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Hernandez will lead The W's volleyball program

Posted 10/14/2016 in College Sports

Kevin Deslauriers knows how to relate to volleyball players. After coaching them for 25 years at a variety of levels, including in college and in a club setting, Deslauriers understands the balance it takes to get boys and girls of all ages to grasp concepts and to buy into a team mentality. Deslauriers also knows having a presence helps a coach connect with players. Twenty-five years of experience tells Deslauriers that Roxanne Hernandez has that intangible.



Arkansas looks to extend streak vs. Ole Miss

Posted 10/14/2016 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen wasn't even watching Hunter Henry's heave that led to a fourth-and-25 conversion -- and eventual win -- against Mississippi a year ago. Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema saw the desperate lateral, which eventually led to the 53-52 overtime win over the Rebels , but he'd prefer something less dramatic this time around.



MSU ready for new tests at BYU

Posted 10/14/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking to avoid back-to-back regular-season losses for the first time since 2013. In November of that year, MSU lost to South Carolina (34-16), Texas A&M (51-41), and to Alabama (20-7). MSU won its final two games to become bowl eligible, and then beat Rice 44-7 in the Liberty Bowl.


MSU denies Cohen has been hired as director of athletics

Posted 10/13/2016 in College Sports

Mississippi State University on Wednesday refuted a newspaper report that the school was ready to hire its new athletic director and admonished the reporter by name.


Execution remains sticking point for MSU football team

Posted 10/13/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen believed his team was in position to get off to a fast start against Auburn. When Kivon Coman intercepted a Sean White pass on the Tigers' first possession Saturday, MSU took over at the Auburn 19-yard line.



No. 12 Ole Miss wants to end streak against No. 22 Arkansas

Posted 10/13/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team's rise in the Southeastern Conference has turned it into a formidable opponent for just about everyone in the league's Western Division. Arkansas, however, remains the program's kryptonite.



Freshman Kegler works hard to belong with the Bulldogs

Posted 10/11/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mario Kegler walked into the gym in early August and knew it was going to be a long two weeks.


MSU defensive coordinator Sirmon wants better play calling

Posted 10/11/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Wearing a Mississippi State sweat shirt and shorts Tuesday afternoon, Peter Sirmon talked bluntly about his defense.


Alabama's defense not pleased with effort against Arkansas

Posted 10/11/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban flung his headset to the ground and stomped onto the field, angrily waving his arms in the air as soon as the final second ticked off the clock. The No. 1 Alabama football team had just completed a 49-30 victory against then-No. 16 Arkansas on Saturday night in which the defense scored two touchdowns and collected six sacks, but the Crimson Tide coach found plenty to be mad about.



MSU will try to answer questions after loss to Auburn

Posted 10/11/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen learned at an early age that questions about his performance as a football player were going to be asked. Growing up in Manchester, New Hampshire, Mullen recalled his father, Bob, always asking him about the decisions he made on the field. "He'd be like, 'Why are you doing this or why are you doing that?' I'd say, 'How do you know what I was doing? Were you at practice all week? You didn't have any idea what was going on out there. You didn't even know the game plan,'" Mullen said.



No. 12 Ole Miss back to work for No. 22 Arkansas

Posted 10/11/2016 in College Sports

After opening with one of the nation's most difficult schedules, the No. 12 Ole Miss football team enjoyed its first open date of the season last week. Ole Miss has returned to work to prepare for its game against No. 22 Arkansas at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.



Expectations building for 2017 Mississippi State baseball team

Posted 10/9/2016 in College Sports

The Mississippi State baseball team is a little more than four months away from the start of the 2017 season.


MSU offers little resistance

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With two weeks to prepare, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen was surprised Saturday by how his team played against Auburn. The Bulldogs used the bye week to clean up mistakes and to give players time to heal their injuries. Unfortunately, Mullen and his coaches appear to need a little more time to get things going in the right direction.


Mullen: Bulldogs need to strain every snap

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Giving relentless effort has been the main talking point for Dan Mullen in his eight-year tenure as Mississippi State football coach. Mullen has seen his squads give everything they have on every play to help the program reach a school-record six-straight bowl games. Things have gone differently through the first five games of the 2016 season.



Mixon catches first touchdown pass

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Keith Mixon wasn't sure he was going to be able to stay inbounds. Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts tried to jump the route, but he couldn't intercept or deflect the pass from quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.



Hurts, Fitzpatrick push Tide to 6-0

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns, and Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions Saturday to lead the No. 1 Alabama football team to a 49-30 victory against No. 16 Arkansas. The victory helped Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extend its nation-best winning streak to 18 games.



Ole Miss' Kelly involved in brawl at brother's high school game

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, was involved in a brawl at his brother's high school football game.



UTSA runs past Southern Miss

Posted 10/8/2016 in College Sports

SAN ANTONIO -- Jalen Rhodes rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to help the University of Texas-San Antonio football team beat Southern Mississippi 55-32 to snap a three-game losing streak.



MSU wants to build streak vs. Auburn

Posted 10/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is looking to do something that hasn't happened since Jackie Sherrill led the Bulldogs. Mullen and MSU have a chance to win three games in a row against Auburn. It would be the longest streak against the Tigers since the Bulldogs won four in a row from 1997-2000.



EMCC survives against Holmes

Posted 10/7/2016 in College Sports

GOODMAN -- Typically, late season is when the East Mississippi Community College football team is on the prowl for style points. On Thursday night at Ras Branch Stadium, No. 5 EMCC survived an intense battle with No. 16 Holmes C.C. before coming away with a 63-49 victory. The win helped EMCC extend its Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division winning streak to 22 games.



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