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.
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team parlayed a strong defensive effort into a 56-42 victory against Savannah State on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Arena. The Lady Bulldogs (5-1) allowed only three second-half field goals after leading 26-25 at halftime. Savannah State (3-2) didn't convert its first field goal of the final half until 7 minutes, 26 seconds remained in the game.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Trent Richardson and the No. 2 University of Alabama football team have convinced Nick Saban they're worthy of competing for college's top prize. They'll have to wait a while before for the final decision is rendered
AUBURN, Ala. -- Tailback Trent Richardson isn't among those assuming the No. 2 University of Alabama football team will just roll over its biggest rival on the way to a possible national title shot. He knows Auburn has heard such talk, too.
STARKVILLE -- Dee Bost, Brian Bryant, Rodney Hood, and Jalen Steele. Even without Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney in the starting lineup for the second game in a row, Wendell Lewis probably wouldn't be any higher in the pecking order when it comes to options on offense.
OXFORD -- It may be too early in the season to call it a defining moment, but University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy thought his club's 64-61 overtime win against previously undefeated University of Miami was a step in the right direction.
STARKVILLE -- Corey Broomfield intercepted passes before and after his first game against the University of Mississippi, but there's one play people still want to discuss.
STARKVILLE -- The Liberty Bowl committee has made it clear to Mississippi State: The bowl will select the school for its game. Liberty Bowl Executive Director Steve Ehrhart told The Dispatch in a phone interview Tuesday his bowl game would like MSU to make its second appearance in its event since 2007.
STARKVILLE -- "Horrible." Catina Bett doesn't mince words when asked to describe her performance in the Mississippi State women's basketball team's first five games.
STARKVILLE -- When asked what the Egg Bowl rivalry means to him, Rockey Felker looked to the sky and took a deep breath before answering. Brevity isn't a useful personality trait when the former Mississippi State head football coach talks about importance of that matchup.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody around the Mississippi State football facility is trying to rally around sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell. Less than an hour after a 44-17 loss to then-No. 6 University of Arkansas, MSU coach Dan Mullen made a proclamation he hoped would help him avoid media questions about who would be his team's starting quarterback for its regular-season finale at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) against the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Porsha Porter has earned a reputation for being a spark plug for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Whether it's with her thievery on defense or with her lightning-quick first step or her 3-point shooting prowess, Porter has carved a niche in her second season with the Lady Bulldogs. MSU needed all of the dimensions of Porter's game Wednesday to enter the holiday on a positive note.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive backs coach Clifton Collins knew his unit was going to be talented but young this season. That's why he counted on sophomore Jeremy Cannon, of West Point High School, to step up and make a difference.
OXFORD -- This wasn't the way Houston Nutt envisioned ending his Southeastern Conference career. The 14-year league veteran, who led the University of Arkansas for 10 seasons before coming to Mississippi for the past four, has always relished coaching in what he often calls the "toughest conference in America." But the brutal SEC has a habit of chewing up coaches, and Nutt is its latest victim.
STARKVILLE -- Not many kind words have said in the past couple of days about the Mississippi State pass defense. In the eyes of MSU's coaching staff, they're all accurate. "We weren't very good at all on pass defense," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "That's a coaching issue. We'll get that fixed. We have to make sure we have guys in position to make plays."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball program celebrated being ranked with a victory. For the first time since January 2010, MSU was rewarded Monday afternoon with a No. 24 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll. MSU responded by outlasting the University of Louisiana at Monroe 78-63 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Sharon Fanning-Otis routinely lists battles she wants her Mississippi State women's basketball team to win every game. Rebounding, defense, turnovers, and deflections are staples on Fanning-Otis' rundown. Toughness is the drive force behind winning each of those statistical tallies.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Murphy Holloway scored 20 points to lead the University of Mississippi men's basketball team to an 80-69 victory against TCU on Monday night in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam.
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