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Blanchard leads Indians to coach's first victory

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

It's easy for Tevin Blanchard to attract attention. At Aberdeen High School, the 6-foot, 170-pounder earned All-District and second-team All-State honors in football and helped the boys basketball team win the Class 3A state title in 2008.

Comfort returns for ICC's Mims

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Jessee Mims has always felt comfortable on the soccer field. Mims' skills on and off the ball as a midfielder allowed her to make a difference in a match and feel like she was a contributor.


MSU defense expects more sacks, turnovers

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's defensive players, despite having just four sacks entering Saturday's game against Georgia, feel like they're settling into State's pressure-based scheme.



After losses, Rebels struggle to regroup

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

The University of Mississippi wasn't expected to have an incredible football team this season after losing multiple star players to the NFL.



Preparing for 3-4 defense not an issue for Bulldogs

Posted 9/22/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's offensive line has placed greater emphasis on improving communication to shore up protection issues.



MSU still trying to put it all together

Posted 9/21/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team isn't panicking despite committing eight turnovers in its past two games. Even coming off a dismal offensive performance Saturday in a 29-7 loss at LSU that exposed protection issues and poor decision-making from both quarterbacks, coach Dan Mullen and the players insist consistency is the missing link.



Ingram's knee, game hold up well against Duke

Posted 9/21/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Ingram barely even felt like he played a football game when he woke up Sunday after the top-ranked University of Alabama football team beat Duke, much less like a guy who was returning from knee surgery.



MSU turnovers made difference

Posted 9/20/2010 in College Sports

Mississippi State's football team had several areas contribute to its 29-7 loss to LSU, but turnovers were the repeated nails in the coffin Saturday.



LSU finds easy pickings

Posted 9/18/2010 in College Sports

trick Peterson's remarkable interceptions gave a boost to the star cornerback's Heisman Trophy credentials and took the pressure off LSU's inconsistent offense.



Vandy rolls to 28-14 win over Ole Miss

Posted 9/18/2010 in College Sports

For his first two months as Vanderbilt University's new football coach, Robbie Caldwell was only known for his jokes.



Mark Ingram returns for easy victory

Posted 9/18/2010 in College Sports

Mark Ingram took his first handoff of the year and darted nearly 50 yards. Later, he went the other direction and dashed another 50.



MSU still confident despite mistakes

Posted 9/17/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If there was a loss that stood out the most to Mississippi State football fans in 2009, it was the home defeat to LSU. The 30-26 loss could have been the Bulldogs' first win against the Tigers since 1999. The sequence of events in the final minute of the game, however, made the result the most distinguishable of MSU's seven defeats last season.



Alabama walk-on Lowery lands playing time

Posted 9/17/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Will Lowery's view of the University of Alabama football games has changed. The sophomore walk-on wasn't sitting in the stands cheering when a Crimson Tide defensive back made a potential points-saving interception on national television against Penn State. He was the one making the play.



Southern Miss' Brown seeks redemption after getting ripped by coach

Posted 9/17/2010 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Southern Miss receiver DeAndre Brown got the message. Tired of Brown's prima donna ways, Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora used the uncharacteristic tactic of publicly blasting Brown during a press conference last week, citing a lack of consistent effort.



MSU defense trying to find its identity

Posted 9/16/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Through two games, Mississippi State's defense has taken a "fresh" approach to which players are in the game.



MSU women's basketball putting pieces together

Posted 9/16/2010 in College Sports

Sharon Fanning-Otis has assembled all of the pieces for the 2010-11 season. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach and her assistant coaches are evaluating those parts in preparation for the start of practice Oct. 5.



MSU QB combo still a go

Posted 9/15/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Through two games, Mississippi State's offense has had performances at opposite ends of the football spectrum.  In Mississippi State's 49-7 season-opening win against Memphis, backup quarterback Tyler Russell threw for four touchdowns and the team eclipsed 500 yards of total offense.  But in a 17-14 loss to Auburn this past Thursday, Mississippi State was held to less than 250 yards of offense and left stewing about unforced mistakes in a game it believed it should have won. 



Foxworth spiritual leader at Mississippi College

Posted 9/15/2010 in College Sports

As a follower of Jesus Christ, Stirling Foxworth strives to make a difference in people's lives. According to Kevin Johns, Foxworth is accomplishing his objective as a senior on the Mississippi College men's soccer team and in the Christian community. Johns, Mississippi College's coach, has coached Foxworth for four years and seen him mature into a leader on and off the field.



Box inducted into Freed-Hardeman Hall of Fame

Posted 9/15/2010 in College Sports

When Columbus native Chuck Box was the baseball coach at Freed-Hardeman Univerity, he took the program to unprecedented heights. Box, a 1987 graduate of former Caldwell High School, coached the Lions from 1994-98 and again from 2003-04 with his 1996 team setting a school record with 36 wins and his 1997 team winning the TranSouth Conference regular season championship and finishing 44-10. For his contributions, Box was inducted into the Freed-Hardeman Athletics Hall of Fame this past Friday.



MSU working to eliminate mistakes

Posted 9/14/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There's consensus within Mississippi State's football team that wins will come when plays are made. The team derives confidence from knowing a key catch or sack will be the final step to winning big-time games. The coaches' concerns about players not being in position to make plays has decreased through the team's first two games, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said Monday.



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