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VCU ruins Grant's return to school

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball tea was excited to greet the University of Alabama to its home arena, and quickly hit it with a big welcome it couldn't recover from. The Rams blitzed the Crimson Tide early with a 26-5 run, ruining former coach Anthony Grant's return to the Siegel Center with a 73-54 victory on Saturday.



Ole Miss men beat ETSU

Posted 12/15/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- It wasn't the offensive performance University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy hoped for Friday night, but it was good enough. Marshall Henderson scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, to lift the Rebels to a 77-55 victory against scrappy, but short-handed East Tennessee State University. The Rebels put four players in double figures and improved to 7-1.



Starkville Academy's Barber signs with Belhaven

Posted 12/15/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The dream has been realized. When you play as many softball games as Mary Austin Barber has the past few years, sometimes you can lose the passion that initially drew you to the sport you love.


Goodwin helps direct Starkville Academy's victory

Posted 12/14/2012 in High School Sports

"Jake, Jake, Jake." The shouts came from all directions and within seconds of each other. The urgency behind the pleas indicated the players needed the ball immediately if they were going to make things happen.

Ray helps players understand significance of Loyola game

Posted 12/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray has done everything to embrace the significance of his team's next game. From leading the charge this summer to scheduling the matchup to this week showing film of the historic 1963 NCAA tournament game against Loyola University of Chicago, the Mississippi State University men's basketball coach won't rest until his team understands why this game holds a place in school history.

Prescott taking majority of snaps in first practices

Posted 12/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One person's misfortune means opportunity for somebody else. That wisdom depicts the quarterback situation for the Mississippi State University football team.


MSU's Foster looking to make mark

Posted 12/14/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There is no plan to follow for winning a game when you commit 35 turnovers. But Candace Foster and the Mississippi State University women's basketball team showed last week that if you defend on the other end and do what you have to do, you can have success in what would appear to be unwinnable situations.



EMCC quartet captures honors

Posted 12/12/2012 in College Sports

For 15th-ranked East Mississippi Community College, postseason hardware in football is quickly becoming the norm.



Young linebackers showcase skills at bowl practice workouts

Posted 12/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The future of Mississippi State University football began last week and was showcased during a open practice session Wednesday at the Palmeiro Center.



MSU NOTEBOOK: Griffin suffers ACL tear during practice

Posted 12/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nick Griffin has suffered another major knee injury that will require reconstructive surgery. Mississippi State University's sophomore tailback suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a Saturday practice and will undergo surgery Thursday.


Banks' award provides inspiration

Posted 12/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tobias Smith has lived his entire life in the state of Mississippi, so he has a unique perspective on Johnthan Banks winning the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award.


MSU recruit Denson released from scholarship

Posted 12/12/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray's philosophy of not allowing off-the-court distractions to affect the Mississippi State University men's basketball program continued Tuesday with a player who hasn't arrived in Starkville.



Falcons soccer star Hackler earns Player of Week honors

Posted 12/10/2012 in High School Sports

The epiphany didn't come easily.



Columbus High makes plans for Joe Horne Christmas Classic

Posted 12/10/2012 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith can sit back, relax, and wait.



Reports link MSU linebackers coach to position at FIU

Posted 12/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Reports have surfaced suggesting Mississippi State University co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Geoff Collins may be returning to Florida International University for their open head coaching position.



McKinney goes from unknown to All-American

Posted 12/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Benardrick McKinney wasn't even sure if he was going to be a consistent member of the starting lineup at middle linebacker.



MSU football team gets commitments from two JUCO WRs

Posted 12/10/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team dealt quickly with the loss of a wide receiver who rescinded a verbal commitment by adding two more. MSU's Class of 2013 class of recruits grew Sunday after East Mississippi Community College wide receiver Corey Smith pledged his services to the Bulldogs following a visiting to the Starkville campus.


Getman's work in Hoover helps soccer's growth

Posted 12/10/2012 in Local Columns

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Getman gets it. As the de facto ambassador for Division I men's soccer in this part of the country, the University of Alabama at Birmingham coach couldn't help but smile. His work was done. He and a crowd of 9,242 had just watched Indiana University defeat Georgetown University 1-0 to win the Men's College Cup at Regions Park.


MSU, Northwestern have followed similar roads to success

Posted 12/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Fans of the Mississippi State University and the Northwestern University football teams aren't surprised their teams will play on New Year's Day. Welcome to a new era of football at MSU and Northwestern.



MSU's Stricklin has plans for school's Olympic sports

Posted 12/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Every year, Mississippi State University Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin sits down with the Bulldog Club financial booster groups and explains what project is next on campus. With the MSU football staff already moving in to the new Seal Football Complex, a $25 million football-only facility, the next objective on Stricklin's to-do list is to improve the facilities for MSU's Olympic sports.



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