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Felker knows Egg Bowl critical game

Posted 11/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When asked what the Egg Bowl rivalry means to him, Rockey Felker looked to the sky and took a deep breath before answering. Brevity isn't a useful personality trait when the former Mississippi State head football coach talks about importance of that matchup.



MSU plans to start with Russell

Posted 11/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Everybody around the Mississippi State football facility is trying to rally around sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell. Less than an hour after a 44-17 loss to then-No. 6 University of Arkansas, MSU coach Dan Mullen made a proclamation he hoped would help him avoid media questions about who would be his team's starting quarterback for its regular-season finale at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) against the University of Mississippi.



Defense has been stabilizing force for Starkville

Posted 11/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When the Class 5A North State title game is in the balance, it is a safe bet the Starkville High School defense will be on the scene. Starkville (11-2) will ride a nine-game win streak into its game against Region 2 rival Ridgeland (10-3) at 7 p.m. Friday (WMSV 91.1 FM). It also will try to duplicate a feat it accomplished Oct. 7 when it defeated Ridgeland 26-23 in the regular season. That victory helped Starkville clinch first place in the region.


Giving thanks for kids keeping sports fun

Posted 11/23/2011 in Local Columns

Sports start with a smile. Do you remember?


Porter provides spark for MSU women

Posted 11/23/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Porsha Porter has earned a reputation for being a spark plug for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Whether it's with her thievery on defense or with her lightning-quick first step or her 3-point shooting prowess, Porter has carved a niche in her second season with the Lady Bulldogs. MSU needed all of the dimensions of Porter's game Wednesday to enter the holiday on a positive note.



Secondary has been anchor for EMCC

Posted 11/23/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive backs coach Clifton Collins knew his unit was going to be talented but young this season. That's why he counted on sophomore Jeremy Cannon, of West Point High School, to step up and make a difference.



Nutt's 14-year SEC career ending on sour note

Posted 11/23/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- This wasn't the way Houston Nutt envisioned ending his Southeastern Conference career. The 14-year league veteran, who led the University of Arkansas for 10 seasons before coming to Mississippi for the past four, has always relished coaching in what he often calls the "toughest conference in America." But the brutal SEC has a habit of chewing up coaches, and Nutt is its latest victim.



Teams passing MSU by

Posted 11/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Not many kind words have said in the past couple of days about the Mississippi State pass defense. In the eyes of MSU's coaching staff, they're all accurate. "We weren't very good at all on pass defense," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "That's a coaching issue. We'll get that fixed. We have to make sure we have guys in position to make plays."



MSU men win without Moultrie, Sidney

Posted 11/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball program celebrated being ranked with a victory. For the first time since January 2010, MSU was rewarded Monday afternoon with a No. 24 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll. MSU responded by outlasting the University of Louisiana at Monroe 78-63 at Humphrey Coliseum.



Starkville Academy sweeps Oak Hill Academy

Posted 11/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- On a night when the Starkville Academy girls basketball team was searching for its offense, its defense came through in the nick of time. Starkville Academy, the state's top-ranked Class AAA academy team by The Clarion-Ledger, survived a scare Monday night, defeating Oak Hill Academy 45-36 in overtime. In the nightcap, the Starkville Academy boys completed the sweep with a 66-48 victory.



Offensive line has made progress for Starkville

Posted 11/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- While any high school football game can present its twists and turns, Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell can always take solace in the fact his offensive line is going to come ready to play. As the Yellow Jackets have molded themselves into a state title contender, the offensive line may be the most underrated part of the squad. Line play again proved a key Friday night in a 20-14 Class 5A North State second-round playoff win against longtime rival West Point.



Fanning-Otis wants Lady Bulldogs to get tougher

Posted 11/22/2011 in College Sports

Sharon Fanning-Otis routinely lists battles she wants her Mississippi State women's basketball team to win every game. Rebounding, defense, turnovers, and deflections are staples on Fanning-Otis' rundown. Toughness is the drive force behind winning each of those statistical tallies.



Ole Miss men beat TCU to take third

Posted 11/22/2011 in College Sports

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Murphy Holloway scored 20 points to lead the University of Mississippi men's basketball team to an 80-69 victory against TCU on Monday night in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam.



MSU has no answers for Arkansas

Posted 11/19/2011 in College Sports

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Add the Mississippi State football team to the list of squads that couldn't slow down the University of Arkansas' offense this season. Quarterback Tyler Wilson had 267 passing yards before halftime, and No. 6 Arkansas had 20 plays of 10 yards or more in a dominating 44-17 victory Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.



Mullen says coaches to blame in loss to Arkansas

Posted 11/19/2011 in College Sports

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Dan Mullen didn't need a statistic sheet to tell him how he felt Saturday after his Mississippi State football team lost to the No. 6 University of Arkansas 44-17 at War Memorial Stadium. MSU's third-year coach knew what he wanted to say.



Egg Bowl 'means everything' for MSU

Posted 11/19/2011 in College Sports

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The final game of the 2011 regular season will mean everything to the Mississippi State football team. For the first time since 1990, MSU (5-6, 1-6 Southeastern Conference) will have to defeat the University of Mississippi to become bowl eligible



No. 1 LSU buries Ole Miss

Posted 11/19/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Every time it appears the University of Mississippi football team's miserable season can't get any worse, the Rebels find a way to make it happen. The latest embarrassment was Saturday, when No. 1 LSU crushed Ole Miss 52-3 on senior night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.



Alabama powers past Georgia Southern

Posted 11/19/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban reminded the University of Alabama football players before the game what they had to lose, especially the seniors. They could leave as the program's winningest class -- or be remembered for falling to Georgia Southern in their home finale. And everybody knows what the third-ranked Crimson Tide are really chasing: A national title shot that became significantly more realistic with No. 2 Oklahoma State's loss the night before.



Blair has transformed Texas A&M into champion

Posted 11/19/2011 in College Sports

When you have been coaching as long as Gary Blair, it's easy to forget some of the players who have helped you and all of the places you have won games. But Blair never will forget April 5, 2011.


Head trauma: Mississippi is in the minority of states without concussion legislation

Posted 11/19/2011 in Local Sports

It was the first quarter of the third game in the New Hope High School football season. E.J. Jenkins was running down the field with the football, trying to avoid Columbus High School defenders. The junior wide receiver then took an "awkward hit to the back of the head," and fell to the ground.


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