Filling a critical need on a coaching staff that went through a major shakeup after a 5-7 season, Texas hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to do the same job with the Longhorns. (more…) (January 6, 2011, Page 6)
Two years ago, Chris White was a lightly recruited linebacker who garnered just two scholarship offers from Football Bowl Subdivision programs before deciding to play for Mississippi State.
It’s become pretty obvious the Bulldogs hit the jackpot.
White won the Cellular South Conerly Trophy on Tuesday night, an honor given to Mississippi’s top college football player. The other finalists were Jackson State quarterback Casey Therriault and Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis. (December 1, 2010, Page 7)
A season that got off to a bad start and never got on track finally came to an end for the Ole Miss Rebels in the form of a 31-23 loss to the No. 25 Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday night in front of a crowd of 58,625 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Despite a desire to make amends for last season’s loss to the Bulldogs, the Rebels were thoroughly outplayed again by the visitors from Starkville.
Ole Miss (4-8 overall, 1-7 in the Southeastern Conference) gave up 498 yards to the Bulldogs (8-4, 4-4) in the loss and made several key gaffes on offense that prevented them from ending the season on a high note. (November 29, 2010, Page 1B)
On Saturday, the screen pass wasn’t used as much, but when the Mississippi State Bulldogs did call the screen, they were able to hit home runs twice.
The go-to player for Mississippi State on the screen plays was freshman running back LaDarius Perkins, who finished the game with three receptions for a game-high 140 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 98 yards rushing. (November 29, 2010, Page 1B)
Hello from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., where the No. 25 Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-4 overall, 3-4 SEC) and Ole Miss Rebels (4-7, 1-6) are set to meet in the 83rd edition of the Battle for the Golden Egg. (more…) (November 27, 2010)
Saturday evening’s game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the annual “Egg Bowl” will be the final home contest for 18 Ole Miss seniors. The class, which includes safeties Johnny Brown and Fon Ingram, linebacker Jonathan Cornell, and Oxford native Zach Brent, helped changed the fortune of the program over the past few seasons with back-to-back trips to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Two of the seniors who will honored before Saturday’s game, defensive tackle Jerrell Powe and defensive end Kentrell Lockett, could return next year, but for the majority of the class, the matchup with the Bulldogs will be the final time the group gets to put on the red and blue together. (November 25, 2010, Page 9A)
The “Egg Bowl” may take place on the gridiron, but multiple times this week Ole Miss players said that the Bulldogs threw them a curveball that they were unable to foul off a year ago.
What was the difference maker in last year’s 41-27 victory for Mississippi State? The option.
After starting the game with the diminutive Tyson Lee at quarterback, the Bulldogs switched things up on the Rebels and deployed a difficult option offense with reserve Chris Relf handling the quarterback duties. (November 24, 2010, Page 6A)
A season that has not gone the way Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt wanted at the start of the year will conclude this Saturday night in the annual “Egg Bowl” game against Mississippi State. In a year in which injuries, suspensions and mistakes have garnered the most attention for the Rebels, Saturday’s game serves as a chance for the Rebels to make amends for a disappointing year with a win over the team that caused them so much grief at the end of last season.
Nutt talked about the rivalry, among other things, Monday during his weekly press conference and how last year’s game has been used as motivation to defeat the Bulldogs. (November 23, 2010, Page 8)
A little over a year after making a verbal pledge to play softball at Mississippi State, Water Valley standout Ashley Phillips made things official Monday when she signed her name on the dotted line to play for coach Jay Miller and the Lady Bulldogs.
Phillips, the 2009 EAGLE Player of the Year, was joined by several members of her family, her teammates, friends and coaches in a signing ceremony held in the WVHS cafeteria Monday afternoon. It was last fall that Phillips decided that MSU was the place for her to play and despite the opportunity to see other schools, Phillips stuck to her original decision. There hasn’t been any stress leading up to signing the National Letter of Intent, Phillips said, but the excitement level did build as Monday arrived and the ceremony got closer. (November 16, 2010, Page 2B)
Oxford may not be the first city you would expect to find Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin, but a stop at Proud Larry’s restaurant on the Square to meet with area Bulldog fans and welcome students who will be attending MSU in the fall was right up his alley.
Stricklin made a rare appearance in Lafayette County Monday evening and while he attempted to garner additional support for the athletics department, his main goal was to show his support for existing MSU fans who live in an area dominated by Ole Miss Rebel supporters. Being on the road has become a regular occurrence for Stricklin ever since he was named MSU’s athletics director on May 7 and his stop in Oxford was just another city to add to the list that now includes Houston, Texas, Memphis, Birmingham, Ala., and several points in between. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)