STARKVILLE -- A lot of players worry and fret about the added weight and heat shoulder pads provide in the grueling heat of a Southeastern Conference football practice.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt has raved constantly about his incoming freshman class, saying it's one of the most talented groups he has had in 14 years of coaching in the Southeastern Conference. It better be because it appears he'll have to use it immediately.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced as a complete unit for the first time Saturday afternoon after a split session Friday when camp opened.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State soccer team worked diligently on fitness during the offseason, and that hard work paid off as the squad opened the preseason with a pair of spirited workouts Saturday at the MSU Soccer Field.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks isn't lacking for confidence entering this season. Even after getting burned by an incoming freshman on a deep pass Friday in a morning practice session, Mississippi State's junior starting cornerback hasn't lowered his expectations for himself in 2011.
OXFORD -- After welcoming a group of heralded newcomers to campus Thursday, University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt greeted his veterans Friday as they arrived for the start of fall camp.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Barrett Jones is reminded of his lost teammate sometimes when he sees the empty locker that once belonged to Aaron Douglas. The University of Alabama football players need only drive a short distance from campus to see the wreckage from a deadly tornado that struck the town and surrounding communities in the spring.
HATTIESBURG -- The two huge scars that run down the sides of Tim Green's neck have faded slightly over the months. That doesn't mean the Southern Miss linebacker has forgotten how lucky he is to be running around a football field on a steamy Friday morning that marked the Golden Eagles' first preseason practice.
STARKVILLE -- It was a large day of firsts for the Mississippi State football program. Whether it was a first look in a maroon and white jersey or a first time getting significant playing time with the first string, MSU coach Dan Mullen had a lot to watch in the Bulldogs' opening day of practice for the 2011 season.
OXFORD -- Twenty-six new players, including 19 members of the state's top recruiting class, were welcomed to the University of Mississippi football program Thursday, as newcomers reported for the start of preseason camp.
STARKVILLE -- James Carmon has soaked up every piece of advice and studied tirelessly to complete his offseason transition from backup defensive tackle to starting offensive tackle.
STARKVILLE -- One phone call is all it took for Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen to be assured each of his three drafted high school signees would arrive on campus this month. MSU signee Jacob Lindgren, a left-handed pitcher from St. Stanislaus High School, confirmed in a text response Wednesday afternoon he would be "coming to college" instead of taking a contract offer from Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs.
STARKVILLE -- Accountability is paramount in college soccer.
OXFORD -- Newcomers to the University of Mississippi football team will report Thursday and varsity players will report to campus Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Anxious to return to the field, members of Mississippi State's football team reported to campus Monday. Players unanimously agree maintenance to sustain the team's intensity and work ethic wasn't needed despite new-found success and accolades after a 9-4 season and a top-25 ranking.
STARKVILLE -- The motto of Mississippi State's football team has been "go from good to great." When players report to campus Monday for preseason camp, they'll be in an unfamiliar position coming off a winning season and a bowl victory.
STARKVILLE -- Fans will have several opportunities to get a look at the 2011 Mississippi State football team prior to the season opener, coach Dan Mullen announced Friday.
STARKVILLE -- It may be the offseason, but the Mississippi State men's basketball team made plenty of news Wednesday. MSU finalized its 2011 recruiting class with the signing of Latvian forward Kristers Zeidaks. It also announced it has been invited to participate in the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.
HOOVER, Ala. --The University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt has some very public advice for his in-state peer and rival. Nutt wasn't impressed with the Mississippi State football billboards that popped up around his state -- we'll get to the ownership statement in a minute. He's not sure if the $72,000 public relations campaign has had an impact.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The University of Alabama was named the media's preseason favorite to win the Southeastern Conference this fall and represent the conference in a Bowl Championship Series bowl, a prediction that surprised coach Nick Saban.
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