OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze choked up less than a minute after being introduced as the University of Mississippi's new football coach, acknowledging his wife and three daughters sitting on the stage behind him.
It is official. Fresh off a victory against Arizona Western College, the East Mississippi Community College football team claimed the No. 1 spot in the final NJCAA top 20 released Monday.
STARKVILLE -- The look in Diamber Johnson's eyes said payback. Little did the Tulane University women's basketball team know that that gaze could get more intense even after Johnson hit her first four shots from the field and scored Mississippi State's first 10 points.
East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens had a dream when he took over the head coaching job of the Lions.
YUMA, Ariz. -- To say it was a good day for East Mississippi Community College quarterback Bo Wallace would be an understatement.
YUMA, Ariz. -- Everything was in place for Arizona Western to claim its first national championship since 1972.
STARKVILLE -- The first month of the 2011-12 season included a pair of marquee victories for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Wins against nationally ranked Texas A&M and Arizona on consecutive nights in the 2K Sports Classic in New York City catapulted MSU into The Associated Press top 25.
STARKVILLE -- Catina Bett knows one game isn't reason to celebrate. But the senior center realizes a single step can help her regain the confidence she needs to be a significant contributor for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
OXFORD -- Led by Valencia McFarland and Nikki Byrd, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team beat Grambling State 78-53 on Saturday at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- For the second time this week, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is denying having any contact with officials at Penn State University.
It's finally showtime. After weeks of buildup, the East Mississippi Community College football team plays for the NJCAA national championship this afternoon.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State could be in position to bring in its first five-star prospect since Dan Mullen took over as head coach.
STARKVILLE -- It still burns Jenny Hazelwood she's able to fill out her NCAA women's volleyball tournament bracket.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama women's basketball team improved to 6-2 on the season with a 69-56 victory over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Foster Auditorium Friday night.
Nikki Byrd has found a fuel for her fire.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team made a statement last month last month in New York City.
It was a warm sendoff for the East Mississippi Community College football team. Head Coach Buddy Stephens only hopes it isn't the biggest celebration the team has. "We hope that there's a bigger party when we come back," Stephens said. "And we'll be happy if that happens."
East Mississippi Community College is gearing up for the biggest athletic event in its history. The school's No. 2 football team (11-0) will take on No. 1 Arizona Western College (11-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the El Toro Bowl presented by Time Warner Cable. The unbeaten powers play for the NJCAA national championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury likes the 2011-12 Mississippi State men's basketball team. Through all of the ins and out and outs and ins the Bulldogs have experienced in nearly one month of basketball, MSU's 14th-year coach sees a team with depth at key positions, a squad that has plenty of ballhandlers and creators, and a group that can present a host of matchup challenges.
Arizona Western College football coach Tom Minnick had a vision when he took over the program. The fourth-year coach admits that vision has become reality much quick than he anticipated. Arizona Western College (11-0) will try to close the final chapter on a magical season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (11-0) for the NJCAA national championship in the El Toro Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.
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