The dream matchup is almost a reality. When the final NJCAA top 20 of the regular season was released Monday morning, there were no major surprises. For a second straight week, the East Mississippi Community College football team was ranked second in the nation, while No. 1 Arizona Western College also made it back-to-back weeks in the top spot.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team made a statement Monday night. Not only did it beat a quality opponent in Xavier 71-65 at Humphrey Coliseum, but it also may have found a third offensive option in center Martha Alwal.
OXFORD -- It appears Houston Nutt has finally run out of magic. The embattled 54-year-old coach has one last chance at a truly signature victory when Mississippi (2-8, 0-6 SEC) hosts No. 1 LSU (10-0, 6-0) on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. But considering Nutt's lame duck status and that the Rebels are coming off an embarrassing 27-7 loss to Louisiana Tech on homecoming, the odds are incredibly long.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's offense didn't have much success Saturday night against the No. 4 University of Alabama. The Bulldogs didn't move the ball much and they certainly didn't light up the scoreboard for the first three quarters. When the final whistle blew, the Crimson Tide proved why they are on another level in the Southeastern Conference with a 24-7 victory at David Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Earlier in the week, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said a lack of effort wasn't the reason his team was falling short in big home games. In a way, MSU's third-year coach proved that line of thinking true Saturday night when he and the Bulldogs tried everything to no avail in a 24-7 loss to the No. 4 University of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- With 7 minutes, 32 seconds left in the third quarter Saturday night, University of Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley let out a sigh of relief all of Oktibbeha County felt. His 24-yard field goal helped him became the first kicker to convert a field goal in five tries just when fans had started to think the task was impossible.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Lacoltan Bester threw a birthday party with 4,000 friends in attendance Saturday afternoon. Bester also was the master of his ceremonies who made sure everyone will remember his 20th birthday for a lifetime. The Scooba native caught three touchdown passes to help No. 2 EMCC defeat No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. 42-17 in the MACJC state championship game at Sullivan-Windham Field.
SCOOBA -- West Point native Justin Cox knows a thing or two about winning state championships. Cox played on each of the past two Class 5A state championship teams at West Point High School. On Saturday, Cox and his defensive teammates were hard at work for the No. 2 East Mississippi Community College football team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball responded Saturday from an early season wake-up call with an effort coach Rick Stansbury was more than happy to discuss.
Amy Waugh has been witness to history. As a player, the former Xavier University standout was part of the 2000-01 team that upset the University of Tennessee in the NCAA tournament en route to advancing to the Elite Eight.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen's motto for winning in the Southeastern Conference always has started with winning home games. Mississippi State's third-year football coach acknowledged Monday it was about time his Bulldogs squad practiced what it preached. Mullen and MSU will try to start a trend at 6:45 tonight (ESPN) when they play host to the No. 4 University of Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team blocked its way to victory Friday night in its season opener. The Lady Bulldogs set a new school record with 14 blocked shots and scored the first 16 points en route to a 78-41 victory against Jacksonville State at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mark Hudspeth didn't take the expressway to an NCAA Division I head coaching job. In fact, the road was barely paved.
STARKVILLE -- Suddenly, the game everybody around the Mississippi State campus considered a throw-away game is critical. MSU's game against the University of South Alabama at 1 p.m. today will give the Bulldogs (1-1) an opportunity to regroup from a disheartening loss before they go to New York for two games in the 2K Classic Invitational.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi announced Friday the members of the five-person committee who will direct the search for the school's new football coach.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt's tenure as the University of Mississippi football coach will end in three weeks. The fourth-year coach was forced to resign Monday, effective at the end of the season, but he will stay on for the last three games of the season. It's been a dismal fall for the Rebels, who are 2-7 and 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference.
National television has turned the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry into one of the best in the NFL. Each senior college football season ends with multiple rivalry games, such as Mississippi State-the University of Mississippi, the University of Alabama-Auburn, Oregon-Oregon State, and Georgia-Georgia Tech. The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is developing quite the rivalry of its own. At 2 p.m. Saturday, No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (10-0) and No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (9-1) will play the latest installment of what has turned into an intense and passionate rivalry. In this meeting, the MACJC state championship will be decided at Sullivan-Windham Field on the EMCC campus.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team will open the 2011-12 season at 6:30 tonight when it plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Things didn't happen the way Dylan Earnest planned, but he is going to get an opportunity to play Division I baseball sooner rather than later. The former Hamilton High School standout, who missed most of his freshman season at Itawamba Community College due to injury, gave a verbal commitment Monday to play baseball for Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He made it official Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its eighth annual men's basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Wednesday. Thirty-two players received votes for the teams, and the University of Alabama, the University of Florida, the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University led all schools with three selections each, while Mississippi State had two selections. Nine schools are represented on the preseason squads.
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