TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 University of Alabama football team turned the showdown with the Southeastern Conference's No. 1 offense into a showcase for the top defense. And the Crimson Tide's special teams. Trent Richardson, too.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore linebacker Chris Hughes recently spent five days in jail after being arrested and found guilty last month of two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time since arriving back at his alma mater, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen begins fall practice with confident veteran pitchers. That pitching experience will bring higher expectations to a program that was six outs away from a College World Series berth last season. MSU begins its road to Omaha, Neb., the site of the CWS, at 4 p.m. today with an intra-squad scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field that is open to the public.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Hamp Glover says "The sky is the limit" for his team's offense. While No. 4 EMCC may have unlimited potential on offense, its effort Thursday night will work for now.
STARKVILLE -- Dillon Day was figuratively thrown into the deep end of the pool and told to swim.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks feels the Mississippi State football team's first three games have helped him prepare for his next assignment against the high octane passing game of Louisiana Tech (6 p.m., Saturday, ESPNU).
STARKVILLE -- Warm weather is a recruiting tool for indoor sports, too. Lainey Wyman sat down with her parents one evening to map out what was important in her college choice. In the living room of their suburban Chicago home, Matt and Kathy Wyman realized that map needed to include the southern United States.
STARKVILLE - "Chris Relf is our starter." Those five words were all Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen needed to dismiss a quarterback controversy. Looking for what he called "a spark" to an offense that had 16 yards in the second half, Mullen pulled Relf and inserted Tyler Russell for the final 10 minutes of MSU's 19-6 loss to No. 3 LSU on Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- A school-record seven of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's non-conference games will be televised this season, including three of the first five outings on the ESPN family of networks.
STARKVILLE -- The University of Mississippi and the Mississippi State baseball programs had recruiting classes ranked in the top 20 nationally according to the annual survey by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
When the East Mississippi Community College football team played its first home game Sept. 1 at new Sullivan-Windham Field, the Lions kicked off what many thought would be a good season. Three weeks later, EMCC is home. This time, the compass is pointed toward the prospects of a great season.
STARKVILLE -- The book on how to attack Mississippi State's in the passing game is to target the linebackers. Offensive coaches across America are trying to duplicate what Auburn University offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn did to rack up 381 total yards in a 41-34 victory on Sept. 10. Three games into his first season as linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator at MSU, Geoff Collins is being reminded what it's like to tutor a young group on how to play against the nation's top offenses.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State redshirt freshman tailback Nick Griffin could get see his first action Saturday. MSU coach Dan Mullen confirmed Monday afternoon in his weekly press conference that the redshirt freshman has been medically cleared to play and will be active for the team's game at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) against Louisiana Tech (1-2).
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi Athletic Director Pete Boone said Monday "everyone who loves Ole Miss is clearly frustrated" about the progress of the football program. Coach Houston Nutt said the blame starts with him.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bobby Petrino's sideline theatrics were a good barometer of how he felt Saturday night. The University of Arkansas coach took out his frustration in numerous ways during the first half -- primarily on his headset (thrown to the ground), paper cup (also thrown in disgust) and Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson. And that was with No. 14 Arkansas up 24-0 in an eventual 38-28 win against Troy.
STARKVILLE -- After the Mississippi State football team fell inches shy of getting a chance to beat the defending national champions in the second week of the 2011 season, head coach Dan Mullen admitted he received a lot of "hate mail" from fans.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Houston Nutt put his arms on his hips, crossed them, and went back and forth. While assistant coaches yelled at players, the University of Mississippi coach had a frown on his face.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy each had two long touchdown runs and career rushing highs Saturday night to lead the No. 2 University of Alabama football team to a 41-0 victory against North Texas.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior right guard Tobias Smith will miss the remainder of the 2011 football season after injuring his left knee Thursday night in a 19-6 loss to No. 3 LSU at Davis Wade Stadium.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt coach James Franklin preaches on 6 seconds. He wants his Commodores thinking ahead only for the 6 seconds it takes from the snap of the ball to the whistle. No more, no less. With the Commodores 2-0 and hosting Mississippi in both teams' Southeastern Conference opener today, that is a little tougher for those around long enough to know to enjoy being undefeated. Another win would top the 2-10 marks of each of the past two seasons and match the 3-0 start of 2008 when they went 7-6.
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