STARKVILLE -- After two weeks away from the practice field, the Mississippi State football players were bound to be rusty. MSU started spring practice March 3 and had four sessions before taking two weeks off for spring break. The Bulldogs returned to the field Thursday for a two-hour session in front of fans and dozens of high school coaches who were attending MSU's coaches' clinic.
STARKVILLE -- Before Nick Bell died last fall, he told his mother he wanted to be a mentor to kids. The former Mississippi State defensive end, who lost a brief battle with cancer Nov. 2, didn't have a father figure growing up, leaving his mother, Linda, to rely on his coaches to help mold the respectful, personable young man she and many others remember.
STARKVILLE -- Tavaris Tate says he doesn't study opponents. No matter what track meet he competes in, each track is different, everyone is fast, and someone in the race won't have their 'A' game. To Tate, there are too many variables to study every move of national rivals like Southern California's Joey Hughes and the University of Alabama's Kirani James.
STARKVILLE -- When members of the Mississippi State track and field team first stepped on the renovated surface at the Carl Maddox facility, they didn't want to stop running. It had been four years since MSU held its last on-campus track meet, but that will change Saturday when MSU will play host to the Southeastern Conference-Big Ten Challenge.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Freshman guard Trevor Releford scored 22 points Wednesday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 79-64 victory against the University of Miami in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament before a crowd of 8,612 at Coleman Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- With a pair of extra scholarships heading into next season, Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury has added a fourth member to his 2011 class in Alabama native Roquez Johnson.
STARKVILLE -- There was too much that stood out to go anyplace else. That's how former Clemson University linebacker Brandon Maye felt Monday when he decided to transfer to Mississippi State for his fifth and final season of college football.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi's Jerrell Powe hopes his perseverance leads to NFL success. The 320-pounder's college career started with a three-year NCAA eligibility saga and ended with two seasons of dominance in the Southeastern Conference. Powe and 14 other former Ole Miss players went through the school's pro day Tuesday, working out for scouts from 24 NFL teams.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team will play host to the University of Miami at 8 tonight (ESPN2) in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament at Coleman Coliseum.
There's plenty of Madness that goes on outside the NCAA tournament. The trick to enjoying it is not getting caught up in the fact you're not playing in the "Big Dance" and that you still have a chance to win a championship. Tierney Jenkins isn't about to let her first -- and last -- chance to play following the Southeastern Conference tournament end. The senior forward will lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team against the Toledo Rockets in the Sweet 16 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at 7 tonight at the John F. Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team opened spring practice trying to replace three stars who left early for the NFL and quarterback Greg McElroy while also dealing with off-the-field issues involving two safeties. The Crimson Tide held its first practice Monday, a day after the arrest of All-American and team captain Mark Barron on a misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford's speedy drives, Tony Mitchell's high-flying dunks, and an effective dose of full-court pressure kept the University of Alabama men's basketball team alive in the National Invitation Tournament. Mitchell scored 23 points and Releford matched his career-high with 20 to lead the Crimson Tide to a 74-67 win against the University of New Mexico on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's boys track team will lean heavily on its distance group this season after a solid performance last weekend at the Paul W. Bryant Stampede Invitational. The Yellow Jackets' second-place finish at their first meet of the season was powered by distance standouts Kamau Bostic and Joseph MacGown, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run.
STARKVILLE -- Courtney Nesbit hit a two-run double, and three pitchers allowed one hit in the Mississippi State softball team's 2-0 win against the University of Arkansas on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field. The Bulldogs (14-14, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) clinched the three-game series and shut out the Razorbacks (9-19, 0-7) for the second straight day. MSU won 3-0 Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Artem Ilyushin hasn't always been the most level-headed, even-keeled player. His temperament hindered his ability to respond to adversity the right way, which held back his game and ultimately kept the Mississippi State men's tennis team from reaching its full potential. Lately, Ilyushin's ability to channel his emotions and his improved service game have been major assets in MSU's current run.
A year older, Mississippi State's baseball team enters conference play with more tools and experience than it did last season.
STARKVILLE -- James Harris was already well known in track and field before he arrived at Mississippi State. But Harris' reputation didn't earn him special consideration from the judges at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State golfer Axel Boasson ended the fall semester as a promising freshman the Bulldogs thought they would rely on in the spring. Consistency had been lacking from his game, though he'd flashed the ability to fire sub-par rounds in the fall.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Battling from behind the entire contest for the second straight game, the No. 12 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team saw its season end Thursday in a 74-56 loss to Western Wyoming in consolation action of the NJCAA Division I Championship at the Sports Arena.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help the Univerity of California, Berkeley men's basketball team hold off the University of Mississippi 77-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night. Allen Crabbe had 20 points and Harper Kamp added 11, including a key basket down the stretch, one day after receiving IV treatments due to the flu.
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