TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Perhaps University of Alabama coach Nick Saban was right. Maybe the game against University of Western Kentucky was important.
DECATUR -- In the preseason, East Mississippi Community College fifth-year football coach Buddy Stephens called this season's squad "his best defensive unit ever." The top-ranked Lions' defense backed Stephens' lofty praise again Thursday night. EMCC forced four turnovers and only allowed a late 7-yard scoring drive in a 51-7 romp against East Central C.C. at Bailey Stadium.
DECATUR -- Dontreal Pruitt opened some eyes when he carried Laurel High School to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship game last season.
FULTON -- The Itawamba Community College Indians exploded for 22 unanswered points in the third quarter Thursday night for a 22-10 victory against Southwest Mississippi C.C.
The Mississippi State University women's basketball team's class for 2013-14 is shaping up quite nicely.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen is experimenting in practice to prepare his young offensive tackles for the unique speed rush they'll see Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Very little of last year's game at Auburn University is being watched this week inside the football coaching offices of the Bryan Athletic Building.
STARKVILLE -- Balance has been the key word on offense in preseason camp for the Mississippi State University football program.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray announced Tuesday the dismissal of Shaun Smith and Kristers Zeidaks from the team for repeated violations of team rules.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Justin Cox knows there is a buzz around his recruitment. However, the former West Point High School standout isn't going to get consumed by it.
STARKVILLE -- The story Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen is telling the media about his team's game at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN) against Auburn University may not be what he's telling his players.
OXFORD -- Defensive end C.J. Johnson lived through the University of Mississippi football team's nightmare season in 2011, so he wasn't complaining that last weekend's 49-27 season-opening victory against the University of Central Arkansas wasn't a masterpiece.
STARKVILLE -- This sort of football game is becoming an expectation for coach Dan Mullen's Mississippi State University football team in season openers. Saturday night turned out to be as painless as MSU hoped it would be as it completed its fourth-straight blowout win to start a season by defeating Jackson State University 56-9 in the season opener for both teams at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University officials announced the indefinite suspension of three players for the season-opening game against Jackson State University. Junior wide receiver Ricco Sanders, sophomore defensive tackle P.J. Jones, and sophomore defensive back Jamerson Love were suspended for the game.
STARKVILLE -- Matthew Wells was everywhere on the field Saturday before the snap of the football. Once the play was in motion, the sophomore linebacker was where he needed to be -- harassing the Jackson State University player with the football.
OXFORD -- Bo Wallace knew the pressure was coming, but stayed in the pocket anyway. He delivered a perfect pass to Donte Moncrief that ended in a 53-yard touchdown during the third quarter of the University of Mississippi football team's 49-27 victory against the University of Central Arkansas.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dee Milliner and the University of Alabama football team's defense pushed around Michigan and showed they can still dominate.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive back Shaquille Fluker really likes the players he goes into battle with each weekend.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen says the winning formula for his football team won't change. However, with four senior starting wide receivers and a former Parade All-American -- junior Tyler Russell -- at quarterback, the prevailing thought is MSU will become a pass-first football offense.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team will have three captains this season. Seniors defensive back Johnthan Banks and senior linebacker Cameron Lawrence and junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson were chosen in a vote by MSU players to be captains when the team opens its season at 6 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) against Jackson State University at Davis Wade Stadium.
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