STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have been concerned about the number of minutes freshman Rodney Hood has been playing at small forward On Saturday in a 91-88 victory against Auburn University, sophomore Shaun Smith showcased an ability to fill a five- to eight-minute role off the bench at that position.
STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson is re-energized. Now that her mother is back home after suffering a heart attack nearly two weeks ago, the senior guard wants to make the most of the rest of her senior season. The Mississippi State women's basketball team hopes it isn't too late.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior point guard Dee Bost finally admitted Saturday he's not enjoying tension-filled home wins. With 3:29 left in a tight Southeastern Conference battle, Bost had just as good a seat as anybody else at Humphrey Coliseum after he fouled out for the first time this season with 15 points and seven assists.
French Camp native Jason Crowder is in his first season as play-by-play voice of the Mississippi State University women's basketball team on the Bulldog Sports Network. A graduate of French Camp Academy and MSU, Crowder is the sports programming director at WFCA-FM, a 100,000-watt station on the campus of French Camp Academy in Choctaw County.
STARKVILLE -- The path that led Nick Schuessler to become the newest signal caller at Mississippi State was anything but direct. The Bulldogs, who through most of the fall had junior Tyler Russell, redshirt freshman Dak Prescott and recently transferred Dylan Favre on the roster, signed one of the best in Georgia Wednesday when they inked the 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback from state champion Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.
STARKVILLE -- Rodney Hood sat down to watch the tape of Mississippi State's 69-57 loss at Florida this past week in Gainesville and almost couldn't recognize the player wear No. 4 for the Bulldogs. "I watched the replay of the Florida game and I was very disappointed in the way I played," Hood said. "I didn't have a bad game but I could have been more assertive."
STARKVILLE -- While serving as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University, Per Nilsson always followed results in the Southeastern Conference and tracked his alma mater, MSU. While Pepperdine was in the midst of winning 17 straight West Conference titles and the 2006 national championship, Nilsson was saddened that his alma mater had fallen on hard times.
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State University sophomore Malte Stropp saw MSU assistant men's tennis coach Matt Hill at one of his matches in Germany, he knew Starkville would be a great place to call home.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Khaalidah Miller shook off a two-game shooting slump as she and teammate Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points each to lead the No. 21 University of Georgia women's basketball team to a 70-60 victory against Mississippi State 70-60 on Thursday night, ending a two-game losing streak.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Already a key player down, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team could only watch the problems mount as the University of Kentucky put on its most ferocious defensive display yet. Courtney Marbra scored seven points to lead Ole Miss, but the Rebels committed the most turnovers in a Southeastern Conference game this year Thursday in an 82-41 loss to No. 6 Kentucky.
STARKVILLE -- Minutes after Dan Mullen put on the maroon jacket signifying him as the next Mississippi State head football coach, he made a promise to the residents of his new state. Mullen vowed not only to remain loyal to the student-athletes in the Magnolia state, but also to win games and championships with those players. "We are going to add 13 more today from the state of Mississippi (to) our program and we can keep that foundation alive," Mullen said Wednesday.
The message remains the same for Sharon Fanning-Otis: Her Mississippi State University women's basketball team needs to get tougher. As MSU (13-8, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) enters the month of February, it is running out of time if it wants to realize its goal to return to the NCAA tournament. At this time last season, MSU started to round into shape and played its best basketball of the campaign, going 5-5 in the final two months.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze basically had a three-week period to patch together his first recruiting class. All things considered, the new University of Mississippi football coach is pleased with the results. "I'm never going to sit up and tell you every kid is great, because that's proven in time," Freeze said. "But we do believe it's very good."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The national champion University of Alabama football team restocked the nation's top defense, scooped up a few highly recruited offensive playmakers and generally had what's becoming a typical signing day for Nick Saban & Co. In other words, replacing departed stars with blue-chippers across the board on a program that has won two of the last three national championships.
CALEDONIA -- On the biggest day of his athletic career thus far, Caledonia High School's Cole Carter shared a lot of laughs and hugged a lot of people.
Dan Mullen has heard the negative recruiting pitches against his football program. Wednesday was the Mississippi State University football coach's turn to respond.
STARKVILLE -- Across the country, hundreds of athletes will sign National Letters of Intent today in front of crowds that can't await to watch them play big-time college football. These 17- or 18-year-old student-athletes will be celebrated simply because they will sign a piece of paper.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's football coaching staff is using its 2012 recruiting class to define a philosophy.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury denied reports a decision has been made on the future of junior center Renardo Sidney. According to an SNY.tv unnamed source, Sidney will not return to MSU for his final year of eligibility and could pursue either a transfer or professional opportunities. Stansbury, who is in his 14th year season at MSU, said he has not had a conversation with the 6-foot-10 former McDonald's All-American selection out of high school.
STARKVILLE -- Statistics can be used to prove nearly every point. When it comes to the 2011-12 Mississippi State University women's basketball team, it's hard to ignore two statistical categories that have played significant roles through the first 20 games. Not only is MSU last in the Southeastern Conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, but it also is 11th in rebounding margin. At first glance, the 41.6-41.5 total appears inconsequential. But when you consider only SEC games, the difference climbs to 44.1-36.4.
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