STARKVILLE -- It was a large day of firsts for the Mississippi State football program. Whether it was a first look in a maroon and white jersey or a first time getting significant playing time with the first string, MSU coach Dan Mullen had a lot to watch in the Bulldogs' opening day of practice for the 2011 season.
OXFORD -- Twenty-six new players, including 19 members of the state's top recruiting class, were welcomed to the University of Mississippi football program Thursday, as newcomers reported for the start of preseason camp.
STARKVILLE -- James Carmon has soaked up every piece of advice and studied tirelessly to complete his offseason transition from backup defensive tackle to starting offensive tackle.
STARKVILLE -- One phone call is all it took for Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen to be assured each of his three drafted high school signees would arrive on campus this month. MSU signee Jacob Lindgren, a left-handed pitcher from St. Stanislaus High School, confirmed in a text response Wednesday afternoon he would be "coming to college" instead of taking a contract offer from Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs.
STARKVILLE -- Accountability is paramount in college soccer.
OXFORD -- Newcomers to the University of Mississippi football team will report Thursday and varsity players will report to campus Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Anxious to return to the field, members of Mississippi State's football team reported to campus Monday. Players unanimously agree maintenance to sustain the team's intensity and work ethic wasn't needed despite new-found success and accolades after a 9-4 season and a top-25 ranking.
STARKVILLE -- The motto of Mississippi State's football team has been "go from good to great." When players report to campus Monday for preseason camp, they'll be in an unfamiliar position coming off a winning season and a bowl victory.
STARKVILLE -- Fans will have several opportunities to get a look at the 2011 Mississippi State football team prior to the season opener, coach Dan Mullen announced Friday.
STARKVILLE -- It may be the offseason, but the Mississippi State men's basketball team made plenty of news Wednesday. MSU finalized its 2011 recruiting class with the signing of Latvian forward Kristers Zeidaks. It also announced it has been invited to participate in the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.
HOOVER, Ala. --The University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt has some very public advice for his in-state peer and rival. Nutt wasn't impressed with the Mississippi State football billboards that popped up around his state -- we'll get to the ownership statement in a minute. He's not sure if the $72,000 public relations campaign has had an impact.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The University of Alabama was named the media's preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference this fall and represent the conference in a Bowl Championship Series bowl, a prediction that surprised coach Nick Saban.
STARKVILLE -- The ongoing Renardo Sidney saga added another chapter Friday as the Mississippi State men's basketball program announced the junior forward left campus earlier this week to return to Houston, Texas, to work out with former NAB All-Star and coach John Lucas.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title.
A list of preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams as chosen by reporters covering SEC media days, with total votes received in parentheses
HOOVER, Ala. -- A year ago at Southeastern Conference Media Days, Chris Relf was the unpolished, untested quarterback of a burgeoning Mississippi State football team. The bulk of questions he entertained reflected his rise from obscurity, as he was grilled about his passing ability -- or lack thereof.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Fletcher Cox may be the best defensive lineman on his team. He's just fine with that.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive utilized the opening press conference of SEC Football Media Day to announce plans Wednesday to strengthen academic requirements for incoming freshmen and transfers.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The rookie head coach strolled into the second-floor ballroom at The Wynfrey Hotel like he'd been there before. He hadn't -- at least not in front of this microphone, not while addressing a media contingent in the hundreds. "Great to be here," Will Muschamp said. "Great to be back in the Southeastern Conference and at the University of Florida." Moments like that one, captured in front of the laptops and pens and digital tape recorders and a Gators helmet near the podium, convinced Muschamp to go from coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas to coach-right-now.
OXFORD -- Throughout his exceptional high school and college career, Chris Warren dreamed of taking his basketball talents to the professional level. On Wednesday, the former University of Mississippi point guard was earned that opportunity when he signed with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's National Basketball League.
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