Todd Bramble wasn't about to complain. Armed with all of the amenities anyone could want to occupy their time on a four-hour bus ride, the University of Alabama women's soccer coach did what a lot of people would do: He took a nap.
OXFORD -- The trend for University of Mississippi football team is an embarrassing one. Run the ball against the Rebels' defense. Win an award.
STARKVILLE -- Eleven won't be a number that defines the 2011-12 Mississippi State women's basketball team. Instead, the Lady Bulldogs will use that number, which corresponds to where media members picked them in the Southeastern Conference preseason poll released Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Malcolm Johnson thinks highly of Marcus Green. Johnson, a redshirt freshman tight end on the Mississippi State football team, has so many good things to say about Green, his senior teammate at the position, it's easy to think he could be his coach.
STARKVILLE -- For the third straight week, Mississippi State junior Fletcher Cox was named Southeastern Conference defensive lineman of the week. In the past four weeks, the only time Cox, a defensive tackle, hasn't received the honor was after MSU was on a bye week.
STARKVILLE -- Leader. It's a simple term that conveys a lot of responsibility. Whether it is orchestrating body bumps or leading a team onto the court or making sure the basketball gets into the hands of the right player, Diamber Johnson enters her final season at Mississippi State confident she can handle all of those roles and more.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Apparently the cure for offensive futility is having a bye week to prepare for the University of Kentucky's defense. This set of steps is the only way to explain Mississippi State's 398 total yards and its 28-16 road win against Kentucky on Saturday night.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said for weeks it was possible his quarterbacks would constantly rotate. The third-year coach was a man of his word Saturday as Tyler Russell and Chris Relf had impressive performances in a 28-16 victory against the University of Kentucky.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Mississippi State football team reversed its numbers Saturday in what coach Dan Mullen calls the most important part of the field. MSU's ability to go 4-for-5 (four touchdowns) inside the University of Kentucky's 20-yard-line Saturday proved to be the difference in a 28-16 victory, its first in the Southeastern Conference this season.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury should have plenty of fun playing with an assortment of puzzle pieces this season. From the savvy penetration skills of point guard Dee Bost to the energy and enthusiasm of Arnett Moultrie and Wendell Lewis to the high-stepping versatility of Brian Bryant to the potential of Rodney Hood, the Mississippi State men's basketball team showed all the parts Saturday that could make for a promising season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team knows a win at 6 p.m. today (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., is the highest priority if it wants to make back-to-back postseason appearances.
STARKVILLE -- Different approaches, one objective. Whether it is "control the controllables" or "stay in the moment," the Mississippi State and University of Mississippi women's soccer teams know their game at 7 p.m. Friday (SportSouth) in Oxford will be doubly significant.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen still isn't providing many details about his quarterbacks two weeks after making a change at the position.
STARKVILLE -- The future is now for Rodney Hood. With 12 days remaining until his college basketball debut, the anticipation continues to grow for the player many believe could be the first lottery pick in NBA draft since Rick Stansbury took over the Mississippi State men's basketball program.
The No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team will try Thursday to go where no other group of Lions has gone. EMCC can complete its first undefeated regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday with a victory against Holmes C.C. in the final regular-season game for both teams at Ras Branch Field in Goodman. WFCA-FM (107.9) will broadcast the game locally.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.
The final week of the MACJC regular season will answer several remaining questions. East Mississippi Community College, Hinds C.C., and Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. have secured spots in the state playoffs that will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Itawamba C.C., Northeast Mississippi C.C., and Northwest Mississippi C.C. are vying for the fourth and final playoff spot.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox couldn't win Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for a third consecutive week. Bye weeks will do that.
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."
2. Harris, Heritage Academy will count on seniors to lead way HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Howland likes MSU's non-conference schedule COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Central Academy hopes to contend for state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Walters column: Prep football season coming closer LOCAL COLUMNS