STARKVILLE -- From a scouting perspective, the beginning of the Southeastern Conference schedule couldn't have broken better for Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray. Ray, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Clemson University, has been uniquely qualified to evaluate his team's first two league foes: The University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia. MSU 6-7, 1-0 SEC) will put Ray's knowledge to the test for a second time at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) when it plays at Georgia.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen went with a person he knows can succeed to fill one of his two current staff openings. He's already seen him do it before for him in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- At one point during Mississippi State University 56-54 victory to open Southeastern Conference, the home bench looked more similar to a emergency medical facility.
STARKVILLE -- Don't tell Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray Wednesday night was ugly basketball.
Amanda Butler isn't into style points.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football program simply dealt with losing the commitment of a running back prospect by the one that was on the top of their list.
STARKVILLE -- Many coaches will use the cliché line of a college basketball season being the culmination of three different seasons: non-conference, conference and postseason.
STARKVILLE -- The two head coaches at Humphrey Coliseum were given the same task on paper but not the same procedure to get the rebuilding project accomplished.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Barely taking time to celebrate their latest national championship, Nick Saban and the the University of Alabama Crimson Tide are ready to get back to work. That's how they make it look so easy.
STARKVILLE -- Dawn Staley sees the similarities. The former All-America guard earned a reputation for her gritty play at the University of Virginia. She went on to become one of women's basketball's best professionals, earning seven All-Star honors in two leagues.
STARKVILLE -- At least three Mississippi State University football players have been invited to participate in the NFL draft Combine next month.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Rebel Nation showed up loud and proud Saturday to cheer the University of Mississippi football team to a 38-17 victory against the University of Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field. With a record-breaking 59,000 fans on hand, most of which were dressed in Ole Miss red and blue, the Rebels also set the record for the most points scored in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen wanted to "try something different" in the 2013 Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. That decision created some major changes in the defensive coaching staff for the 2013 season. On Friday, MSU announced the promotion of Geoff Collins to defensive coordinator. The move came three days after he was assigned play-calling duties for the first time in a 34-20 loss to Northwestern University in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
Vic Schaefer isn't going to back away from a challenge. So don't think the first-year Mississippi State University women's basketball coach is going to demand any less from his players after one of the program's worst losses, a 92-41 setback to Vanderbilt University on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. The loss was the worst in a Southeastern Conference opener for MSU (8-6). It also was MSU's worst loss to Vanderbilt (11-3) in the series since a 108-44 defeat on Jan. 17, 1993, in Nashville. It marked the most points Vanderbilt has scored in a regulation game in the series since a 99-60 victory on Feb. 2, 1997.
MIAMI -- T.J. Yeldon opened his University of Alabama football career by rolling through Michigan's defense for 111 yards, and fellow freshman Amari Cooper took note. Performing in the face of huge crowds and big, fast college defenders wasn't so hard after all, he figured. It's still football.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford scored 18 points to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 65-45 victory against Oakland University on Saturday in its final non-conference game of the regular season.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team looked ready to begin Southeastern Conference play Friday night, routing Fordham University 95-68 in the final non-conference game for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team is eager to see just how much more it has to give.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball fans may see head coach Rick Ray out in public more often this week. Ray no longer is embarrassed to be recognized as the leader of the Bulldogs program. A 51-point victory in the team's final non-conference game will do that for a coach.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team found the going tough Thursday night in its Southeastern Conference opener. MSU struggled from the start in a 92-41 loss to Vanderbilt University at Memorial Gymnasium. The loss was the worst ever in a SEC opener for MSU. The previous worst loss was a 77-35 loss to No. 1 Auburn University on Jan. 11, 1989.
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