STARKVILLE - There's nothing about the area's current weather that suggests baseball season is coming.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alabama coach Anthony Grant wasn't aware of what his defense had pulled off until just after Saturday's win against Tennessee.
STARKVILLE - Four years ago, Benardrick McKinney was a lightly recruited high school quarterback from a tiny high school in the Delta with just one major scholarship offer under his belt.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, the Mississippi State women's basketball team relied on newcomer Savannah Carter for a spark.
STARKVILLE -- Stat stuffers don't care how their lines in the final boxscore look. After all, if players who fill numerous columns with crooked numbers are doing their jobs, their team's total in bold at the bottom of the page is going to be bigger than the opponent's. Dominique Dillingham's numbers Thursday were far from the biggest on the final statistics for the No. 14 Mississippi State women's basketball team's 72-57 victory against Arkansas. But none of the 3,556 in attendance at Humphrey Coliseum would deny Dillingham had perhaps the biggest impact in helping MSU push its season-opening winning streak to 18. In the process, MSU made another piece of history in opening Southeastern Conference play 3-0 for the first time.
STARKVILLE -- With the sting still fresh from a conference-opening loss to Tennessee on Wednesday night, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray was asked about his team's chances to reverse its fortunes Saturday at Florida. Ray wasn't glowing about his team's prospects at 6 p.m. Saturday at the O'Connell Center.
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STARKVILLE -- The work is never finished for Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen. One week after putting the final touches on his finest season since taking over the program six years ago, Mullen has turned his focus on finalizing the 2015 edition of the Bulldogs. With recruiting winding down, Mullen has less than a month to complete his team's latest recruiting class prior to National Signing Day on Feb. 4.
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STARKVILLE -- Selfless and relentless. Those are words Vic Schaefer holds near and dear to his heart. Those words also might be the best ones the Mississippi State women's basketball coach can use when asked how he wants his players to play.
Jimmy Dykes knew there was going to be an adjustment moving out from behind a television monitor to become the new women's basketball coach at Arkansas. Even though Dykes last worked as a college basketball coach in 1990-91 with the Oklahoma State men's team, he said his first job as a women's basketball head coach has met all of his expectations 14 games into his first season back in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Matt Insell acknowledges the Ole Miss women's basketball team still has some "hiccups" with its new offense. But for a team with five freshmen and a sophomore who is in her first year with the program, Insell doesn't mind those mistakes because he knows the Rebels are still a work in progress in his second year as head coach.
STARKVILLE -- It's a new beginning -- not a return -- for Manny Diaz. That was the theme the Mississippi State football team's new defensive coordinator followed Wednesday night when he was introduced to local media. In a news conference that lasted nearly 30 minutes, Diaz spoke about coming back to MSU after a four-year absence. On Monday, MSU coach Dan Mullen hired Diaz to replace Geoff Collins, who left MSU last month to take the same position at Florida.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's men's basketball team's Southeastern Conference opener against Tennessee on Wednesday night was a chance for a fresh start. Two dreadful starts turned that opportunity into a nightmare.
DJ Sanders hasn't had many "nerve-racking" experiences on the softball field. Whether it is in the circle or at shortstop, the softball field is one place Sanders usually feels at home. It's a place -- much like the basketball court -- that her power, speed, and athleticism can shine.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt stressed the importance of the first five minutes of the second half to her team Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE - Moments after his team's biggest win in more than a month, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray was already looking forward.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Dominant almost all season and facing expectations of going unbeaten, top-ranked Kentucky looked vulnerable and very beatable against a Mississippi team intent on pulling off a seismic upset.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ricky Tarrant scored 15 points and Retin Obasohan sparked a decisive second-half run to lead Alabama to a 65-44 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday night.
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1. Sharp has emerged as fixture on offensive line for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Moorhead changes MSU's routine on Sundays COLLEGE SPORTS
3. McDonald, Moore play key roles in VCA's comeback victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Calvert making big impact at Northwest Mississippi C.C. COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Mixon proves he's back with big effort in MSU's blowout COLLEGE SPORTS