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Dykes creating new culture at Arkansas

Posted 1/8/2015 in College Sports

Jimmy Dykes knew there was going to be an adjustment moving out from behind a television monitor to become the new women's basketball coach at Arkansas. Even though Dykes last worked as a college basketball coach in 1990-91 with the Oklahoma State men's team, he said his first job as a women's basketball head coach has met all of his expectations 14 games into his first season back in Fayetteville, Arkansas.



Ole Miss women eager to bounce back vs. Florida

Posted 1/8/2015 in College Sports

Matt Insell acknowledges the Ole Miss women's basketball team still has some "hiccups" with its new offense. But for a team with five freshmen and a sophomore who is in her first year with the program, Insell doesn't mind those mistakes because he knows the Rebels are still a work in progress in his second year as head coach.



Diaz eager for new beginning at Mississippi State

Posted 1/8/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's a new beginning -- not a return -- for Manny Diaz. That was the theme the Mississippi State football team's new defensive coordinator followed Wednesday night when he was introduced to local media. In a news conference that lasted nearly 30 minutes, Diaz spoke about coming back to MSU after a four-year absence. On Monday, MSU coach Dan Mullen hired Diaz to replace Geoff Collins, who left MSU last month to take the same position at Florida.



Slow starts, free-throw shooting doom MSU

Posted 1/8/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's men's basketball team's Southeastern Conference opener against Tennessee on Wednesday night was a chance for a fresh start. Two dreadful starts turned that opportunity into a nightmare.



Sanders loved experience at Junior Women's National Team Selection Camp

Posted 1/8/2015 in College Sports

DJ Sanders hasn't had many "nerve-racking" experiences on the softball field. Whether it is in the circle or at shortstop, the softball field is one place Sanders usually feels at home. It's a place -- much like the basketball court -- that her power, speed, and athleticism can shine.



MSU plays Tennessee in conference opener

Posted 1/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Moments after his team's biggest win in more than a month, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray was already looking forward.



Ole Miss falls to No. 1 Kentucky in overtime

Posted 1/7/2015 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Dominant almost all season and facing expectations of going unbeaten, top-ranked Kentucky looked vulnerable and very beatable against a Mississippi team intent on pulling off a seismic upset.



Alabama stymies Texas A&M in SEC opener

Posted 1/7/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ricky Tarrant scored 15 points and Retin Obasohan sparked a decisive second-half run to lead Alabama to a 65-44 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday night.



Former NHHS standout Sanders selected to Junior Women's National Team

Posted 1/6/2015 in College Sports

Former New Hope High School standout and Louisiana Lafayette freshman DJ Sanders was one of 17 players and three alternates selected Monday to be a part of the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team.



Diaz returns to MSU as defensive coordinator

Posted 1/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In an effort to take his team forward, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen decided Monday to take a step backward. To do that, Mullen reached back four years and re-hired Manny Diaz as MSU's new defensive coordinator. Diaz held the position when MSU went 9-4 in 2010.



MSU men will try to build on latest win in SEC opener

Posted 1/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray doesn't know what was said. When asked about a players' only meeting his team held last week after its 66-47 loss to McNeese State, Ray couldn't provide any details.



James, MSU women hit 17

Posted 1/5/2015 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- When the Mississippi State women's basketball team didn't have answers on offense, it turned its game up on defense. On a frigid shooting afternoon for both teams, No. 17 MSU found its offensive spark at the right time to earn a 53-47 victory against Missouri in its first Southeastern Conference road game of the season at the Mizzou Arena.



No. 17 MSU gears up for second SEC test

Posted 1/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer had to adjust his eyes. For years, the veteran coach has watched his teams come to embrace terms like "blood baths" and "train wrecks" as part of an aggressive in-your-face style of play that revolves around suffocating defense. It's no wonder then that Schaefer has earned the nickname "Secretary of Defense" for his players' penchant for diving on loose balls, helping teammates by taking charges, and playing defense with a mind-set that takes it as an insult when a team scores.



No. 17 MSU holds off No. 19 Georgia

Posted 1/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team showed Friday it is ready to face the "monster" that is the Southeastern Conference. Buoyed by key contributions from its healthy seniors and a balanced scoring effort, No. 17 MSU showed the tenacity and the toughness it will take to survive the SEC marathon with a 64-56 victory against No. 19 Georgia before a season-high crowd of 4,114 at Humphrey Coliseum.



MSU men outlast FSU

Posted 1/3/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State's men's basketball players walked into the home locker room at the Humphrey Coliseum on Friday afternoon, their eyes were drawn to a message coach Rick Ray had written on a white board at the front of the room. That message: "Perception vs. reality." "I told them the perception of us because of how many games we've lost is we are a bad basketball team," said Ray, whose team had lost six of its past seven games. "I also told them that in reality we are a good basketball team. We just haven't been showing it." MSU's reality caught up with Ray's perception against Florida State.



Ole Miss men rout Austin Peay

Posted 1/3/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy is a realist. His post-game press conference following his team's 92-63 blowout victory against Austin Peay proved it.



Ole Miss women beat Arkansas in SEC opener

Posted 1/3/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Behind big games from sophomore guard Erika Sisk and senior forward Tia Faleru, the Ole Miss women's basketball team earned a 71-57 victory against Arkansas on Friday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams at Tad Smith Coliseum.



MSU women's basketball opens conference play against Georgia

Posted 1/1/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "The grind starts now."



Oregon hammers Florida State to reach title game

Posted 1/1/2015 in College Sports

PASADENA, Calif. -- Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.



Mississippi State's historic season ends with loss to Georgia Tech

Posted 1/1/2015 in College Sports

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Mississippi State had lots of yards and too many missed chances in the Orange Bowl.



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