STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer believes in Teaira McCowan.
STARKVILLE -- When Loryn Phillips looks back on it, her husband Josiah has never really been the stereotypical college student. He's never been one to spend his evenings in the bar or otherwise; he's always been at home, serving as someone's caretaker.
STARKVILLE -- Usually after practice, college football players are quick to leave campus. After class all morning and a trek across campus to hours of football obligations, most of Mississippi State's players file out of the building -- some of them with dinner in hand -- quick to get off campus.
STARKVILLE -- The extra planes made the big difference. With a Thursday game looming after a Saturday win, the coaching staff doesn't have the time to go through the usual procedure for leaving a road game with the team; it needs to get back home as soon as possible to begin an accelerated work week.
STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon went 1-for-8 from the field and missed all five of his 3-pointers. Weatherspoon's teammates on the Mississippi State men's basketball team didn't fare much better, combining to go 3-for-18 from behind the arc.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 1 Alabama football team's path to the Southeastern Conference championship and an assured spot in the playoffs is clear but awfully treacherous.
LAS VEGAS -- After graduating from Long Beach State in the spring, guard Justin Bibbins contacted Utah men's basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak about playing for the Utes as a graduate-transfer.
STARKVILLE -- Hard work pays off.
STARKVILLE -- Roshunda Johnson didn't catch the Pop-Up Video that included anecdotes and highlights of her career at Mississippi State that was shown Sunday on the video board at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Joye-Lee McNelis heard the whispers. Coaches, like in any profession, talk about their peers, so the Southern Mississippi women's basketball coach was curious to see if some in her business were right when they said Mississippi State wouldn't be as strong after losing four key players from a program-record 34-win season and a trip to the national title game. McNelis saw an effort Sunday that should put all of that talk to rest.
East Mississippi Community College is mourning the loss of one of its most popular football players today. Sophomore Tyone Clemons was killed in a one-vehicle accident late Saturday morning in Jones County. A former All-State lineman at West Jones High School, Clemons died shortly after a wreck on Summerland Road, close to the West Jones High campus.
STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters picked the pocket of Florida A&M's Nasir Core and passed to Tyson Carter for an easy dunk. The play gave the Mississippi State men's basketball team a 15-2 lead at the 14-minute, 23-second mark of the first half. The Bulldogs didn't score for another 4:40.
Auburn's Kerryon Johnson doesn't have to be a soothsayer to predict what the Iron Bowl will be like. No. 6 Auburn (9-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) will play host to No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) in a rivalry game that always captivates the state, but this time it's all dressed up with national championship implications. The winner faces No. 7 Georgia in the SEC title game and bolsters its playoff chances, though it's possible the Crimson Tide could still get in even with a loss.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland caught himself gawking at Abdul Ado.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Nick Fitzgerald has established himself as nothing short of one of the Southeastern Conference's top quarterbacks, if not the best, in his two seasons at the starter at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Blair Schaefer has earned the moniker "shooter." You'll hear opposing coaches or players shout it out as the 5-foot-7 senior guard sprints from wing to wing, probing for an opening in a defense. For Schaefer, that "window" to get her shot off might be a little smaller, but she has spent hours perfecting a quick release that allows her to be effective against taller or quicker defenders.
STARKVILLE -- Shortstop was an obvious starting point when it came time to divide the roster for the Mississippi State baseball team's six public intrasquad scrimmages.
STARKVILLE -- Collin Crane had only been the Mississippi State men's basketball team's strength and conditioning coach for a few months when he sat down with his boss, Ben Howland. It was early August and they had the winter's schedule in hand.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Many around the Arkansas football program expected changes in leadership amid the Razorbacks' dreadful season. Little did they know those changes would reach all the way to the top, with athletic director Jeff Long fired Wednesday . The school's football woes were near the top of the reasons why.
The Ole Miss football team's prolific passing offense hasn't had any problems since backup quarterback Jordan Ta'amu took over for the injured Shea Patterson. If anything, the Rebels might even be a little better. Ta'amu will get his biggest test yet when Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) plays host to Texas A&M (6-4, 3-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2). The Aggies have a productive pass rush that leads the SEC with 33 sacks.
1. EMCC mourns loss of Clemons COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus boys will face nationally ranked Memphis East tonight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Hard work pays off for Campbell on MSU women's team COLLEGE SPORTS
4. McNelis likes what she sees from No. 7 MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Howland believes MSU men can play better defense COLLEGE SPORTS