STARKVILLE -- Scott Wetherbee arrived at Mississippi State University to take over at the school's senior associate director of athletics for external affairs, and with the Bulldogs' football team off to a 4-0 start, that means he's a busy man. Serving as MSU's point of contact for the SEC Network, which will broadcast its weekly college football lead-in show, SEC Nation, from MSU's Junction on Saturday morning, Wetherbee has plenty to discuss. The Dispatch sat down with Wetherbee to discuss the SEC Network, the football team's start, and MSU quarterback Dak Prescott.
With the eyes of the nation's college football audience focused on the state of Mississippi this weekend as Mississippi State University hosts the Texas A&M Aggies in a key Southeastern Conference Western Division battle of unbeaten teams on Saturday, some changes will come to the normal game-day routine at Davis Wade Stadium and in the Junction.
Editor's Note: Today, The Dispatch profiles Victoria Vivians, the fifth and final member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's freshman class. The class was nationally ranked and hopes to propel MSU back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.
STARKVILLE -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings never had a chance.
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OXFORD -- The Ole Miss baseball team will play 21 games against teams that competed in the NCAA tournament last season, including five games against teams that advanced to the 2014 College World Series, coach Mike Bianco announced Wednesday. The Rebels will play a 56-game schedule in 2015, featuring 21 games (37.5 percent) against teams with an Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) inside the top 30 last season. Of the Rebels' 56 games, 31 will be at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field, where the Rebels went 27-7 last season and won the NCAA Oxford Regional.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team's offense is a little inconsistent and the special teams suddenly have some problems. But through four games, one thing has been clear: These 11th-ranked Rebels are capable of playing outstanding defense. Ole Miss (4-0) ranks third nationally and first in the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense, giving up 8.5 points per game. Ole Miss held Memphis to 104 yards in a 24-3 victory Saturday night.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday they will honor Wesley Walls with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Saturday during the game between No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 3 Alabama. Coverage of the game will start at 2:30 p.m. (WCBI).
STARKVILLE - Technically, Mississippi State center Dillon Day doesn't have much to do this Saturday, the result of a one-game suspension handed down by the Southeastern Conference following a pair of in-game incidents in MSU's 34-29 win at LSU.
SCOOBA - D.J. Jones flashes a smile wider than the defensive tackle's 315-pound frame.
Ole Miss has been waiting for a day like this for quite some time.
With the Mississippi State football team's 34-29 win at LSU and subsequent bye week, the Bulldogs are one-third of the way through the season.
STARKVILLE - It didn't take long for Mississippi State's coaching staff to get its message across on Monday.
With the Mississippi State football team's 34-29 win at LSU and subsequent bye week, the Bulldogs are one-third of the way through the season. All the early returns are good, as MSU has climbed to 4-0 and is No. 12 in The Associated Press Top 25. Here is a deeper look at each of MSU's position groups on offense and a grade for their work.
OXFORD -- Chucky Mullins would have loved the defensive effort the Ole Miss football team delivered Saturday night. On a weekend in which Ole Miss honored the late Mullins by renaming Coliseum Drive, which runs adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Chucky Mullins Drive, Ole Miss remembered Mullins by wearing throwback powder blue helmets it wore when Mullins played at the school in 1988-1989. But Mullins would have enjoyed the Rebels' defensive effort even more.
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OXFORD -- Quarterback Bo Wallace slapped Trae Elston on the back as he walked past the safety, and the two exchanged smiles but no words. Nothing needed to be explained. It was pretty obvious Ole Miss' offense owes the defense after an ugly 24-3 victory against Memphis on Saturday.
Add goofiness and loyalty to the Mississippi State women's basketball team coaching staff's recruiting check list. Those items were the latest intangibles Jazz Holmes and Jazmine Spears credited to the Bulldogs and Vic Schaefer and his coaches following official visits to MSU. It didn't take Holmes and Spears long after being in Starkville to make verbal commitments to play for Schaefer in 2015-16.
A move wasn't enough to shake Taylor Renth's confidence. After all, the former Caledonia High School girls soccer standout moved from playing defense at the prep level to playing forward in her first year at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, so she didn't have any reason to be concerned about moving to midfield for her sophomore season.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson's biggest claim to fame had been an embarrassing play against Alabama in 2011, when Trent Richardson faked him two times on a 76-yard touchdown run. Now the senior is making highlights he's proud to have shown.
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