MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Preston Smith received great news at the beginning and end of the day.
STARKVILLE -- Keep it simple. Sherise Williams' strategy to maximize her contributions to the Mississippi State women's basketball team easily could be the title of a guide to help people get through the holidays and how to prepare for a new year.
STARKVILLE -- Dre Applewhite is the latest player to leave the Mississippi State men's basketball program early.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Junior Jarvis Summers scored 24 points and senior Marshall Henderson added 23 points as the Ole Miss men's basketball team rallied to beat Western Kentucky 79-74 Monday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Deep beyond what school colors he wears, Les Koenning is a Texan at heart. That background makes this a difficult week for Mississippi State's offensive coordinator.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bo Wallace wanted redemption for his poor play in the Egg Bowl. The Mississippi quarterback made sure the Rebels finished the season as winners.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was determined to change the compartmentalized nature of the sport in his first year as full-time play caller.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There is an ancient Irish proverb that says, "The darkest hour is just before the dawn."
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State football coaches know not to judge Rice by its conference affiliation. While mid-major and even some Southeastern Conference teams have tried to avoid getting into a battle in the trenches with MSU, Conference USA champion Rice (10-3) will try to win a physical battle when the teams face off at 3 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team spent the better part of its Southeastern Conference season waiting for something good to happen.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some of the nation's best academic schools also are making an impact on big-time college football. Of the top 12 Football Bowl Subdivision programs with the lowest acceptance rates, nine of them have qualified for bowl games this year, while four have had double-digit win seasons.
STARKVILLE -- The numbers reflect the progress. In five key statistical categories -- scoring, scoring defense, shooting percentage, rebounding margin, and assist-to-turnover ratio -- the Mississippi State women's basketball team is significantly better than it was through 13 games last season.
Taylor McHargue is living the dream. The Rice fifth-year senior quarterback defines having it all. An athletic 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, McHargue is recognized by everybody on campus and is believed to have a bright future after he graduates.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen always used to frustrate his wife, Nelle, when he'd talk about winning a national championship.
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STARKVILLE -- According to all physical and mental indicators, Nick James is taking full advantage of his redshirt opportunity.
LAS VEGAS -- The UNLV men's basketball team is starting to find its groove. Playing two games on the other side of the Las Vegas Strip from its campus, UNLV played perhaps its two best games of the season.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team held its own against a massive, physical front line from South Florida. Leading the rebounding statistic and sparked by Gavin Ware's fourth double-double of the season, the Bulldogs beat the Bulls 71-66 in an opening-round game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Sunday night at the New Orleans Arena.
OXFORD -- Mercer point guard Langston Hall had a clean shot at the basket, but it was beyond the 3-point line at the top of the circle and two Ole Miss defenders were scrambling to make it an even tougher shot. Mercer coach Bob Hoffman wasn't concerned.
STARKVILLE -- LaDarius Perkins isn't just excited about having one more game to this college career. He's thrilled to have one rare healthy game to his senior year.
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