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Lady Vols open season with victory

October 31, 2012

PELAHATCHIE – The Starkville Academy girls basketball team got the 2012 season underway on a positive note.

The Lady Volunteers beat Bowling Green School (La.) 51-46 at the East Rankin Girls Preseason Tournament Tuesday night.

After the first quarter the Lady Vols led 12-8. They entered halftime with a slim lead at 23-21.

Macdonald dismissed as coach of Bulldogs

October 31, 2012

After failing to qualify for the Southeastern Conference soccer tournament, Mississippi State has dismissed head coach Neil Macdonald.

The Bulldogs finished 9-10-1 overall and 2-10-1 in conference play. They finished last in the SEC Western division.

Macdonald learned of the decision Monday morning. He will be reassigned in the MSU athletic department for the remainder of his contract.

Home-field advantage: No. 17 Bulldogs defense has challenges with No. 16 Aggies

October 29, 2012

It's important to the success of any college football program to be able to defend the home turf.
In the mind of Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, it's the only way to compete for a Southeastern Conference championship.

MSU must handle adversity of failure

October 28, 2012

Mississippi State has not had to respond to failure all year long.

This coming week the No. 17 (Associated Press) Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1) have to overcome their first loss of the season.

MSU fell 38-7 to No. 1 Alabama Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. This week things don't get much easier with No. 16 (Associated Press) Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2) heading to Starkville for an 11 a.m. kickoff.

MSU's women's shooters give coach, fans preview

October 28, 2012

Jessy Ward believes she can provide a nice shooting touch for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.

Coach Vic Schaefer believes she can also.

Ward made four out of six shots from 3-point range and had 20 points for both teams combined during Saturday's Maroon-White Scrimmage at Humphrey Coliseum. She was one of the encouraging signs for Schaefer.

Bulldogs suffer first loss: No. 1 Alabama imposes its will on MSU's team

October 28, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Mississippi State Bulldogs came to Alabama with a lot of confidence and support behind them.

The Alabama Crimson Tide had a little confidence and support of their own with 101,821 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

By the time the night ended, the No. 13 (Associated Press) Bulldogs could not overcome the No. 1 Tide and fell 38-7.

Mississippi State loses the battle in the trenches

October 28, 2012

There's an old adage in football, you must win the battle in the trenches in order to win the game. 

On Saturday, the Mississippi State Bulldogs found out just how true that saying is as the Crimson Tide dominated the line of scrimmage early setting the tone for the lopsided 38-7 Alabama victory. 

WARDLAW COLUMN: Despite 38-8 loss, Bulldogs having a notable season

October 28, 2012

The Mississippi State Bulldogs took their win streak on the road to Tuscaloosa feeling they were inching closer to the top of the nation's top conference.

Regardless of Saturday's 38-7 loss to the Crimson Tide, there are still some impressive notesthat will make MSU fans proud. 

The Bulldogs’ 7-1 start is the best start through eight games since 1999 (8-0).

Big-time opportunity: MSU takes belief, plan into battle with Alabama

October 27, 2012

Mississippi State fans believe in their undefeated and 12th-ranked Bulldogs.

Entering tonight's Southeastern Conference Western Division battle against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, the support has been incredible.

SMITH COLUMN: It needs to be game, like the one in 1980, for Bulldogs to win

October 27, 2012

There weren't many who gave the Mississippi State Bulldogs much of a chance to defeat the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, led by legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, in 1980.

The mere presence of Bryant leaning upon the goalpost prior to games was enough to intimidate opponents, which was often the case during the incredible stretch Alabama enjoyed in those days.

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