STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer has plans for 7 tonight. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach won't be preparing a pre-game speech for his team. Instead, he will be on hand to watch senior Breanna Richardson take part in graduation ceremonies at Humphrey Coliseum.
ATLANTA -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban expects quarterbacks Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell to remain with the team through the playoffs. Both quarterbacks are expected to transfer in search of playing time after this season. Saban said Thursday that Bateman and Cornwell "have every intention of finishing this season."
STARKVILLE -- The postseason honors keep coming in for Fred Ross. On Thursday, The Associated Press named the Mississippi State wide receiver first-team All-Southeastern Conference, while defensive standouts Jeffery Simmons and Leo Lewis were named Freshman All-SEC by the league's coaches. On Tuesday, Ross, a senior, was named second-team All-SEC by the league's coaches. On Monday, he accepted a invite to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen smiles when he thinks about what his program accomplished in the last eight years. The Bulldogs have competed for the Southeastern Conference Western Division title. In 2014, they started the season with nine-straight wins and were ranked No. 1 for five-straight weeks. MSU also has been a regular at bowl games in Mullen's tenure.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University Director of Athletics John Cohen announced Thursday the hiring of Tom Anagnost as the school's new women's soccer coach. Anagnost (uh-Nag-Nist) comes to MSU from North Carolina State, where he spent the past season as an assistant coach, aiding in the Wolfpack's march to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze announced Thursday that Dan Werner won't return to the coaching staff. Werner served as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in each of Freeze's five seasons as head coach. It marked his second stint at Ole Miss, having also been offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban and players Jalen Hurts, Jonathan Allen, and Cam Robinson took home five of seven individual conference awards announced by the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday. Saban was voted the SEC Coach of the Year, Hurts was named Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, Allen was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year, and Robinson was honored with the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, emblematic of the SEC's top offensive lineman. The honors were voted on by the league's 14 head coaches, who weren't allowed to vote for their players.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen confirmed Wednesday he is working on a contract extension with MSU. Mullen didn't offer any further details, and MSU director of athletics John Cohen couldn't be reached for a comment.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State freshman defensive back John Michael Hankerson was arrested for the second time in less than a week, a university official confirmed Wednesday.
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.
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2. Mullen working on extension with MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
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