STARKVILLE -- It was the end of September and Elijah MacNamee was in class when he checked his phone and saw a text from Andy Cannizaro.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Chambless has been preparing players to play college football for several years, but he hasn't had one enroll early until this year.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State volleyball program has won 18 Southeastern Conference matches in the last six seasons. The Bulldogs, who are coming off a 10-23 season, have never advanced to the NCAA tournament. Julie Darty doesn't care.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jalen Hudson had one thing left to do after the Florida men's basketball team's sixth-consecutive victory. "We got to wipe down everything with some Clorox and bleach," Hudson said. It might have helped more a few weeks ago.
WEST POINT -- Reiley Tate doesn't remember exactly when the work started.
STARKVILLE -- Back in October, everything was lining up for Xavian Stapleton. His junior season was supposed to be a big one; it still could be, with 16 games left in the regular season, but if it comes, it will take on a different form.
ATLANTA -- To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.
STARKVILLE -- Trey Tyler's confidence is growing every game. It helps that the Starkville Academy sophomore forward no longer needs to wear a brace on his left knee to help protect against a pinched meniscus he suffered in the final week of the football team's season.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro knows better than to ask someone to do what Brent Rooker did last season.
STARKVILLE -- There were plenty of statistics for Vic Schaefer to circle Thursday night. But as much as the Mississippi State women's basketball coach loved to see his team put five players in double figures in a 111-69 victory against Arkansas, there were other numbers he couldn't ignore.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia men's basketball coach Mark Fox knew his team would play in front of a sellout crowd and wanted his players to look spiffy. It was Georgia against Alabama, two days before the schools meet for the football national championship in Atlanta, so Fox told the equipment manager to break out the silver uniforms.
STARKVILLE -- Patrick Smith credits Luke Getsy for his development as a football player. In 23 games in two years at Indiana University (Pa.), Smith threw 14 touchdowns (four interceptions) and 1,778 yards with Getsy as his offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012.
OXFORD -- All the Mississippi State men's basketball team needed was a couple of buckets. Its defense held Ole Miss, which was ranked in the top 50, according to Ken Pomeroy's advanced statistics, to 34 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range. The Bulldogs also held Terence Davis, the Rebels' leading scorer, to one field goal on 13 attempts. As a result, MSU led by 11 points with less than 11 minutes to play.
STARKVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference's sack leader usually enjoys a lofty NFL draft selection. Montez Sweat could have joined other college seniors and early draft entrants in April after leading the SEC with 10 1/2 sacks. Instead, he'll take one more year with the Bulldogs.
When the Columbus High School boys basketball team elected to buy in on the defensive end Friday night, South Panola didn't have an answer.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy has been looking for his team's identity all season. On a personal note, sophomore guard Breein Tyree has been doing the same thing.
STARKVILLE -- Roshunda Johnson can score in a variety of ways. Whether it is draining 3-pointers with a confident stroke or driving to the basket with poised control, Johnson has provided a dangerous third option to Teaira McCowan and Victoria Vivians for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. But the beauty of coach Vic Schaefer's 2017-18 squad is the Bulldogs have four experienced and versatile senior guards who complement each other to fuel the Bulldogs.
The Columbus High School boys basketball team is nearly done with all of its traveling. Anthony Carlyle hopes the Falcons will see the fruits of all of those hours away from home tonight prior to the team's final big trip of the season.
Shawn Gates has wanted to do something for Columbus for a long time.
STARKVILLE -- The box score after the Mississippi State men's basketball teams first victory against a ranked opponent showed several numbers that aren't conducive to repeating such a victory.
1. MSU's willingness to share ball key to undefeated start COLLEGE SPORTS
2. MSU beats Vanderbilt to snap losing streak COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Davis, Aggies beat Rebels thanks to good bounce COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Florida picked No. 1 in SEC preseason softball poll COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Petty leads Alabama past No. 17 Auburn COLLEGE SPORTS