STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland caught himself gawking at Abdul Ado.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Nick Fitzgerald has established himself as nothing short of one of the Southeastern Conference's top quarterbacks, if not the best, in his two seasons at the starter at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Hard work pays off.
STARKVILLE -- Blair Schaefer has earned the moniker "shooter." You'll hear opposing coaches or players shout it out as the 5-foot-7 senior guard sprints from wing to wing, probing for an opening in a defense. For Schaefer, that "window" to get her shot off might be a little smaller, but she has spent hours perfecting a quick release that allows her to be effective against taller or quicker defenders.
STARKVILLE -- Shortstop was an obvious starting point when it came time to divide the roster for the Mississippi State baseball team's six public intrasquad scrimmages.
STARKVILLE -- Collin Crane had only been the Mississippi State men's basketball team's strength and conditioning coach for a few months when he sat down with his boss, Ben Howland. It was early August and they had the winter's schedule in hand.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Many around the Arkansas football program expected changes in leadership amid the Razorbacks' dreadful season. Little did they know those changes would reach all the way to the top, with athletic director Jeff Long fired Wednesday . The school's football woes were near the top of the reasons why.
The Ole Miss football team's prolific passing offense hasn't had any problems since backup quarterback Jordan Ta'amu took over for the injured Shea Patterson. If anything, the Rebels might even be a little better. Ta'amu will get his biggest test yet when Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) plays host to Texas A&M (6-4, 3-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2). The Aggies have a productive pass rush that leads the SEC with 33 sacks.
STARKVILLE -- E.J. Datcher came to Southeastern Conference basketball from Harpersville, Alabama, a town with about as many people as Starkville High School has students.
STARKVILLE -- Morgan William had one of the best stat lines Friday in the Mississippi State women's basketball team's season opener.
Every team needs a rival.
STARKVILLE -- One way to take a good defense and reduce it to rubble is to take away its top linebacker.
STARKVILLE -- The Arkansas football team's offense is starting to settle in. After injuries at quarterback, offensive line, and running back threw Arkansas into a frenzy for several weeks, No. 17 MSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference, No. 16 College Football Playoff) thinks it knows what it will be up against when it takes on Arkansas (4-6, 1-5) at 11 a.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The East Mississippi Community College football team was coronated Monday afternoon when it earned the top spot in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll of the regular season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban is hoping his team can find a way to grow from its first wire-to-wire challenge of the season.
OXFORD -- Deandre Burnett had 17 points Monday night to lead the Ole Miss men's basketball team to an 85-75 victory against Eastern Kentucky at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
OXFORD -- Promise Taylor had 19 points Monday night to lead the Ole Miss women's basketball team to a 92-63 victory against Kennesaw State at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen took to the marketplace in the offseason. After four years as an offensive coordinator and eight as a play-calling head coach, the Mississippi State football coach knew he wanted someone who could bring an attacking style of defense back to Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Tolando Cleveland crouched over his helmet. Cleveland used a hand on his face mask to prop himself up. He was consumed in the feeling of what was lost.
On a day of big plays, East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Daniel Crowell Jr. made the one that meant a championship.
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