STARKVILLE -- Football fans in the state of Mississippi may have forgotten about Jason McNair's ability to run the football. McNair re-introduced himself as a member of the Tennessee-Martin backfield on Saturday, rushing for a game-high 122 yards on 27 carries in the University of Tennessee-Martin's 55-17 loss to Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team isn't necessarily all pass all the time. No. 3 EMCC proved Saturday it can run the football, too.
STARKVILLE -- In arguably the most remembered at-bat of the 2011 season, the Mississippi State coaches considered having their cleanup hitter bunt.
"Be the One" is a rallying cry for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. On paper, senior point guard Diamber Johnson figures to be the first option for the Lady Bulldogs. From there, though, the pecking order becomes unclear. It isn't because coach Sharon Fanning-Otis' team doesn't have choices.
OXFORD -- It has been a while since Andy Kennedy could look his best players in the eye. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's 6-foot-7 coach has had mostly guard-oriented teams during his six years in Oxford, but that trend will change this season. The Rebels return several experienced frontcourt players who likely will determine how good this team will become.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Everything is new this season for the University of Mississippi women's basketball team. A new attitude, a new group of players, a new hunger to play. Coach Renee Ladner sees all of those elements on display. More importantly, Ladner hopes her team has a clean bill of health.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's men's basketball team is mindful of what happened last November, and what consequently didn't occur in March.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Wendell Hudson likes the numbers dilemma he will face this season. With six or seven "starters" to fill five spots on the floor, Hudson feels the 2011-12 University of Alabama women's basketball team will be able to score more points and to play at a faster tempo than it did a year ago.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's soccer team saw its run at the Southeastern Conference tournament come end Friday night with a 2-1 loss to No. 23 University of Florida in the semifinals at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
STARKVILLE -- The defending NAIA champions Pikeville Bears gave the Mississippi State men's basketball team an early run Friday night, but a balanced and dominating second-half performance by the Bulldogs' starting five closed the door on Pikeville's upset bid.
STARKVILLE -- The NCAA has ruled Mississippi State forward Kristers Zeidaks ineligible for the 2011-12 men's basketball season. The NCAA Eligibility Center confirmed Zeidaks, who is from Latvia, will be suspended for this season and 11 games next season for his participation in a league that included professional players and for playing against professional players in his home country.
Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill doesn't totally understand the need for recent rule changes enacted by the Mississippi Association of Community College and Junior College presidents. One thing Terrill knows is he doesn't like the changes.
East Mississippi Community College didn't play many tight games in its undefeated run through regular season this year. The tightest game No. 3 EMCC played was a 20-17 victory against Hinds C.C. on Sept. 8 in Raymond. A lot has happened since the second week of the season.
Todd Bramble has watched his University of Alabama women's soccer team come a long way in the past two months.
Recent rule changes for athletics at Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College member institutions are roughly a month old. However, the buzz hasn't died down. Instead, it has gotten louder.
A graveyard job. That's how Jason Simpson's friends and colleagues in college football described the job of head coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The eighth-seeded University of Alabama women's soccer team opened the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 1-0 victory against top-seeded South Carolina on Wednesday night at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The win is the first for the Crimson Tide in the tournament since 1998.
STARKVILLE -- There's a moment minutes before kickoff every Saturday when Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks does something in drills his position coach has never seen.
STARKVILLE -- Today marks one-year anniversary former Mississippi State football player Nick Bell died after a fight with cancer. MSU is using Homecoming this weekend to honor his memory. The MSU Student Association hosted a 3.6-mile run Tuesday evening to raise money for the Nick Bell Mentoring Memorial Foundation.
SCOOBA -- Rewarded with a No. 7 NJCAA preseason ranking following consecutive national tournament appearances, the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team will tip off the 2011-12 season at 7 tonight when it plays host to Southern Sports Academy at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
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