While football players are coached to focus on one week at a time, East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Alexander Lipscomb couldn't help but think ahead. As EMCC continued to win games and closed in on winning a fifth Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State championship, Lipscomb's heart sank a little lower each week.
STARKVILLE -- Part of having a veteran team is not being surprised. You can hear the confidence every time Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer talks. A year ago, words like "youth" and "young" were regularly used in news conferences, and justifiably so. Even though juniors like Dominique Dillingham, Breanna Richardson, Ketara Chapel, and Chinwe Okorie were key contributors, the Bulldogs had only one senior -- Sherise Williams -- and relied on a core of sophomores, led by point guard Morgan William and guard Victoria Vivians, to shoulder big roles. Many times, the Bulldogs played older than their years. There were times, though, Schaefer wasn't sure how the Bulldogs were going to react in tough environments or what kind of effort he was going to get. An added year of experience has changed the script this season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland said last week he felt his young team was taking steps in the right direction. Although Howland said he wants the Bulldogs to improve on their rebounding and to get to the free-throw line, he is happy with how his team had meshed together.
Andy Kennedy has known Michael White for some time. The Ole Miss men's basketball coach employed White as an assistant coach from 2006-11 before White left to become head coach at Louisiana Tech in 2011.
STARKVILLE -- Victoria Vivians looked surprised.
STARKVILLE -- Ketara Chapel was back in her comfort zone.
STARKVILLE -- It's a familiar refrain, but it's one Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer will say a lot In January and February.
The Dispatch asked members of the media who voted in the Southeastern Conference women's basketball preseason poll to give their thoughts about how the league's 14 teams fared in non-conference play and how they think those teams will fare in conference play, which begins today. The Dispatch thanks all of the media members for their participation in a busy holiday and bowl season. The media member's name and affiliation is listed above the questions and answers.
STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon grabbed a towel and sat down softly.
STARKVILLE -- Control has been an elusive intangible for Breanna Richardson in her time in Starkville.
As Ben Howland has slowly built the Mississippi State men's basketball program, it has become apparent that Quinndary Weatherspoon will be a key building block.
STARKVILLE -- Dominique Dillingham could sense the anticipation in the crowd at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Midway through his second season, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland is happy with where his team is.
STARKVILLE -- The differences really aren't that big. A year ago, the Mississippi State women's basketball team was ranked No. 8 as it prepared to play South Florida in its final non-conference game before the start of Southeastern Conference action. Sophomore Victoria Vivians was leading the Bulldogs in scoring at 17.8 points per game and shooting 41.6 percent from the field. MSU was flying high at 12-1 thanks to an offense that was averaging 82.8 ppg. and a defense that was holding opponents to 50.8 pg.
STARKVILLE -- A year after hiring four new defensive coaches, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will have to hire a new offensive coach this offseason. MSU quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Houston, new Houston coach Major Applewhite announced Tuesday. Johnson's hiring comes one day after MSU beat Miami University 17-16 Monday in the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
STARKVILLE -- In a year littered with notable Mississippi State stories, none was bigger than John Cohen. Cohen began 2016 as the MSU baseball coach. With several upperclassmen, junior college transfers, and freshmen stepping in right away, Cohen led the Bulldogs to a Southeastern Conference regular-season championship for the first time since 1989. He also helped the Bulldogs earn the No. 6 national seed and host a super regional, falling two games short of advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Mississippi State football team's sideline erupted in celebration, relieved to escape with a victory to end a challenging season. Nick Fitzgerald rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns in another strong performance by the dual-threat quarterback; however, the heavily favored Bulldogs had to block a field goal in the closing seconds to hold off Miami (Ohio) 17-16 in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Monday.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland didn't want to go into the Christmas holiday with a loss.
STARKVILLE -- Life is good for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Coach Vic Schaefer's team is one of eight in Division I -- and the only one in the Southeastern Conference -- that is undefeated as the schedule prepares to turn to 2017 and the beginning of league play.
STARKVLLE -- After a 67-65 loss to East Tennessee State last week, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland saw his team attack practice with new purpose. The loss to ended the Bulldogs' three-game winning streak. MSU followed that game with an 86-44 win against Southern Mississippi on Monday night at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. The Bulldog hit a school-record 17 3-pointers. MSU (7-3) will try to start a new winning streak at 6 tonight (SEC Network) when it plays host to Morehead State (3-8) in its next-to-last non-conference game.
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