STARKVILLE -- Fans will have trouble finding freshmen on the depth charts for the 2011 Music City Bowl. The leaders of the Mississippi State and Wake Forest University football teams refer to their programs as "developmental" entities that encourage 18- and 19-year-olds to begin their college careers doing something they might not have done: Stand on the sideline and watch.
STARKVILLE -- Baker Swedenburg earned a title this month that is a source of pride. It isn't All-American, All-Southeastern Conference or starting Division I punter. Swedenburg, a third-year sophomore punter, is a graduate of Mississippi State. He was one of eight members of the MSU football team who recently received his bachelor's degree.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's annual contest in the state's capital will be a homecoming for three players. No. 18 MSU (11-1) will hope to win its ninth straight game at Memorial Coliseum under coach Rick Stansbury when it takes on Northwestern State (7-5) at 7 tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Russell is learning how to play with pain in preparation for the 2011 Music City Bowl. Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen confirmed Monday that Russell has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and is expected to play against Wake Forest at 5:40 p.m. Dec. 30 (ESPN) in Nashville, Tenn.
OXFORD -- Despite an offer to remain at the University of Mississippi, associate head coach Gunter Brewer has decided to leave the school and to try to get a job as coach at another school.
STARKVILLE -- Despite strong objections by Mississippi State, the NCAA released the rationale for its suspension of forward Kristers Zeidaks for this season and 11 games next season. NCAA Eligibility Center ruled Nov. 3, Zeidaks, who is from Latvia, will be suspended for this season and 11 games next season for participating in a league that saw him play with and against professional players in his home country.
STARKVILLE -- Every Southeastern Conference baseball coach had the same question earlier this year when the NCAA tournament selection show ended: "Where's LSU?" LSU finished 36-20 (13-17 in the SEC) and 26th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), but didn't receive an invitation in large part for failing to make the conference tournament.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze has spent his first weeks as the University of Mississippi's football coach playing catch-up, constantly on the road or on the phone trying to convince prospects to give the Rebels a chance. He said it has been encouraging experience. It also has been a humbling one.
STARKVILLE -- Ashley Brown has earned a reputation as a rebounder. In her second year with the program, the 5-foot-11 transfer from Jefferson College (Mo.) has shown a nose for the ball and a willingness to mix it up in the paint like no other member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. When given a chance, Brown also can make an impact in the scoring column.
HATTIESBURG -- Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy would have preferred that Neil Watson cut the fast break short, milking some clock in the final minute of a tight game against in-state rival Mississippi. The precocious point guard had other ideas. Watson flipped a pass to Torye Pelham, who was streaking down the lane and finished with a powerful, one-handed jam that sealed Southern Miss' 86-82 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday night.
DETROIT -- Arnett Moultrie and the No. 17 Mississippi State men' basketball team kept cool when it mattered most in their first true road game of the season. Hood made the go-ahead basket with 17.7 seconds to play and Moultrie added a big blocked shot seconds later to help MSU beat Detroit 80-75 for its 10th straight victory.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant hopes she can keep the feeling. As shooters go, the Mississippi State freshman looks the part. She steps into her shots and has solid form and follow through to hit nothing but the bottom of the net from 3-point range.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team had just about everything working for the first 5 minutes, 38 seconds Friday night against Southern Mississippi.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sports fans will have an opportunity to relive some of the memories of the Lions' national championship football season this weekend with the airing of a half-hour special on WCBI-TV and My MS.
STARKVILLE --Mississippi State's football schedule for next season is now complete. After a six-month search to find a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, MSU officials announced Friday afternoon a one-game contract to play Middle Tennessee State University at Davis Wade Stadium on Oct. 20.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen knew his freshman quarterback would be exhausted, so after the open scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium Friday night, he didn't need statistics to prove the important result. The Mississippi State football coach knew Dak Prescott had survived the most work behind center in his early college career.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has already faced many unique challenges in the early part of the men's basketball season. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) have already suffered a disappointing upset loss at home, won a tournament at Madison Square Garden, won games without key players and now have a new task. MSU must now figure out a way to win its first road game of the 2011-12 season.
STARKVILLE -- Lack of depth is the result of trying to replace a pair of senior safeties that played nearly every defensive snap during a season. So it wasn't surprising to hear Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen admit that his team will be "a little young" in the back two members of the Bulldogs secondary.
For the first time ever, East Mississippi Community College can now boast a national Player of the Year in football. Less than a month after leading the Lions to a first-ever national championship, freshman quarterback Bo Wallace was named National Offensive Player of the Year by the NJCAA Thursday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball coaches have the luxury that most staffs in the country would love. Late in the game, they'll get to hand the ball to a senior All-American selection to ensure a victory on the mound.
1. Columbus Speedway reopens Nov. 12 LOCAL SPORTS
2. West Alabama Roundup: Aliceville wins eighth straight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Mississippi Roundup: West Point, West Lowndes post critical region wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Columbus grabs key road win at Olive Branch HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope gets lift with home win over Lewisburg HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS