For the first time in recent memory, the Crooked Letter state doesn’t have a team in the College World Series. Rick, displaced to New Orleans by the recent power outages, and Tyler, in studio, discuss the Mississippi-less College World Series, Mississippi State’s recent hire of a pitching coach in hopes of getting back to Omaha, the U.S. Open, and Scorebook Live Mississippi’s all-sports awards.

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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.

Tyler Cleveland is a senior reporter for Scorebook Live and the co-host of Mississippi Today's Crooked Letter Sports Podcast.