STARKVILLE -- Everybody around the Mississippi State football facility is trying to rally around sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell. Less than an hour after a 44-17 loss to then-No. 6 University of Arkansas, MSU coach Dan Mullen made a proclamation he hoped would help him avoid media questions about who would be his team's starting quarterback for its regular-season finale at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) against the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Porsha Porter has earned a reputation for being a spark plug for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Whether it's with her thievery on defense or with her lightning-quick first step or her 3-point shooting prowess, Porter has carved a niche in her second season with the Lady Bulldogs. MSU needed all of the dimensions of Porter's game Wednesday to enter the holiday on a positive note.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive backs coach Clifton Collins knew his unit was going to be talented but young this season. That's why he counted on sophomore Jeremy Cannon, of West Point High School, to step up and make a difference.
OXFORD -- This wasn't the way Houston Nutt envisioned ending his Southeastern Conference career. The 14-year league veteran, who led the University of Arkansas for 10 seasons before coming to Mississippi for the past four, has always relished coaching in what he often calls the "toughest conference in America." But the brutal SEC has a habit of chewing up coaches, and Nutt is its latest victim.
STARKVILLE -- Not many kind words have said in the past couple of days about the Mississippi State pass defense. In the eyes of MSU's coaching staff, they're all accurate. "We weren't very good at all on pass defense," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "That's a coaching issue. We'll get that fixed. We have to make sure we have guys in position to make plays."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball program celebrated being ranked with a victory. For the first time since January 2010, MSU was rewarded Monday afternoon with a No. 24 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll. MSU responded by outlasting the University of Louisiana at Monroe 78-63 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Sharon Fanning-Otis routinely lists battles she wants her Mississippi State women's basketball team to win every game. Rebounding, defense, turnovers, and deflections are staples on Fanning-Otis' rundown. Toughness is the drive force behind winning each of those statistical tallies.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Murphy Holloway scored 20 points to lead the University of Mississippi men's basketball team to an 80-69 victory against TCU on Monday night in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Add the Mississippi State football team to the list of squads that couldn't slow down the University of Arkansas' offense this season. Quarterback Tyler Wilson had 267 passing yards before halftime, and No. 6 Arkansas had 20 plays of 10 yards or more in a dominating 44-17 victory Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Dan Mullen didn't need a statistic sheet to tell him how he felt Saturday after his Mississippi State football team lost to the No. 6 University of Arkansas 44-17 at War Memorial Stadium. MSU's third-year coach knew what he wanted to say.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The final game of the 2011 regular season will mean everything to the Mississippi State football team. For the first time since 1990, MSU (5-6, 1-6 Southeastern Conference) will have to defeat the University of Mississippi to become bowl eligible
OXFORD -- Every time it appears the University of Mississippi football team's miserable season can't get any worse, the Rebels find a way to make it happen. The latest embarrassment was Saturday, when No. 1 LSU crushed Ole Miss 52-3 on senior night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban reminded the University of Alabama football players before the game what they had to lose, especially the seniors. They could leave as the program's winningest class -- or be remembered for falling to Georgia Southern in their home finale. And everybody knows what the third-ranked Crimson Tide are really chasing: A national title shot that became significantly more realistic with No. 2 Oklahoma State's loss the night before.
When you have been coaching as long as Gary Blair, it's easy to forget some of the players who have helped you and all of the places you have won games. But Blair never will forget April 5, 2011.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen isn't excited about facing a University of Arkansas passing offense that is the Southeastern Conference's best and one of the best in the nation. At 2:30 p.m. today (WCBI), MSU (5-5, 1-5 SEC) will try to slow down No. 6 Arkansas (9-1, 5-1), veteran quarterback Tyler Wilson, and his numerous targets, including senior Jarius Wright, who leads the SEC with 906 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns, Joe Adams and Chris Gragg.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell swears he doesn't look for specific receivers when he drops back to pass. That theory is hard to believe when there's a receiver on his team he has been throwing to since the ninth grade. "There might be something there," Russell said Tuesday "I'm just not thinking about it. Maybe other people can see it, but he always seems to catch most of my passes."
NEW YORK -- Arnett Moultrie had 19 points, 10 rebounds, three kinds of cookies, and an MVP trophy. The 6-foot-11 junior forward celebrated his 21st birthday with the big outing to help the Mississippi State men's basketball team beat No. 15 Arizona 67-57 on Friday night to win the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at Madison Square Garden.
NEW YORK -- The Mississippi State basketball team's great start wasn't fooling Rick Stansbury. The Bulldogs hit 10 of their first 13 shots from the field in taking a 22-point lead and they hung on for a 69-60 victory against No. 19 Texas A&M on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
STARKVILLE -- The spark never materialized. As a result, the Mississippi State senior with the most game experience was left to give her team a near-failing grade. Diamber Johnson had a team-high 14 points and six assists, but she was one of few bright spots in MSU's 66-48 victory against Alcorn State on Thursday night before a crowd of 580 at Humphrey Coliseum.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- When JaMychal Green went to the bench with two quick fouls, Tony Mitchell stepped up for the No. 16 University of Alabama men's basketball team. Mitchell scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Alabama to a 62-42 win against Maryland on Thursday night in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
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