East Mississippi Community College completed its football regular season where it started -- ranked No. 1 in the nation.
STARKVILLE -- As a point guard, Jerica James knows how to direct traffic. The senior is familiar with all of the hand signals and the subtle eye maneuvers that allow teammates to work their magic without using words. If there is one signal James and all point guards know, it is when a player grabs the ball and uses one arm to wave everyone off to one side of the floor as if to say, "Get out of my way. I got this."
STARKVILLE -- In the moments after leading the Mississippi State football team to its first 9-0 start in program history, coach Dan Mullen wasn't peppered with questions about a 45-16 victory against Tennessee-Martin on Homecoming. Mullen wasn't asked repeatedly about quarterback Dak Prescott, who had for three touchdowns and 260 yards. He wasn't pestered to reflect on No. 1 MSU's historic winning streak, which moved to 12 games, the second-best active run in the country. Instead, Mullen and each MSU player who met with the media Saturday night was asked often about one thing: MSU's game against Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
WESSON -- The East Mississippi Community College football team did all it could on the field this season. Now human voters and computers will decide its fate. The final National Junior College Athletic Association ranking for the regular season will be released today. The poll will give an idea of EMCC's bowl destination, which will be confirmed Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer feels his 2014-15 Mississippi State women's basketball team has enough weapons to make opponents pay inside, outside, or against any kind of defense.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Alabama football players were still celebrating their latest great escape from Death Valley when coach Nick Saban delivered a sobering reminder of the letdown the Crimson Tide had after their last dramatic triumph at LSU. "You know, we didn't play very well after that win," Saban said late Saturday night, alluding to an upset loss at home to Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in 2012.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama quarterback Blake Sims figured out LSU's swarming defense just in time for the Crimson Tide to deal the Tigers yet another devastating loss in raucous Death Valley. Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime to lift No. 4 Alabama to a 20-13 victory against No. 14 LSU on Saturday night.
Sam Caldwell believes Zion Campbell has the potential to help his Riverdale Baptist (Md.) girls basketball team build on its national championship from last season. Vic Schaefer and the Mississippi State women's basketball coaches have seen that potential, too, and they hope Campbell can continue to develop and push the Bulldogs closer to championships of their own.
STARKVILLE -- Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott's day was finished just after halftime. The Southeastern Conference's leading rusher, tailback Josh Robinson, watched most of the game from the sideline. Three more starters didn't play, but the No. 1 Mississippi State football team barely missed a beat, as its next wave of playmakers emerged Saturday in a 45-16 victory against Tennessee-Martin on Homecoming.
STARKVILLE -- The scoreboard hadn't even been turned off. That's how much time it took for the No. 1 Mississippi State football team, with fans still cheering a 45-16 homecoming victory against Tennessee-Martin, to begin fielding questions about the next game on its schedule.
Tennessee-Martin/MSU By the Numbers
OXFORD -- Shortly after a pair of heartbreaking losses that tarnished a 7-0 start and a No. 3 ranking in the poll, Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze made a promise to himself and his Rebels. "I promised to stay the course and not be discouraged," Freeze said, "so I'm happy to have eight wins and be sitting where we are. It's a happy locker room today."
WESSON -- Each season, Christmas morning approaches and many youngsters have the same enthusiasm when they rip through their presents. The same could be said for the East Mississippi Community College football team. While the championships are mounting, the Lions celebrate each title like it is the only one they have ever had.
STARKVILLE - In the moments following Mississippi State's 72-51 win over Delta State in an exhibition game Thursday night, Delta State coach Jim Boone sought out MSU junior forward Gavin Ware to share a few words of encouragement.
MSU vs. UT-Martin: Five for Inside
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott will not be the only Mississippi State quarterback signee that garners attention on Saturday when No. 1 Mississippi State hosts the University of Tennessee-Martin.
Five Keys for the MSU Defense against UT-Martin
STARKVILLE -- Unfortunately, the start of Rick Ray's third season as Mississippi State men's basketball coach looks familiar.
STARKVILLE -- The basketball doesn't discriminate.
STARKVILLE -- "Put the ball down."
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