STARKVILLE -- The future is now for Rodney Hood. With 12 days remaining until his college basketball debut, the anticipation continues to grow for the player many believe could be the first lottery pick in NBA draft since Rick Stansbury took over the Mississippi State men's basketball program.
The No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team will try Thursday to go where no other group of Lions has gone. EMCC can complete its first undefeated regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday with a victory against Holmes C.C. in the final regular-season game for both teams at Ras Branch Field in Goodman. WFCA-FM (107.9) will broadcast the game locally.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.
The final week of the MACJC regular season will answer several remaining questions. East Mississippi Community College, Hinds C.C., and Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. have secured spots in the state playoffs that will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Itawamba C.C., Northeast Mississippi C.C., and Northwest Mississippi C.C. are vying for the fourth and final playoff spot.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox couldn't win Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for a third consecutive week. Bye weeks will do that.
STARKVILLE -- The statistics tell Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen his team will struggle at 6 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky unless it can generate turnovers. The Wildcats are 104th in the country (11th in the Southeastern Conference) in turnover margin. The 19 giveaways have been critical in losses to Louisville, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina.
OXFORD -- It's not often a college football player -- let alone a freshman -- will give his coach advice. Universiy of Mississippi receiver Nickolas Brassell couldn't help himself. He had to let Houston Nutt know what was on his mind. "I know I can make more plays by just being on the field more," Brassell said. "I know what I can do when I have the ball in my hands."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Kentucky and Mississippi State senior guard Dee Bost earned places on the first tier Monday. Media members picked Kentucky to finish first in the Southeastern Conference preseason men's basketball poll and made Bost a preseason first-team All-SEC pick.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe he'd prefer to be called Professor Dan Mullen know. Mississippi State's third-year football coach has used this week without a game for an internal evaluation to see if his team is "tipping our hand" with its game plans in what has turned out to be a frustrating season.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Bracewell was considered one of the best high school power arms in state of Alabama three years ago. That's why Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen felt Bracewell was the key to a recruiting class that included pitching prospects Chris Stratton, Kendall Graveman, and Chad Girodo.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team can thank the power left arm of Stephanie Becker for helping it win a doubleheader Saturday.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt had his coaching bag of tricks ready for his former school. It wasn't quite enough. The University of Mississippi football team jumped out to a 17-point lead before watching the No. 10 University of Arkansas roar back for a 29-24 victory Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
SCOOBA -- Some of the best football players to play at East Mississippi Community College were on campus for Homecoming and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. It is a safe bet several of the Lions who saw action Saturday on the Sullivan-Windham Stadium playing surface will be back to be honored in years to come.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football fans could finally move on from the big rival to the really big game. Most of the 101,821 stuck around until the end of Alabama's 37-6 rout of the University of Tennessee on Saturday, happily starting up the "LSU" chants with a couple of minutes left and roaring when the announcer mentioned the next game in two weeks.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks never cared about the recruiting attention. He also doesn't care about any potential postseason conference honors.
When asked to discuss his football playing days at East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi State Senator Terry Brown might take you in a number of directions. Yet every story the United States Army Veteran tells is a good one. This weekend, Brown will be one of 11 individuals inducted into the EMCC Athletics Hall of Fame. The new class will be formally inducted tonight at a banquet in Scooba. It also will be introduced in pregame ceremonies prior to No. 3 EMCC's Homecoming game against Mississippi Delta C.C. at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan-Windham Field.
The East Mississippi Community College football team moved into its new home two months ago. Now the Lions want to spruce the place up with its first banner.
STARKVILLE -- When the Mississippi State men's basketball team officially ushers in the 2011-12 campaign on Nov. 7, it will mark the beginning of the program's 100th season.
The accolades continue to come in for the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State baseball programs. Baseball America ranked Ole Miss' 2011 recruiting class fifth nationally and MSU's class No. 14.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's soccer team wrapped up its 2011 home slate with a 2-0 setback to the University of Kentucky on Thursday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
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