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Zeidaks ruled ineligible by NCAA

Posted 11/4/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The NCAA has ruled Mississippi State forward Kristers Zeidaks ineligible for the 2011-12 men's basketball season. The NCAA Eligibility Center confirmed Zeidaks, who is from Latvia, will be suspended for this season and 11 games next season for his participation in a league that included professional players and for playing against professional players in his home country.

 

 

Coaches say JUCO changes will affect programs

Posted 11/4/2011 in College Sports

Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill doesn't totally understand the need for recent rule changes enacted by the Mississippi Association of Community College and Junior College presidents. One thing Terrill knows is he doesn't like the changes.

 

 

No. 3 EMCC will take on Hinds in playoff opener

Posted 11/4/2011 in College Sports

East Mississippi Community College didn't play many tight games in its undefeated run through regular season this year. The tightest game No. 3 EMCC played was a 20-17 victory against Hinds C.C. on Sept. 8 in Raymond. A lot has happened since the second week of the season.

 

 

Alabama soccer shoots for another upset

Posted 11/4/2011 in College Sports

Todd Bramble has watched his University of Alabama women's soccer team come a long way in the past two months.

 

 

Criticism growing about JUCO rule changes

Posted 11/3/2011 in College Sports

Recent rule changes for athletics at Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College member institutions are roughly a month old. However, the buzz hasn't died down. Instead, it has gotten louder.

 

 

Simpson transforms UTM into winning program

Posted 11/3/2011 in College Sports

A graveyard job. That's how Jason Simpson's friends and colleagues in college football described the job of head coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

 

 

Alabama upsets South Carolina in SEC tournament

Posted 11/3/2011 in College Sports

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The eighth-seeded University of Alabama women's soccer team opened the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 1-0 victory against top-seeded South Carolina on Wednesday night at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The win is the first for the Crimson Tide in the tournament since 1998.

 

 

Banks in mold of MSU greats

Posted 11/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There's a moment minutes before kickoff every Saturday when Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks does something in drills his position coach has never seen.

 

 

MSU honors Bell on one-year anniversary of his death

Posted 11/2/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Today marks one-year anniversary former Mississippi State football player Nick Bell died after a fight with cancer. MSU is using Homecoming this weekend to honor his memory. The MSU Student Association hosted a 3.6-mile run Tuesday evening to raise money for the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation.

 

 

EMCC men's basketball kicks off season tonight

Posted 11/2/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Rewarded with a No. 7 NJCAA preseason ranking following consecutive national tournament appearances, the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team will tip off the 2011-12 season at 7 tonight when it plays host to Southern Sports Academy at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

 

 

Alabama soccer will try to pull upset

Posted 11/2/2011 in College Sports

Todd Bramble wasn't about to complain. Armed with all of the amenities anyone could want to occupy their time on a four-hour bus ride, the University of Alabama women's soccer coach did what a lot of people would do: He took a nap.

 

 

Ole Miss struggling to stop run

Posted 11/2/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The trend for University of Mississippi football team is an embarrassing one. Run the ball against the Rebels' defense. Win an award.

 

 

MSU women want to carve new identity

Posted 11/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Eleven won't be a number that defines the 2011-12 Mississippi State women's basketball team. Instead, the Lady Bulldogs will use that number, which corresponds to where media members picked them in the Southeastern Conference preseason poll released Tuesday.

 

 

Tight ends play key role for MSU

Posted 11/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Malcolm Johnson thinks highly of Marcus Green. Johnson, a redshirt freshman tight end on the Mississippi State football team, has so many good things to say about Green, his senior teammate at the position, it's easy to think he could be his coach.

 

 

Cox earns another SEC honor

Posted 11/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the third straight week, Mississippi State junior Fletcher Cox was named Southeastern Conference defensive lineman of the week. In the past four weeks, the only time Cox, a defensive tackle, hasn't received the honor was after MSU was on a bye week.

 

 

Johnson ready to lead MSU women

Posted 11/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Leader. It's a simple term that conveys a lot of responsibility. Whether it is orchestrating body bumps or leading a team onto the court or making sure the basketball gets into the hands of the right player, Diamber Johnson enters her final season at Mississippi State confident she can handle all of those roles and more.

 

 

MSU beats Kentucky for first SEC win

Posted 10/29/2011 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Apparently the cure for offensive futility is having a bye week to prepare for the University of Kentucky's defense. This set of steps is the only way to explain Mississippi State's 398 total yards and its 28-16 road win against Kentucky on Saturday night.

 

 

Two-quarterback system works for MSU vs. Kentucky

Posted 10/29/2011 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said for weeks it was possible his quarterbacks would constantly rotate. The third-year coach was a man of his word Saturday as Tyler Russell and Chris Relf had impressive performances in a 28-16 victory against the University of Kentucky.

 

 

MSU has success in red zone

Posted 10/29/2011 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Mississippi State football team reversed its numbers Saturday in what coach Dan Mullen calls the most important part of the field. MSU's ability to go 4-for-5 (four touchdowns) inside the University of Kentucky's 20-yard-line Saturday proved to be the difference in a 28-16 victory, its first in the Southeastern Conference this season.

 

 

Promising pieces propel Bulldogs to exhibition win

Posted 10/29/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury should have plenty of fun playing with an assortment of puzzle pieces this season. From the savvy penetration skills of point guard Dee Bost to the energy and enthusiasm of Arnett Moultrie and Wendell Lewis to the high-stepping versatility of Brian Bryant to the potential of Rodney Hood, the Mississippi State men's basketball team showed all the parts Saturday that could make for a promising season.

 

 

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