STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen knew his freshman quarterback would be exhausted, so after the open scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium Friday night, he didn't need statistics to prove the important result. The Mississippi State football coach knew Dak Prescott had survived the most work behind center in his early college career.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has already faced many unique challenges in the early part of the men's basketball season. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) have already suffered a disappointing upset loss at home, won a tournament at Madison Square Garden, won games without key players and now have a new task. MSU must now figure out a way to win its first road game of the 2011-12 season.
STARKVILLE -- Lack of depth is the result of trying to replace a pair of senior safeties that played nearly every defensive snap during a season. So it wasn't surprising to hear Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen admit that his team will be "a little young" in the back two members of the Bulldogs secondary.
For the first time ever, East Mississippi Community College can now boast a national Player of the Year in football. Less than a month after leading the Lions to a first-ever national championship, freshman quarterback Bo Wallace was named National Offensive Player of the Year by the NJCAA Thursday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball coaches have the luxury that most staffs in the country would love. Late in the game, they'll get to hand the ball to a senior All-American selection to ensure a victory on the mound.
STARKVILLE -- "Somebody step up." Those words rang out in Humphrey Coliseum with 7 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in period one of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's practice Wednesday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University is expecting to put its head football coach back on a four-year agreement for the third consecutive winter. And all it took was a look, a nod and two words.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University will be bringing in a football player to its 2012 recruiting class that knows what it takes to win a national championship. A few weeks removed from winning a NJCAA national championship at East Mississippi Community College, defensive end Denico Autry gave his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs program Tuesday afternoon.
STARKVILLE - It's amazing what happens when Mississippi State has more of its pieces show up on the playing floor. A senior guard and freshman wing player, both of whom weren't available for last year's loss to Florida Atlantic, led the No. 17 Bulldogs to 75-68 win over the same Owls team Tuesday night.
Jonathan Guerry didn't have time to be nervous. Starting center Austin Quattrochi had just suffered a stinger in his right shoulder and there was no time to waste.
STARKVILLE -- There's a single problem with calling Mississippi State's men's basketball matchup with Florida Atlantic University a revenge game.
Postseason honors continue to roll in for the national champion East Mississippi Community College football team.
STARKVILLE - For Tyler Russell, it's amazing how long three years can feel. Two years into the program, the first quarterback that Dan Mullen recruited is now teaching the younger player at his position.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Favre has left the Mississippi State football program and intends to transfer to another school. MSU coach Dan Mullen announced the third-string quarterback's departure Saturday after the team's first practice for its game against Wake Forest at 5:40 p.m. Dec. 30 (ESPN) in the Music City Bowl, but he declined to give the redshirt freshman's motivation for the move.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's men's basketball team allowed Troy University to pick how it wanted to lose Saturday. No. 17 MSU (9-1) was nearly flawless in full- and half-court offense in a 106-68 victory at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU's start is its best since it started 13-0 to open the 2003-04 campaign.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi guard LaDarius White spent eight games watching from the sidelines while he finished academic requirements and waited for NCAA clearance to make his debut. When the debut finally arrived Saturday, White was ready, scoring 16 points to help Ole Miss beat Mississippi Valley State 80-56 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Freshmen don't often get to play key roles on the biggest stages. But Robby Thomas' experience playing soccer at high levels is helping him change that. The freshman forward from Columbus was in the starting lineup Friday night and played a key role in helping the Charlotte men's soccer team beat Creighton University in penalty kicks in the NCAA College Cup at Regions Park.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State certainly knows how to defend the offense they will see this afternoon.
STARKVILLE - Like the rest of her perimeter teammates, Jacqueline Fair was told by her coaches to stop shooting three-pointers because they simply weren't falling. With 25 seconds left in the game and her team down two points, the senior guard found herself behind the three-point arc with no choice but to put up one more shot from long range.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State soccer coach Neil Macdonald can do the math. Eight teams made the Southeastern Conference postseason event and those same eight teams made the NCAA Tournament the following week.
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