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Undefeated Arizona Western set for EMCC

Posted 12/2/2011 in College Sports

Arizona Western College football coach Tom Minnick had a vision when he took over the program. The fourth-year coach admits that vision has become reality much quick than he anticipated. Arizona Western College (11-0) will try to close the final chapter on a magical season at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when it takes on No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (11-0) for the NJCAA national championship in the El Toro Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.



Johnson helps Fanning-Otis get No. 600

Posted 12/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- No. 600 for Sharon Fanning-Otis proved Wednesday to be another step in the right direction for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Led by the attacking nature of senior Diamber Johnson (game-high 22 points), MSU defeated the University of South Alabama 63-47 for its third straight win before a crowd of 688 at Humphrey Coliseum.



Cox, Banks will submit NFL draft papers

Posted 12/1/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen once again will encourage members of his juniors class to get tested by the NFL. MSU junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and junior cornerback Johnthan Banks will submit paperwork to the NFL draft advisory board to see where their expert scouts estimate they'll get picked.



EMCC takes final step on road to title

Posted 12/1/2011 in College Sports

The East Mississippi Community College football team learned its postseason destination more than two weeks ago. This morning, players, coaches, and support staff members for No. 2 EMCC flew out of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport on the first leg of a 1,700-mile flight that will move it closer to the biggest game in school history.



Alabama off to best start in nine seasons

Posted 12/1/2011 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The No. 12 University of Alabama men's basketball team has learned its lesson. The Crimson Tide (7-0) have ridden smothering defense and a blend of veteran players and impact freshmen to its best start in nine seasons. This time last year, Alabama was a struggling group that would get it together too late to salvage its NCAA tournament hopes.



Mullen dodges Penn State speculation

Posted 11/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Another offseason is nearly here, and reports of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen leaving Starkville already have started. The Bulldogs' third-year coach deflected questions Tuesday about speculation he is a serious candidate to replace Joe Paterno as head football coach at Penn State University.



Fanning-Otis one win away from milestone

Posted 11/30/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Discipline. Structure. Fundamentals. Jemmye Ann Helms remembers those elements being cornerstones Sharon Fanning-Otis established in 1995 at Mississippi State when she took over as the school's new women's basketball coach.



Offensive line play has fueled EMCC run to title

Posted 11/30/2011 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Skill positions are crucial in a high-octane offense. But there's plenty of credit to go around when a team scores 41 or more points in its last nine games on the way to an undefeated 11-0 mark and a shot at a national championship.



USM's Davis wins Conerly Trophy

Posted 11/30/2011 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Once a walk-on, Southern Mississippi quarterback Austin Davis has been recognized as the state of Mississippi's top college football player.


Fans give their thoughts on the intense rivalry between MSU and Ole Miss

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jack and Mary Lott weren't about to let a little rain spoil their party. The Lotts have attended the past 15 football games between the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State.


MSU three times Gold

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Golden Egg Trophy will stay in Starkville. The Mississippi State football team won the annual in-state rivalry for the third straight year for the first time since World War II with a 31-3 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.



MSU's ground game too much to handle

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Whether it was right, left, or up the middle, the Mississippi State football team ran past an overmatched University of Mississippi defense. MSU's game plan wasn't complicated. Coach Dan Mullen wanted to force the Southeastern Conference's worst run defense to stop the Bulldogs' ground game before they would adjust.



Relf shines in final Egg Bowl

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen pulled a fast one on everybody willing to listen. Less than 30 minutes after MSU lost to No. 3 Arkansas 44-17 last week, the third-year coach didn't want to take questions on the quarterback issue because he was willing to hand over the answer: Tyler Russell was starting the 2011 Egg Bowl.



Things end on sour note for Nutt

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Houston Nutt didn't want his career as head football coach at the University of Mississippi end this way. There couldn't have been a bigger understatement. Nutt's Rebels were outmanned from the opening kickoff Saturday in a 31-3 loss to archrival Mississippi State in the final Southeastern Conference regular-season game for both teams at Davis Wade Stadium.



MSU men will play host to North Texas

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team has little time to celebrate it latest victory. Coming off a 26-point victory Friday against the University of Tennessee at Martin, No. 24 MSU will play host to the University of North Texas at 1:30 p.m. today at Humphrey Coliseum.



Brown, defense push MSU women to win

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team parlayed a strong defensive effort into a 56-42 victory against Savannah State on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Arena. The Lady Bulldogs (5-1) allowed only three second-half field goals after leading 26-25 at halftime. Savannah State (3-2) didn't convert its first field goal of the final half until 7 minutes, 26 seconds remained in the game.



Richardson powers No. 2 Alabama past Auburn

Posted 11/26/2011 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Trent Richardson and the No. 2 University of Alabama football team have convinced Nick Saban they're worthy of competing for college's top prize. They'll have to wait a while before for the final decision is rendered



Auburn wants to knock Alabama from title hunt

Posted 11/25/2011 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Tailback Trent Richardson isn't among those assuming the No. 2 University of Alabama football team will just roll over its biggest rival on the way to a possible national title shot. He knows Auburn has heard such talk, too.



Lewis provides spark for MSU vs. UTM

Posted 11/25/2011 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dee Bost, Brian Bryant, Rodney Hood, and Jalen Steele. Even without Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney in the starting lineup for the second game in a row, Wendell Lewis probably wouldn't be any higher in the pecking order when it comes to options on offense.



Ole Miss men go extra to beat Miami

Posted 11/25/2011 in College Sports

OXFORD -- It may be too early in the season to call it a defining moment, but University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy thought his club's 64-61 overtime win against previously undefeated University of Miami was a step in the right direction.



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