Mississippi State could not offset a monster offensive night by Virginia Tech as the Bulldogs dropped an 88-57 decision to the Hokies in the final game of Saturday's Battle at Atlantis.
Robert "Bull" Sullivan has been called the "toughest coach there ever was." The former East Mississippi Junior College football coach was known to line his players up on the edge of a snake- and alligator-infested pond for drills, order them to attend 2 a.m. practice sessions and play their way through aches and pains that would sideline many opponents.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's football team had it's last go Thursday at letting the youngsters run the show. As has been a theme this week, the Gator Bowl-bound Bulldogs have handed many of the first- and second-team snaps to freshmen and second- and third-team players.
Statistically, the Mississippi State women's basketball team ranks with the nation's top programs. Coming off a victory against Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, MSU (6-2) is allowing only 51.2 points a game, which is 25th nationally. The Lady Bulldogs also lead the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage defense (32 percent), which is 12th nationally.
The numbers probably will change. But Diamber Johnson will be hard pressed to deliver a more balanced game than the one she turned in Saturday against the University of Utah.
Mike Frascogna, Jr. didn't believe the stories. But the more people Frascogna talked with as part of his research it became difficult to deny that coach Robert "Bull/Cyclone" Sullivan was a man who was ahead of his time.
Good things happen when you take care of your business on and off the field. That's the message East Mississippi Community College assistant football coach Clifton Collins was happy to relate Wednesday after seeing two more of his players move on to play football at a four-year school.
HATTIESBURG -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team used its best defensive performance of the season to earn a 50-40 victory against Southern Miss at Reed Green Coliseum on Wednesday night. MSU (6-2) held USM (5-4) to 21.3 percent shooting from the field to win its third straight against its state rival. Despite its offensive struggles, the Lady Bulldogs still gave coach Sharon Fanning-Otis a very happy birthday.
JACKSON -- With a powerful 6-foot-10 frame, soft hands, and ample athleticism, Renardo Sidney was regarded as one of the nation's top men's basketball recruits when Mississippi State signed him in 2009. That hype might turn out to be true. But as the big man proved Wednesday night he remains a work in progress.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi women's basketball team used a 17-7 run in the final 4 minutes, 40 seconds Wednesday to pull away for a 68-57 victory against Mississippi Valley State at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior forward JaMychal Green scored 16 points and had 15 rebounds, notching his second consecutive double-double of the season, to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team (5-5) to a 59-38 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum.
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen calls Derek Sherrod one of the best offensive tackles he's ever been around.
Mississippi State's men's basketball team survived an Alabama State upset bid Tuesday with a 67-46 win to close its season-opening, nine-game homestand.
The waiting was the hardest part for Deon Bedford.
Renardo Sidney has been waiting for this day for nearly two years.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Bryant scored a career-high 22 points Monday night to help the Mississippi State men's basketball team beat Nicholls State 67-58. Bryant made the most of his third straight start of the season, opening the scoring with a dunk before knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in the first eight minutes.
STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State's football team goes through its first week of bowl preparation, the future of the program is getting a good audition for the spring. The veterans have given way to redshirt freshmen and reserves who didn't receive the number of repetitions needed to move through the playbook.
In a season of down-to-the-wire finishes, the Mississippi State Bulldogs finally had a chance relax Sunday.
With Chad Bumphis ruled out for the Gator Bowl, Mississippi State's offense will play without its most dynamic skill player.
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