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MSU defense will try to avoid Auburn's window dressing

Posted 10/6/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Window dressing. That's how Mississippi State football defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon describes the Auburn offense. Watching film of the Tigers, Sirmon said he has seen a lot of formations and has watched Auburn use guys in motion and make shifts in an attempt to confuse defenses. Sirmon likened the window dressing to cars passing by when asked why it is so effective and how it distracts defenses.


Youth movement underway for MSU men's basketball team

Posted 10/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland bowed his head both Monday and Tuesday and asked the media to take a look.



Shumpert providing leadership role in MSU backfield

Posted 10/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Ashton Shumpert was young, he watched his grandfather closely as he worked.



William's return to health helps MSU women's basketball team

Posted 10/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Morgan William has her own gear for breakaway speed.


Schaefer hopes older equals better for MSU women

Posted 10/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer begins the 2016-17 season today with one big question: Are there different degrees of young? A year ago, the Mississippi State women's basketball team looked to build on a 27-win season and a trip to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a team made up largely of underclasswomen. The five-win improvement from the previous season solidified hopes that the Bulldogs were making strides to becoming a top-tier program in the Southeastern Conference and one that could contend with the nation's top teams.

MSU men will look to Q

Posted 10/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After a stellar freshman season, Quinndary Weatherspoon faces high expectations for the 2016-17 season. Playing opposite of five-star guard Malik Newman, Weatherspoon flourished for the Mississippi State men's basketball team and was named to the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman team. Weatherspoon played guard and made the transition to forward in January and played well.


MSU gets back to work for Auburn

Posted 10/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen did a lot of multi-tasking last week. The Mississippi State football coach used the week following his team's victory against Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, to clean up some problem areas and to give some veterans time off to heal injuries. Near the end of the week, Mullen and his coaches started to prepare for the team's game against Auburn (3-2, 1-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday (SEC Network) at Davis Wade Stadium.


Preseason accolades rolling in for MSU women's basketball team

Posted 10/2/2016 in College Sports

It's all about the numbers at this time of the year for Vic Schaefer.

Ole Miss uses run game to get past Memphis

Posted 10/2/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Legendary Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes is credited with saying, "Three things happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad!"


Howell sad to see son-in-law leave position at MSU

Posted 10/2/2016 in College Sports

In 2008, Bailey Howell received some news that was going to change his life for the time being.



No. 9 EMCC routs Mississippi Delta

Posted 9/30/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- When the crowd drew quiet and the East Mississippi Community College football team was set to come out of a timeout to start a drive from its 1-yard line, one voice could be heard over any other at Sullivan-Windham Field. EMCC band director Steve Stringer used a megaphone to tell his band members to "cue the fight song." On this night, it was good to have a megaphone handy.



EMCC, Mississippi Delta leave past behind them

Posted 9/30/2016 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College ninth-year football coach Buddy Stephens made a phone call looking for closure earlier in the week. Last season, EMCC and Mississippi Delta C.C. had an ugly benches-clearing brawl in the final game of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) regular season.



MSU baseball team announces 20-game fall slate

Posted 9/30/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Looking to build on the program's 11th Southeastern Conference championship in 2016, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen announced Thursday that his team will play 20 fall intrasquad scrimmages at Dudy Noble Field starting Thursday, Oct. 13. All scrimmages are free and open to the public.



No. 16 Ole Miss wary of undefeated Memphis

Posted 9/30/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has been paying attention to Memphis' hot start. The Tigers might have a new coach and new quarterback this season, but Freeze says the 16th-ranked Rebels (2-2) will be tested when Memphis (3-0) comes to town on Saturday night.



Calvin proving he can be MSU's viper

Posted 9/30/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Johnathan Calvin has been a defensive lineman for most of his football career. The Mississippi State senior played at that position at Provine High School and at Murray High, where he played as a junior and as a senior. He then played defensive end at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Calvin signed with MSU in July 2014 and played in all 13 games last season, drawing one start (Belk Bowl against North Carolina State).


Mullen balances calling plays, running team

Posted 9/29/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen understands why Auburn coach Gus Malzahn relinquished his play-calling duties. Malzahn, who admitted his play calling hadn't been very good in Auburn's two losses, handed the duties over to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee before his team defeated LSU 18-13 on Saturday. Lashlee will call the plays the rest of the season. Mullen, who was an offensive coordinator at Florida from 2005-08, has been calling the plays the last couple of seasons for MSU. But he said it's "tricky" to call plays and to be in charge of the entire team.


Memphis should have full attention of No. 16 Ole Miss

Posted 9/29/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The No. 16 Ole Miss football team already has played three nationally ranked teams -- Florida State, Alabama, and Georgia -- during a difficult September that has been a huge test for the Rebels. This weekend's matchup against the Memphis Tigers might seem a little boring by comparison. Think again.


Mullen wants MSU to clean things up, get healthy

Posted 9/28/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After four-straight games without a break, the Mississippi State football team is getting a chance to catch its breath this week. The Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) are in the middle of their only bye week of the season. MSU will play host to Auburn (2-2, 1-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 (SEC Network) at Davis Wade Stadium.


EMCC offense having fun

Posted 9/28/2016 in College Sports

When the ball is in the air, East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Damion Willis feels a flutter in his heart. "There is still nothing more exciting than running the perfect route and seeing the ball headed your way," Willis said. "It never gets old. When you are a receiver, you are not directly involved on every play. That puts the pressure on. When the ball is headed your way, you have to make a play."



Stricklin ready to embrace following Foley at Florida

Posted 9/28/2016 in College Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Born and raised in Mississippi, and with stops at Auburn and Kentucky on his resume, Scott Stricklin has spent more than two decades in the Southeastern Conference. He knows the league inside and out, and has witnessed pretty much everything during his career, so he understands the daunting task of following Jeremy Foley. He also welcomes the opportunity.



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