STARKVILLE -- Earlier this month, Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer challenged Ketara Chapel and Breanna Richardson when he said he "didn't notice them" when they were on the court.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen isn't going to start taking teams lightly after a 25-20 loss last week at Alabama. Mullen knows any letdown could deny MSU a chance to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division crown and have a shot at playing for a SEC title and a national title.
STARKVILLE -- The season of judgment has arrived for Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray. Asked Thursday to assess where his program is in its rebuilding process, Ray was candid in discussing his team's expectations going forward.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy admitted to having mixed emotions while watching his team beat Southern 69-38 Thursday night.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss women's basketball team used a 15-2 run to seal a 91-68 victory against Southern on Thursday night at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph scored 23 points, Ricky Tarrant added 18 and Shannon Hale finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Alabama to an 81-67 win against Southern Mississippi on Thursday night.
STARKVILLE - To hear Mississippi State defensive end Ryan Brown tell it, 2014 could go down as the Year of Preston Smith.
Recruiting is all about finding the right fit.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knew the Mississippi State women's basketball team was going to have an adjustment period this season with five freshmen and a sophomore seeing her first action.
So much for the nerves. Wells Davis and Hunter Sykes took care of those butterflies months ago when they made their verbal commitments to play baseball at South Alabama and Mississippi College, respectively. That's why Tuesday was a day to leave the anxiousness behind and to celebrate with the New Hope High School and Heritage Academy baseball standouts as they held signing ceremonies with friends and families to mark the next step in their athletic careers.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Boyer has had plenty of success against Southeastern Conference opponents in his time as women's basketball coach at Arkansas State.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Beckwith didn't know what to expect. A walk-on offensive lineman entering his junior season, Beckwith was going through his daily workout at Mississippi State's football facility one spring day in 2013. During the workout, though, Beckwith was told to report to MSU coach Dan Mullen's office. "I didn't know what it could be," Beckwith said. "It really caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting it. I didn't know if it was good news or bad news."
STARKVILLE -- Moments after the Mississippi State football team suffered its first loss of the season at Alabama, tailback Josh Robinson was asked if the Bulldogs still belonged in the top four of the College Football Playoff Committee's weekly rankings. "Definitely we do," Robinson said. "We slipped up today, but we should still be in the top four." Robinson was right.
Mississippi State offensive keys vs. Vanderbilt
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph scored 19 points and Ricky Tarrant had 18 Monday night to help the Alabama men's basketball team hang on to beat Western Carolina 80-74 in the second round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Coleman Coliseum. Jimmie Taylor added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Shannon Hale had 10 points for Alabama (2-0).
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban is enjoying this team for more reasons than big wins, talent and depth. He also likes the second-ranked Crimson Tide because they don't have so-called "energy vampires" sucking time away from the coaches and perhaps affecting the team's focus or chemistry.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, the Mississippi State football team must respond to a loss. Nearly two days after a 25-20 loss at Alabama, MSU coach Dan Mullen was asked about his team's ability to bounce back after surrendering the No. 1 ranking in the country it held for more than a month.
STARKVILLE -- It was a tale of two halves. Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray loved the first half of his team's game against Mississippi Valley State on Monday night. Ray watched his Bulldogs shoot 69 percent from the field and score 58 points -- the most in his three-year tenure at the school. But Ray didn't like the second half in which MSU committed 19 of a season-high 26 turnovers.
ABERDEEN -- For the past four years, Aberdeen High School's Josh Williams has been pegged as a "dual-threat" quarterback, which means he is equally adept at running or passing the ball. Last Friday against North Pontotoc in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State second-round playoff game at Ecru, the "dual-threat" wasn't evident in that Williams managed less than 15 yards rushing.
TROY, Ala. -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy, comparing his team's season opener to its 74-64 victory Monday at Troy, likes what he sees. Ole Miss shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Troy 42-28 to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern.
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