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October 25th, 2012
Dan Mullen stood in front of a room overflowing with reports in Birmingham, Ala. four years ago and told them his Mississippi State Bulldogs would compete for championships.
What else was a first-year head coach supposed to say?
Just about everyone in Starkville has the Mississippi State-Alabama football matchup on their minds this week.
Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Geoff Collins of the Bulldogs is no different.
HOOVER, Ala. â€“ Accountability.
That was first-year Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray's top priority when he arrived in Starkville.
"I want to establish a culture of accountability," Ray told reporters at the Southeastern Conference Basketball Media Day Thursday. "That has probably been the biggest challenge so far."
HOOVER, Ala. â€“ The Mississippi State women's basketball team was picked to finish 11th in the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday.
With that in mind, there are probably going to be some tough moments in Vic Schaefer's first season as head coach of the Lady Bulldogs.
It won't be the first time Schaefer has overcome that type of adversity in the SEC.
Mississippi State and Alabama meet this Saturday in Tuscaloosa in a game that has implications on the Southeastern Conference Western Division and the national championship picture.
For the No. 13 (Associated Press) Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0) to be successful establishing the ground game against the No. 1 Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0) will be a big key.
It's been a building process since Dan Mullen became the head football coach at Mississippi State.
Quarterback Tyler Russell has helped in that construction.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers will have their hands full when they face Presbyterian Christian School Friday night at 7 p.m.
PCS has put on an offensive show this season, averaging just shy of 35 points per game.
Bailey Williams will trade in her East Webster softball uniform for a new one. The senior was recently selected to participate in Saturday's Mississippi Slow Pitch All-Star game.
The senior for the Lady Wolverines glowed with excitement when thinking about being included on the All-Star roster.
Thomas Brooks has made tackle after tackle after tackle for the East Webster Wolverines the last two years.
With a total of nearly 200 tackles during that span, Brooks has served notice that he's going to be around the football most of the time.
"I just try my best to get there first and be the one to get them," Brooks said.
EUPORA â€“ It came as no shock to Derrick Jonesâ€™ team and his coach when the senior was chosen for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game.