GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Just before the University of Florida football team's Southeastern Conference opener against Tennessee, defensive tackles Jaye Howard and Dominique Easley sprinted onto the field with giant chains draped around their necks.
University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt wants his players to look closely at last year's game against Fresno State to see what the Rebels are capable of offensively when everything is clicking. Fresno State coach Pat Hill is using video from that same game to make sure his players don't make the same defensive mistakes that doomed them in Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- It's back to drawing board for Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf. The film room might be the best place to dissect the troubles of the Bulldogs' senior leader. But if you listen to Relf describe the reason for his recent play, he may just need a mirror so he can see himself smile again.
SCOOBA -- The No. 4 East Mississippi Community College football team scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions Thursday night en route to a 56-6 victory against Coahoma C.C. in MACJC North Division action at New Sullivan-Windham Field. The 50-point home triumph, coupled with No. 15 Northeast Mississippi's 34-28 win at No. 10 Northwest Mississippi, sets up a crucial North Division battle of unbeaten foes (3-0 in division) at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Tiger Stadium in Booneville.
STARKVILLE -- While at a coaching convention in New Orleans more than a decade ago, Vic Koenning was on a river walk when he saw a man who looked like a family member. The man was offensive assistant coach Les Koenning, and Vic's first glance was correct.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will take part in a throwback game of sorts at 11 a.m. Saturday (Fox Sports Net) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dont'a Hightower isn't quite sure what to make of this new University of Florida offense, where the Gators are leading the league in rushing and have the tailbacks to thank for it.
Former Mississippi State Athletic Director Larry Templeton expects to contribute to the Southeastern Conference's 13-team league schedules for all sports next season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has two talents in the backfield. Coach Dan Mullen was pleased with how the Bulldogs balanced their use of Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins on Saturday in a 26-20 overtime win against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium. Ballard and Perkins combined for 115 rushing yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns, but it was a tale of both halves for the players.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team's miserable start to the season can be blamed on a non-existent running game, or inconsistent play at quarterback, or a porous offensive line. All three have factored into Ole Miss' 1-3 start. And if the Rebels don't correct the problems quickly, a long September could turn into a long season.
SCOOBA -- The No. 4 East Mississippi Community College football team will close its only homestand of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday (WFCA-FM, 107.9) when it plays host to Coahoma C.C. at new Sullivan-Windham Field.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Basketball announced Tuesday that Rutgers University women's basketball senior April Sykes and University of Mississippi sophomore guard Valencia McFarland were named Tuesday to the 2011 Women's Pan American Games Team. The squad will try to defend USA's 2007 Pan American Games gold medal when it plays Oct. 21-25 in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the 2011 Pan American Games.
Steve Shaw, coordinator of football officials for the Southeastern Conference, will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State officials seem just fine with the Southeastern Conference officially wrapping itself in more maroon and white. SEC presidents and chancellors, acted unanimously Sunday to accept Texas A&M University into the league effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coaches are focused on finding the right combination on the offensive line. MSU coach Dan Mullen suggested Monday in his weekly media conference that the starters at offensive line this week could be changed after MSU had a less than effective evening attacking Louisiana Tech up the middle.
STARKVILLE -- That sound you heard throughout Oktibbeha County was the sigh of relief of every Mississippi State football fan wearing black Saturday night. Mississippi State moved back in the win column, but it made 55,116 fans who participated in a "black out" promotion at Davis Wade Stadium survive a 26-20 overtime scare against Louisiana Tech.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said this week he'd have to put more responsibility on the defensive backs. That unit responded to the challenge with two late interceptions and a fumble recovery in the second half to preserve a 26-20 overtime victory against Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- On a night when the Mississippi State football team's offense struggled to find a rhythm, the special teams unit produced highlights Saturday night in a 26-20 overtime win against Louisiana Tech at Davis Wade Stadium.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team is 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 2007. An inept offense is the main reason why. The Rebels gained just 183 total yards and scored one offensive touchdown in a 27-13 loss to the University of Georgia on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 University of Alabama football team turned the showdown with the Southeastern Conference's No. 1 offense into a showcase for the top defense. And the Crimson Tide's special teams. Trent Richardson, too.
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3. Alabama shines with looser mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS
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