Tatjana Matthews couldn't have scripted it any better. When you love something as much as Matthews loves softball, she couldn't have imagined a better way to spend the last eight-plus months than driving throughout the state of Mississippi and the Southeast recruiting players for the Mississippi University for Women's softball program.
Timmy Bowers is gearing up for the next phase in his life. The former Mississippi State standout also is preparing for his 14th season as a professional basketball player. Slated to return to Italy, where he has played the last eight years, Bowers credits a solid fundamental base for enabling him to have such a long career following his success in Starkville.
Cara Hopper is almost back. The former Caledonia High School and Itawamba Community College standout has recovered from foot surgery that cost her what would have been her senior season with the Blue Mountain College softball team. Hopper also has returned to Lowndes County to finish work on her physical therapy degree at the Mississippi University for Women.
Well, we are quickly getting to that time of year.
When Netflix unveiled the "Last Chance U" series chronicling the East Mississippi Community College football program last summer, many were not sure what to expect.
STARKVILLE -- Dudy Noble Field isn't much of a field at the moment. Where grass used to be lies a large field of dirt with construction equipment on it, all lying in front of the almost completely destructed bleachers that surrounded the field.
As the calendar prepares to turn to August, preparations are underway for another season of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges football.
Change is usually unavoidable in coaching.
Having fun sounds like a simple proposition, especially when you're playing a game you love.
Matt Wolfenbarger is looking for players who want to do big things. That mind-set helped Wolfenbarger build a 35-player roster for the inaugural season of baseball at the Mississippi University for Women in 2018. As the countdown continues to the start of the 2017-2018 school year next month, a lot of work remains to make sure the program is on solid ground when the first pitch is thrown
It's all about showing out when you want to attract attention. Logan Canerdy, Jeremy Tate, and Eli Acker have learned that in what has turned out to be a busy summer for the three local prep football standouts.
The road to the Mississippi University of Women has had plenty of twists and turns for Anthony Sharp and Heath Ford. While Sharp and Ford have gone to places like Blue Mountain and Clarksdale and Mayhew before deciding to call Columbus their new collegiate homes, Brandon Jones only had to make a 10-minute drive to find the school for him.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The three-time reigning champion Alabama football team was picked Friday to win the Southeastern Conference title again in a preseason media poll.
STARKVILLE -- The first offseason in Andy Cannizaro's tenure as Mississippi State baseball coach has featured two changes to the coaching staff.
Eric Cooley has a grudge to settle with himself and Magnolia Motor Speedway. Cooley was leading the Governor's Cup in 2013 when a late caution killed his momentum and he finished second. He has finished fifth and seventh in the last two editions of the race.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze can't help but notice a trend in his appearances at Southeastern Conference Media Days. In all but his first year, Freeze had a topic outside of football to address more than any other. That didn't change Thursday.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Since winning the national championship in 2010, the Auburn football team hasn't been as close that peak as it was in 2013. Two last-minute wins and a convincing victory in the Southeastern Conference championship game sent Auburn to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Championship Game, where it lost to No. 1 Florida State 34-31.
HOOVER, Ala. -- South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley vividly remembers the hit that welcomed him to the Southeastern Conference. He was throwing a screen pass last season when Tennessee's 6-foot-3, 260-pound Derek Barnett burst through the line and slammed him to the ground.
CALEDONIA -- Seeing her name with some of the state's best volleyball players makes Bailie Cross smile. It also helps her realize this year will be the last season she plays volleyball for the Caledonia High School, so she plans to make the most of it.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Gus Malzahn and Kevin Sumlin got their Southeastern Conference head coaching tenures off to blazing starts. They're both facing a different kind of heat now. Auburn's Malzahn and Texas A&M's Sumlin enter the 2017 college football season likely needing to show some improvement to ensure their job security. Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze could find his job on the line for a different reason, depending on the outcome of an NCAA investigation into his program.
2. Matthews had fun recruiting first softball class COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Hopper eager to return to softball, play for The W COLLEGE SPORTS