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MSU linebackers learning on fly

Posted 9/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The book on how to attack Mississippi State's in the passing game is to target the linebackers. Offensive coaches across America are trying to duplicate what Auburn University offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn did to rack up 381 total yards in a 41-34 victory on Sept. 10. Three games into his first season as linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator at MSU, Geoff Collins is being reminded what it's like to tutor a young group on how to play against the nation's top offenses.



MSU RB Griffin medically cleared to play vs. La. Tech

Posted 9/20/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State redshirt freshman tailback Nick Griffin could get see his first action Saturday. MSU coach Dan Mullen confirmed Monday afternoon in his weekly press conference that the redshirt freshman has been medically cleared to play and will be active for the team's game at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) against Louisiana Tech (1-2).



'Clearly frustrated': Ole Miss vows to do better after loss to Vanderbilt

Posted 9/20/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- University of Mississippi Athletic Director Pete Boone said Monday "everyone who loves Ole Miss is clearly frustrated" about the progress of the football program. Coach Houston Nutt said the blame starts with him.


Schools rushing in to get payout

Posted 9/20/2011 in Local Columns

All hail football. The money associated with the sport that has long been recognized as the engine behind college athletics is out of control and will continue to trigger unimaginable shifts in the NCAA landscape.


Arkansas, Alabama prepared for SEC West battle

Posted 9/20/2011 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bobby Petrino's sideline theatrics were a good barometer of how he felt Saturday night. The University of Arkansas coach took out his frustration in numerous ways during the first half -- primarily on his headset (thrown to the ground), paper cup (also thrown in disgust) and Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson. And that was with No. 14 Arkansas up 24-0 in an eventual 38-28 win against Troy.



Attitude adjustment at MSU

Posted 9/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After the Mississippi State football team fell inches shy of getting a chance to beat the defending national champions in the second week of the 2011 season, head coach Dan Mullen admitted he received a lot of "hate mail" from fans.



Disappointing domination: Vanderbilt rolls past Ole Miss

Posted 9/17/2011 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Houston Nutt put his arms on his hips, crossed them, and went back and forth. While assistant coaches yelled at players, the University of Mississippi coach had a frown on his face.



East Oktibbeha runs past Ethel

Posted 9/17/2011 in High School Sports

ETHEL -- The East Oktibbeha County High School football team rushed for 327 yards Friday night and blew past homestanding Ethel 46-14 in a Class 1A, Region 3 game. With the victory, the Titans improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in region play.



Richardson, Lacy propel Alabama past North Texas

Posted 9/17/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy each had two long touchdown runs and career rushing highs Saturday night to lead the No. 2 University of Alabama football team to a 41-0 victory against North Texas.


Nine-year-old Ashley Sharp to rely on technique to win Judo tournament

Posted 9/17/2011 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nestled between a law office and boutique on a one-way street, 9-year-old Ashley Sharp enters a martial arts dojo.


New Hope rebounds with shutout against Caledonia

Posted 9/17/2011 in High School Sports

It wasn't pretty, but the New Hope High School football team will take its 28-0 win against Caledonia High School. In its annual Lowndes County rivalry match against Caledonia on Friday, New Hope had more than 10 penalties and struggled to move the ball consistently for the second straight game.



Louisville hands Columbus its first loss

Posted 9/17/2011 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- The Louisville High School football team extended its win streak to four games Friday night with a dominating defensive performance in a a 22-10 non-region victory against Columbus at Hinze Stadium. With the victory, Louisville improved to 4-1, while the Columbus fell to 3-1.



Chamberlain leads Noxubee County past West Point

Posted 9/17/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- The week before one of the biggest rival games on his team's schedule, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter decided to try somebody new at quarterback.



Canton Academy's running game too much for Immanuel Christian

Posted 9/17/2011 in High School Sports

STEENS -- The Canton Academy football team used more than 250 yards rushing and a timely turnover Friday night to earn a 25-14 victory against Immanuel Christian.



West Bolivar edges Aberdeen in OT

Posted 9/17/2011 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Long-time friends who played together at Delta State and then coached together following graduation, Aberdeen High School's Chris Duncan and West Bolivar's Henry Johnson would have been happy to settle for a 22-22 tie in regulation.



Starkville Academy improves to 5-0

Posted 9/17/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Starkville Academy football team's hot streak continued Friday with a 42-8 win against Hillcrest Christian School. Ryan Mann ran for more than 100 yards for the second straight game, posting 139 yards on 19 carries. The senior fullback scored three touchdowns that helped the Volunteers build a 28-0 lead in the third quarter.



Holifield's blasts power New Hope

Posted 9/17/2011 in High School Sports

Lauren Holifield can't help it. Like most hitters, Holifield's eyes get wide as a Cheshire cat's when she gets a pitch she can jack.



MSU loses offensive lineman Smith for season

Posted 9/17/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right guard Tobias Smith will miss the remainder of the 2011 football season after injuring his left knee Thursday night in a 19-6 loss to No. 3 LSU at Davis Wade Stadium.



Ole Miss stands in Vanderbilt's way for 3-0 start

Posted 9/17/2011 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt coach James Franklin preaches on 6 seconds. He wants his Commodores thinking ahead only for the 6 seconds it takes from the snap of the ball to the whistle. No more, no less. With the Commodores 2-0 and hosting Mississippi in both teams' Southeastern Conference opener today, that is a little tougher for those around long enough to know to enjoy being undefeated. Another win would top the 2-10 marks of each of the past two seasons and match the 3-0 start of 2008 when they went 7-6.



Alabama isn't overlooking North Texas

Posted 9/17/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Josh Chapman insists it's easy to get up for opponents like North Texas, who presumably can't match the second-ranked Crimson Tide's size, depth or speed. He even scoffs at the notion that 'Bama (2-0) might be a little distracted going into tonight's game by that upcoming SEC Western Division showdown with No. 14 Arkansas.



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