STARKVILLE -- It's possible to reverse history and imagine Tyler Russell on the opposite sideline Saturday for the Mississippi State football team's game against the University of Alabama. Three years ago, the Parade All-American quarterback's college decision was down to a pair of schools less than 85 miles apart on Highway 82.
OXFORD -- It was apparent quite quickly that this wasn't a normal University of Mississippi football team practice. As players slowly made their way up the stairs and onto the practice field, employees loaded boxes into a car in the parking lot, the first signs that the beginning of the end of Houston Nutt's tenure is here.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury never has been shy about touting the skills of his team's next opponent days before a game.
Even though it didn't play, Tuesday was still a big day for the East Mississippi Community College football team. The undefeated Lions moved to No. 2 in the latest NJCAA top 20 released Tuesday. EMCC (10-0) trails No. 1 Arizona Western College (10-0) by five points (137-132). Arizona Western secured four of seven first-place votes. EMCC had one, as did No. 3 Butler C.C. (9-1) and No. 4 Grand Rapids C.C. (10-0).
Fifth-year East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White says there is nothing mystical about his program's rise to the top of the food chain in the state of Mississippi. "It's real simple," White said. "Hard work. Nothing is going to ever going to replace hard work."
In seven years as women's soccer coach at Clemson University, Todd Bramble never located a mole in the NCAA who would tip him off with inside information.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt came to the University of Mississippi with the goal of becoming the first coach to lead the Rebels to the Southeastern Conference championship game. It didn't happen, far from it. Over the past year, the Rebels couldn't win a single SEC game. "The thing about the SEC that I know," Nutt said. "They pay you to win."
STARKVILLE -- The pressure was beginning to mount on Mississippi State senior tailback Vick Ballard. In a 55-17 victory against the University of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday, that pressure valve went down a few notches after he found the end zone again.
STARKVILLE -- In a surprisingly tight victory, the Mississippi State men's basketball found a flaw it will need to fix before opponents get a book on them.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday the dynamic of the 2011 Egg Bowl matchup against the University of Mississippi remains the same after the announcement that Houston Nutt won't return as Ole Miss' coach after that game.
STARKVILLE -- Porsha Porter's smile could be a deadly weapon for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. Like anyone who has had braces, the senior guard is getting used to a smile that lights up a room. The comfort level Porter feels in her second season with the Lady Bulldogs could give her even more reasons to flash her new look.
Just hours after stepping down, two high-ranking Penn State administrators face arraignment Monday on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to properly report suspected child abuse by the ex-football coach.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team showed Sunday it has the potential to have a potent one-two punch. Now the Lady Bulldogs will work on finding more weapons to add to their go-to arsenal.
STARKVILLE -- With a sense of relief, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen used three words to sum up his team's performance on Homecoming Saturday night. "It's a win," Mullen said.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 2 University of Alabama football team kept coming up short in the biggest game of the season. That very well could be where the Crimson Tide's national championship aspirations will fall, too. The Tide botched three field goals and had a trick play backfire in a 9-6 overtime loss to No. 1 LSU on Saturday in a game Alabama fans will long rue as one that got away.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After three quarters, University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt felt good about the Rebels' chances of winning their first Southeastern Conference game of the year. That didn't last long.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wasn't about to let the scoreboard cloud his anger toward his team's play in the first half Saturday against the University of Tennessee-Martin.
STARKVILLE -- Football fans in the state of Mississippi may have forgotten about Jason McNair's ability to run the football. McNair re-introduced himself as a member of the Tennessee-Martin backfield on Saturday, rushing for a game-high 122 yards on 27 carries in the University of Tennessee-Martin's 55-17 loss to Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team isn't necessarily all pass all the time. No. 3 EMCC proved Saturday it can run the football, too.
STARKVILLE -- In arguably the most remembered at-bat of the 2011 season, the Mississippi State coaches considered having their cleanup hitter bunt.
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