STARKVILLE -- Fans of the Mississippi State University and the Northwestern University football teams aren't surprised their teams will play on New Year's Day. Welcome to a new era of football at MSU and Northwestern.
STARKVILLE -- Every year, Mississippi State University Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin sits down with the Bulldog Club financial booster groups and explains what project is next on campus. With the MSU football staff already moving in to the new Seal Football Complex, a $25 million football-only facility, the next objective on Stricklin's to-do list is to improve the facilities for MSU's Olympic sports.
OXFORD -- After trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team used a huge second half to post a 71-59 come-from-behind victory against the University of Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- On a day when Middle Tennessee State University celebrated its arena's 40th anniversary, it earned a rare home victory against a Southeastern Conference foe. Kerry Hammonds' baseline jump shot with 40 seconds remaining and late foul shots, and Middle Tennessee State University handed the University of Mississippi its first loss of the season with a 65-62 victory on Saturday.
Jake Smith and Dylan Earnest are eager to get back on the mound to make an impression. Their next steps, though, will only be precursors to an even bigger step.
STARKVILLE -- With a young team, Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer knew this season would be full of teaching moments. However, the first-year coach couldn't have imagined the moments would come at such a fast and furious pace.
STARKVILLE -- When he decided to return for his senior season at Mississippi State University, Johnthan Banks' defensive coordinator knew his standout player had a chance to accomplish big things.
STARKVILLE -- Six Mississippi State University football players were named All-Southeastern Conference by The Associated Press and league coaches, announced by the conference this past week. The half-dozen combined selections for the Maroon and White are the most since placing nine on the 2000 All-SEC squad.
STARKVILLE -- The film doesn't lie. With as many teaching points as Vic Schaefer and his coaches are trying to emphasize this season, the first-year Mississippi State University women's basketball coach is glad to have tangible evidence he can use to prove his points.
STARKVILLE -- Even teammates were starting to get on Mississippi State University senior forward Wendell Lewis about his poor start to the 2012-13 season. Not any longer.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have stressed to Colin Borchert there are ways he can contribute without scoring.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray isn't interested in hearing his team played hard and fought back last weekend. Mississippi State University's first-year men's basketball coach doesn't believe the Bulldogs should have put themselves in that position.
STARKVILLE -- For the second time in three years, the Mississippi State University football team will have New Year's Day plans.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin wasn't fazed by the projections, speculation, or rumors that had the school's football team going somewhere other than Jacksonville, Fla.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent University of Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet Jan. 5, 2013, in a matchup of 6-6 Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference teams led by first-year coaches.
NEW YORK -- The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power. No. 1 University of Notre Dame against No. 2 University of Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7 for the national title. No complaints.
STARKVILLE -- Immediately after his first loss to the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University fourth-year football coach Dan Mullen stood by his stance against his team's biggest rival.
STARKVILLE -- The message has been received loud and clear. Each day the Mississippi State University women's basketball team gets closer to playing the game for 40 minutes like coach Vic Schaefer envisions.
AJ McCarron's standard reply about handling big-game pressure is a shrug and a look that says, What's the big deal?
STARKVILLE -- Carnecia Williams aims to please. After playing in only 69 minutes in her first two seasons at Mississippi State University, the 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore forward plans to make every second count.
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