TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Trent Richardson wasn't a starter when he arrived on the scene. He was biding his time behind tailback Mark Ingram, who was on his way to becoming the school's first Heisman Trophy winner. But Ingram knew long before Richardson was selected as a finalist that the Crimson Tide might have another candidate waiting in the wings.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State and baseball coach John Cohen have requested a summary judgment to the civil lawsuit against them by former player Forrest Moore. In a 22-page legal response filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court on Monday, MSU's legal counsel has provided evidence to support a counter argument to Moore's suit that alleges Cohen and Associate Athletic Director Mike Nemeth with the breach of contract, intentional/tortious interference with contract and civil conspiracy. MSU's legal counsel, Perry, Winfield & Wolfe, filed a motion for a summary judgment without going through a full trial based on a signed affidavit testimony of MSU compliance director Bracky Brett and signed documents by Moore.
STEENS -- Don't sleep on the 3-pointer. But be careful not to come out too fast or members of the Oak Hill Academy long-distance squad -- better known as the girls basketball team -- will prove they're more than snipers.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy boys basketball team missed its first eight shots from the field Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Volunteers, that drought was a foreshadowing of things to come. Starkville Academy missed 20 of its first 21 shots en route to a 54-32 loss to East Rankin Academy in Class AAA, District 2 action. Starkville Academy's girls team overcame a sluggish first half to post a 66-42 victory.
There are plenty of newcomers and older faces in different or bigger roles, but the numbers show the University of Alabama women's basketball team has made strides. All you have to do is ask sophomore guard Jasmine Robinson, who scored a career-high 24 points Sunday in an 80-76 victory against the University of Kansas at Foster Auditorium.
STARKVILLE -- Cowbells will ring for the first time in the history of the Music City Bowl. Before the Mississippi State football team's first visit to the game in school history, Music City Bowl officials announced Sunday evening that MSU fans will be allowed to bring cowbells into LP Field for the game.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze choked up less than a minute after being introduced as the University of Mississippi's new football coach, acknowledging his wife and three daughters sitting on the stage behind him.
STEENS -- Heritage Academy and Immanuel Center for Christian Education are separated by about six miles. The Patriots must have felt the Rams' long-range shots covered that distance Monday night. Immanuel Christian made eight 3-pointers and dominated in the post to record a 69-59 win in a non-district boys basketball game. In the first varsity game, the Heritage Academy girls earned a 49-18 victory.
It is official. Fresh off a victory against Arizona Western College, the East Mississippi Community College football team claimed the No. 1 spot in the final NJCAA top 20 released Monday.
STARKVILLE -- In her final year of high school basketball, Brittany Brown is beginning to understand the difference between leading scorer and leader.
STARKVILLE -- The look in Diamber Johnson's eyes said payback. Little did the Tulane University women's basketball team know that that gaze could get more intense even after Johnson hit her first four shots from the field and scored Mississippi State's first 10 points.
East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens had a dream when he took over the head coaching job of the Lions.
JACKSON -- The Starkville High School football team found out Saturday night that giving up big plays in a championship game never is a recipe for success.
JACKSON -- When Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller walks into school Monday, the first thing he may do is make room for the trophy that's missing.
YUMA, Ariz. -- To say it was a good day for East Mississippi Community College quarterback Bo Wallace would be an understatement.
YUMA, Ariz. -- Everything was in place for Arizona Western to claim its first national championship since 1972.
STARKVILLE -- The first month of the 2011-12 season included a pair of marquee victories for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Wins against nationally ranked Texas A&M and Arizona on consecutive nights in the 2K Sports Classic in New York City catapulted MSU into The Associated Press top 25.
JACKSON -- The Picayune High School football team's road to the state championship had been a ground attack. Once Picayune reached the final game of the Mississippi high school football season, it showed a different look. Picayune used big plays from the right arm of junior quarterback Benjamin Hickman to defeat Starkville 38-21 in the Class 5A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium and pull off the school's first state football championship since before Hickman was born.
STARKVILLE -- Catina Bett knows one game isn't reason to celebrate. But the senior center realizes a single step can help her regain the confidence she needs to be a significant contributor for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
OXFORD -- Led by Valencia McFarland and Nikki Byrd, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team beat Grambling State 78-53 on Saturday at Tad Smith Coliseum.
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