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NU Year's Interrupted: Northwestern beats MSU to end bowl drought

Posted 1/2/2013 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Draped in blue Gatorade following his first bowl victory as a Northwestern University football player or coach, Pat Fitzgerald found the answers Tuesday to move his program forward. Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen left EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., with the feeling his team was stuck in neutral.

 

 

Russell has New Year's Day to forget

Posted 1/2/2013 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After the way his quarterback started the 2013 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, the only thing Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen knew to do was hit the reset button. After junior quarterback Tyler Russell threw his third interception in the first half, Mullen told him to go into the locker room and re-do his pregame routine, including the way he put his uniform on.

 

 

Collins calls MSU's defensive plays vs. Northwestern

Posted 1/2/2013 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State University football program wanted to make sure everybody knew who was calling the defensive signals before the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. For the first time as a MSU assistant coach, co-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was given the defensive play calling duties in place of two-year co-defensive coordinator Chris Wilson.

 

 

Plenty of local sports drama for fans in 2012

Posted 1/2/2013 in Local Sports

While area fans flocked in December to prep basketball holiday tournaments, there was still an occasional question or reference back to "the game." Already a month old, the Thanksgiving weekend Starkville High School-West Point High football game for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State championship is standing the test of time as a classic.

 

 

ALL AREA FOOTBALL: Trio of coaches lead elite teams

Posted 12/29/2012 in High School Sports

The path in which all three local head coaches which led their teams to state championships this season couldn't have been three more different pictures to envision.

 

 

ALL AREA FOOTBALL: Robinson makes good on goals

Posted 12/29/2012 in High School Sports

Darrell Robinson walked up to his head coach one day during summer camp with a proclamation that Noxubee County High School coach Tyrone Shorter took very seriously.

 

 

ALL AREA FOOTBALL: Bradley overcomes obstacles

Posted 12/29/2012 in High School Sports

His own coach will tell anybody he can find that Dylan Bradley is one of the best defensive players in the state. Bradley himself feels like he's been disrespected because no one outside the Noxubee County High School field house seems to feel the same way.

 

 

Starkville, New Hope learn through tournament losses

Posted 12/29/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- New Hope played its most complete game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament Friday afternoon.

 

 

Falcons win defensive struggle

Posted 12/29/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Quite often, 35 points will not make a basketball coach very happy. Columbus High boys basketball coach Sammy Smith loved every one of his team's 35 points Friday morning.

 

 

Bumphis relishes next opportunity to play on New Year's Day

Posted 12/29/2012 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two years ago, Chad Bumphis was in a sling watching his teammates prepare and then have all the fun at the Gator Bowl.

 

 

MSU prepares for final shot at up-tempo offensive attack

Posted 12/29/2012 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State University defense will get one final shot at a similar spread-option tempo offense and are desperate for better results.

 

 

Bulldogs complete perfect homestand with rout of Troy

Posted 12/29/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal and Darriel Gaynor made sure Vic Schaefer didn't have to make a spirited halftime speech Saturday night.

 

 

MSU women's basketball searches for consistency

Posted 12/29/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal and Jessy Ward have heard Vic Schaefer's pleas.

 

 

MSU women rally in second half for victory

Posted 12/29/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The holiday doldrums lasted nearly 20 minutes longer than Vic Schaefer wanted. Returning from a five-day break for Christmas, the Mississippi State University women's basketball team used the first half Friday night to work back up to speed before finding its stride in the second half for a 65-49 victory against Northwestern State before a a crowd of 1,315 at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

Lampkin became Timberwolves' workhorse

Posted 12/28/2012 in High School Sports

The stickers tell the story. Tiberias Lampkin doesn't know how many of the dime-sized Timberwolves logos cover his helmet. If pressed, he can remember why he received each of the stickers the West Oktibbeha County High School football coaches handed out to reward stellar performances.

Forshee accepted big challenge for Bulldogs

Posted 12/28/2012 in High School Sports

Playing in the shadow of consensus All-America defensive end Channing Ward last year and with first-team preseason All-State linebacker Justin Lucas this season, it would have been easy for the average high school football fan to overlook Aberdeen High School senior Zay Forshee.

Lowrey, Merchant build winners

Posted 12/28/2012 in High School Sports

In five years as coach at West Oktibbeha County High School, Adam Lowrey has built relationships, trust, and a program. God has been his pillar.

 

Heritage saved best for last

Posted 12/28/2012 in High School Sports

When Heritage Academy first-year football coach Barrett Donahoe coached his first football game with the Patriots, he had some candid observations.

 

Aberdeen strikes for home state

Posted 12/28/2012 in High School Sports

Playing their style throughout the contest, Aberdeen High School basketball got the first and only win for the state of Mississippi through two days of the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Tournament Thursday.

 

Hughes to coach secondary; Russell back at full strength

Posted 12/28/2012 in College Sports

After the entire Mississippi State University football team arrived in Jacksonville, Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen addressed the staff adjustment in the secondary.

 

 

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