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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OXFORD -- The trend for University of Mississippi football team is an embarrassing one. Run the ball against the Rebels' defense. Win an award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team knows a win at 6 p.m. today (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., is the highest priority if it wants to make back-to-back postseason appearances.
STARKVILLE -- Different approaches, one objective. Whether it is "control the controllables" or "stay in the moment," the Mississippi State and University of Mississippi women's soccer teams know their game at 7 p.m. Friday (SportSouth) in Oxford will be doubly significant.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen still isn't providing many details about his quarterbacks two weeks after making a change at the position.
STARKVILLE -- The future is now for Rodney Hood. With 12 days remaining until his college basketball debut, the anticipation continues to grow for the player many believe could be the first lottery pick in NBA draft since Rick Stansbury took over the Mississippi State men's basketball program.
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