Mississippi State is the subject of our SEC football review today with a look at the Bulldogs’ game-by-game results over the past four years.
Dan Mullen’s team went 9-4 with a stunning 52-14 win over Michigan in the Gator Bowl that season. State went 4-4 in the SEC, highlighted by a 24-12 win over Georgia and a 10-7 win at Florida.
State hasn’t been able to quite take the next step, however. The Bulldogs slipped back to 7-6 in 2011, which included a 2-6 SEC record. They improve to 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the league in 2012. But after a 7-0 start that year, Mullen’s squad lost five of its last six games, including a 41-24 loss at arch-rival Ole Miss.
Last year, State surged at season’s end to secure a bowl bid and a winning season. The Bulldogs were 4-6 overall and 1-5 in the league after a 20-7 loss to Alabama, but won 24-17 at Arkansas, 17-10 against Ole Miss, then whipped Rice 44-7 in the Liberty Bowl.
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Jeff Goodman of ESPN is reporting that Kentucky will play South Florida as part of a Hall of Fame doubleheader in Miami early in the 2015-16 season.
South Florida’s head coach Orlando Antigua was an assistant under John Calipari at Kentucky until taking the USF job in March.
The doubleheader will be played in the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Nov. 27, 2015, reports Goodman. Memphis and Ohio State would play in the other game, which will be held separately from the UK-South Florida game.
Calipari has said in the past that he doesn’t like playing friends or former assistants, but it’s a great chance to help out Antigua, who is trying to turn around the Bulls after replacing Stan Heath.
With Friday’s news that cable giant Comcast has reached an agreement to carry the SEC Network, Time-Warner is left as one of the few large carriers that has not signed on with the conference’s new television network.
Neither DirecTV satellite service nor Time Warner has reached a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network. DirecTV has 20 million customers. Time Warner has 11 million customers, including most of Kentucky. Time Warner is the major cable provider in both Lexington and Louisville.
The Miami City Ballers, which includes LeBron James, Jr., son of LeBron James, is in town for an AAU basketball tournament at Kentucky Basketball Academy this weekend.
The team’s coach has been posting pictures on his Instagram account of the team touring UK, including the Craft Center and John Calipari’s office.
Word is LeBron is either in town or will be soon to watch his son play, but James will be staying out of the limelight.
Our SEC football review continues Friday with Ole Miss and a look at what the Rebels have done game by game over the past four years.
In 2010, Houston Nutt was starting his slide as the Mississippi coach, going 4-8 overall and 1-7 in the SEC. That was followed by a 2-10 year, including a winless conference season that saw the former Murray State and Arkansas coach get his pink slip.
Enter Hugh Freeze, former head coach at Arkansas State. Freeze immediately gave the Rebels a boost, guiding Ole Miss to a 7-6 record in 2012, includnig a 41-20 win over Auburn, a 30-27 win at Arkansas and a 41-24 victory over Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.
Better recruiting lifted the Rebels’ expectations in 2013, perhaps prematurely. After a 3-0 start, Ole Miss dropped three straight games, including a tough 41-38 loss to Texas A&M. The Rebels rebounded to win four straight, but they lost 24-10 to Missouri and then 17-10 to rival Mississippi State to end the regular season. Ole Miss did beat Georgia Tech 25-17 in the Music City Bowl.
The Reds start the traditional second half of the season Friday night at Yankee Stadium in New York, with Mike Leake taking the mound.
Here is a look at how the Reds pitchers hit the All-Star break.
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