Jonathan Wallace was still in high school with no clue he'd wind up playing for the Auburn University football team when AJ McCarron was leading the University of Alabama to a national title. Now, the Tigers' freshman quarterback is set to start in the first Iron Bowl he has attended Saturday against the second-ranked Crimson Tide and one of the nation's best defenses -- in front of some 102,000 mostly hostile fans.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Russell and Bo Wallace knew this was going to be a big week. But the Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi quarterbacks had no idea they would be this popular.
MAUI, Hawaii -- Fred Thomas poured in a career-high 17 points, but the Mississippi State University men's basketball team lost to Marquette 89-62 Tuesday afternoon at the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center.
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team dropped a 61-59 heartbreaker to Winthrop University on Tuesday in its first game at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. Dequesha McClanhan hit a baseline jumper as time expired after Winthrop moved the ball the length of the court in 3.9 seconds. MSU's Martha Alwal had tied the game with a basket.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze's first season at the University of Mississippi could be described as wildly successful or a crushing letdown.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jeff Whitaker understands the Auburn University football team's situation entering the Iron Bowl. He's aware of the criticism that has been heaped on coach Gene Chizik and that the Tigers are huge underdogs going into the game with No. 2 University of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- The one thing Dan Mullen and Hugh Freeze agree on prior to Saturday's Egg Bowl is the University of Mississippi football team is playing with noticeable effort in 2012.
STARKVILLE -- MSU senior cornerback Johnthan Banks was named Monday one of three finalists for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award. Banks joins former Bulldogs defensive back Fred Smoot (2000) as the only players in school history to be named a finalist for the award, which is given annually to the top defensive back in college football.
MAUI, Hawaii -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball team couldn't match the firepower of No. 9 University of North Carolina in a 95-49 loss on Monday night in the opening round of the Maui Classic.
Vic Schaefer hopes perseverance is a precursor to toughness. In its last game, the Mississippi State University women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat Louisiana Tech. Schaefer hopes MSU (2-1) can build on that momentum at 3:30 p.m. today when it takes on Winthrop University in its first of three games in the inaugural Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football players don't even have to leave their couches to be one of the big winners in college football's national championship sweepstakes.
STARKVILLE -- Chad Bumphis knew his sophomore and junior seasons didn't meet expectations. That realization is why the senior wide receiver sent Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen daily text messages about his progress in summer workouts.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen never misses an opportunity to tweak the school he refuses to name, especially the week he's scheduled to play the in-state rival. Mullen can become the first MSU coach since Allyn McKeen from 1939-42 to win four straight games against the University of Mississippi when the teams meet at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the annual Egg Bowl matchup.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University first-year men's basketball coach Rick Ray is making sure his players understand the balanced approach they'll need to have on their trip to the Maui Invitational.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Barrett Jones summed up the Iron Bowl's significance hours before it got really meaningful nationally. "It's the West, it's all our hopes and dreams, and also, it's Auburn," the Crimson Tide center said after Saturday's early game.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team's home finale Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium marked the end of one squad's bad month and the continuation of the other's season-long suffering.
STARKVILLE -- When LaDarius Perkins returned from Baton Rouge, La., last weekend, he immediately went to the training room for a treatment session. Perkins wasn't going to miss another game when it was clear the Mississippi State University football team needed him.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football record book is starting to see one name sitting at the top: Tyler Russell.
NEW YORK -- Trevor Releford and the University of Alabama men's basketball team passed an early test with ease in a championship-game blowout.
STARKVILLE -- Before the matchup was a reality, Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell said there wasn't much to talk about regarding another game against West Point High. Following a 127-yard rushing performance against Oxford High on Friday that helped push Starkville into another matchup against West Point, Preston Baker may have described it best.
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