogs were ranked 18th in the nation with some future NFL talent on both sides of the ball.
The offense stepped up big time in home games against SEC opponents, and we saw Nick Fitzgerald get his revenge and win the 2018 Egg Bowl.
Over in Oxford, we witnessed one of the best offenses in the nation through the air.
Jordan Ta’amu, D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown were a dangerous bunch to guard.
ESPN has the Ole Miss quarterback ranked 4th in the nation in passing yards. The defense for the Rebs couldn't keep up with the SEC though. Ending the season with a 5 and 7 record.
A silver lining for the Rebels, they’re eligible to play in bowl games this coming season.