OXFORD -- Injuries are an equalizer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen likes his offensive line heading into the 2012 season.
"Reach the Beach." It is left to be determined if the University of Mississippi women's soccer players will have a slogan on the back of T-shirts that captures the essence of the 2012 season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It has been about seven months since the University of Alabama football team won one of the most controversial National Championship games since the Bowl Championship Series system was created, beating Southeastern Conference West champion LSU 21-0.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's first open football practice of the fall season Saturday was about the present and the future. MSU coaches divided the morning session between several veteran starters and some eagerly anticipated newcomers who have the fan base excited.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University linebackers coach Geoff Collins walks into the meeting room for his position knowing he has a talented group. The Bulldogs return two starters and a depth chart that features players who combined to make 28 starts last season. MSU also welcomes back senior Cameron Lawrence, the second-leading tackler in the Southeastern Conference.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team practiced Saturday adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium before a crowd of a few hundred faithful on a sunny, warm morning. It was the second time the Rebels had hit the practice fields, as Ole Miss got in a light practice Friday night after Rebel Media Day activities that afternoon.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team won only two games last season, so it would appear obvious that the Rebels are rebuilding. But the team's veterans say they're not allowing themselves to think that way.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced as a complete unit for the first time for two hours in shorts and helmets Saturday afternoon at the Drew-Thomas Practice Facility after a split session Friday to open camp.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Quarterback AJ McCarron insists the University of Alabama football team turned its focus to the 2012 season long before opening preseason camp on Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen used words like "comfortable" and "experienced" to describe his starting quarterback Tyler Russell.
After more than four months of celebrating the school's first national championship, the East Mississippi Community College football team has about four weeks to prepare for its 2012 season opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 against Pearl River C.C. at Sullivan-Windham Field in Scooba.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football program appears to have added to its receiving depth Wednesday. Multiple outlets reported that Louisiana receiver Shelby Christy gave a verbal commitment to MSU on Wednesday night.
STARKVILLE -- It's all about the attitude for the Mississippi State women's soccer team.
OXFORD -- As preseason camp nears for the University of Mississippi's fall sports, fans should make their plans for the University of Mississippi Athletic Association "Meet The Rebels Day", presented By Baptist North Mississippi, on Aug. 18. Festivities begin with the football team scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Fans then will be able to make their way to the Indoor Practice Facility, which opens its doors at 11:30 a.m.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School prospect Gabe Myles faced an interesting decision. Would Myles follow in the footsteps of his father, Eddie, and attend Mississippi State University, or would he try to play quarterback at a lower-tier Division I school?
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football coaches don't intend to rush senior offensive lineman Tobias Smith back into action.
STARKVILLE -- Both Mississippi State University and the University of North Carolina will be bringing a majority of brand new faces to the Aloha state for the 2012 Maui Invitational.
STARKVILLE -- Adam Frazier and his teammates were told their experience this summer with the Team USA baseball team would be the perfect preparation for life as a professional player. Mississippi State University's standout leadoff hitter and shortstop disagrees after he spent a month wearing the red, white, and blue for the U.S. collegiate summer national team.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University guard Craig Sword was arrested last weekend for misdemeanor possession of a BB gun on a educational property. The freshman guard, who was on campus for the second semester of summer school, was arrested by university police after the BB gun was found in his dorm room.
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