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Dog's DT Cox mulls NFL option | Clarion Ledger

Cox earned his fourth SEC defensive lineman of the week award this season Monday after he recorded five tackles (two for loss), a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in MSU's 31-3 win over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.

Cox has recorded 12 1/2 tackles for loss (11 in the last six games) and four sacks this season. ESPN analyst Todd McShay lists him as a top-20 player in the 2012 draft.

Mullen still talks MSU, without dispelling PSU | Clarion Ledger

"Great," Mullen said, in a wry tone Tuesday afternoon. "I'm sure I'm on everybody's (list). Am I right? Every time a job comes open, doesn't my name come up? So, you know our policy. We talk Mississippi State football. That's all we ever talk about."

Speaking at a regularly scheduled end-of-the-season gathering with reporters Tuesday, Mullen declined to say whether he or his agent, Rick Diamond, had been contacted by Penn State or other schools.

Sharon Fanning-Otis posts win #600 |

Fanning-Otis becomes one of 14 active Division I coaches with 600 or more victories. A former head coach at both the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and the University of Kentucky, Fanning-Otis is now 600-445 in her 36 seasons as a Division I head coach.

In her 17th season at MSU, Fanning-Otis has posted a 273-217 record. Fanning-Otis has led the Lady Bulldogs to 11 postseason appearances, including the only six NCAA appearances in the program's history.

Dan Mullen deflects Penn State report | SBNation

Mississippi St. Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen, who's been linked by ESPN's Joe Schad to the soon-to-be-open Penn St. Nittany Lions job, didn't say much at his regular Tuesday press conference that will get the hounds off the scent. He may have also requested a spot on the lists of presumed candidates for every other school that needs a new coach. If that was a real thing, it would be an excellent way to troll your friends. Watch as your buddy opens his front door, only to be greeted by a horde of beat writers! Week 13 Bowl Projections |

MSU vs. North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl