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Auburn not afraid of No. 2 Alabama

Posted 11/21/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Jeff Whitaker understands the Auburn University football team's situation entering the Iron Bowl. He's aware of the criticism that has been heaped on coach Gene Chizik and that the Tigers are huge underdogs going into the game with No. 2 University of Alabama.

 

 

Mullen feels Ole Miss has made progress under Freeze

Posted 11/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The one thing Dan Mullen and Hugh Freeze agree on prior to Saturday's Egg Bowl is the University of Mississippi football team is playing with noticeable effort in 2012.

 

 

Banks named finalist for Thorpe Award

Posted 11/20/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- MSU senior cornerback Johnthan Banks was named Monday one of three finalists for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award. Banks joins former Bulldogs defensive back Fred Smoot (2000) as the only players in school history to be named a finalist for the award, which is given annually to the top defensive back in college football.

 

 

North Carolina blows past MSU in Maui

Posted 11/20/2012 in College Sports

MAUI, Hawaii -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball team couldn't match the firepower of No. 9 University of North Carolina in a 95-49 loss on Monday night in the opening round of the Maui Classic.

 

 

Schaefer wants MSU women to build toughness

Posted 11/20/2012 in College Sports

Vic Schaefer hopes perseverance is a precursor to toughness. In its last game, the Mississippi State University women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat Louisiana Tech. Schaefer hopes MSU (2-1) can build on that momentum at 3:30 p.m. today when it takes on Winthrop University in its first of three games in the inaugural Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

 

 

Alabama gets a second shot at title

Posted 11/20/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football players don't even have to leave their couches to be one of the big winners in college football's national championship sweepstakes.

 

Bumphis leaves lasting memory in home finale

Posted 11/19/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chad Bumphis knew his sophomore and junior seasons didn't meet expectations. That realization is why the senior wide receiver sent Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen daily text messages about his progress in summer workouts.

 

Mullen wants MSU to continue streak vs. Ole Miss

Posted 11/19/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen never misses an opportunity to tweak the school he refuses to name, especially the week he's scheduled to play the in-state rival. Mullen can become the first MSU coach since Allyn McKeen from 1939-42 to win four straight games against the University of Mississippi when the teams meet at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the annual Egg Bowl matchup.

 

 

MSU men mixing business, pleasure in Maui

Posted 11/19/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University first-year men's basketball coach Rick Ray is making sure his players understand the balanced approach they'll need to have on their trip to the Maui Invitational.

 

 

Iron Bowl will have BCS implications again

Posted 11/19/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Barrett Jones summed up the Iron Bowl's significance hours before it got really meaningful nationally. "It's the West, it's all our hopes and dreams, and also, it's Auburn," the Crimson Tide center said after Saturday's early game.

 

 

MSU takes advantage of turnovers, routs Arkansas

Posted 11/18/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team's home finale Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium marked the end of one squad's bad month and the continuation of the other's season-long suffering.

 

 

Perkins returns to spark MSU offense

Posted 11/18/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When LaDarius Perkins returned from Baton Rouge, La., last weekend, he immediately went to the training room for a treatment session. Perkins wasn't going to miss another game when it was clear the Mississippi State University football team needed him.

 

 

Russell breaks passing records in victory

Posted 11/18/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football record book is starting to see one name sitting at the top: Tyler Russell.

 

 

Alabama, Ole Miss men get victories

Posted 11/18/2012 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- Trevor Releford and the University of Alabama men's basketball team passed an early test with ease in a championship-game blowout.

 

 

Starkville pulls away from Oxford

Posted 11/18/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Before the matchup was a reality, Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell said there wasn't much to talk about regarding another game against West Point High. Following a 127-yard rushing performance against Oxford High on Friday that helped push Starkville into another matchup against West Point, Preston Baker may have described it best.

 

 

LSU scores late to beat Ole Miss

Posted 11/18/2012 in College Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- In a joyous, raving, almost delirious rant, Les Miles gushed over his team's inexorable determination and urged LSU football fans to put their arms around his players and "give them a big kiss on the mouth."

 

 

Alabama blanks Western Carolina

Posted 11/18/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron, Eddie Lacy, and the University of Alabama football team settled this one in the opening minutes instead of waiting for a tense finale. Lacy rushed for three first-half touchdowns and McCarron set the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide's single-season record for passing TDs in a 49-0 victory against Western Carolina University on Saturday.

 

 

MSU women rally to beat Louisiana Tech

Posted 11/18/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILE -- Trailing by 10 points at halftime, Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer urged his team to become tougher. In the second half, the youthful Bulldogs did just that.

 

 

MSU women's basketball rallies past Louisiana Tech

Posted 11/17/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Down 10 points at halftime, Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer urged his squad to become the tougher basketball team. In the second half, the Bulldogs did just that.

 

 

Alabama hits another late shot to earn victory

Posted 11/16/2012 in College Sports

NEW YORK -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team appeared to be in control of the game. The Crimson Tide was hitting 3-pointers and forcing turnovers while building a 15-point lead against Oregon State University.

 

 

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