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Williams feels players have bought in at ICC

Posted 9/2/2010 in College Sports

Jon Williams wants to see how much his players have invested in this season. The first-year Itawamba Community College football coach will get to see how much his players have "bought in" to his system at 7 tonight when his team plays host to Hinds C.C.

 

 

Limited access to MSU players helps to focus

Posted 9/1/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Transitioning into game-week, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has decided to give his players more time to focus on Saturday's season opener against Memphis. That decision meant less time for media interviews for some, and none for the majority of the Bulldogs, who kick off the season Saturday against Memphis.

 

 

Hawkins gains appreciation for football

Posted 9/1/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Devin Hawkins learned a lot in his first season at East Mississippi Community College. Not only did he get stronger and quicker, but he gained a new appreciation for junior college football. But all of that improvement was nearly wiped out earlier this year. In April, Hawkins thought he had a stomach virus while training in practice. Whatever the ailment, it was bad enough that it made him unable to complete his work.

 

 

JSU players on path to recovering from injuries

Posted 9/1/2010 in College Sports

Some players might take 100 percent for granted. But it's easy to believe nothing can go wrong when you never have suffered a serious injury. Jackson State players Javarius Conner and Andre' Wright plan to show people this season what they can do when they finally are fully recovered. They might not be there yet, but the former Noxubee County High School standouts intend to make a statement at some point this season.

 

 

Relf's finger "injury" raises concerns

Posted 8/31/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Shrouded in mystery Monday at Mississippi State football press conference was quarterback Chris Relf, who wasn't present but was the hot topic ahead of the team's season opener against the University of Memphis at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) at Davis Wade Stadium.

 

 

Redshirt year gives players time to grow

Posted 8/28/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For every stud freshman who takes college football by storm, there are five times as many first-year players who won't see the game field for at least a year. The process of using a "redshirt" year is common in all sports, as student-athletes are allowed five years to play four. Athletes can use a redshirt season for a variety of reasons and at any year of their eligibility, though in football it's most commonly used for an injury or in a player's first year on campus. In football, where physical development is exponentially vital because of the contact involved in the sport, a freshman has a 50 percent chance of seeing the field. Roster counts at certain positions, injuries to other players, and a player's ability to transition quickly to a deeper playbook and older athletes factor into a coach's decision to redshirt a player.

 

 

Alabama volleyball coach looks to go out in style

Posted 8/27/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Judy Green doesn't want any pageantry. The veteran University of Alabama volleyball coach would prefer to see her players bask in the glow of their achievements in her final season at the school. To do that, the Crimson Tide will have to erase the memory of a disappointing 2009 season. If they can, the players will send Green out in style. Green will begin her 15th and final season at Alabama at 7 tonight when her team plays Iowa at the Hawkeye Challenge. She announced in January she planned to retire at the end of the season.

 

 

Brignone reveals changes on 'O' line

Posted 8/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen isn't releasing any details about his depth chart as his team gets closer to its season opener against the University of Memphis at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 (ESPNU). But there was one post-practice nugget Wednesday that shed some light into the team's most experienced group.

 

 

Newsome hopes to be dominant in middle

Posted 8/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ashley Newsome doesn't like the spotlight. The Mississippi State senior wouldn't mind if she is just another piece to the puzzle as long as her team wins.

 

 

Kite hopes move to center forward adds scoring punch

Posted 8/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Danielle Kite has played just about everywhere in her Mississippi State career. As a senior, Kite will be the centerpiece in the Bulldogs' attack.

 

 

Clarion Ledger: Bulldogs close to ticket record (link)

Posted 8/24/2010 in College Sports

 

 

EMCC could use Patterson to build on success

Posted 8/24/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Time is ticking away for the East Mississippi Community College football team. In nine days, the No. 7 Lions will try to build off the most successful season in the school's history when they travel to Perkinston on Sept. 2 to take on No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.

 

 

Cockrell hopes hard work pays off this season

Posted 8/24/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Working hard wasn't enough for Johnny Cockrell. Entering his sophomore season with the East Mississippi Community College football team, Cockrell realized he needed to do something to move up the depth chart.

 

 

Mullen vague about details of scrimmage

Posted 8/21/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is playing some details close to the vest. Following Friday's closed scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium, Mullen was vague in his assessment of individual performances, scores and participation. So were the Mississippi State players. When asked Saturday about scoring plays or stats from the scrimmage, neither Tyler Russell nor Chris Relf could remember much other than "it went well."

 

 

MSU set for scrimmage after day of teaching

Posted 8/20/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- On the eve of Mississippi State's first fall scrimmage, head coach Dan Mullen spent Thursday putting the team through controlled situations in the Palmeiro Center. Mullen and his staff wanted to get a solid day of teaching in the books before scrimmaging tonight in a closed practice at Davis Wade Stadium. Mullen hopes to see his inexperienced players execute and perform with different casts around them.

 

 

YouTube: Dan Mullen speaking at The Drill 2010 (link)

Posted 8/19/2010 in College Sports

 

 

AL.com: SEC sets fine amounts for Mississippi State cowbell violations (link)

Posted 8/19/2010 in College Sports

 

 

Clarion Ledger: Once again, cowbell issue more complex than it appears on surface (link)

Posted 8/19/2010 in College Sports

 

 

MSU faces fines if football fans don't 'ring responsibly'

Posted 8/19/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans now know what the consequences will be if they don't "Ring Responsibly" this football season. On Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., Southeastern Conference athletic directors put the finishing touches on the fine structure for artificial noisemakers, which was the final element of the June cowbell compromise between MSU and the other league members.

 

 

Mott brings energy to Rebels

Posted 8/19/2010 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Matthew Mott always knew he wanted to be a head coach, especially a head coach in the Southeastern Conference. After seven years of working as an assistant women's soccer coach at Auburn University, Mott took a "risky" move, by his admission, to become an assistant coach at the University of Texas.

 

 

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