STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer has talked about the difficulties of not falling prey to the Kool-Aid. In many of those instances, the Mississippi State women's basketball coach has expressed confidence his players won't buy into the hype or allow the sweetness of the drink to affect their performance. So far, the Bulldogs have rewarded Schaefer's confidence by playing like the nation's No. 4 team in so many ways.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham knows he is stepping through a revolving door. Mississippi State's defensive coordinator position has been a one-and-done position of late, as Manny Diaz and Peter Sirmon had the position for one year.
STARKVILLE -- Fast, physical, and aggressive. That will be the tag line for Todd Grantham's defenses at Mississippi State. It's one he repeated Wednesday at his introductory news conference as MSU's defensive coordinator.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi baseball teams will face each other in a traditional three-game weekend series format.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Three weeks after the Tennessee men's basketball team blew a second-half lead at Ole Miss, the teams reversed roles in the rematch. Grant Williams and Robert Hubbs III had 18 points Wednesday as the Volunteers came from behind in the closing minutes to defeat Ole Miss 75-66.
STARKVILLE -- Consider the lesson learned. For the last two seasons, Vic Schaefer had to listen to all of the pundits talk about the strength of his team's non-conference schedule. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach didn't care for much of the talk. He made his case to dispute the fact the Bulldogs had played weak non-conference schedules with too many games against opponents in the lower regions of Division I.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Alabama men's basketball coach Avery Johnson couldn't help but gush a bit about his team's drama-filled, four-overtime victory against No. 19 South Carolina.
STARKVILLE -- Jake Mangum already has been the best hitter in college baseball's best conference. Last season, Mangum hit .408 as a freshman to help the Mississippi State win the Southeastern Conference regular-season title en route to a 44-win campaign.
Dan Mullen's coaching staff for 2017 is filling up. Mississippi State confirmed multiple reports that D.J Looney, a graduate assistant for Georgia, will be the new tight ends coach and Brett Elliott will be the new quarterbacks coach.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn men's basketball team built a big lead and held on for dear life -- again. Bryce Brown scored 18 points and Mustapha Heron added 17 to help Auburn hold off a big Mississippi State comeback attempt and win 98-92 Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Turns out Ben Howland was right. Mississippi State's men's basketball coach pestered his team to rebound in a stretch of four losses in five games prior to a matchup against Tennessee on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU's trickle down the Southeastern Conference standings coincided with a declining rebounding margin, which convinced Howland the latter would help fix the former.
STARKVILLE -- Senior third baseman Caroline Seitz knows the relevance of the 2016 softball season for Mississippi State. "You have to learn from last season," Seitz said. "You can't dwell on it. You can't have adversity and not make sure it makes you better. We have to take the positives from last season, and we have to fix the things that went wrong. Everybody is ready to get started on that."
STARKVILLE -- Dominique Dillingham didn't need any ice for her elbow or shoulders in the post-game media room.
STARKVILLE -- Breanna Richardson was in attack mode Sunday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Thirty-point wins don't happen very often in the Southeastern Conference. Vic Schaefer is more accustomed to playing the knock-down, drag-out affairs that test teams' hearts and their willingness to dig deep.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Good things happen when the Ole Miss men's basketball team keeps its turnovers low. That's been the case lately for the Rebels, who made only eight turnovers in an 81-74 victory against Vanderbilt on Saturday. "Our issue all season, and the reason we're in (this) dilemma, is because we turn the ball over," Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said.
STARKVILLE -- While the only statistic that counts is the final score, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland had to search the stat sheet a while for a number he liked after his team's 64-59 victory against Tennessee Saturday afternoon in a Southeastern Conference game at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore Xavian Stapleton wanted to bring energy to the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Turns out the Bulldogs also needed the points, rebounds, and steals the Louisiana Tech transfer provided. Stapleton's first career double-double, coupled with his passion on defense, helped MSU erase a 19-point deficit and earn a 64-59 victory against Tennessee in a Southeastern Conference game before a crowd of 7,581 at Humphrey Coliseum.
AUBURN, Ala. -- A lot can happen in 4 minutes, 17 seconds.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen sent a subtle message Wednesday: The Bulldogs plan to continue to recruit the Golden Triangle and the state of Mississippi.
1. Season opener at Columbus Speedway a success LOCAL SPORTS
2. Tennessee routs No. 3 Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tennessee's win against MSU flips script LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Starkville Academy boys fall in state title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS