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Coaches believe new TV contract will strengtheen SEC

Posted 1/8/2010 in College Sports

University of Florida men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan has watched his sport’s tradition grow in the Southeastern Conference the past 20-25 years. He understands the league still has the reputation as being a football league first, but he believes basketball is catching up. Donovan thinks the SEC’s 15-year television agreement with CBS Sports and ESPN can help strengthen that standing. With only Mississippi State, Tennessee, LSU reaching the NCAA tournament last season, Donovan said the lack of exposure is the main reason.

 

 

MSU women will play host to No. 17 Vanderbilt

Posted 1/7/2010 in College Sports

Mary Kathryn Govero didn’t set out Sunday to deliver the production of two players. But with senior guard/forward Tysheka Grimes not able to play Sunday against Auburn, Govero knew she had to do something to help the Mississippi State women’s basketball team in its Southeastern Conference opener.

 

 

No movement on Sidney's status

Posted 1/7/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Renardo Sidney remains a topic of conversation. Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury said Wednesday not much has changed about the status of the freshman forward.

 

 

Hollivay uses strength to be force for ICC

Posted 1/7/2010 in College Sports

 

 

Mississippi State's Grimes sidelined with foot injury

Posted 1/6/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State women’s basketball team will have to find a way to get along without Tysheka Grimes for a little longer. MSU coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said Tuesday that Grimes (foot injury) won’t play at home against No. 17 Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. Thursday (CSS) or against No. 4 Tennessee at 1 p.m. Sunday (SEC Network) in Starkville. Grimes injured her foot Friday in practice. Fanning-Otis said Grimes will be re-evaluated Monday, and the hope is she will be back sooner than later.

 

 

Washington trying to get back into rotation for MSU women

Posted 1/3/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE —Bethany Washington is used to the ritual. The heating pads start from the end of the Mississippi State bench and work their way from trainer to manager to teammate to her knees. The size of the pads vary from gym to gym, but Washington has pads she brings with her when she travels, just in case, so she can be ready. Once the pads find their home, Washington can stretch out and receive the warmth she needs to keep her joints loose.

 

 

Time for Ole Miss women to take care of business

Posted 1/3/2010 in College Sports

It’s time for the University of Mississippi women’s basketball to take care of business. The message from coach Renee Ladner can’t be any clearer as her team prepares to tip off Southeastern Conference play at 2 p.m. today at No. 18 Vanderbilt. The players have compiled a scouting report for today’s game, the coaches have discussed what the Rebels (9-4) will have to accomplish in the 16-game SEC schedule, and now they have to invest the time and effort it will take to help realize the goal of returning to the NCAA tournament.

 

 

SEC women begin 16-game league schedule

Posted 1/3/2010 in College Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The numbers will mean a little more to Southeastern Conference women’s basketball coaches this season. Today, all 12 teams will play the first games in their 16-game SEC schedules. This is the first season the SEC, which started women’s basketball play in the 1982-83 season, will feature a 16-game schedule. The decision evoked mixed feelings from SEC coaches last year when they were asked about it at the league’s annual media days gathering in Birmingham, Ala.

 

 

MSU football team misses out on signing Newton

Posted 1/3/2010 in College Sports

Now that junior college quarterback Cam Newton has decided to play at Auburn, Mississippi State’s football team looks to move forward with the signal callers it already has on the roster. Newton, who led Blinn (Texas) College to the junior college national championship, signed with Auburn on Thursday. MSU was in the running for Newton’s services all the way up to New Year’s Eve, but Auburn came through the back door in the final days of the year to snatch him. Newton visited Auburn right before Christmas.

 

 

MSU wants to rebound against San Diego

Posted 12/31/2009 in College Sports

One statistic really bothers Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury. When a Stansbury-coached team gets outrebounded like it did Monday night against Mississippi Valley State (45-44), it concerns him.

 

 

Lumanu keys MSU victory

Posted 12/31/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The contact would have knocked a lesser guard to the ground. But not much stops Armelie Lumanu when she is in her element.

 

 

MSU women continue preparations for SEC

Posted 12/30/2009 in College Sports

Four days and counting. That’s how long before the Mississippi State women’s basketball team has before it begins the next part of its testing. At 7 tonight, MSU (8-4) will take on Alcorn State (0-8) at Humphrey Coliseum in its final tune-up before it kicks off its 16-game Southeastern Conference schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday at Auburn.

 

 

Donald will try to keep starting spot at MVSU

Posted 12/30/2009 in College Sports

Darian Donald has taken the next step in his college basketball career. Now, the former Caledonia High School and East Mississippi Community College player is ready to make an impact at Mississippi Valley State University.

 

 

MSU overcomes Varnado foul trouble

Posted 12/29/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury has no problem with what Phil Turner provides off the bench. Although there were some anxious moments in the post Monday night when senior center Jarvis Varnado got into foul trouble and had to come out of the first half against Mississippi Valley State. Freshmen Wendell Lewis and John Riek pieced together what they could and helped the Bulldogs beat Mississippi Valley 73-45 in front of 5,421 at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

MSU's Price seeks opportunity against Centenary

Posted 12/22/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — There’s nothing Baxter Price would like more than to see Mississippi State’s basketball team get a big lead against Centenary tonight. As a walk-on with the Bulldogs, that scenario might be the only way Price will get to play and have a chance to score points in front of family and friends at Mississippi Coliseum. The freshman from Brandon, who attended Northwest Rankin High School, said it would be special if he was to receive playing time at 7 tonight when MSU plays in the capital city.

 

 

Fanning-Otis searches for consistency from Lady Bulldogs

Posted 12/22/2009 in College Sports

The Mississippi State women’s basketball has discovered this season what it’s like to get an opponent’s best game. When the opposition has been Texas, Rutgers, Southern California, or Xavier, the result has been less than positive for the Lady Bulldogs. MSU put itself in that position coming off a 23-11 season in which it advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. With four starters and 11 letterwinners returning, optimism entering the season was at an all-time high.

 

 

Xavier will try to get back on track against MSU

Posted 12/19/2009 in College Sports

Kevin McGuff and Sharon Fanning-Otis sound like there teams are at similar points in the season. On Wednesday, Fanning-Otis said the Lady Bulldogs are “nowhere near where we need to be to win a conference championship or to compete for a conference championship.” She made that comment after a 35-point victory against Mississippi Valley State. McGuff can empathize with Fanning-Otis’ feelings. The No. 12 Xavier women’s basketball team lost to Michigan 72-71 on Monday. The loss was the second in a row for the Musketeers (7-2).

 

 

Victory today against Xavier would boost MSU's numbers

Posted 12/19/2009 in College Sports

It’s never too early to start looking at numbers. When you start the season with dreams of 64 and 16, those numbers can be pretty important, even though the season is only 11 games old. But the Mississippi State women’s basketball team’s body of work deserves examination as it prepares for its next-to-last non-conference game against No. 12 Xavier at 1 p.m. today.

 

 

It's raining threes for MSU men

Posted 12/18/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s men’s basketball team knows there will be times it doesn’t shoot well from beyond the 3-point line. Even though the Bulldogs enjoy shooting a Southeastern Conference-best 42 percent (104 of 248) from 3-point range, they understand it will be difficult to keep up that pace.

 

 

EMCC football players sign with four-year schools

Posted 12/18/2009 in College Sports

Members of the East Mississippi Community College football team are reaping the rewards from a record-breaking season. Sophomores Pat Shed (University of Alabama at Birmingham), John Rice (Western Michigan), Alvin Ellis and Gabe Poe (West Alabama) signed scholarships earlier this week to continue their football careers.

 

 

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