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Stricklin expected to take Florida AD job

Posted yesterday in College Sports

The University of Florida is expected to announce Scott Stricklin as its new director of athletics Tuesday, USA Today reported Monday.


Rotating players allows Ole Miss to be more fresh for final half against Georgia

Posted 9/25/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD - It is not how you start but how you finish that matters.


No. 23 Ole Miss finds rhythm against No. 12 Georgia

Posted 9/25/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly faked the handoff and then took off running toward the end zone. A few seconds and 41 yards later, the quarterback had cruised through the middle of the Georgia defense and into the end zone untouched. It was pretty much that easy for the Rebels all afternoon. Ole Miss finally built a lead it couldn't give away. No. 23 Ole Miss rolled to a 45-14 victory over No. 12 Georgia on Saturday, building a 31-0 lead by halftime and a 45-0 advantage by midway through the fourth quarter.


Second-half surge lifts MSU past UMass

Posted 9/25/2016 in College Sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen walked through the locker room after the Bulldogs beat Massachusetts and noticed that his players didn't know whether to celebrate.



No. 1 Alabama loses Harris in shutout of Kent State

Posted 9/25/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 1 Alabama football team didn't miss a beat after tailback Damien Harris went down a couple of minutes into the game. The youngsters made sure of it. Quarterback Jalen Hurts completed the opening drive with a 20-yard touchdown run and fellow freshman Joshua Jacobs scored his first two career touchdowns in the top-ranked Crimson Tide's 48-0 win Saturday against Kent State.



Starkville's defense answers call against Callaway

Posted 9/25/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Giving up three touchdowns last week was too many for Willie Gay. The Starkville High School linebacker watched Meridian move up and down the field on his defense. It didn't sit well with him and, as always, he took it personally.



Tomlinson emerges as force up front for Tide

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dalvin Tomlinson is Alabama's other defensive end. He should not be hard to miss at 6-foot-3, 310-pounds. He was a three-time Georgia state champion wrestler and former high school soccer player -- and he is a pretty good football player, too. Tomlinson, however, is often overshadowed by All-Southeastern Conference teammate Jonathan Allen.



Thomas steps in for injured teammate Forside

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

FULTON -- It was hard for Roger Thomas to see Kadarius Forside break his leg last week. The Itawamba Community College football running backs are more than teammates. The cousins played football together at West Point High School. They have a bond that goes deeper than your average junior college teammates who spend at the most two years together.



Fitzgerald eager for next chance to start vs. UMass

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald watched Saturday as Damian Williams nearly led the Mississippi State football team to a fourth-quarter comeback against then-No. 20 LSU. The sophomore starting quarterback lost his helmet before a crucial fourth-down play midway through the fourth quarter. Williams came in and led the Bulldogs to a touchdown. After an onside kick, Williams led another touchdown drive to cut the deficit to a field goal, but MSU lost 23-20.



Five Things to Watch for in Mississippi State-Massachusetts

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will step outside of the Southeastern Conference for a game against Massachusetts (1-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.



EMCC survives marathon against ICC

Posted 9/23/2016 in College Sports

FULTON -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Mario Lanier didn't look the least bit winded. He was in the minority. "I could play four more quarters," said Lanier, a former standout at Aliceville High School. "That was fun. Let's keep the lights on and keep going."


MSU's Harris forces issue against LSU

Posted 9/22/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As Dez Harris forced two fumbles against LSU on Saturday, the Mississippi State linebacker thought about his mother. Overcoming three knee injuries wasn't easy for the junior. If he gave up the game and decided to focus on other things, nobody would blame him. But that's not Harris. He's a fighter. Even so, the recovery process wasn't easy. He had a great support system behind him, including his mother, Delaina.


MSU looks to open SEC play on right foot

Posted 9/22/2016 in College Sports

David McFatrich is all about creating new habits. In his first year as Mississippi State volleyball coach, McFatrich guided the Bulldogs to a 17-15 finish and their first winning record since 2006. MSU capped its 2015 season with a victory against Ole Miss that gave the program its first back-to-back victories against the Rebels since 2009. The win heightened optimism that 2016 could be MSU's year to take the next step, to entertain thoughts of moving into the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference, and to compete for its first bid to the NCAA tournament.



Ole Miss will try to limit mistakes, get back to .500

Posted 9/22/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has proven it can build big first-half leads against some of the best college football teams in the country. The 23rd-ranked Rebels have also shown they can lose those same leads in a hurry. Ole Miss blew a 22-point lead against Florida State on Sept. 5 and a 21-point lead against Alabama last weekend in two demoralizing losses that have put a serious dent in the program's lofty preseason aspirations. Now, coach Hugh Freeze is left trying to figure out what's going wrong.


Florida interested in hiring Stricklin

Posted 9/21/2016 in College Sports

Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin is the lead candidate for the vacancy at Florida according to a report by

Return of athletics at MUW beginning to take shape

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

The next step for athletics at Mississippi University for Women is coming soon.


EMCC looks to extend division win streak at Itawamba C.C.

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

Each season, the East Mississippi Community College passing game finds a rhythm.



Durr making strides at cornerback position for MSU

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Lashard Durr saw two senior cornerbacks go down, he had to grow up fast.



Mullen excited about game, trip 'back home'

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen will be in familiar territory Friday when he steps off the plane in Providence, Rhode Island. The Mississippi State football coach was raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, and played tight end at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. A huge New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan, Mullen will take his team to his old stomping grounds this weekend when MSU (1-2) plays Massachusetts (1-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.



Challenges continue for Ole Miss with Georgia

Posted 9/20/2016 in College Sports

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze knows how close his team is to becoming one of the best in the nation. Despite a 1-2 record, the Rebels have been competitive against one of the nation's best schedules. In losses to top-five programs Florida State and Alabama, Ole Miss squandered 21-point leads in both games. No. 23 Ole Miss (0-1 Southeastern Conference) will try again to play a complete game at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN) when it plays host to Southeastern Conference rival and No. 12 Georgia (3-0, 1-0) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.



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