STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Kendra Grant would have gravitated to the 3-point arc and her toes would have pawed for a comfortable spot. A month ago, Darriel Gaynor talked about the player she used to be and how she was focused on regaining her confidence. Two weeks ago, Sherise Williams finally had a new pair of contact lenses and was prepared to find a way to slow down.
STARKVILLE -- Josh Robinson never has a bad day. The Mississippi State University redshirt freshman backup tailback knows a recent injury to teammate Nick Griffin could result in more carries for himself, but he isn't concerned about his workload.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior cornerback Corey Broomfield laid out how his teammates feel about their New Year's Day opponent -- and it's not favorable. Translating Broomfield's comments last week, the Big Ten Conference is full of schools that have short, slow players who can't handle the athleticism of players south of the Mason-Dixon line.
CHICAGO -- Devon Turk scored a career-high 21 points as Loyola of Chicago men's basketball team beat Mississippi State University 59-51 Saturday night. Christian Thomas added 16 points for the Ramblers (7-3), who have won five of their last six games and equaled their win total from last season.
STARKVILLE -- Sherise Williams knew something didn't look right. Her mother, Tracey Williams, encouraged her to tell someone at Mississippi State University, but she didn't.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball tea was excited to greet the University of Alabama to its home arena, and quickly hit it with a big welcome it couldn't recover from. The Rams blitzed the Crimson Tide early with a 26-5 run, ruining former coach Anthony Grant's return to the Siegel Center with a 73-54 victory on Saturday.
OXFORD -- It wasn't the offensive performance University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy hoped for Friday night, but it was good enough. Marshall Henderson scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, to lift the Rebels to a 77-55 victory against scrappy, but short-handed East Tennessee State University. The Rebels put four players in double figures and improved to 7-1.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray has done everything to embrace the significance of his team's next game. From leading the charge this summer to scheduling the matchup to this week showing film of the historic 1963 NCAA tournament game against Loyola University of Chicago, the Mississippi State University men's basketball coach won't rest until his team understands why this game holds a place in school history.
STARKVILLE -- One person's misfortune means opportunity for somebody else. That wisdom depicts the quarterback situation for the Mississippi State University football team.
STARKVILLE -- There is no plan to follow for winning a game when you commit 35 turnovers. But Candace Foster and the Mississippi State University women's basketball team showed last week that if you defend on the other end and do what you have to do, you can have success in what would appear to be unwinnable situations.
For 15th-ranked East Mississippi Community College, postseason hardware in football is quickly becoming the norm.
STARKVILLE -- The future of Mississippi State University football began last week and was showcased during a open practice session Wednesday at the Palmeiro Center.
STARKVILLE -- Nick Griffin has suffered another major knee injury that will require reconstructive surgery. Mississippi State University's sophomore tailback suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a Saturday practice and will undergo surgery Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Tobias Smith has lived his entire life in the state of Mississippi, so he has a unique perspective on Johnthan Banks winning the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray's philosophy of not allowing off-the-court distractions to affect the Mississippi State University men's basketball program continued Tuesday with a player who hasn't arrived in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Reports have surfaced suggesting Mississippi State University co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Geoff Collins may be returning to Florida International University for their open head coaching position.
STARKVILLE -- Benardrick McKinney wasn't even sure if he was going to be a consistent member of the starting lineup at middle linebacker.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team dealt quickly with the loss of a wide receiver who rescinded a verbal commitment by adding two more. MSU's Class of 2013 class of recruits grew Sunday after East Mississippi Community College wide receiver Corey Smith pledged his services to the Bulldogs following a visiting to the Starkville campus.
STARKVILLE -- Fans of the Mississippi State University and the Northwestern University football teams aren't surprised their teams will play on New Year's Day. Welcome to a new era of football at MSU and Northwestern.
STARKVILLE -- Every year, Mississippi State University Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin sits down with the Bulldog Club financial booster groups and explains what project is next on campus. With the MSU football staff already moving in to the new Seal Football Complex, a $25 million football-only facility, the next objective on Stricklin's to-do list is to improve the facilities for MSU's Olympic sports.
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