5 Keys for No. 1 Alabama vs. Mississippi State
STARKVILLE -- Welcome back Fred Thomas. MSU men's basketball coach Rick Ray couldn't wait to tell anybody who would listen that Thomas was the Bulldog who matured and improved the most over the summer. Thomas proved Thursday his coach was correct.
STARKVILLE -- The story of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's 78-55 blowout win over Kennesaw State may have been carried into the locker room with a little more than five minutes left in the game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford needed less than two minutes to nearly match his scoring total from the Alabama men's basketball team's opener.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss' Donte Moncrief has most of the attributes expected of an elite receiver, including a 6-foot-3, 226-pound frame, breakaway speed and a pair of hands that rarely lets him down when catching the football.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn't want his players to be in a celebratory mood this week. It's too soon for relief, too.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams opened their home schedules Thursday by sweeping East Central C.C. at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
FOREST -- Victoria Vivians made it official Wednesday. She will write the next chapter in her legacy at Mississippi State. In front of a packed gymnasium filled with family members, teammates, classmates, and teachers, the Scott Central High School senior signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Vic Schaefer and the Bulldogs next season.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James didn't realize it, but her foray down the middle of the lane may have provided the spark the Mississippi State women's basketball team needed Wednesday night.
STARKVILLE -- At some point, the term "game manager" earned a negative connotation. That isn't the case for Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, who uses that term he uses for players like Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron. The Bulldogs' fifth-year coach uses "game manager" in the most glowing terms to describe a player who is 34-2 as a starter for the Crimson Tide.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball program isn't in the position to pick or to choose its prospects from lists of the nation's top 100 players.
STARKVILLE -- There is one constant Rick Ray knows the Mississippi State men's basketball team will need if it wants to have any success this season: Gavin Ware has to stay out of foul trouble.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer has stressed that he plans on building a championship program at MSU. Following a stellar initial recruiting class last season, the next brick in the foundation was added Wednesday as the Bulldogs inked five standouts to one of the nation's top signing classes.
STARKVILLE -- Today is an important day for the present and future of the Mississippi State women's basketball program.
WEST POINT -- Sarah Dill may only be a sophomore, but she stepped into a leadership role Tuesday at the right time for the Oak Hill Academy girls basketball team.
SCOOBA -- Headlined by Region 23 Offensive Most Valuable Player Dontreal Pruitt and Coach of the Year Buddy Stephens, the MACJC state champion East Mississippi Community College football team placed a state-high eight players on the NJCAA All-Region 23 Team, announced Tuesday by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
SCOOBA -- After a few days of applying the finishing touches, the National Junior College Athletic Association announced its bowl lineup Tuesday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen knows the Mississippi State football team will need a new game plan from the one it had one week ago.
STARKVILLE -- The problem seems to have been fixed for Mississippi State's projected ace for the 2014 season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's depth chart has senior Tyler Russell as the starting quarterback for the team's game at 6:45 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday against No. 1 Alabama.
1. West Point's Edwards, Knight will go to EMCC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Caledonia powerlifting team wins another region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. NHHS junior high softball program will play first games Thursday HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Cold start dooms New Hope girls against Ridgeland HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU women keep climbing higher, higher LOCAL COLUMNS