CALEDONIA -- If you're a baseball fan, you might have heard of the "Cardiac Kids" or the "Whiz Kids." The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies earned those nicknames thanks in part to their youth. The average age of a player on that roster was just over 26, but it didn't prevent the Phillies from winning the National League pennant.
STARKVILLE -- Everything that happened since the minute Joe Morrow arrived at Mississippi State University is about lowering the expectations.
STARKVILLE -- The equation for Chris Wilson is simple: Better players equal better coaches and, therefore, a better football team.
STARKVILLE -- Denico Autry remembers playing backyard football when he was in third grade.
STARKVILLE -- Geoff Collins never has to wonder where his linebackers are on campus at given point and time.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood had motivation for her players when they started preseason practice Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- Four years removed.
OXFORD -- Vince Sanders said the words Friday that makes all of the receivers on the University of Mississippi football team very happy.
CALEDONIA -- Volleyball doesn't discriminate.
All Landon Ellis wants is a chance to play football.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen still doesn't know how he'll approach the new kickoff rule to college football games this season.
STARKVILLE -- The first game as a Division I head men's basketball coach will not be in a friendly environment for Mississippi State University's newest hire.
OXFORD -- Injuries are an equalizer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen likes his offensive line heading into the 2012 season.
"Reach the Beach." It is left to be determined if the University of Mississippi women's soccer players will have a slogan on the back of T-shirts that captures the essence of the 2012 season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It has been about seven months since the University of Alabama football team won one of the most controversial National Championship games since the Bowl Championship Series system was created, beating Southeastern Conference West champion LSU 21-0.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's first open football practice of the fall season Saturday was about the present and the future. MSU coaches divided the morning session between several veteran starters and some eagerly anticipated newcomers who have the fan base excited.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University linebackers coach Geoff Collins walks into the meeting room for his position knowing he has a talented group. The Bulldogs return two starters and a depth chart that features players who combined to make 28 starts last season. MSU also welcomes back senior Cameron Lawrence, the second-leading tackler in the Southeastern Conference.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team practiced Saturday adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium before a crowd of a few hundred faithful on a sunny, warm morning. It was the second time the Rebels had hit the practice fields, as Ole Miss got in a light practice Friday night after Rebel Media Day activities that afternoon.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team won only two games last season, so it would appear obvious that the Rebels are rebuilding. But the team's veterans say they're not allowing themselves to think that way.
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