JACKSON -- Dylan Bradley crouched on the 48-yard line and took a moment to reflect.
STARKVILLE -- Immediately after his first loss to the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University fourth-year football coach Dan Mullen stood by his stance against his team's biggest rival.
JACKSON -- Business as usual. That's the mind-set of the Noxubee County High School football team as it prepares to face Greene County at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State title at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Jackson.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School football program can't think of a better way to end its time in Class 5A than by winning a new state championship trophy to put in its new fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball team will finally be able to share sympathy with an opponent this weekend. When MSU travels to the Dunkin Doughnuts Center to take on Providence College at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the SEC-Big East Challenge, one of the first things it likely will notice is the number of players on the Friars bench.
STARKVILLE -- The message has been received loud and clear. Each day the Mississippi State University women's basketball team gets closer to playing the game for 40 minutes like coach Vic Schaefer envisions.
AJ McCarron's standard reply about handling big-game pressure is a shrug and a look that says, What's the big deal?
REFORM, Ala. -- When the final seconds ticked off in last season's third-round playoff loss to Sweet Water, the Pickens County High School players vowed to return.
STARKVILLE -- Carnecia Williams aims to please. After playing in only 69 minutes in her first two seasons at Mississippi State University, the 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore forward plans to make every second count.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell heard from people he trusted why he shouldn't take the job as head football coach at Starkville High School.
REFORM, Ala. -- When the season began, Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott knew Marion County would be the measuring stick for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A ranks this season. Plott was dead on with that prediction.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- That running back duo in the Southeastern Conference championship game has been punishingly effective all season.
JACKSON -- Power of persuasion has a special meaning to David Fair Jr. It's not surprising considering how much Fair Jr. loves the game of football. After suffering his third knee injury and facing the possibility of having to give up the something that is such a big part of his life, Fair Jr. turned on the charm.
JACKSON -- Someone always is watching. Darrell Robinson knew his teammates were counting on him. His senior season was still months away, but Robinson wasn't going to waste any time. He knew backfield mate Ladarrell Hunt was on his way to Itawamba Community College, so he was going to have to shoulder an even bigger role in 2012 for the Noxubee County High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- For Aaron Gordon, transforming the Mississippi State University women's soccer program must seem like a been-there, done-that proposition. Gordon's experience revamping programs is one reason MSU selected the 43-year-old associate head coach from Texas Tech University to be its new women's soccer coach. Gordon's charge is to revive a program that has never won a Southeastern Conference tournament game or qualified for the NCAA tournament in its 17-year history.
STARKVILLE -- The opposite effect occurred once the Mississippi State University men's basketball program arrived home after losing three games at the Maui Invitational. Instead of being intimidated against a high-power program on a big stage, MSU returned to Starkville determined to be more aggressive against a state rival. The results was much more to coach Rick Ray's liking.
JACKSON -- Jamie Mitchell believes adversity can be a positive. That's a philosophy the Starkville High School football coach has had to espouse over and over and over again this season.
JACKSON -- Dylan Bradley knows the importance of team chemistry. As one of 23 seniors on the Noxubee County High School football team, Bradley has dreamed of playing an integral role in the Tigers' march to a state championship.
STARKVILLE -- Typically, there wouldn't be a lot of building blocks to take from losing three games in three days thousands of miles from home. Things are different for the 2012-13 Mississippi State women's basketball team.
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Alabama football team lost a bunch of stars to the NFL, yet it's hard to tell much difference. The Crimson Tide still has the nation's top-ranked defense.
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