STARKVILLE -- Minutes after Dan Mullen put on the maroon jacket signifying him as the next Mississippi State head football coach, he made a promise to the residents of his new state. Mullen vowed not only to remain loyal to the student-athletes in the Magnolia state, but also to win games and championships with those players. "We are going to add 13 more today from the state of Mississippi (to) our program and we can keep that foundation alive," Mullen said Wednesday.
The message remains the same for Sharon Fanning-Otis: Her Mississippi State University women's basketball team needs to get tougher. As MSU (13-8, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) enters the month of February, it is running out of time if it wants to realize its goal to return to the NCAA tournament. At this time last season, MSU started to round into shape and played its best basketball of the campaign, going 5-5 in the final two months.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze basically had a three-week period to patch together his first recruiting class. All things considered, the new University of Mississippi football coach is pleased with the results. "I'm never going to sit up and tell you every kid is great, because that's proven in time," Freeze said. "But we do believe it's very good."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The national champion University of Alabama football team restocked the nation's top defense, scooped up a few highly recruited offensive playmakers and generally had what's becoming a typical signing day for Nick Saban & Co. In other words, replacing departed stars with blue-chippers across the board on a program that has won two of the last three national championships.
CALEDONIA -- On the biggest day of his athletic career thus far, Caledonia High School's Cole Carter shared a lot of laughs and hugged a lot of people.
Dan Mullen has heard the negative recruiting pitches against his football program. Wednesday was the Mississippi State University football coach's turn to respond.
STARKVILLE -- Across the country, hundreds of athletes will sign National Letters of Intent today in front of crowds that can't await to watch them play big-time college football. These 17- or 18-year-old student-athletes will be celebrated simply because they will sign a piece of paper.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's football coaching staff is using its 2012 recruiting class to define a philosophy.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury denied reports a decision has been made on the future of junior center Renardo Sidney. According to an SNY.tv unnamed source, Sidney will not return to MSU for his final year of eligibility and could pursue either a transfer or professional opportunities. Stansbury, who is in his 14th year season at MSU, said he has not had a conversation with the 6-foot-10 former McDonald's All-American selection out of high school.
STARKVILLE -- Statistics can be used to prove nearly every point. When it comes to the 2011-12 Mississippi State University women's basketball team, it's hard to ignore two statistical categories that have played significant roles through the first 20 games. Not only is MSU last in the Southeastern Conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, but it also is 11th in rebounding margin. At first glance, the 41.6-41.5 total appears inconsequential. But when you consider only SEC games, the difference climbs to 44.1-36.4.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The safe bet was the University of Florida men's basketball team would be tired on the back half of a Thursday-Saturday turnaround. The common fan wouldn't have thought No. 14 Florida would have its legs after it rallied from a 16-point deficit to win at the University of Mississippi. All of those assumption were proved incorrect early and often Saturday as Florida dismantled No. 18 Mississippi State 69-57 for its 16th straight win in the O'Connell Center.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The one perceived advantage the Mississippi State University men's basketball team had entering its game Saturday against the University of Florida was at power forward. That wasn't the case Saturday.
OXFORD -- The University of South Carolina men's basketball team knows the University of Mississippi's Murphy Holloway better than any other team. That doesn't mean the Gamecocks could figure out a way to stop him. The 6-foot-7 junior forward scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against his former team, helping Mississippi beat South Carolina 66-62 on Saturday night.
The highly anticipated first news of the 2012 recruiting season is finally official. Mississippi State University announced Friday morning that defensive end Denico Autry, defensive tackle Quay Evans, center Dylan Holley, offensive lineman Charles Siddoway and offensive lineman Justin Senior officially were enrolled into school this month allowing them to sign financial aid papers and making them eligible for spring practices beginning on March 22.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Somehow depth always seems to be a concern for Mississippi State men's basketball when the Florida Gators pop up on the schedule. It took only four MSU players in last year's contest to stop them. The Bulldogs got every one of its points from starters Dee Bost, Renardo Sidney, Kodi Augustus and Ravern Johnson in route to an 71-64 upset victory in a nationally-televised atmosphere at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Kelsi Dunne had so much fun learning from Vann Stuedeman she decided she wanted to keep doing it at a different address. Dunne and Stuedeman are back together, hoping to lead the Mississippi State University softball team back to national prominence. A four-time All-American at the University of Alabama, Dunne said Stuedeman has been a major influence on her as an amateur player and now working with her as a coach.
STARKVILLE -- Fans in Starkville are wondering by the Mississippi State University baseball team was absent from two major preseason polls released this week. MSU, which finished 15th in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll last season, wasn't ranked in the 2012 preseason coaches' poll or the Baseball America preseason rankings despite returning 14 of 16 pitchers who took the mound last season. "(The rankings are) not what we're focused on or worried about," MSU coach John Cohen said Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- As much as she tried, Diamber Johnson wasn't herself. Up since 5:30 a.m. Thursday to take care of her mother, Adella, who suffered a heart attack, the Mississippi State University senior guard didn't realize she hadn't eaten anything all day until she returned to Humphrey Coliseum later in the day.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Tennessee women's basketball team was determined to bounce back from the second-worst loss in program history. With a matchup against slumping Alabama, it was an easy task. Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 points and Glory Johnson added 13 to lead the No. 7 Lady Volunteers to an 86-56 win against the Crimson Tide on Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Fans of the No. 18 Mississippi State University men's basketball program are getting used to Wednesday night's script. In what has been a repeated set of circumstances in a home games in which it is favored, MSU survived an early and late charge to hang on for a 76-71 victory against LSU.
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