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Freeze faces questions about lawsuit, NCAA investigation

Posted 7/14/2017 in College Sports

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.



Malzahn compares 2017 team to 2013 squad

Posted 7/14/2017 in College Sports

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.



SEC has plenty of young QBs to lead way

Posted 7/14/2017 in College Sports

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 High's Cross will play in All-Star game

Posted 7/13/2017 in High School Sports

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.


Sumlin, Malzahn enter seasons on hot seat

Posted 7/13/2017 in College Sports

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.



Rest of SEC still chasing Alabama

Posted 7/13/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The last three football seasons have proven one thing about the Southeastern Conference: It has 13 teams chasing Alabama. Alabama coach Nick Saban might not agree with the sentiment, but that didn't keep his colleagues from recognizing it Wednesday at SEC Media Days.



Saban: Alabama has to learn from loss to Clemson

Posted 7/13/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The rematch between Alabama and Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship in January provided talking points to last six months.



MSU self-reports 14 violations to NCAA

Posted 7/13/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The Mississippi State athletic department self-reported 14 violations from the 2016-17 academic year, five of them related to football and all of them secondary violations.



Former coach Nutt sues Ole Miss

Posted 7/13/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Former Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt has filed a civil lawsuit against the school and its athletics foundation, alleging a breach of his severance agreement because of false statements he says school officials made in an ongoing NCAA investigation.


Gray looks to make most of senior season at MSU

Posted 7/11/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- As he does with every soon-to-be senior, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen sat down with wide receiver Donald Gray in his office. These meetings always come in January and they always carry the same question.


Media Days Notebook: Georgia to rely on defensive experience

Posted 7/11/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The only thing missing from Georgia's 2016 defense -- which ranked 16th nationally and fourth in the conference -- is a single defensive back, Maurice Smith.



Officials to enforce stricter conduct penalties for coaches

Posted 7/11/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Any time Kirby Smart caught the attention of a television camera while he was Alabama's defensive coordinator, Scott Cochran was probably in the shot, too. Cochran was given the duty of sideline management, which often meant grabbing Smart by the belt loop to keep him from meandering onto the field in giving a defensive call.


Walters column: Five Prep Football Questions

Posted 7/11/2017 in High School Sports

During the prep baseball playoffs, some media members took to Twitter and began the insane countdowns for the start of football season.

Orgeron more confidence about second coaching stint in SEC

Posted 7/10/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Alabama -- Ed Orgeron took the podium at Southeastern Conference Media Days and launched into a story from 1971.


Media Days Notebook: Bielema counting on offensive line play during critical season ahead

Posted 7/10/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The 10 years of Bret Bielema's head coaching career have provided enough precedent to assume one thing of his teams: quality offensive line play.



Caledonia High golfer Logan wins tournament in Tupelo

Posted 7/9/2017 in Local Sports

Golfer Hunter Logan was aware of the feeling. After all, he calls it "the best feeling in sports."



All-Area Baseball: Buckner, Stevens, Boyd help New Hope to 21-win season

Posted 7/8/2017 in High School Sports

Everyone needs a reminder every now and then.



All-Area Baseball: Dill leads Oak Hill Academy, earns Player of Year honors

Posted 7/8/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Ken "Buddy" Dill can't point to one thing when asked to describe the difference at the plate between his junior and senior seasons.



The Dispatch 2017 All-Area Baseball Team

Posted 7/8/2017 in High School Sports



Former Starkville Academy pitcher Griffin continues comeback

Posted 7/8/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Caleb Griffin doesn't mind the pressure of having to prove himself.



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