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.
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.
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.
Steve Shaw, coordinator of football officials for the Southeastern Conference, will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time since arriving back at his alma mater, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen begins fall practice with confident veteran pitchers. That pitching experience will bring higher expectations to a program that was six outs away from a College World Series berth last season. MSU begins its road to Omaha, Neb., the site of the CWS, at 4 p.m. today with an intra-squad scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field that is open to the public.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Hamp Glover says "The sky is the limit" for his team's offense. While No. 4 EMCC may have unlimited potential on offense, its effort Thursday night will work for now.
STARKVILLE -- Dillon Day was figuratively thrown into the deep end of the pool and told to swim.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks feels the Mississippi State football team's first three games have helped him prepare for his next assignment against the high octane passing game of Louisiana Tech (6 p.m., Saturday, ESPNU).
STARKVILLE -- Warm weather is a recruiting tool for indoor sports, too. Lainey Wyman sat down with her parents one evening to map out what was important in her college choice. In the living room of their suburban Chicago home, Matt and Kathy Wyman realized that map needed to include the southern United States.
STARKVILLE - "Chris Relf is our starter." Those five words were all Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen needed to dismiss a quarterback controversy. Looking for what he called "a spark" to an offense that had 16 yards in the second half, Mullen pulled Relf and inserted Tyler Russell for the final 10 minutes of MSU's 19-6 loss to No. 3 LSU on Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- A school-record seven of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's non-conference games will be televised this season, including three of the first five outings on the ESPN family of networks.
STARKVILLE -- The University of Mississippi and the Mississippi State baseball programs had recruiting classes ranked in the top 20 nationally according to the annual survey by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
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