The "monster" is coming. Vic Schafer wasn't referring to exams or to the last-minute holiday rush to purchase gifts when he made that comment. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach was calling attention to the fact that the start of the Southeastern Conference season is 20 days away.
STARKVILLE -- If anybody knows about the worthlessness of numbers in the fall for college baseball players, it's John Cohen. The Mississippi State baseball coach jokingly refers to his career at his alma mater when he calls himself a "Fall-American" in reference to his penchant for being a top player when the statistics didn't count.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron has helped Alabama reach several prime destinations, from New Orleans to Miami and Southern California. Now the third-ranked Crimson Tide's quarterback, known for national titles and winning 12 times for every loss, will get to see New York for the first time.
BILOXI -- East Mississippi Community College left little doubt it was the best junior college football team in the nation this season. EMCC's status as the nation's No. 1 became official late Monday after it claimed all nine first-place votes in the National Junior College Athletic Association's final rankings.
STARKVILLE -- Cowbells will be allowed inside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the Mississippi State football team's game against Rice on New Year's Eve.
ATLANTA -- One day after receiving a bid to play in the 55th AutoZone Liberty Bowl, the Mississippi State football had three players earn All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press.
BILOXI -- East Mississippi Community College opened its football training camp for the season on a blistering hot August afternoon.
BILOXI -- Many football players work their careers for one chance to become a national champion. Antoinne Adkins is lucky. He has had that opportunity twice.
BILOXI -- Byerson Cockrell was looking back and looking ahead Sunday moments after his playing career at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- The selection of Mississippi State was a matter of repeating history for the Liberty Bowl committee. MSU's decision Sunday to accept an invitation to play Rice in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl enabled the committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 MSU team that made the program's first trip to the Liberty Bowl.
The Alabama football team will head to the Sugar Bowl facing the same kind of challenge it encountered the last time it played in this game.
OXFORD -- Mike Moser scored 24 points, Johnathan Loyd added 23 points and 15 assists, and the Oregon men's basketball team made almost every shot it tossed toward the basket Sunday. It's a good thing. They needed just about every one of them.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood gets asked a variation of the same question every day. Whether its fans, administrators, or her players, the question is when is MSU volleyball going to turn the corner? Her answer has been same for everyone: It's happening now.
SCOOBA -- While the rules of the game have changed, East Mississippi Community College's success on the football field has continued. No. 2 EMCC (11-0) will play for its second national championship in the past three seasons at 2 p.m. today when it faces No. 1 Georgia Military College (11-0) in the sixth Mississippi Bowl at Biloxi High School's Indian Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team is ready to take a break. After playing six games in 12 days, MSU struggled in the second half of a 75-49 victory against Alabama State Saturday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
SCOOBA -- There's a serious argument to be made DJ Looney has the most difficult job on the East Mississippi Community College football staff.
STARKVILLE -- When Rick Ray became Mississippi State men's basketball coach last year, he wanted fans to leave Humphrey Coliseum knowing the Bulldogs played harder, tougher, and smarter than their opponent.
STARKVILLE -- Three games into his career, freshman point guard IJ Ready is fed up with the play of the Mississippi State men's basketball team.
SCOOBA -- Todd Mays took one look at the East Mississippi Community College football team's offense and realized he wanted to be part of the system.
Coaches frequently talk about different matchups being the key to victory. At 2 p.m. Sunday at the sixth Mississippi Bowl in Biloxi, the contrasting styles of No. 1 Georgia Military College and No. 2 East Mississippi Community College will determine the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.
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