STARKVILLE -- The selection of Mississippi State was a matter of repeating history for the Liberty Bowl committee. MSU's decision Sunday to accept an invitation to play Rice in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl enabled the committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 MSU team that made the program's first trip to the Liberty Bowl.
The Alabama football team will head to the Sugar Bowl facing the same kind of challenge it encountered the last time it played in this game.
OXFORD -- Mike Moser scored 24 points, Johnathan Loyd added 23 points and 15 assists, and the Oregon men's basketball team made almost every shot it tossed toward the basket Sunday. It's a good thing. They needed just about every one of them.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood gets asked a variation of the same question every day. Whether its fans, administrators, or her players, the question is when is MSU volleyball going to turn the corner? Her answer has been same for everyone: It's happening now.
SCOOBA -- While the rules of the game have changed, East Mississippi Community College's success on the football field has continued. No. 2 EMCC (11-0) will play for its second national championship in the past three seasons at 2 p.m. today when it faces No. 1 Georgia Military College (11-0) in the sixth Mississippi Bowl at Biloxi High School's Indian Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team is ready to take a break. After playing six games in 12 days, MSU struggled in the second half of a 75-49 victory against Alabama State Saturday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
SCOOBA -- There's a serious argument to be made DJ Looney has the most difficult job on the East Mississippi Community College football staff.
STARKVILLE -- When Rick Ray became Mississippi State men's basketball coach last year, he wanted fans to leave Humphrey Coliseum knowing the Bulldogs played harder, tougher, and smarter than their opponent.
STARKVILLE -- Three games into his career, freshman point guard IJ Ready is fed up with the play of the Mississippi State men's basketball team.
SCOOBA -- Todd Mays took one look at the East Mississippi Community College football team's offense and realized he wanted to be part of the system.
Coaches frequently talk about different matchups being the key to victory. At 2 p.m. Sunday at the sixth Mississippi Bowl in Biloxi, the contrasting styles of No. 1 Georgia Military College and No. 2 East Mississippi Community College will determine the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is preparing for an invitation to the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Multiple sources close to the program confirmed to The Dispatch that MSU (6-6) anticipates returning to the bowl game at 3 p.m., Dec. 31 in Memphis, Tenn., for the first time since 2007.
SCOOBA -- For the first time, the National Junior College Athletic Association's football national championship will be decided in the state of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray sees his team's game at 6 tonight (ESPNU) against TCU in the Big 12/SEC Challenge as a chance at redemption against a quality opponent.
STARKVILLE -- Beware the headband. The fuzzy, elasticized variety tennis player John McEnroe used to wear has been replaced by what Mississippi State women's basketball player Martha Alwal calls the "Skylar Diggins" headband. Named in honor of the former Notre Dame standout, Alwal and several of her MSU teammates proudly wear the white, cloth headband with the adidas affixed to their foreheads.
SCOOBA -- Jerran Reed's decision Wednesday came down to which program has been more successful the past few years.
OXFORD -- Get the basketball to the rim. That's the directive Ole Miss women's basketball coach Matt Insell has given to his players. The first-year coach hopes that attacking mind-set becomes a habit on both ends of the floor, but Wednesday the Rebels showed they are picking up on Insell's instructions on the offensive end.
JACKSON -- Mississippi State left guard Gabe Jackson made history Tuesday night when he was named the winner of the Conerly Trophy.
STARKVILLE -- The college football career for Mississippi State safety Nickoe Whitley ended with a forced fumble that helped clinch a victory against Ole Miss in the Battle for the Golden Egg.
If you asked Vic Schaefer prior to the season if he would take a 2-1 finish at inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase, the Mississippi State second-year women's basketball coach would have said yes. Nearly three days after losing to Middle Tennessee State in the tournament's championship game, Schaefer still views his team's showing at the three-day, eight-team event in Florida as a positive.
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