STARKVILLE -- In an effort to take his team forward, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen decided Monday to take a step backward. To do that, Mullen reached back four years and re-hired Manny Diaz as MSU's new defensive coordinator. Diaz held the position when MSU went 9-4 in 2010.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray doesn't know what was said. When asked about a players' only meeting his team held last week after its 66-47 loss to McNeese State, Ray couldn't provide any details.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- When the Mississippi State women's basketball team didn't have answers on offense, it turned its game up on defense. On a frigid shooting afternoon for both teams, No. 17 MSU found its offensive spark at the right time to earn a 53-47 victory against Missouri in its first Southeastern Conference road game of the season at the Mizzou Arena.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer had to adjust his eyes. For years, the veteran coach has watched his teams come to embrace terms like "blood baths" and "train wrecks" as part of an aggressive in-your-face style of play that revolves around suffocating defense. It's no wonder then that Schaefer has earned the nickname "Secretary of Defense" for his players' penchant for diving on loose balls, helping teammates by taking charges, and playing defense with a mind-set that takes it as an insult when a team scores.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team showed Friday it is ready to face the "monster" that is the Southeastern Conference. Buoyed by key contributions from its healthy seniors and a balanced scoring effort, No. 17 MSU showed the tenacity and the toughness it will take to survive the SEC marathon with a 64-56 victory against No. 19 Georgia before a season-high crowd of 4,114 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State's men's basketball players walked into the home locker room at the Humphrey Coliseum on Friday afternoon, their eyes were drawn to a message coach Rick Ray had written on a white board at the front of the room. That message: "Perception vs. reality." "I told them the perception of us because of how many games we've lost is we are a bad basketball team," said Ray, whose team had lost six of its past seven games. "I also told them that in reality we are a good basketball team. We just haven't been showing it." MSU's reality caught up with Ray's perception against Florida State.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy is a realist. His post-game press conference following his team's 92-63 blowout victory against Austin Peay proved it.
OXFORD -- Behind big games from sophomore guard Erika Sisk and senior forward Tia Faleru, the Ole Miss women's basketball team earned a 71-57 victory against Arkansas on Friday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- "The grind starts now."
PASADENA, Calif. -- Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Mississippi State had lots of yards and too many missed chances in the Orange Bowl.
ATLANTA -- Bo Wallace spent far too much of his final game on his back, courtesy of the TCU pass rush.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State's men's basketball team is in desperate need of a break.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State's men's basketball team was looking for a tiny step forward. Instead, the Bulldogs took a gigantic leap backward.
STARKVILLE -- The name-your-score portion of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's 2014-15 schedule is over. But that wasn't why coach Vic Schaefer looked forlorn following his No. 17 MSU's 83-26 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night before a crowd of 2,955 at Humphrey Coliseum.
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STARKVILLE -- For the first time in more than a month, Mississippi State's basketball team has a chance to establish a winning streak. A 70-47 victory against Jacksonville on Dec. 23 gave MSU (6-5) a chance to continue its winning ways at 7 tonight when it plays host to McNeese State.
STARKVILLE -- When it comes to selecting the top moment for Mississippi State sports in 2014, it could only be the time the football team spent ranked No. 1.
NEW ORLEANS -- Lane Kiffin was modest in his goals and complimentary about the team he'll be facing in the Sugar Bowl. He went on and on about how much he's learned from Nick Saban, while insisting it's no big deal when his boss yells at him. Very un-Kiffin-like, you might say.
NEW ORLEANS -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart have fielded some of the most formidable, suffocating defenses modern college football has seen since the pair arrived in Tuscaloosa together in 2007. The 2014 Crimson Tide defense won't likely be remembered among them. There have already been too many blown coverages and too many yards piled up by opponents. Yet Smart still likes the way his unit has responded when its margin for error was thinnest.
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