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Notebook: Alabama knows turnovers could help snap skid against Ole Miss

Posted 7/14/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- As Nick Saban saw his Alabama football team lose to Ole Miss last season, it was pretty obvious what the problem was.



Saban: No discipline expected for Alabama players

Posted 7/14/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban said left tackle Cam Robinson and defensive back Laurence Jones have a chance to play in the season opener.



Alabama knows path to repeat national championship

Posted 7/14/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- It wouldn't surprise Jim McElwain if Nick Saban coaches into the next decade and beyond.



Bulldogs' Richie Brown among nation's best at LB

Posted 7/13/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The preseason hype for Richie Brown continues to roll in. The Mississippi State football linebacker was named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list, the Football Writers Association of America announced Tuesday. The award is given annually to the top linebacker. Alabama seniors Ryan Anderson, Reuben Foster, and Tim Williams also were named to the watch list.



MSU's Ross eager to accept more attention

Posted 7/13/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- There weren't lights, cameras, and reporters in Fred Ross' face as he prepared for the 2015 season. Even though the Mississippi State wide receiver was poised for a breakout season, the hype wasn't there. Instead, quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson had to deal with the majority of the attention. Ross capitalized on his situation and went on to lead the Southeastern Conference in receptions.



Texas A&M hopes Knight can provide stability at QB

Posted 7/13/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Kevin Sumlin didn't hesitate to name Trevor Knight the starting quarterback for the Texas A&M football team coming out of spring practice. Although Knight transferred in and hasn't played a down, Sumlin said the decision was easy after seeing Knight's performance and attitude in spring drills.



Mullen faces questions about Simmons at SEC Media Days

Posted 7/13/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- More than a month after Mississippi State allowed prized recruit Jeffery Simmons to enroll in the school and to become a member of its football program, MSU football coach Dan Mullen was pressed to answer questions about the decision on the second day of Southeastern Conference Media Days.



Senior DB Evans will transfer from MSU

Posted 7/12/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mississippi State football defensive back Deontay Evans will transfer, a team spokesperson said Monday. Evans wasn't listed on the roster given to the media at Southeastern Conference Media Days Monday. His transfer destination is unknown.



Sankey, SEC want to keep getting better

Posted 7/12/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- As Greg Sankey sat in church Sunday morning, he was reminded of the diversity in the United States. After what happened last week -- notably the death of two African-American men in incidents with police and a sniper attack by an Army veteran that resulted in the death of five police officers in Dallas -- Sankey had a heavy heart. But sitting in that church pew in church provided a respite that allowed him to remember there is good in the world.



Malzahn likes Tigers' chances to rebound in 2016

Posted 7/12/2016 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The Auburn football team was the trendy pick to win the Southeastern Conference entering coach Gus Malzahn's third year. But the 2015 season didn't play out the way the Tigers wanted.



MSU's McBride punches ticket to Rio Games

Posted 7/11/2016 in College Sports

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Brandon McBride's Olympic dream became a reality Sunday. McBride, who completed his senior season as a distance runner at Mississippi State earlier this year, became Canada's national champion in the 800 meters to secure a spot on his nation's track and field team that will compete next month in the Rio Olympic Games.


SEC prepares to kick season off with Media Days

Posted 7/9/2016 in College Sports

Every college football fan will be paying attention to Hoover, Alabama, this week. There won't aren't any games or practices, but all 14 Southeastern Conference coaches and several student-athletes will get a chance to talk about their teams and the upcoming season. SEC Media Days -- the unofficial kickoff to the college football season -- will be Monday-Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel.


Williams will provide depth in post for MSU women

Posted 7/9/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ameshya Williams would like to forget the events of March 11, 2016. As a senior, Williams hoped that Friday night would be special. After all of the points, rebounds, and blocked shots earlier in the season, Williams was one victory away from leading the Gulfport West Harrison girls basketball team to a state title. But all it took was one layup attempt to derail all of that hard work.



Cohen adds Brown to coaching staff

Posted 7/8/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen rounded out his coaching staff Thursday with the announcement of the hiring of New Mexico State assistant Mike Brown as the new coordinator of camps and volunteer assistant coach.



SEC teams announce players who will attend Media Days

Posted 7/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will send three seniors to Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, next week. Linebacker Richie Brown, defensive lineman A.J. Jefferson, and wide receiver Fred Ross will represent MSU on Tuesday when they speak to media members at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel.



MSU right-hander Young signs with Kansas City Royals

Posted 7/7/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball right-hander Paul Young signed a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, MSU announced.


Trailer for Netflix series about EMCC football team online

Posted 7/6/2016 in College Sports

Netflix went behind the scenes with the East Mississippi Community College football team to produce its first original sports documentary series, Last Chance U, which begins Friday, July 29.


MSU men's basketball announces 12-game non-conference slate

Posted 7/6/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's second season leading the Mississippi State men's basketball team features a non-conference schedule that includes eight home games in Starkville. The non-conference schedule, which was released Tuesday also features three games in the Charleston Classic and another game in Jackson.



MSU adds late signees to football program

Posted 7/6/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team announced Tuesday that late signees Osirus Mitchell and Reginald Todd have enrolled at the school. Both wide receivers signed this summer. Defensive back Cameron Dantzler, of Hammond, Louisiana, will enroll today, according to a team spokesperson. Mitchell and Todd join 14 others who enrolled during the June semester.



MSU will play Southern Miss in men's basketball

Posted 7/2/2016 in College Sports

For the first time in 15 years, the Mississippi State men's basketball team will play Southern Mississippi. MSU and Southern Miss have struck a four-game deal, the Hattiesburg American reported Saturday. A MSU spokesperson said nothing is finalized, but an official announcement is expected Tuesday.



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