Mississippi State head basketball coach Rick Stansbury was surprised to see the media select his team as preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference's West Division. Not that he doesn't have complete confidence in his team, but more than anyone he knows what the Bulldogs lost from last season.
Turns out, Mississippi State forward Elgin Bailey can fix anything. Team in need of a confidence boost? Bailey's got you covered. Need intense defending and rebounding? He'll hook you up.
Traditional approaches don't apply this season to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
It's a waiting game for Quartney Cox and Billy Autrey. The former West Point and Columbus high school standouts used their times at East Mississippi Community College to earn scholarships to play football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Both players envisioned the 2010 season as the one they would realize their dream to play college football at the highest level of Division I.
Shaun Smith has been chasing his basketball potential for the past three years. That's saying a lot for a player who was heavily recruited as a high school senior.
STARKVILLE -- No pass, no problem. The Mississippi State football team's commitment to the running game reached its defining moment Saturday in a 10-7 landmark win against then-No. 22 University of Florida.
STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero learned about patience at an early age. One of eight children, including five younger than her, Govero understood she always wasn't going to be the center of attention.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Tennessee was predicted to win the 2011 Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship in voting Tuesday by a select panel of SEC and national media members.
Former Aberdeen High School football standout Tevin Blanchard has been studying football game films more often this season at Itawamba Community College to get a better idea of his squad's weekly opponent. There's no secret Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Judging by Mississippi State linebacker Chris White's glowing stat line Saturday against then-No. 22 University of Florida, you'd think he'd been playing middle linebacker all his life. Assumptions are risky, but in White's case it's considered a compliment.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team and the University of Mississippi's Chris Warren earned top billing Monday. For the second-consecutive year, media members covering the Southeastern Conference have picked MSU to win the Western Division, while Warren, a senior guard, was picked to the preseason All-SEC first team.
STARKVILLE -- It's time to see how the Mississippi State football team handles success. The No. 24 Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) are ranked for the first time in nine years and are one win away from bowl eligibility after beating then-No. 22 Florida 10-7 Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.
When Mississippi State arrived back on campus a little after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, a throng of fans awaited to celebrate the Bulldogs' 10-7 victory over No. 22 Florida in The Swamp.
Dedication, determination, and perseverance have been trademarks of athletes for generations. More than 50 years ago, those intangibles were even more important because football wasn't as gentlemanly a game as it is today.
The new mascot of the University of Mississippi Rebels will be a black bear, officially replacing the goateed Southern gentleman "Colonel Reb" who was banished from the sidelines almost seven years ago. Thursday's unveiling of the "Rebel Black Bear" is the latest move in the school's effort to distance itself from symbols of the old South.
STARKVILLE -- Healthy and drama-free, the Mississippi State men's basketball will hold its first team practice Friday. From two NCAA eligibility appeals to three injury rehabilitations to two transfers, MSU is intact -- at least after Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost return from nine-game suspensions.
STARKVILLE -- In the wake of season-ending injuries to Marcus Green and Leon Berry, Mississippi State's receiving corp needs new options to emerge.
Kodi Augustus feels like he's making up for lost time as he prepares for his senior season as a Mississippi State Bulldog.
Having already faced his mentor for the first time, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is set to return to the stadium where he made a name for himself as a quarterback guru and play-caller.
Pat Shed would love to be the one who always is the last player shown on that footage. But the University of Alabama at Birmingham running back has learned there is much more to being a productive football player than scoring touchdowns.
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2. West Virginia also enjoying fast start COLLEGE SPORTS
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4. Beckwith has traveled road from walk-on to starter COLLEGE SPORTS