STARKVILLE John Cohen scanned the Humphrey Coliseum basketball court as he talked and liked what he saw. The Mississippi State Director of Athletics had just watched coach Vic Schaefer's women's basketball team improve to 9-0 with an 86-48 victory against Little Rock. As he talked about the grass roots work Schaefer, his coaches, his players, and the school have done to raise the profile of the program, the MSU players were mingling with friends and fans after the game. Pictures and selfies were being taken. Hugs and handshakes were being shared. Conversations about the latest game, exams, and the upcoming game against Oregon were happening.
STARKVILLE -- Nothing Morgan William does surprises Vic Schaefer. Tasked with running the Mississippi State women's basketball program, William has responded with quiet confidence in her first three seasons. No job has been too big for the 5-foot-5 standout from Birmingham, Alabama. Whether it has been pressuring the ball, finding her teammates for open shots, or scoring a career-high 41 points in a giant effort against Baylor in the Elite Eight, William has done it all without calling attention to herself and leading by example.
STARKVILLE -- There still are a lot of new things coming at Andy Cannizaro in year two as Mississippi State's baseball coach. For the first time in his career as a head coach, Cannizaro went through a fall season with a full roster of healthy pitchers -- which is also new, given the injuries that plagued his first season.
While 11 years have passed since his graduation, Tyson Lee remains passionate about his high school alma mater, Columbus High.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A second-half surge sent the Middle Tennessee men's basketball team to another win against a Southeastern Conference opponent. The Blue Raiders (7-1) erased a first-half deficit by opening the second half with an 8-0 spurt and never trailed Ole Miss again Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland feels like it is opening day all over again. Howland's team will be at full force Tuesday when the Bulldogs play on the road for the first time in a nationally televised game at No. 17 Cincinnati (6 p.m., ESPN2).
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team had been in the same situation before -- against the same opponent. Entering its game against Columbus on Saturday night. Starkville already has a four-point loss to Meridian, a two-point loss to Columbus, and a five-point loss to Okolona on its resume. The difference Saturday night was the Yellow Jackets learned from the first three losses.
STARKVILLE -- Kristie Williams says she is looking for someone who can take over a game when her Starkville High School girls basketball team desperately needs it. Jariyah Covington showed signs Saturday night she can be that player.
STARKVILLE -- The first staff to work under new Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead grew from two to five in the span of a few hours Friday.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in his career, Greg Knox had to take what he called his "horse blinders" off. In his 30-year coaching career, Knox never has had this much responsibility. He always has been a position coach -- wide receivers or running backs -- and sometimes has had the added titles of recruiting coordinator or special teams coordinator.
Bruce Allsup has seen success from one season bleed into another. The Starkville Academy boys basketball coach watched with great interest in the fall as the school's football team overcame a loss to Indianola Academy in the third week of the season and marched to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State title game. The Volunteers completed the journey with a 21-14 victory in overtime at Jackson Academy to win the program's seventh state championship.
The holiday season typically is a busy time of the year for Sammy Smith. For many years, Smith spent the first few weeks of December putting the finishing touches on Columbus High School's Joe Horne Christmas Classic to make sure the annual basketball tournament remained one of the state's premier attractions.
Rusty Greene worked as athletic director for six years for the Columbus Municipal School District. A 1981 graduate of Stephen D. Lee High, Greene has lived in Columbus his whole life. He grew up in East Columbus, so he was part of Caldwell High before his family moved to north Columbus and he switched to Lee High. He admits no one wants Columbus High to succeed more than he does.
Ashley Nance knows all about Jordan Danberry's exploits on the basketball court. Nance, the girls basketball coach at Conway (Ark.) High School, had a front-row seat to watch Danberry win back-to-back Gatorade Player of the Year honors in the state of Arkansas. She also saw Danberry play a pivotal role in leading Conway High to two state championship game appearances.
The 2017 season was a banner year for Hunter Logan. In addition to winning the individual championship at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A Championship and leading the Caledonia High School boys golf team to its second-consecutive state title, Logan won the 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur in July at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. On Friday, Logan topped of his season when he was named the Mississippi Junior Golf Association's boys overall and Division A Player of the Year. It is Logan's first honor.
STARKVILLE -- Teams don't often get to add elite talents to their rosters. In April 2015, Roshunda Johnson, a four-star recruit out of Little Rock, Arkansas, opted to transfer from Oklahoma State to Mississippi State.
It's easy to conjure images of Charles Barkley when you see Eli Acker leading a fast break. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Acker probably has a half an inch at least on the former Auburn great and NBA All-Star. Acker also is significantly lighter than Barkley was in his hey day when he was affectionately known as the "Round Mound of Rebound."
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer isn't worrying about the numbers. If you have been around the Mississippi State women's basketball coach long enough, though, you know he loves statistics. He has a habit of highlighting numbers of interest on his team's statistical breakdowns. Schaefer also has a habit of circling and squaring good and bad stats after every game before he talks to members of the media.
STARKVILLE -- Aric Holman has shown in seven games he didn't waste his offseason. After averaging 8.4 points and 6-0 rebounds last season, the Mississippi State junior forward entered the offseason looking to improve his skills.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jacory Brown rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown Thursday, and the Sweet Water High School football team piled up 283 yards rushing to beat Pickens County 20-6 in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A State title game at the University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium.
2. MSU men improve to 8-0 COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Moorhead fills MSU coaching staff with three additions COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Smith working to improve CMSD facilities HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS