STARKVILLE -- With a young team, Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer knew this season would be full of teaching moments. However, the first-year coach couldn't have imagined the moments would come at such a fast and furious pace.
STARKVILLE -- When he decided to return for his senior season at Mississippi State University, Johnthan Banks' defensive coordinator knew his standout player had a chance to accomplish big things.
STARKVILLE -- Six Mississippi State University football players were named All-Southeastern Conference by The Associated Press and league coaches, announced by the conference this past week. The half-dozen combined selections for the Maroon and White are the most since placing nine on the 2000 All-SEC squad.
STARKVILLE -- The film doesn't lie. With as many teaching points as Vic Schaefer and his coaches are trying to emphasize this season, the first-year Mississippi State University women's basketball coach is glad to have tangible evidence he can use to prove his points.
STARKVILLE -- Even teammates were starting to get on Mississippi State University senior forward Wendell Lewis about his poor start to the 2012-13 season. Not any longer.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have stressed to Colin Borchert there are ways he can contribute without scoring.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray isn't interested in hearing his team played hard and fought back last weekend. Mississippi State University's first-year men's basketball coach doesn't believe the Bulldogs should have put themselves in that position.
STARKVILLE -- For the second time in three years, the Mississippi State University football team will have New Year's Day plans.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin wasn't fazed by the projections, speculation, or rumors that had the school's football team going somewhere other than Jacksonville, Fla.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent University of Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet Jan. 5, 2013, in a matchup of 6-6 Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference teams led by first-year coaches.
NEW YORK -- The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power. No. 1 University of Notre Dame against No. 2 University of Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7 for the national title. No complaints.
STARKVILLE -- Immediately after his first loss to the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University fourth-year football coach Dan Mullen stood by his stance against his team's biggest rival.
STARKVILLE -- The message has been received loud and clear. Each day the Mississippi State University women's basketball team gets closer to playing the game for 40 minutes like coach Vic Schaefer envisions.
AJ McCarron's standard reply about handling big-game pressure is a shrug and a look that says, What's the big deal?
STARKVILLE -- Carnecia Williams aims to please. After playing in only 69 minutes in her first two seasons at Mississippi State University, the 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore forward plans to make every second count.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- That running back duo in the Southeastern Conference championship game has been punishingly effective all season.
STARKVILLE -- For Aaron Gordon, transforming the Mississippi State University women's soccer program must seem like a been-there, done-that proposition. Gordon's experience revamping programs is one reason MSU selected the 43-year-old associate head coach from Texas Tech University to be its new women's soccer coach. Gordon's charge is to revive a program that has never won a Southeastern Conference tournament game or qualified for the NCAA tournament in its 17-year history.
STARKVILLE -- The opposite effect occurred once the Mississippi State University men's basketball program arrived home after losing three games at the Maui Invitational. Instead of being intimidated against a high-power program on a big stage, MSU returned to Starkville determined to be more aggressive against a state rival. The results was much more to coach Rick Ray's liking.
STARKVILLE -- Typically, there wouldn't be a lot of building blocks to take from losing three games in three days thousands of miles from home. Things are different for the 2012-13 Mississippi State women's basketball team.
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Alabama football team lost a bunch of stars to the NFL, yet it's hard to tell much difference. The Crimson Tide still has the nation's top-ranked defense.
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