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Ole Miss heads west to face Fresno State

Posted 10/1/2011 in College Sports

University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt wants his players to look closely at last year's game against Fresno State to see what the Rebels are capable of offensively when everything is clicking. Fresno State coach Pat Hill is using video from that same game to make sure his players don't make the same defensive mistakes that doomed them in Mississippi.

 

 

Relf fighting through struggles

Posted 9/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's back to drawing board for Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf. The film room might be the best place to dissect the troubles of the Bulldogs' senior leader. But if you listen to Relf describe the reason for his recent play, he may just need a mirror so he can see himself smile again.

 

 

No. 4 EMCC routs Coahoma C.C.

Posted 9/30/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- The No. 4 East Mississippi Community College football team scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions Thursday night en route to a 56-6 victory against Coahoma C.C. in MACJC North Division action at New Sullivan-Windham Field. The 50-point home triumph, coupled with No. 15 Northeast Mississippi's 34-28 win at No. 10 Northwest Mississippi, sets up a crucial North Division battle of unbeaten foes (3-0 in division) at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Tiger Stadium in Booneville.

 

 

Coaching Koennings share traits leading different groups

Posted 9/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While at a coaching convention in New Orleans more than a decade ago, Vic Koenning was on a river walk when he saw a man who looked like a family member. The man was offensive assistant coach Les Koenning, and Vic's first glance was correct.

 

 

MSU's spread attack will go against UGA's pro style

Posted 9/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will take part in a throwback game of sorts at 11 a.m. Saturday (Fox Sports Net) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

 

 

Alabama gearing up for new Florida offense

Posted 9/29/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dont'a Hightower isn't quite sure what to make of this new University of Florida offense, where the Gators are leading the league in rushing and have the tailbacks to thank for it.

 

 

Former MSU AD Templeton will help league with 13-team format

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

Former Mississippi State Athletic Director Larry Templeton expects to contribute to the Southeastern Conference's 13-team league schedules for all sports next season.

 

 

MSU wants to find balance in ground game

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has two talents in the backfield. Coach Dan Mullen was pleased with how the Bulldogs balanced their use of Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins on Saturday in a 26-20 overtime win against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium. Ballard and Perkins combined for 115 rushing yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns, but it was a tale of both halves for the players.

 

 

Ole Miss' struggling offense looks to improve

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team's miserable start to the season can be blamed on a non-existent running game, or inconsistent play at quarterback, or a porous offensive line. All three have factored into Ole Miss' 1-3 start. And if the Rebels don't correct the problems quickly, a long September could turn into a long season.

 

 

No. 4 EMCC will close only homestand Thursday

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- The No. 4 East Mississippi Community College football team will close its only homestand of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday (WFCA-FM, 107.9) when it plays host to Coahoma C.C. at new Sullivan-Windham Field.

 

 

Rutgers' Sykes will play for U.S. on Pan American Games team

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Basketball announced Tuesday that Rutgers University women's basketball senior April Sykes and University of Mississippi sophomore guard Valencia McFarland were named Tuesday to the 2011 Women's Pan American Games Team. The squad will try to defend USA's 2007 Pan American Games gold medal when it plays Oct. 21-25 in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the 2011 Pan American Games.

 

 

Coordinator of SEC officials will speak to Starkville

Posted 9/28/2011 in College Sports

Steve Shaw, coordinator of football officials for the Southeastern Conference, will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.

 

 

MSU satisfied with Texas A&M in SEC

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State officials seem just fine with the Southeastern Conference officially wrapping itself in more maroon and white. SEC presidents and chancellors, acted unanimously Sunday to accept Texas A&M University into the league effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.

 

 

MSU still searching for right mix on offensive line

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coaches are focused on finding the right combination on the offensive line. MSU coach Dan Mullen suggested Monday in his weekly media conference that the starters at offensive line this week could be changed after MSU had a less than effective evening attacking Louisiana Tech up the middle.

 

 

MSU survives OT scare

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- That sound you heard throughout Oktibbeha County was the sigh of relief of every Mississippi State football fan wearing black Saturday night. Mississippi State moved back in the win column, but it made 55,116 fans who participated in a "black out" promotion at Davis Wade Stadium survive a 26-20 overtime scare against Louisiana Tech.

 

 

MSU defense delivers big plays

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said this week he'd have to put more responsibility on the defensive backs. That unit responded to the challenge with two late interceptions and a fumble recovery in the second half to preserve a 26-20 overtime victory against Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.

 

 

MSU's special teams come through vs. La. Tech

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- On a night when the Mississippi State football team's offense struggled to find a rhythm, the special teams unit produced highlights Saturday night in a 26-20 overtime win against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium.

 

 

Mississippi's offense sputters against Georgia

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team is 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 2007. An inept offense is the main reason why. The Rebels gained just 183 total yards and scored one offensive touchdown in a 27-13 loss to the University of Georgia on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

 

 

Alabama 's defense too much for Arkansas

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 University of Alabama football team turned the showdown with the Southeastern Conference's No. 1 offense into a showcase for the top defense. And the Crimson Tide's special teams. Trent Richardson, too.

 

 

MSU's Hughes found guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence

Posted 9/27/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore linebacker Chris Hughes recently spent five days in jail after being arrested and found guilty last month of two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence.

 

 

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