STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen wasn't his usual self Monday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen has confidence in his offense when they find themselves in the red zone.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen showed some real emotion Thursday night as walked out of Memorial Stadium. The Mississippi State football coach had just watched his team beat Missouri 31-13 Thursday night to improve to 7-2 and 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference. As he waved to fans, he took pictures with a few of them who were waiting for the team to come off the field.
STARKVILLE -- Don't expect Teaira McCowan to defer to very many people. At 6-foot-7, McCowan, a center from Brenham, Texas, is believed to be the tallest player to wear a Mississippi State women's basketball uniform. But as a freshman, McCowan is learning how to fall in line behind her elders, namely junior center Chinwe Okorie. McCowan showed Tuesday she is a quick study and that she is able to follow Okorie's thinking after she was asked how much production MSU could expect from its centers this season.
OXFORD -- Brandon Allen had already thrown for a career-high 442 yards and six touchdowns when Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema asked his senior quarterback to do just one more thing. To no one's surprise, he delivered. Allen ran for a game-winning two-point conversion -- leaping past an Ole Miss defender at the goal line -- to lead Arkansas to an improbable 53-52 overtime victory against No. 19 Ole Miss on Saturday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Hit after hit, run after punishing run, Derrick Henry and Alabama's defense stole the show and proved they belong squarely in the College Football Playoff hunt. Henry ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns and the seventh-ranked Crimson Tide's unrelenting defense smothered Leonard Fournette in a 30-16 victory against No. 4 LSU on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- It took a few minutes for the Mississippi State men's basketball team to find its rhythm, but when it did, there was no looking back. In front of an estimated crowd of 3,300 Friday at Humphrey Coliseum, MSU blew past Fort Valley State 95-56 in exhibition play.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football program isn't looking to be the favorite program in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Instead, the Lions would be happy with being less hated.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kivon Coman understands what's expected of him and his teammates in the fourth quarter. The Mississippi State safety has been a part of a defense that has gotten better as a game goes on. The final quarter has been the Bulldogs' best.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Chris Jones was tired of seeing the Missouri quarterback Drew Lock not go down when he met him in the backfield. The Mississippi State defensive tackle rushed after Lock two times. Both times he wrapped his arms around him only to have the freshman escape and deny Jones a sack.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Dak Prescott felt something was about to happen with the Mississippi State football team's offense. After leaving Texas A&M on Oct. 3 with a 13-point loss, the MSU senior quarterback saw some good things from his offense, but he also saw areas that needed improvement. MSU had 406 yards, but it committed two turnovers that led to 13 points for Texas A&M.
SCOOBA -- Life can sometimes deal some harsh realities on the recruiting trail. East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens has heard a little bit of it all from recruits and their parents. When you lead the state's best program, it goes with the territory. "When we first got here, nobody thought we were going to win," Stephens said. "Then we started winning. Then you start recruiting better and the state opens up all of a sudden. When the state opened up, now you are recruiting overall and recruiting tactics change."
Dan Olson remembers Tan White being a "scoring machine" for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Olson also recalls White, a WBCA All-American and four-time All-Southeastern Conference honoree, was a "freak athlete" who could wreak havoc on opponents in a variety of ways.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Ware can't wait for the 2015-16 season to start. Buoyed by the arrival of veteran head coach Ben Howland and the addition of a talented freshman class that includes McDonald's All-American and two-time Mississippi Mr. Basketball Malik Newman, Ware believes his senior year with the Mississippi State men's basketball team has the potential to be his best.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team hasn't had the best of luck against Missouri. The good news for the Bulldogs is both of their losses in the series came in the early 1980s. MSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) will look to change its fortunes at 8 tonight (ESPN) when it takes on Missouri (4-4, 1-4) at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's athletic teams combined for a score of 85 in the annual release of the NCAA's Graduation Success Rates, representing the school's highest total since the formula's inception in 2005. The 85 percentile is up one point from last year's previous school-record total of 84, and it is two points better than the national Division I overall average of 83. State's total tied for fifth among the 14-member Southeastern Conference institutions. The score is a measure of the four-year cohort from 2005-08.
SCOOBA -- Winning football games has become the business for East Mississippi Community College. EMCC won the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in 2011, 2013, and 2014. The Lions also spent parts of the 2012 and 2015 seasons ranked No. 1 in the nation.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer wasn't being evasive Tuesday when he declined to give one reason to answer the first question he faced at the Mississippi State women's basketball team's annual media day at Humphrey Coliseum. The question: Why has MSU had so much success in three seasons under his leadership?
STARKVILLE -- Logan Cooke was supposed to redshirt as a freshman last season. The Mississippi State punter didn't play in the first four games, but regular punter and kicker Devon Bell injured his groin before the Texas A&M game Oct. 3. The injury happened in warmups, so Bell approached Cooke and told him he might have to play. MSU coach Dan Mullen finally decided to go with Cooke over Bell.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens isn't used to being in this position. In each of the past seven seasons, the Lions played at least one Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College playoff game. This past Saturday, EMCC was absent when the playoffs opened statewide despite being ranked as high as No. 1 nationally earlier in the season and third late in the season and after winning the school's fifth-straight MACJC North Division title.
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