STARKVILLE -- One week ago, Nick Fitzgerald was trying to figure out how to ace his high school final exams. Shortly after that test, Fitzgerald faced another one when he received a Mississippi State football playbook and was told to prepare for practice.
STARKVILLE -- When asked what he has learned about his team in his second season as Mississippi State's men's basketball coach, Rick Ray said he knows his personnel better.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal knows she and the Mississippi State women's basketball team will have some fans supporting them tonight for one of their longest road trips of the season.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Six members of the East Mississippi Community College football program were named Monday NJCAA All-Americans.
STARKVILLE -- Without the proper perspective, one would think the freshman season for Chris Jones was ending the same way it started.
STARKVILLE - Southeastern Conference play came early Saturday for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- Coaches, administrators and analysts always chatter about the importance of bowl practices getting a team ready for the following season.
STARKVILLE -- After all the concerns about injuries, especially at quarterback, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen joked Thursday that Dak Prescott is "healthy today," but he continues to worry about him doing anything for the rest of the month.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray is debating lineup changes seven games into the 2013-14 season. To counter the Bulldogs' slow starts, Ray may tinker with the lineup even though the team doesn't have a lot of depth in the frontcourt.
The "monster" is coming. Vic Schafer wasn't referring to exams or to the last-minute holiday rush to purchase gifts when he made that comment. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach was calling attention to the fact that the start of the Southeastern Conference season is 20 days away.
STARKVILLE -- If anybody knows about the worthlessness of numbers in the fall for college baseball players, it's John Cohen. The Mississippi State baseball coach jokingly refers to his career at his alma mater when he calls himself a "Fall-American" in reference to his penchant for being a top player when the statistics didn't count.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron has helped Alabama reach several prime destinations, from New Orleans to Miami and Southern California. Now the third-ranked Crimson Tide's quarterback, known for national titles and winning 12 times for every loss, will get to see New York for the first time.
BILOXI -- East Mississippi Community College left little doubt it was the best junior college football team in the nation this season. EMCC's status as the nation's No. 1 became official late Monday after it claimed all nine first-place votes in the National Junior College Athletic Association's final rankings.
STARKVILLE -- Cowbells will be allowed inside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the Mississippi State football team's game against Rice on New Year's Eve.
ATLANTA -- One day after receiving a bid to play in the 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the Mississippi State football had three players earn All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press.
BILOXI -- East Mississippi Community College opened its football training camp for the season on a blistering hot August afternoon.
BILOXI -- Many football players work their careers for one chance to become a national champion. Antoinne Adkins is lucky. He has had that opportunity twice.
BILOXI -- Byerson Cockrell was looking back and looking ahead Sunday moments after his playing career at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- The selection of Mississippi State was a matter of repeating history for the Liberty Bowl committee. MSU's decision Sunday to accept an invitation to play Rice in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl enabled the committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 MSU team that made the program's first trip to the Liberty Bowl.
The Alabama football team will head to the Sugar Bowl facing the same kind of challenge it encountered the last time it played in this game.
1. Stanford resigns as Columbus High football coach HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Sanders playing big role for New Hope girls HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Alwal will play closer to home COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Fitzgerald transitioning from exams to bowl prep COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU looking more for Sword COLLEGE SPORTS