Nikki Byrd has found a fuel for her fire.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team made a statement last month last month in New York City.
It was a warm sendoff for the East Mississippi Community College football team. Head Coach Buddy Stephens only hopes it isn't the biggest celebration the team has. "We hope that there's a bigger party when we come back," Stephens said. "And we'll be happy if that happens."
East Mississippi Community College is gearing up for the biggest athletic event in its history. The school's No. 2 football team (11-0) will take on No. 1 Arizona Western College (11-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the El Toro Bowl presented by Time Warner Cable. The unbeaten powers play for the NJCAA national championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury likes the 2011-12 Mississippi State men's basketball team. Through all of the ins and out and outs and ins the Bulldogs have experienced in nearly one month of basketball, MSU's 14th-year coach sees a team with depth at key positions, a squad that has plenty of ballhandlers and creators, and a group that can present a host of matchup challenges.
Arizona Western College football coach Tom Minnick had a vision when he took over the program. The fourth-year coach admits that vision has become reality much quick than he anticipated. Arizona Western College (11-0) will try to close the final chapter on a magical season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (11-0) for the NJCAA national championship in the El Toro Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.
STARKVILLE -- No. 600 for Sharon Fanning-Otis proved Wednesday to be another step in the right direction for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Led by the attacking nature of senior Diamber Johnson (game-high 22 points), MSU defeated the University of South Alabama 63-47 for its third straight win before a crowd of 688 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen once again will encourage members of his juniors class to get tested by the NFL. MSU junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and junior cornerback Johnthan Banks will submit paperwork to the NFL draft advisory board to see where their expert scouts estimate they'll get picked.
The East Mississippi Community College football team learned its postseason destination more than two weeks ago. This morning, players, coaches, and support staff members for No. 2 EMCC flew out of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport on the first leg of a 1,700-mile flight that will move it closer to the biggest game in school history.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The No. 12 University of Alabama men's basketball team has learned its lesson. The Crimson Tide (7-0) have ridden smothering defense and a blend of veteran players and impact freshmen to its best start in nine seasons. This time last year, Alabama was a struggling group that would get it together too late to salvage its NCAA tournament hopes.
STARKVILLE -- Another offseason is nearly here, and reports of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen leaving Starkville already have started. The Bulldogs' third-year coach deflected questions Tuesday about speculation he is a serious candidate to replace Joe Paterno as head football coach at Penn State University.
STARKVILLE -- Discipline. Structure. Fundamentals. Jemmye Ann Helms remembers those elements being cornerstones Sharon Fanning-Otis established in 1995 at Mississippi State when she took over as the school's new women's basketball coach.
SCOOBA -- Skill positions are crucial in a high-octane offense. But there's plenty of credit to go around when a team scores 41 or more points in its last nine games on the way to an undefeated 11-0 mark and a shot at a national championship.
JACKSON -- Once a walk-on, Southern Mississippi quarterback Austin Davis has been recognized as the state of Mississippi's top college football player.
STARKVILLE -- Jack and Mary Lott weren't about to let a little rain spoil their party. The Lotts have attended the past 15 football games between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- The Golden Egg Trophy will stay in Starkville. The Mississippi State football team won the annual in-state rivalry for the third straight year for the first time since World War II with a 31-3 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Whether it was right, left, or up the middle, the Mississippi State football team ran past an overmatched University of Mississippi defense. MSU's game plan wasn't complicated. Coach Dan Mullen wanted to force the Southeastern Conference's worst run defense to stop the Bulldogs' ground game before they would adjust.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen pulled a fast one on everybody willing to listen. Less than 30 minutes after MSU lost to No. 3 Arkansas 44-17 last week, the third-year coach didn't want to take questions on the quarterback issue because he was willing to hand over the answer: Tyler Russell was starting the 2011 Egg Bowl.
STARKVILLE -- Houston Nutt didn't want his career as head football coach at the University of Mississippi end this way. There couldn't have been a bigger understatement. Nutt's Rebels were outmanned from the opening kickoff Saturday in a 31-3 loss to archrival Mississippi State in the final Southeastern Conference regular-season game for both teams at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team has little time to celebrate it latest victory. Coming off a 26-point victory Friday against the University of Tennessee at Martin, No. 24 MSU will play host to the University of North Texas at 1:30 p.m. today at Humphrey Coliseum.
1. MSU's Jordan ready to have impact on young team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Harris, Heritage Academy will count on seniors to lead way HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Central Academy hopes to contend for state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Howland likes MSU's non-conference schedule COLLEGE SPORTS