STARKVILLE -- Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum was an evening of firsts for the Mississippi State basketball programs. For the first time in more than a decade, MSU celebrated in a public Maroon Madness pep rally for the fans to get an initial look at the teams for the 2011-12 season.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in program history, the Mississippi State volleyball team defeated a ranked opponent. It accomplished that feat Friday night in front of the largest crowd to see a match at the school.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Wyatt is convinced he has a good idea what is going through the minds of Chris Relf and Tyler Russell this week. He feels that way because he experienced something similar for four years.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen responded to talk radio chatter about play calling in the second half of MSU's 21-3 victory last weekend at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is still trying to find the right five players to play in front its quarterback. Finding that mix will be primary concern at 11:21 a.m. Saturday (WCBI) because MSU will have to contend with No. 15 University of South Carolina and the pass rush of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. Johnson was defensive coordinator at MSU for coach Sylvester Croom from 2004-07.
STARKVILLE -- With three minutes left in the Mississippi State football team's victory Saturday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bulldog fans got their first look at tailback Nick Griffin. The journey to earning his first playing time lasted more than a year than he expected.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen thought making the quarterbacks unavailable to the media this week would limit the talk surrounding the position. Think again.
STARKVILLE -- The status of James Carmon remains unclear even after his performance in a relief role Saturday against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Enter Tyler Russell. Those three words not only changed the complexion of the Mississippi State football team's 21-3 victory Saturday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but they also might have changed the outlook of the rest of the 2011 season.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Chris Wilson would love to take some credit for the resurgence of the Mississippi State defense. Instead, MSU's defensive coordinator admitted Saturday the success his unit had in a 21-3 victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham was due to the fact the 11 players on the field are starting to figure things out.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen listened to his biggest fan and critic this week about getting senior tailback Vick Ballard the football. Himself.
BOONEVILLE -- The suspense in Saturday's heavyweight showdown between East Mississippi Community College and Northeast Mississippi C.C. lasted about three plays.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 2 University of Alabama football team turned a lackluster start into another easy win. AJ McCarron passed for career-highs of 237 yards and four touchdowns and sparked Alabama to a 34-0 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State football team's victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham last season provides the ideal example to illustrate the difference between that team and the 2011 squad.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team had the type of game Friday that shows if a team is playoff ready, if a team can land the last punch after trading punches all night long. The Volunteers hadn't had to win ugly this season. They'd dominated teams with a punishing ground game and entered their matchup against Parklane Academy averaging 35 points in six wins.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Relf understands the criticism starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference face. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has counseled him about the reality.
STARKVILLE -- The University of Alabama at Birmingham will allow fans to bring cowbells into Legion Field.
When Bo Wallace left Arkansas State University and transferred to East Mississippi Community College, he wanted to play in meaningful games. Wallace will get another chance to do just that in only his sixth game as a Lion at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Booneville when No. 3 EMCC takes on No. 12 Northeast Mississippi C.C. in a battle for the MACJC North Division lead. Each team is 5-0 and 3-0 in the North.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen knows how his offensive line got to this point. That's not the problem. The fact the solution still eludes him and his assistant coaches is the most frustrating aspect of the equation.
STARKVILLE -- Despite early indications that the University of Alabama at Birmingham football team is leaning toward announcing a starting quarterback, Mississippi State is preparing to face multiple players at that position when the teams meet at 11 a.m. Saturday (SportSouth).
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