STARKVILLE -- If Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray says he knew how to solve the free throw shooting problems Saturday night, he'd have a different job title.
STARKVILLE -- Some shots have to be taken. As a shooter who has struggled with her confidence, Darriel Gaynor knows she has to keep firing to keep defenses honest. Some games have to be won. As someone who has turned to defense to spark her offense, Gaynor is just one example of how the Mississippi State University women's basketball team is learning coach Vic Schaefer's in-your-face mind-set has to be practiced every possession.
In his five seasons as head coach, Buddy Stephens has placed the East Mississippi Community College football program among the nation's elite. The Lions have won two state championships, two bowl games, and one national championship. While the success of the program starts with a high talent level, continuity on the coaching staff has been another key element.
STARKVILLE -- "Well, this one right here hurts." Six words from Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray may have defined the first-year head coach's acceptance that his team just may not know what it takes to win against adequate Southeastern Conference competition.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida men's basketball team finally faced a little competition in the Southeastern Conference. Just a little, though. Erik Murphy scored 19 points and was instrumental on the defensive end, helping the No. 4 Gators beat 16th-ranked and short-handed University of Mississippi 78-64 Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University is one step closer to getting another year out of veteran offensive lineman Tobias Smith. MSU football spokesperson Joe Galbraith confirmed on Twitter that the NCAA Enforcement staff in December granted a sixth year of eligibility to Smith, a Columbus native, before MSU took the field against Northwestern University for the 2013 Gator Bowl on New Year's Day in Jacksonville, Fla.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University baseball program plans to use the buddy system on the mound again this season. The plan for the first two months of non-conference play is to use two starting pitchers to get through seven to eight innings, and to hold both pitchers to pitch counts to avoid excessive work.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Anthony Grant made sure to remind his players that nobody from the University of Alabama had left Memorial Gym victorious in a very long time.
The schedule hasn't been kind to the Mississippi State University women's basketball team. Then again, Southeastern Conference members never have had a history of taking it easy on their league rivals. If anything, SEC foes work out the frustration of having to go up against the nation's best night in and night out whenever they can.
Under the direction of third-year coach Chris Rose, the East Mississippi Community College baseball team will open its season at noon today against Bishop State C.C. in a doubleheader at Oak Grove High School's Harry Breland Field in Hattiesburg.
STARKVILLE -- A pair of ESPNU appearances at Dudy Noble Field are included in an eight-game slate of televised Mississippi State University baseball games for 2013. The TV lineup featuring four home games and four road matchups for MSU is part of the Southeastern Conference's extensive television announced Friday by the league office in Birmingham, Ala.
OXFORD -- The talkative and brash Marshall Henderson is the face of the University of Mississippi's men's basketball program. Sometimes that's good, sometimes it's not so good. His play and antics have led to plenty of attention for the No. 16 Rebels (17-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), who face No. 8 University of Florida (17-2, 7-0) on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., in a matchup of the SEC's two top-ranked teams.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Lacey, Levi Randolph, and the University of Alabama men's basketball team made sure this one didn't slip away at the end. Lacey and Randolph hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 17 seconds to help the Crimson Tide hold on for a 59-56 victory against the University of Arkansas on Thursday night.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team has struggled away from home all season, so the last thing the Bulldogs needed was a trip to No. 9 University of Tennessee.
STARKVILLE -- Two of the Southeastern Conference's three first-year head coaches will face off Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum with their teams going in opposite directions.
STARKVILLE -- It may be impossible to fathom, but nearly everybody associated with the Mississippi State University baseball program has forgotten junior right-hander Ben Bracewell was the team's opening-day starter last season. But MSU coach John Cohen hasn't forgotten.
STARKVILLE -- The simple explanation to Wednesday night's loss for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program is Texas A&M played a better form of ugly basketball.
All in. Gary Blair knows from experience that whether it's golf, cards, or basketball Vic Schaefer is going to give you everything he has in an attempt to win.
STARKVILLE -- "We just reverted back to our old ways, and this isn't the time to go back to our bad habits." Those were the words of Mississippi State University freshman center Gavin Ware used to explain why MSU men's basketball coach Rick Ray called his players "selfish" and "wrapped up in our offense."
STARKVILLE -- Two candidates for the Mississippi State University baseball team's weekend rotation will make their debuts at 4:30 p.m. today at Dudy Noble Field.
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