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Mullen remains quiet about quarterback situation

Posted 10/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen still isn't providing many details about his quarterbacks two weeks after making a change at the position.



MSU expects big things from freshman Hood

Posted 10/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The future is now for Rodney Hood. With 12 days remaining until his college basketball debut, the anticipation continues to grow for the player many believe could be the first lottery pick in NBA draft since Rick Stansbury took over the Mississippi State men's basketball program.



West Oktibbeha wants to get higher playoff seed

Posted 10/26/2011 in High School Sports

When the North State Class 1A high school football playoffs start in two weeks, West Oktibbeha County High will be on the guest list. However, don't tell the Timberwolves. "We clinched a playoff berth last week," West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. "However, we haven't talked to our boys yet about that. We have two really big regular-season games left and a lot to play for."



Columbus Middle School wins second title in a row

Posted 10/26/2011 in Local Sports

Twice is nice for the Columbus Middle School football team. Columbus defeated Tupelo 14-0 on Oct. 18 to win its second championship in as many years. The only blemish on Columbus' record was an 8-0 loss to Kosciusko.



EMCC football will try to make history Thursday

Posted 10/26/2011 in College Sports

The No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team will try Thursday to go where no other group of Lions has gone. EMCC can complete its first undefeated regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday with a victory against Holmes C.C. in the final regular-season game for both teams at Ras Branch Field in Goodman. WFCA-FM (107.9) will broadcast the game locally.



Stansbury will speak Thursday to Starkville QB Club

Posted 10/26/2011 in College Sports

Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.



Final week will determine final JUCO playoff team

Posted 10/26/2011 in College Sports

The final week of the MACJC regular season will answer several remaining questions. East Mississippi Community College, Hinds C.C., and Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. have secured spots in the state playoffs that will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Itawamba C.C., Northeast Mississippi C.C., and Northwest Mississippi C.C. are vying for the fourth and final playoff spot.



MSU's Cox doing homework in SEC

Posted 10/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox couldn't win Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for a third consecutive week. Bye weeks will do that.



Mullen: Turnovers will be key against Kentucky

Posted 10/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The statistics tell Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen his team will struggle at 6 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky unless it can generate turnovers. The Wildcats are 104th in the country (11th in the Southeastern Conference) in turnover margin. The 19 giveaways have been critical in losses to Louisville, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina.



Freshmen give Ole Miss football hope

Posted 10/25/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- It's not often a college football player -- let alone a freshman -- will give his coach advice. Universiy of Mississippi receiver Nickolas Brassell couldn't help himself. He had to let Houston Nutt know what was on his mind. "I know I can make more plays by just being on the field more," Brassell said. "I know what I can do when I have the ball in my hands."



Baker provides spark for Falcons

Posted 10/25/2011 in High School Sports

Damian Baker doesn't know any other way. Regardless of whether the Columbus High School football team is playing New Hope, Horn Lake, or South Panola, Baker is going to come at you at full speed and dare you to stop him.



Team concept carries Victory Christian into playoffs

Posted 10/25/2011 in High School Sports

Together the Eagles Achieve More. That variation on a popular sports adage reflects how the Victory Christian football team has been able to overcome the adversity it has faced this season.



Bost earns first-team All-SEC honors

Posted 10/25/2011 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Kentucky and Mississippi State senior guard Dee Bost earned places on the first tier Monday. Media members picked Kentucky to finish first in the Southeastern Conference preseason men's basketball poll and made Bost a preseason first-team All-SEC pick.



MSU football gets back to basics in bye week

Posted 10/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maybe he'd prefer to be called Professor Dan Mullen know. Mississippi State's third-year football coach has used this week without a game for an internal evaluation to see if his team is "tipping our hand" with its game plans in what has turned out to be a frustrating season.



MSU's Bracewell ready to dominate again

Posted 10/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Bracewell was considered one of the best high school power arms in state of Alabama three years ago. That's why Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen felt Bracewell was the key to a recruiting class that included pitching prospects Chris Stratton, Kendall Graveman, and Chad Girodo.



MSU softball closes fall season 6-0

Posted 10/22/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team can thank the power left arm of Stephanie Becker for helping it win a doubleheader Saturday.



Rebels don't have answer

Posted 10/22/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Houston Nutt had his coaching bag of tricks ready for his former school. It wasn't quite enough. The University of Mississippi football team jumped out to a 17-point lead before watching the No. 10 University of Arkansas roar back for a 29-24 victory Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.



EMCC football clinches North Division title

Posted 10/22/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Some of the best football players to play at East Mississippi Community College were on campus for Homecoming and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. It is a safe bet several of the Lions who saw action Saturday on the Sullivan-Windham Stadium playing surface will be back to be honored in years to come.



Starkville boys, Mattox win meet at MSU

Posted 10/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Joseph MacGown, Kamau Bostic, and Damian Grady earned top-six finishes Saturday to lead the Starkville High School boys cross country to team to a first-place finish at the Starkville Invitational at the Mississippi State Horse Park.



Alabama surges past Tennessee in second half

Posted 10/22/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football fans could finally move on from the big rival to the really big game. Most of the 101,821 stuck around until the end of Alabama's 37-6 rout of the University of Tennessee on Saturday, happily starting up the "LSU" chants with a couple of minutes left and roaring when the announcer mentioned the next game in two weeks.



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