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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.



Ole Miss rallies to beat UMass; Chattanooga beats Alabama

Posted 12/8/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- After trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team used a huge second half to post a 71-59 come-from-behind victory against the University of Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum.



MTSU hands Ole Miss its first loss

Posted 12/8/2012 in College Sports

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- On a day when Middle Tennessee State University celebrated its arena's 40th anniversary, it earned a rare home victory against a Southeastern Conference foe. Kerry Hammonds' baseline jump shot with 40 seconds remaining and late foul shots, and Middle Tennessee State University handed the University of Mississippi its first loss of the season with a 65-62 victory on Saturday.



Smith, Earnest preparing to take next step

Posted 12/8/2012 in College Sports

Jake Smith and Dylan Earnest are eager to get back on the mound to make an impression. Their next steps, though, will only be precursors to an even bigger step.



Defense helps MSU women beat FAU

Posted 12/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With a young team, Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer knew this season would be full of teaching moments. However, the first-year coach couldn't have imagined the moments would come at such a fast and furious pace.


Banks makes history, wins Jim Thorpe Award

Posted 12/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When he decided to return for his senior season at Mississippi State University, Johnthan Banks' defensive coordinator knew his standout player had a chance to accomplish big things.


MSU football players earn All-SEC honors

Posted 12/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Six Mississippi State University football players were named All-Southeastern Conference by The Associated Press and league coaches, announced by the conference this past week. The half-dozen combined selections for the Maroon and White are the most since placing nine on the 2000 All-SEC squad.



Schaefer continues to stress improvement

Posted 12/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The film doesn't lie. With as many teaching points as Vic Schaefer and his coaches are trying to emphasize this season, the first-year Mississippi State University women's basketball coach is glad to have tangible evidence he can use to prove his points.


MSU embraces ugly basketball against UTSA

Posted 12/5/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Even teammates were starting to get on Mississippi State University senior forward Wendell Lewis about his poor start to the 2012-13 season. Not any longer.

Caledonia's Smith will play in All-Star game

Posted 12/5/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith figured Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks was up to something when she recently texted her and asked her for her height and her address. Smith responded to her coach's query but forgot about it before she could investigate why her coach wanted the information.


Borchert shows all-around game in victory

Posted 12/5/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have stressed to Colin Borchert there are ways he can contribute without scoring.



West Point boys beat Noxubee County

Posted 12/5/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team was looking for a spark tied with Noxubee County entering the final quarter Tuesday night. Junior forward Demarius Calvert responded by helping to fuel a 14-4 run that pushed West Point to a 73-62 victory.


Tigers, Jackets get top billing

Posted 12/4/2012 in Local Columns

JACKSON -- Energy and effort transformed into joy twice Saturday for Greater Golden Triangle football teams.


Ray concerned about team's slow starts away from home

Posted 12/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray isn't interested in hearing his team played hard and fought back last weekend. Mississippi State University's first-year men's basketball coach doesn't believe the Bulldogs should have put themselves in that position.



Starkville High's Berryhill chooses Jones Co. JC

Posted 12/4/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Years worth of hard work came to fruition Monday afternoon for Carolina Berryhill.


MSU will face Northwestern in Gator Bowl

Posted 12/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the second time in three years, the Mississippi State University football team will have New Year's Day plans.


Despite projections, MSU remained confident it would go to Gator Bowl

Posted 12/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin wasn't fazed by the projections, speculation, or rumors that had the school's football team going somewhere other than Jacksonville, Fla.



Pittsburgh to meet Ole Miss in BBVA Compass Bowl

Posted 12/3/2012 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent University of Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet Jan. 5, 2013, in a matchup of 6-6 Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference teams led by first-year coaches.



Alabama, Notre Dame will take center stage

Posted 12/3/2012 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power. No. 1 University of Notre Dame against No. 2 University of Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7 for the national title. No complaints.


Next steps could help transform MSU soccer

Posted 12/3/2012 in Local Columns

STARKVILLE -- One counter attack can change a match. For most of the past nine seasons, the Mississippi State University women's soccer team tried to become a program that did more than bunker in and absorb pressure. While MSU had admirable success in non-conference games, it often opted to play a more defensive style against Southeastern Conference opponents. That brand of soccer is what then-coach Neil Macdonald felt gave his team its best chance to be successful.


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