STARKVILLE -- The last thing Rick Ray believes about his men's basketball team is just because they're a year older doesn't necessarily make them better at the game.
STARKVILLE -- The nerves were there.
STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State University, the setting was perfect Wednesday night.
For Ray Perkins, it has always been about seeing a player or group of players find success.
SCOOBA - One word can simply describe the East Mississippi Community College basketball program.
SCOOBA -- When recruiting players to a two-year program, the margin for error is small for coaches.
WEST POINT -- Call it an attitude. You can also refer to it as a mind-set or a mentality.
STARKVILLE -- It's a good news, bad news situation for Geoff Collins and the Mississippi State defense.
STARKVILLE -- Savannah Carter approaches everything with a purpose.
STARKVILLE -- Normally Dan Mullen can wrap his arms around a player and say, "I've been there and experienced that before. Trust me." Mullen isn't able to do that this week with sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- So it's not the "Game of the Century," or maybe even the game of the week. No. 1 Alabama versus No. 10 LSU is still a made-for-prime-time matchup in the Southeastern Conference at 7 p.m. Saturday and maybe even a must-win in the Crimson Tide's bid for a third consecutive national championship.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen sounded Monday like a he was the host of a game show when trying to describe defending Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
One second. Corey Persons has lived in a world where infinitesimal increments of time have consumed his thinking ever since he joined Swim Columbus, a local club for swimming enthusiasts.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In a small way Saturday afternoon, Dan Mullen saw a loss coming. While the Mississippi State football coach didn't see five turnovers contributing to a 34-16 loss at then-No. 14 South Carolina, he realized MSU's tendency to gain big yards and not score in its past two games against unranked opponents could come back and haunt it against ranked teams.
STARKVILLE -- The reviews are in: "Strong. Smart. Versatile." While Dre Applewhite likely won't have to play a starring role on the 2013-14 Mississippi State men's basketball team, he likely will need to compete for the part of best supporting actor if coach Rick Ray's team intends to improve on its 10-22 showing from last season.
STARKVILLE -- It's finally here. Vic Schaefer has been looking forward to this day ever since March 6, 2013, when he walked off the court at The Arena at Gwinnett Center with a "sour taste" in his mouth following a 63-36 loss to Alabama in the first round of the Southeastern Conference.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Vic Schaefer didn't earn the moniker "Secretary of Defense" because the teams he coached stood around in a 2-3 zone.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Mississippi State football team became everything it wasn't and never wanted to be in the 10 days since its last game.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dan Mullen left a football game for the first time thinking he might have to coach sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott differently.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen couldn't contain his anger at halftime Saturday.
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