NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mississippi State can only hope for similar postseason perfomance that they got last on New Year's Day in the 2011 Gator Bowl.
STARKVILLE -- The goal for Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price is to be just another overlooked prospect from Westlake High School in Texas to prove the critics wrong.
STARKVILLE -- Neither Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury nor Baylor coach Scott Drew have a guarantee about what the result will be when their teams meet tonight in Dallas. They do know it'll be fun however.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State began what it's calling phase three of its Music City Bowl preparation Monday with its first practice in Nashville on the campus of Vanderbilt University.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University officials said Monday evening that junior center Renardo Sidney is being listed as "day to day" following the first practice back together since the Christmas holiday.
STARKVILLE -- Fans will have trouble finding freshmen on the depth charts for the 2011 Music City Bowl. The leaders of the Mississippi State and Wake Forest University football teams refer to their programs as "developmental" entities that encourage 18- and 19-year-olds to begin their college careers doing something they might not have done: Stand on the sideline and watch.
STARKVILLE -- Baker Swedenburg earned a title this month that is a source of pride. It isn't All-American, All-Southeastern Conference or starting Division I punter. Swedenburg, a third-year sophomore punter, is a graduate of Mississippi State. He was one of eight members of the MSU football team who recently received his bachelor's degree.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's annual contest in the state's capital will be a homecoming for three players. No. 18 MSU (11-1) will hope to win its ninth straight game at Memorial Coliseum under coach Rick Stansbury when it takes on Northwestern State (7-5) at 7 tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Russell is learning how to play with pain in preparation for the 2011 Music City Bowl. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen confirmed Monday that Russell has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and is expected to play against Wake Forest at 5:40 p.m. Dec. 30 (ESPN) in Nashville, Tenn.
OXFORD -- Despite an offer to remain at the University of Mississippi, associate head coach Gunter Brewer has decided to leave the school and to try to get a job as coach at another school.
STARKVILLE -- Despite strong objections by Mississippi State, the NCAA released the rationale for its suspension of forward Kristers Zeidaks for this season and 11 games next season. NCAA Eligibility Center ruled Nov. 3, Zeidaks, who is from Latvia, will be suspended for this season and 11 games next season for participating in a league that saw him play with and against professional players in his home country.
STARKVILLE -- Every Southeastern Conference baseball coach had the same question earlier this year when the NCAA tournament selection show ended: "Where's LSU?" LSU finished 36-20 (13-17 in the SEC) and 26th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), but didn't receive an invitation in large part for failing to make the conference tournament.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze has spent his first weeks as the University of Mississippi's football coach playing catch-up, constantly on the road or on the phone trying to convince prospects to give the Rebels a chance. He said it has been encouraging experience. It also has been a humbling one.
STARKVILLE -- Ashley Brown has earned a reputation as a rebounder. In her second year with the program, the 5-foot-11 transfer from Jefferson College (Mo.) has shown a nose for the ball and a willingness to mix it up in the paint like no other member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. When given a chance, Brown also can make an impact in the scoring column.
HATTIESBURG -- Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy would have preferred that Neil Watson cut the fast break short, milking some clock in the final minute of a tight game against in-state rival Mississippi. The precocious point guard had other ideas. Watson flipped a pass to Torye Pelham, who was streaking down the lane and finished with a powerful, one-handed jam that sealed Southern Miss' 86-82 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.
DETROIT -- Arnett Moultrie and the No. 17 Mississippi State men' basketball team kept cool when it mattered most in their first true road game of the season. Hood made the go-ahead basket with 17.7 seconds to play and Moultrie added a big blocked shot seconds later to help MSU beat Detroit 80-75 for its 10th straight victory.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant hopes she can keep the feeling. As shooters go, the Mississippi State freshman looks the part. She steps into her shots and has solid form and follow through to hit nothing but the bottom of the net from 3-point range.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team had just about everything working for the first 5 minutes, 38 seconds Friday night against Southern Mississippi.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sports fans will have an opportunity to relive some of the memories of the Lions' national championship football season this weekend with the airing of a half-hour special on WCBI-TV and My MS.
STARKVILLE --Mississippi State's football schedule for next season is now complete. After a six-month search to find a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, MSU officials announced Friday afternoon a one-game contract to play Middle Tennessee State University at Davis Wade Stadium on Oct. 20.
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