MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The small contingent of fans in blue made its way for the exits after 15 minutes. What was left of the announced 33,990 at the Liberty Bowl on Thursday night were people mostly clad in maroon gear watching the No. 20 Mississippi State football team cruise to a 59-14 victory in the season opener for both teams.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Five Mississippi State football players, including one projected starter, were suspended for the team's season opener Thursday night at the University of Memphis.
SCOOBA -- With 64 points showing on the Sullivan-Windham scoreboard Thursday night, one might find it strange where East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens found the separation between two nationally ranked junior college powers.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team didn't waste any time trying to get its playmakers experience in the passing game last year against the University of Memphis.
STARKVILLE -- Less than 36 hours before his team took the field for its season opener against the University of Memphis, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wasn't worried about who would start for the Bulldogs at left tackle.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College offensive line will have a decidedly local flavor at 7 tonight when the Lions play host to Mississippi Gulf Coast at the new Sullivan-Windham Field.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's hard to imagine a place more ready for college football.
Alley Ronaldi would rather forget the 2010 season. Even though the Columbus resident earned a 4.0 grade-point average in the fall, she struggled on the field for the University of Mississippi women's soccer team.
FULTON -- The Itawamba Community College football team will kick off the 2011 season at 6:30 tonight at Hinds C.C.
SCOOBA -- In the midst of a recession, when most schools are scrambling to cut costs, East Mississippi Community College committed nearly $5 million last year to build a brand-new football stadium.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team appears to have the answer at quarterback this season for any defense. Coach Buddy Stephens' biggest dilemma could be how he plans to utilize the skills of Bo Wallace, Termarcus Conner, and Jaquez Johnson. The EMCC coach will get his first chance to experiment with quarterbacks at 7 p.m. Thursday when No. 16 EMCC plays host to defending state champion and No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. at new Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE -- The only sure thing about University of Memphis quarterback Andy Summerlin's season-opening performance against No. 20 Mississippi State on Thursday night likely will be that he will be the oldest player on the field.
OXFORD -- Vincent Sanders is ready to make an impact. With the University of Mississippi football team's season opener against BYU looming at 3:45 p.m. Saturday (ESPN), Sanders appears primed to get the first chance to make a play. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is listed behind freshman Donte Moncrief at split end. Ja-Mes Logan or Nickolas Brassel, Tobias Singleton, or Terrell Grant are listed at flanker.
STARKVILLE -- Nothing will be basic about the No. 20 Mississippi State football team's defense after the first play this season. As he prepares for his first game as defensive coordinator, MSU coach Chris Wilson said his unit won't leave any schemes unused in its season opener Thursday at the University of Memphis (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net).
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's quarterback position is in a much better shape than last year as the team prepares for its season opener at 7 p.m. Thursday (Fox Sports Net) at the University of Memphis.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson made it clear Monday why junior linebacker Brandon Wilson is still where he is on the Bulldogs' opening week depth chart.
FULTON -- The foundation has been laid. Jon Williams knows the next step is to put players in the right positions so they can make plays.
STARKVILLE -- Go ahead and let Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen describe the way he see the give-and-take relationship among coaches.
STARKVILLE -- There already is a bit of desperation, a lot of frustration, and some shock in the voice of Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood. After a 1-2 weekend in its season-opening Maroon Classic tournament at Newell-Grissom Gymnasium, there's legitimate arguments all of those feelings are justified.
Buddy Stephens is apprehensive, curious, and confident all at the same time. If that sounds difficult, the East Mississippi Community College football coach will tell you it isn't.
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