The last six months have been a whirlwind for Jason Trufant. Whether it has been hiring coaches, doing paperwork, unveiling a new athletic logo, compiling manuals, or traveling throughout the Golden Triangle, the new director of athletics at Mississippi University for Women has had plenty to do to increase awareness about the school's plan to bring back women's intercollegiate athletics and to introduce men's sports for the 2017-18 school year.
STARKVILLE -- A day after accepting an invitation to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, Mississippi State senior wide receiver Fred Ross was named to the All-Southeastern Conference second team by the league's coaches, the league announced Tuesday. Ross is the 22nd player to earn All-SEC Coaches' honors under MSU coach Dan Mullen.
Alabama's stingy defense will face perhaps its toughest test against Jake Browning and Washington. The top-ranked Crimson Tide, fresh from facing teams with pedestrian passing games, will play the Huskies Dec. 31 in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. That's where Alabama (13-0) just dispatched Florida 54-16 in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Coaches savor every win. That's why it's difficult for Vic Schaefer to pick one he would call the best, even if his Mississippi State women's basketball team has played only eight games. The dilemma Schaefer faces is understandable considering MSU (8-0) has played seven games away from the comfortable confines of Humphrey Coliseum. The game MSU did play at home -- a 79-68 victory against then-No. 8 Texas -- ranks with a victory against Oregon in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.
The East Mississippi Community College football team almost climbed back to the top of the junior college mountain this season. Instead, the Lions finished second nationally in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings released Monday. It is EMCC's first final ranking of No. 2. Under Buddy Stephens, EMCC won the NJCAA national championship in 2011, 2013, and 2014. The Lions have finished in the top 10 in seven of Stephens' nine seasons as coach at the school.
STARKVILLE -- Two Mississippi State football players will play in postseason All-Star games. Wide receiver Fred Ross accepted an invitation to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, and center Jamaal Clayborn will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland is excited about the next week and a half. The Bulldogs won't play any games while the players study for final exams that run through Friday. After giving his team Monday and Tuesday off, Howland will get MSU back on the court for practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
PERKINSTON -- The East Mississippi Community College football team only had one thing it could control Sunday. No. 3 EMCC took care of its business Sunday with a 27-17 victory against No. 13 Kilgore (Texas) College 27-17 in the Mississippi Bowl on a blustery, overcast, damp Sunday afternoon at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium. The victory helped EMCC win its fourth Mississippi Bowl and likely secured it a No. 2 ranking when the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll is released today.
STARKVILLE -- Despite finishing 5-7, the Mississippi State football team is going to a school-record seventh-straight bowl game. Thanks to an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 971, MSU and North Texas earned the right to go bowling despite having 5-7 records. MSU will play Miami (Ohio) at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, in the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, the bowl and both schools announced Sunday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters' week didn't start on a strong note. The Mississippi State freshman guard overslept for a 6 p.m. game against Northwestern State on Monday. MSU coach Ben Howland sent a manager to Peters' dorm and when the manager informed him Peters had overslept, Howland told the manager to tell Peters not to show up to the gym. It was the second time Peters was suspended for a game. He missed the game against Central Florida on Nov. 17 for undisclosed reasons.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Hannah Cook didn't know how to describe her fancy footwork. Was it a juke step? Did she know how much time she had to get the shot off? The junior guard knew she had only seconds remaining in regulation to launch a 3-pointer from the top of the key, so she calmly executed a step back move to free herself from Kansas' Kylee Kopatich.
PERKINSTON -- East Mississippi Community College quarterback De'Andre Johnson grabbed some more hardware going out the door. Johnson earned Most Valuable Player honors in EMCC's 27-17 victory against Kilgore (Texas) College on Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi Bowl at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium.
AMES, Iowa -- The No. 6 Mississippi State women's basketball team found itself five minutes away from its first loss -- and a big one at that. The Bulldogs showed their character down the stretch, surviving a tough road environment to stay unbeaten. Morgan William scored 24 points, Victoria Vivians had 16, and Mississippi State overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Iowa State 85-81 in overtime Saturday.
The East Mississippi Community College football team will have to settle for dominance in the state of Mississippi. Cut out of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship picture, No. 3 EMCC will fight for a top-three finish when it plays No. 13 Kilgore (Texas) College at 2 p.m. today in the Mississippi Bowl at Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.'s A.L. May Stadium in Perkinston.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team had to develop a new identity for two games. With leading scorer Quinndary Weatherspoon sidelined with a wrist injury, the Bulldogs had to find a way to make up for the sophomore guard's 18.8 points per game. MSU hopes it won't have to play assume that identity again.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football redshirt freshman defensive lineman Anfernee Mullins tweeted Friday he plans to transfer.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy leaned into the microphone at his post-game press conference, flashed a smile, and whispered softly. "Coaches aren't supposed to say this out loud, especially on a game this early in the season, but this was a must win for us," Kennedy said following a 85-77 victory against Memphis on Saturday.
ATLANTA -- This was merely an annoyance for the No. 1 Alabama football team, a chance to add another trophy to its overflowing cases. The Crimson Tide did just enough things wrong to give Nick Saban something to complain about for the next month, but in the end it was another dominating victory for the nation's top team. Florida coach Jim McElwain was impressed after his No. 15 Gators took a 54-16 whipping in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. He called it Saban's best team yet in a dynasty that shows no signs of stumbling.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Stuck with a three-game losing streak and a 12-point halftime deficit, the Texas men's basketball team finally emerged from its inertia Friday night. Texas defended with more intensity, shot with increased accuracy and scored 51 points in the second half to beat Alabama 77-68 at the Frank Erwin Center.
CALEDONIA -- "Guess what happened?" Bailie Cross didn't have any idea what her mother, Beth, was talking about when she arrived home from school last month. Cross said she and her mother usually talk about their days when she gets home from Caledonia High School, but she had a feeling something was different this time.
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