STARKVILLE -- The statistics tell Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen his team will struggle at 6 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky unless it can generate turnovers. The Wildcats are 104th in the country (11th in the Southeastern Conference) in turnover margin. The 19 giveaways have been critical in losses to Louisville, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina.
OXFORD -- It's not often a college football player -- let alone a freshman -- will give his coach advice. Universiy of Mississippi receiver Nickolas Brassell couldn't help himself. He had to let Houston Nutt know what was on his mind. "I know I can make more plays by just being on the field more," Brassell said. "I know what I can do when I have the ball in my hands."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Kentucky and Mississippi State senior guard Dee Bost earned places on the first tier Monday. Media members picked Kentucky to finish first in the Southeastern Conference preseason men's basketball poll and made Bost a preseason first-team All-SEC pick.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe he'd prefer to be called Professor Dan Mullen know. Mississippi State's third-year football coach has used this week without a game for an internal evaluation to see if his team is "tipping our hand" with its game plans in what has turned out to be a frustrating season.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Bracewell was considered one of the best high school power arms in state of Alabama three years ago. That's why Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen felt Bracewell was the key to a recruiting class that included pitching prospects Chris Stratton, Kendall Graveman, and Chad Girodo.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team can thank the power left arm of Stephanie Becker for helping it win a doubleheader Saturday.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt had his coaching bag of tricks ready for his former school. It wasn't quite enough. The University of Mississippi football team jumped out to a 17-point lead before watching the No. 10 University of Arkansas roar back for a 29-24 victory Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
SCOOBA -- Some of the best football players to play at East Mississippi Community College were on campus for Homecoming and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. It is a safe bet several of the Lions who saw action Saturday on the Sullivan-Windham Stadium playing surface will be back to be honored in years to come.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football fans could finally move on from the big rival to the really big game. Most of the 101,821 stuck around until the end of Alabama's 37-6 rout of the University of Tennessee on Saturday, happily starting up the "LSU" chants with a couple of minutes left and roaring when the announcer mentioned the next game in two weeks.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks never cared about the recruiting attention. He also doesn't care about any potential postseason conference honors.
When asked to discuss his football playing days at East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi State Senator Terry Brown might take you in a number of directions. Yet every story the United States Army Veteran tells is a good one. This weekend, Brown will be one of 11 individuals inducted into the EMCC Athletics Hall of Fame. The new class will be formally inducted tonight at a banquet in Scooba. It also will be introduced in pregame ceremonies prior to No. 3 EMCC's Homecoming game against Mississippi Delta C.C. at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan-Windham Field.
The East Mississippi Community College football team moved into its new home two months ago. Now the Lions want to spruce the place up with its first banner.
STARKVILLE -- When the Mississippi State men's basketball team officially ushers in the 2011-12 campaign on Nov. 7, it will mark the beginning of the program's 100th season.
The accolades continue to come in for the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State baseball programs. Baseball America ranked Ole Miss' 2011 recruiting class fifth nationally and MSU's class No. 14.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's soccer team wrapped up its 2011 home slate with a 2-0 setback to the University of Kentucky on Thursday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
SCOOBA -- On the strength of back-to-back national tournament appearances, the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team has earned a No. 7 ranking in the 2011-12 NJCAA Preseason Top 20 national poll, as announced Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- This is the atmosphere and moment Skylar Rosson came to Mississippi State to create. The stakes for the women's soccer team regular-season finale against the University of Kentucky at 7 tonight also have kept her motivated through two knee surgeries.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University lost one of its favorite graduates Tuesday when former football letterman and National Football League veteran Kent Hull died Tuesday afternoon. School officials announced Hull's death, but the cause wasn't known. Funeral arrangements haven't been announced.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday the play of his quarterbacks in practice will dictate who will start in games. In a radio interview with WHBQ in Memphis, Mullen refused to name his starter at quarterback for MSU's game at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the University of Kentucky.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team now has verbal commitments from two of the state's best high school juniors. Tri-County Academy right-handed pitcher Derek Martin confirmed to The Dispatch on Sunday afternoon he called MSU coach John Cohen to give a verbal commitment to M
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