STARKVILLE -- The first words Dan Mullen spoke were of relief to the Liberty Bowl committee representatives after a nail-biting victory against Kentucky.
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Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has high standards for his quarterbacks. So even after Bo Wallace threw for 346 yards in an upset 27-24 win over then-No. 6 LSU on Saturday, Freeze said there were "two things to complain about" from his performance.
SENATOBIA -- This is not exactly how former Columbus High School football standout Damian Baker thought his community college career would play out.
STARKVILLE -- Kentucky is forced to go back to its backup option at quarterback.
STARKVILLE -- Jameon Lewis' media guide biography doesn't list a major.
Being a lifelong football player who went on to become a coach, Buddy Stephens has seen his fair share of heart-breaking defeats. Few sting as bad as the No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team's 24-23 loss to archrival Itawamba C.C. in the final regular-season game in 2012.
STARKVILLE -- All signs were positive from Brandon Woodruff's first pitching session of the fall to live batters.
STARKVILLE -- Athleticism. Versatility. Potential. In some way, those words describe all five of the newcomers to the 2013-14 Mississippi State women's basketball team. If pressed to assign those qualities to one or two "newbies," as MSU coach Vic Schaefer likes to call them, the best fit would be freshmen Breanna Richardson and Ketara Chapel. Richardson and Chapel are fitting picks because they likely will see playing time at small forward, the three position, or power forward, the four, depending on the other players on the floor.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen isn't buying that last weekend should be dubbed "Upset Saturday in the Southeastern Conference," but he acknowledges his players might do that.
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Coaches will use anything they can get their hands on to motivate their players. In 19 seasons as a coach, Mike Sullivan knows "bulletin-board material" when he sees it. The Itawamba Community College men's soccer coach knew he had what he needed when he saw a preseason poll had his team ranked ninth.
STARKVILLE -- Defensive back Justin Cox has learned the difference between being disciplined and reckless isn't clear in his first six games with the Mississippi State football team.
STARKVILLE -- This isn't the same Kentucky football team Dan Mullen and Mississippi State have beaten each of the past four years.
STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready only needed a few games to gain credibility.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix returned to the top-ranked Alabama football team's defense at a fortuitous time.
STARKVILLE -- All signs say Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is sticking with sophomore kicker Devon Bell.
STARKVILLE -- Reid Humphreys always dreamed of playing at Dudy Noble Field.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss senior kicker Andrew Ritter said his game-winning, 41-yard field goal felt good off his foot. Then he watched with dread as it started drifting right. By the time it reached the uprights, it was dangerously close.
OXFORD -- In the sixth and final installment of the "Rocky" saga, Rocky Balboa says, "It is not how many times you get knocked down that counts, it is how many times you get up that matters."
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