STARKVILLE -- In the three weeks between Joe Moorhead taking over as Mississippi State's football coach and the first early signing period in modern college football history, there was no time for outside targets. Moorhead and the pieces of the staff he had assembled at the time had time to retain as much as it could of the 2018 recruiting class assembled by his predecessor, Dan Mullen, and nothing else.
STARKVILLE -- When freshmen saw the field for Andy Cannizaro's first Mississippi State baseball team last season, it was a matter of necessity. When Riley Self, Denver McQuary and Graham Ashcraft were called to pitch, it was because they were among the few healthy and able.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer often uses the phrase he's "coaching against the ghost" to explain his work ethic and drive to make the Mississippi State women's basketball program the best in the nation.
STARKVILLE -- Jazzmun Holmes found her voice Monday night.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer believed in the preseason Chloe Bibby could bring a unique dimension to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- The "White Out" at Humphrey Coliseum turned out to be white hot.
STARKVILLE -- The crater came in the first two weeks of January. At the time, a Mississippi State men's basketball team that had been offensively challenged was at its worst, taking three consecutive losses while shooting a combined 68-177 (38.4 percent) and 15-62 from 3-point territory (24.1 percent). The result of it all was a 1-3 start to the Southeastern Conference schedule, a jarring departure from the 12-1 record entering league play.
STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters' speed isn't a secret. The Mississippi State men's basketball coaches know about the quickness of their sophomore guard. Game film makes it clear to the rest of the teams in the Southeastern Conference. On Saturday, MSU's coaches told Peters to put that speed to use against Georgia.
STARKVILLE -- Too small. Too slow. Too short. Blair Schaefer has heard those words plenty of times in her career. But the 5-foot-7 guard didn't grow into an integral piece of the No. 2 Mississippi State women's basketball team because she listened to what other people thought about her.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes usually finds some reason to criticize his team's performance even after lopsided wins. Not this time. Grant Williams and Lamonte' Turner scored 17 points each to lead five players in double figures Saturday night as No. 18th Tennessee trounced Ole Miss 94-61 for their fifth straight victory.
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has given her current team a unique way to make up for the graduation of All-Southeastern Conference performer Caroline Seitz.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro likes to recruit to both sides of Mississippi State baseball history. Cannizaro tells recruits early and often that MSU has been better for longer than any other Southeastern Conference program. He relates stories from MSU's 36 appearances in the NCAA tournament, its seven trips to the Super Regionals, and its run to the championship series of the College World Series in 2013.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Following 22 consecutive wins to open the season, the No. 2 Mississippi State women's basketball team had its perfection tested all night against No. 15 Missouri.
NEW YORK -- Notre Dame has joined Connecticut, Mississippi State, and Louisville as potential No. 1 seeds for the NCAA tournament in the latest reveal by the women's basketball committee.
STARKVILLE -- Numbers don't faze Morgan William. Throughout her career, the 5-foot-5 Mississippi State senior has gone against bigger guards and found ways to excel. Whether she uses her speed, her ballhandling, or her often overlooked shooting, William has played an integral part in helping MSU become one of the nation's best basketball programs.
STARKVILLE -- Joe Moorhead's designs for the final pieces of the recruiting class he inherited at Mississippi State were a mystery in mid-December. Moorhead's hiring in late November left him with little time to consider anything beyond the early signing period that was roughly three weeks away.
STARKVILLE -- Dustin Skelton spent his freshman season learning. The 6-foot, 199-pounder out of Magnolia Heights in Senatobia soaked in a lot of information as he watched Josh Lovelady catch 51 of the Mississippi State baseball team's 67 games in 2017.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A Missouri men's basketball team in dire need of a win outshot and outfought Alabama, which was coming off a big one. The result was a big road victory. Kassius Robertson scored 22 points to help Missouri snap a three-game losing streak with a 69-60 victory against Alabama on Wednesday night.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When the Mississippi State men's basketball team needed help at South Carolina, there was always a Weatherspoon there to provide it.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior softball player Kat Moore quickly found an organization worthy of her time. "We call ourselves 'TBOIT'," Moore said. "Every day in practice, we are striving to become 'The Best Outfield in the Southeastern Conference.' That's worth getting up every day and working hard for. It's like hair on fire defense. Every ball that is hit we are going to try to get."
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