The Mississippi State and University of Mississippi men's basketball teams lost their Southeastern Conference openers Saturday, but only one team left its game feeling better about how it played. Ole Miss (12-4, 0-1 SEC) lost at the University of Florida 77-71, but outrebounded the league's top team in that category and received 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots from foul-plagued Reginald Buckner.
The University of Alabama men's basketball team won its matchup in the post against Mississippi State on Saturday, but it will face a tougher test at 8 p.m. Wednesday (CSS) when it takes on Southeastern Conference Player of the Week Sam Muldrow and the University of South Carolina at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Kye Van Someren is trying to build his brawn to go with his brain on the soccer field. That's because the Caledonia High School defender sees the game as a full-contact sport. Van Someren stands above the other soccer players at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, and he's working on his upper body strength as a tool for his playing prowess.
Returning to the Hebron Christian girls basketball team wasn't a difficult time for junior post player Tori Nichols. But the addition of the 6-foot-3 inside shooter has made all the difference in the Lady Eagles' offense.
STARKVILLE -- While Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney gained most of the headlines before and after Mississippi State's loss to Alabama, leading scorer Ravern Johnson's ongoing shooting slump flew under the radar.
STARKVILLE -- Lessons usually come easier when student-athletes have complete focus. But attention to detail typically isn't a strength of teams packed with inexperienced pieces trying to find their chemistry. The Mississippi State women's basketball team learned that lesson again Sunday afternoon.
The time for sitting is over. It's time for "speed on speed." Darriel Gaynor admits she isn't there yet, but the Mississippi State sophomore is going to do everything in her power to get back to that point this season and for the rest of her career as a Lady Bulldog.
Mississippi State's men's basketball team's "new season" began much like its dismal non-conference road swing ended: with a uninspiring loss.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury warned everyone Dee Bost wasn't going to be the panacea for what ails his team this season.
Columbus native Frazier eventually found his way to NFL
STARKVILLE -- The hype surrounding Mississippi State sophomore forward Renardo Sidney has yet to be witnessed at Humphrey Coliseum. The show-stopping athleticism and inside-out game can be found on Youtube.com and recruiting websites, but Sidney hasn't flashed a single highlight in Starkville. Sidney has spent most of his career on the bench awaiting the conclusion of his year-long fight with the NCAA to gain eligibility.
STARKVILLE -- I caught up with former Mississippi State infielder and Boo Ferriss Trophy winner Thomas Berkery at the site for his new baseball/softball training facility on Industrial Road. Berkery spent three seasons playing minor league ball after a standout career as an infielder at MSU. Some players don't want to get away from the game after hanging up their spikes. Berkery is one of them.
Holidays don't always mean days off in West Alabama high school gyms.
When Dan Mullen talks about building Mississippi State's football program, one word always comes up: family.
Dee Bost's anxious wait to return to the court ends Saturday.
Mississippi State could not overcome slow start, as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 65-44 decision to homestanding Vanderbilt in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game Thursday night at Memorial Gymnasium.
STARKVILLE -- Lost in the whirlwind of Manny Diaz leaving Mississippi State to join the staff at Texas was the Bulldogs' addition of four early enrollees. Defensive end John Harris; quarterback Dak Prescott; and offensive linemen Nick Redmond and Joey Trapp are enrolled for the spring semester and will begin workouts with the team on Jan. 18. Harris, Prescott and Trapp graduated high school in December, giving the Bulldogs five prep signees to enroll in the spring in head coach Dan Mullen's last three recruiting classes.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State didn't take long or look far to fill the coaching vacancies left by Manny Diaz and Mark Hudspeth. The program announced co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Chris Wilson will be promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Manny Diaz, who accepted the same job at Texas on Wednesday. Graduate assistant Angelo Mirando was named wide receivers coach, replacing Mark Hudspeth, who left the Bulldogs to become head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette prior to the beginning of Gator Bowl preparation.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has accepted the same position with the University of Texas football program. Diaz, who spent one season in Starkville, will replace Will Muschamp, who recently accepted the job as head coach at the University of Florida.
STARKVILLE -- The 2011 Mississippi State football team officially welcomed its four newest members as classes began Wednesday. MSU football coach Dan Mullen announced the arrival of high school players John Harris, Dak Prescott, and Nick Redmond and junior college transfer Joey Trapp.
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