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MSU won't let Collins' departure affect preparations

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STARKVILLE -- Change can be difficult. It hasn't seemed to bother Dan Mullen.



MSU men lose fifth-straight game

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JACKSON -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team endured a 13-game Southeastern Conference losing streak last season. This year's Bulldogs vow a similar free fall isn't on the horizon.



Okorie helps fuel fast start for MSU women's basketball team

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's scary to think how good Chinwe Okorie can be if she is growing every day.



Smith anxious to face hometown school in Orange Bowl

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - After growing up in the shadow of nearby Atlanta, Georgia native Preston Smith was watching closely when bowl selections were made this season.



MSU looks for bounce-back performance in Jackson

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - With the game already decided, Mississippi State point guard I.J. Ready saw an opening for an easy basket. Knifing through the middle of Arkansas State's defense, the sophomore point guard was uncontested as he drove through the lane to attempt a last-second layup. He then watched helplessly as the ball rolled off the front of the rim.



MSU women set record to open season

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

LAFAYETTE, La. -- The No. 21 Mississippi State women's basketball team made it official Wednesday in getting off to the best start in program history. Freshman Morgan William had 21 points, while classmate Victoria Vivians had her third double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead MSU to a 66-51 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette.



Special teams have had signature moments for MSU, Georgia Tech

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Harrison Butker and Quadry Antoine have likely never met. That's probably not going to change at the Orange Bowl, either. That's because it's unlikely Butker, Georgia Tech's sophomore kicker and Antoine, a little-used linebacker at Mississippi State, will be on the field at the same time.



MSU football team adds players for 2015

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Before his team plays Dec. 31 in the Orange Bowl, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen fortified his roster for 2015 Wednesday. On the first day of the early signing period for junior college prospects, Mullen welcomed five Bulldogs into the program, including three junior college standouts, including Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offensive lineman Martinas Rankin, the nation's highest-rated offensive tackle, according to recruiting service



MSU men lose at home to Arkansas State

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nearly a half-hour after Mississippi State's home basketball game against Arkansas State on Wednesday night, the Humphrey Coliseum was nearly empty. There were the usual noises from brooms sweeping up the aisles between the rows of seats, sports writers banging out stories on their laptops, and folding chairs being stowed away. There also was the sound of basketballs bouncing on the court and the clanging off the rim and the audible sighs of disappointed players, as MSU senior Trivante Bloodman, junior Craig Sword, sophomore I.J. Ready, and freshman Fallou Ndoye shot jump shots and worked to get better. That's what a 69-55 loss to Arkansas State will do to a team.



Former Aberdeen High standout Lucas signs with Troy

Posted 12/18/2014 in College Sports

Justin Lucas likes to smile. The 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker has a demanding disposition on the football field. Off the field, the former Aberdeen High School standout carries a warm-hearted persona that affects everyone around him. For the two-year East Mississippi Community College standout, Wednesday was another reason to smile and smile big.



Cornerbacks helped deliver signature moments for Georgia Tech, MSU

Posted 12/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If there's one image that stands out about the Georgia Tech football team's 10-3 season to this point, it came in Athens, Georgia. That's where junior cornerback D.J. White intercepted a pass by quarterback Hutson Mason to preserve a 30-24 win, Georgia Tech's marquee victory of the season.



Collins leaves MSU to take same position at Florida

Posted 12/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the fifth time in six seasons under coach Dan Mullen, the Mississippi State football team is looking for a defensive coordinator. The position, filled for the past two years by Geoff Collins, is vacant after Collins accepted the same post at Florida. Collins' move to Gainesville, Florida, was first reported Tuesday morning and confirmed by the school at noon.



McKinney leads MSU's All-America honorees

Posted 12/17/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The rewards continue to roll in for Mississippi State's Orange Bowl-bound football team. A week after five Bulldogs were named All-Southeastern Conference performers, three of those players added All-America status to their list of accolades Tuesday.



No. 11 Wichita State edges Alabama

Posted 12/17/2014 in College Sports

WICHITA, Kan. -- Trailing Alabama by 11 points with 5 minutes, 50 seconds remaining, Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall called his team together to prepare it for a final push. No. 11 Wichita State scored 13 of the final 14 points to hold off Alabama for a 53-52 victory. The Shockers (8-1) took the final lead on Darius Carter's slam with 11.9 seconds remaining, part of his game-high 16 points.



MSU women match program's best start

Posted 12/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Savannah Carter looks ready for business. Decked out in her home white jersey, Carter's arms are crossed across her chest and her gaze is fixed forward in the picture that adorns the cover of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's 2014-15 media guide.



MSU taking patchwork group of safeties to Orange Bowl

Posted 12/16/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- J.T. Gray wasted little time. A freshman defensive back from Clarksdale who moved to linebacker early in fall camp, the original plan from Mississippi State's coaching staff was to redshirt Gray so he could have four years of eligibility starting next season. But plans change.



Ole Miss' Forward Together campaign unveiled

Posted 12/16/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss took another step Monday in its Forward Together campaign, as it showcased plans for expansion to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.



Similarities between linebackers at MSU, Georgia Tech

Posted 12/15/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Benardrick McKinney and P.J. Davis have a lot in common. Both were unheralded two-star recruits out of high school who escaped the attention of most major college football programs. Both have blossomed into all-conference players, McKinney as an All-Southeastern Conference middle linebacker at Mississippi State and Davis as an All-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker at Georgia Tech. Both will be the centers of attention in the Orange Bowl, when each player leads his defense into the Dec. 31 showdown between the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets.



Defense triggers No. 22 MSU's victory against Southern Miss

Posted 12/15/2014 in College Sports

HATTIESBURG -- The No. 22 Mississippi State women's basketball team delivered a defensive effort of historical proportions Sunday afternoon. MSU allowed a school-record eight points in the first half and set a new standard by allowing one field goal en route to a 73-46 victory against Southern Mississippi before a national television audience in the Reed Green Coliseum.



Ole Miss women rebound to rout South Alabama

Posted 12/15/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 88-48 victory against South Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum. Playing in her first game since Nov. 16, sophomore forward Bretta Hart scored a career-high 14 points to lead four teammates in double figures.



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