Five for Inside for Mississippi State-Kentucky
STARKVILLE -- Over a wild, remarkable four-week stretch earlier this season, Mississippi State's football team earned its first No. 1 ranking.
Now the Bulldogs will defend their place in The Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll (USA Today).
WEST POINT -- The names have changed. The faces have changed.
But the production hasn't, which is why the West Point High School football team's offense keeps rolling.
STARKVILLE - Success can change a man.
WEST POINT - On Tuesday, Mississippi State's nationally ranked women's golf team turned its Old Waverly Invitational into a runaway, firing a team score of 277 to stretch its lead to 22 strokes over a field of 13 teams.
CALEDONIA -- Something had to give.
As the Lafayette and Caledonia high school volleyball teams headed to the fifth set of their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class I playoff match on Tuesday night, the teams were deadlocked at two sets apiece and had taken turns assuming control of the match. The Lady Confederates started strong, but the Lady Commodores fought back. Lafayette then appeared on the brink of victory, but Caledonia fought back.
STARKVILLE -- Entering his third season as Mississippi State's men's basketball coach, Rick Ray hopes this year's newcomers help MSU end its postseason drought.
The group includes sharp-shooting guard Maurice Dunlap, a freshman from Greenwood; 6-foot-9 post player Oliver Black, of Jackson Wingfield High School; and junior college transfer Travis Daniels and redshirt freshman Fallou Ndoye, who were on campus a year ago but will take the court for the first time as Bulldogs this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team didn't miss a beat.
Three weeks ago, minutes before No. 12 MSU was to face No. 6 Texas A&M, Dan Mullen learned senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis, one of MSU's most explosive and versatile offensive weapons, would miss the game with a lower leg injury.
Seven days later, Lewis, who entered the season as the SEC's leading returning receiver, would miss his second-straight game, this one a showdown against No. 2 Auburn.
Enter Gabe Myles.
Mississippi State's Offensive Keys vs. Kentucky
STARKVILLE -- Six days before his team takes the field as the nation's No. 1 team for the first time, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen took time Monday to set the stage for MSU's visit to Kentucky.
STARKVILLE -- It has been a season of firsts for the Mississippi State football team.
In Week 6, MSU used a 48-31 victory against Texas A&M to jump into The Associated Press top five for the first time in school history. A week later, it defeated No. 2 Auburn to complete a stretch of three-consecutive wins against top-10 opponents, another first in the program's 120-year existence. Less than 24 hours after that win, MSU climbed atop The AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll (USA Today) for the first time.
STARKVILLE - As the 2014 college football season turned the corner and began to head for the home stretch Saturday, it did so with the Mississippi State Bulldogs watching from home due to the team's second open date in three weeks.
PHEBA - Leshon Hill ran right, there was no room. He ran left, there was no room. And forget about running up the middle.
STARKVILLE -- In college football, there's no rest for the weary.
But this week, there is rest for the No. 1 team in the country.
One week after defeating No. 2 Auburn to complete the fastest rise from unranked to No. 1 in the history of The Associated Press poll, Mississippi State's football team will enjoy its second and final open date of the season Saturday in advance of six-straight games to close the year.
Lanoria Abrams banged a run-scoring double off the center-field wall in the first inning of Game 1 of the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team's Class 5A/6A best-of-three playoff series against Madison Central on Thursday night.
She didn't miss a home run her second time.
WEST POINT -- After each practice and game, no matter the result, the message is the same for the West Point High football team.
In the huddle following each team activity, usually on the heels of motivational words from coach Chris Chambless, the Green Wave players put their hands in the middle of the huddle, and shout, "State champs" in unison.
STARKVILLE - All Auburn needed was a yard. Will Redmond wasn't going to let that happen.
STARKVILLE - Entering his third season as Mississippi States men's basketball coach, Rick Ray was blunt when asked about his team's prognosis for the 2014-15 season.
STARKVILLE -- Standing in the middle of the visitors' locker room at LSU's Tiger Stadium, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen was a picture of confidence surrounded by his players seconds before taking the field.
It was a pregame speech like most pregame speeches, aimed at rallying his players before a game against a team that hadn't lost to MSU in more than a decade.
STARKVILLE -- On Tuesday, the Southeastern Conference announced that the Mike Slive era, which began when Slive became the league commissioner in 2002, will end next summer.
Slive, 74, will retire effective July 31, 2015, as he prepares to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer. His prognosis is good.
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