BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent University of Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet Jan. 5, 2013, in a matchup of 6-6 Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference teams led by first-year coaches.
NEW YORK -- The penultimate Bowl Championship Series gave college football a national championship matchup low on controversy and loaded with star power. No. 1 University of Notre Dame against No. 2 University of Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7 for the national title. No complaints.
STARKVILLE -- Immediately after his first loss to the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University fourth-year football coach Dan Mullen stood by his stance against his team's biggest rival.
STARKVILLE -- The message has been received loud and clear. Each day the Mississippi State University women's basketball team gets closer to playing the game for 40 minutes like coach Vic Schaefer envisions.
AJ McCarron's standard reply about handling big-game pressure is a shrug and a look that says, What's the big deal?
STARKVILLE -- Carnecia Williams aims to please. After playing in only 69 minutes in her first two seasons at Mississippi State University, the 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore forward plans to make every second count.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- That running back duo in the Southeastern Conference championship game has been punishingly effective all season.
STARKVILLE -- For Aaron Gordon, transforming the Mississippi State University women's soccer program must seem like a been-there, done-that proposition. Gordon's experience revamping programs is one reason MSU selected the 43-year-old associate head coach from Texas Tech University to be its new women's soccer coach. Gordon's charge is to revive a program that has never won a Southeastern Conference tournament game or qualified for the NCAA tournament in its 17-year history.
STARKVILLE -- The opposite effect occurred once the Mississippi State University men's basketball program arrived home after losing three games at the Maui Invitational. Instead of being intimidated against a high-power program on a big stage, MSU returned to Starkville determined to be more aggressive against a state rival. The results was much more to coach Rick Ray's liking.
STARKVILLE -- Typically, there wouldn't be a lot of building blocks to take from losing three games in three days thousands of miles from home. Things are different for the 2012-13 Mississippi State women's basketball team.
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Alabama football team lost a bunch of stars to the NFL, yet it's hard to tell much difference. The Crimson Tide still has the nation's top-ranked defense.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team might have gotten an unintentional spark from a visiting coach named Knight. Rodney Cooper had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead short-handed Alabama to a 75-47 victory against Lamar University on Tuesday night, when the Crimson Tide followed one eruption from the bench with another on the court.
The University of Southern Mississippi fired football coach Ellis Johnson after one disastrous season that saw the program plummet from Conference USA champion to the worst record in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
JACKSON -- Bo Wallace was the backup quarterback at Arkansas State two years ago. Now he has been honored as the best college football player in Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Think before you act. This is the message Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray is trying to impose on his young basketball team after what he called a "disappointing" winless experience last week at the Maui Invitational.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 2 University of Alabama's once-deep receiving corps has been hit by its third big injury.
STARKVILLE -- The differential diagnosis of the defense with the Mississippi State University football program isn't too complicated.
STARKVILLE -- Barring a late surprise occurring in the selection process this week, the bowl picture has been extensively cleared up for the Mississippi State University football program.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze identified the No. 1 task quite early when he was named the school's new coach. To change the culture, Freeze had to teach the Rebels how to win.
OXFORD -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen has not only seen what happened Saturday night, but he also lived it in reverse.
1. Wright carving out role with MSU men COLLEGE SPORTS
2. MSU women receives commitment from Australian Bibby COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Okorie's improved play provides spark for MSU women COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Clinton High's Akers has one more shot to win title LOCAL COLUMNS