STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox announced Tuesday he will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. The 295-pound defensive lineman from Yazoo City had 56 tackles this season, including 14 1/2 tackles for a loss and five sacks. He said immediately after MSU's 23-17 victory against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl that he had made his decision about turning professional, but that he was waiting to announce it properly.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks decided Tuesday not to declare for the NFL draft and to return to the Mississippi State University football program for his final year of eligibility. Banks, a former East Webster High School standout from Maben, was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back. He also was MSU's Conerly Trophy representative. That award is given to the state's top college football player.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football program has made a scholarship offer to East Mississippi Community College quarterback Bo Wallace. Wallace, who would be able to sign as a member of the 2012 recruiting class and enroll early to compete in spring practices, led EMCC to a 55-47 El Toro Bowl victory against previously unbeaten Arizona Western College in the NJCAA Football Championship Game on Dec. 3 in Yuma, Ariz. He set NJCAA single-season records for passing yards (4,604), total yards of offense (4,810), and touchdowns (53) in a season.
Disappointing would be an understatement in describing the last time the Columbus High School girls basketball team took the floor. After a 41-point loss at Hattiesburg, Columbus got the feel-good feeling back, rolling past Noxubee County 73-27 Tuesday night at home. In the nightcap, the Columbus boys held for a 60-59 victory against Noxubee County.
Yandell Harris sees the potential. Now the Heritage Academy boys basketball coach wants to see the effort. If both of those things are present at the same time, the veteran coach believes the Patriots can come together and have a chance to make a postseason run. After receiving a pick-me-up halftime speech from Harris, Heritage Academy took its coach's encouragement to the court and pulled away for a 52-22 victory against Pickens Academy. In the girls game, Elisabeth Hankins had 17 points and Corey Dawkins added 16 to lead Pickens Academy to a 45-37 win.
OXFORD -- The tension was still showing on University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy's face several minutes after his team squeezed past Southern Methodist with a 50-48 victory on Tuesday night. Simply put, it was ugly. Kennedy admits that might be a common theme this season.
ATLANTA -- JaMychal Green appears recovered from a right shoulder injury, and the University of Alabama men's basketball team got another big boost with the return of Andrew Steele for the first time this season. So with the Southeastern Conference schedule beginning in four days, the Crimson Tide look ready to roll.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University junior wide receiver Chad Bumphis was arrested early Sunday morning in his hometown of Tupelo and charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. The Lee County Sheriff's Department confirmed Sunday morning to The Dispatch that Bumphis' arrest occurred at 1:31 a.m. in the city proper of Tupelo, and that Bumphis was released nearly an hour later after being booked on the charges. Bumphis, 22, has one year of eligibility left at MSU. He is scheduled to appear Jan. 12 at the Lee County Courthouse.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen always has judged the quarterback position by one category: Wins. In that regard, senior Chris Relf will leave MSU as one of the program's most successful quarterbacks, especially after he closed his career with another victory.
STARKVILLE -- A recent labor dispute between NBA players and owners forced the league to settle for a compressed schedule that requires some teams to play five games in one week. That kind of workload doesn't faze the East Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team.
The pieces are in place. Rick Stansbury has repeated the thought that the 2011-12 Mississippi State University men's basketball team has greater versatility and depth than last season's team. On Saturday, MSU showcased another ingredient it will need to realize its potential: Resolve.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For a player not many Division I schools wanted after high school and a successful stint at junior college, Vick Ballard wrote an award-winning final chapter to his story Friday night. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College transfer used his final college game -- a 23-17 victory against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl -- to show the country what many of the premier programs missed out on for ignoring his talents for so long
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Believe it or not, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said he was blocked up front before he blocked a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter Friday night in the Music City Bowl. The reason this fact is up for debate is the speed at which the 295-pound defensive got to the Wake Forest holder and nearly tackled kicker Jimmy Newm
RENO, Nev. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team erased a 16-point second-half deficit Friday night and rallied for a 67-63 victory against Nevada in the consolation game of the Peppermill Classic at the Lawlor Events Center. MSU bounced back from a 78-71 loss to Oklahoma State in the tournament's opening round on Thursday night. With the victory, MSU completes the non-conference portion of its 2011-12 schedule with a 10-3 overall record.
STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter started drawing up the first Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump tournament, Friday's game was what he wanted. Rarely challenged in the first two months of the season, the top-ranked Yellow Jackets brought in three highly touted out-of-state opponents. Carter wanted to see how his players responded in pressure-packed situations against top-notched competition.
STARKVILLE -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team had few answers offensively Friday afternoon in a 50-41 loss to Jackson Olin (Ala.) in a final-round game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump tournament. New Hope (7-5) started slowly and never got its transition game going. The Trojans had only four field goals in the first quarter and trailed throughout the contest.
Mississippi State University has appeared in baseball's College World Series on eight times. Looking back at the 2011 season, some might find it hard to believe how close the Bulldogs were to a ninth trek to the hallowed grounds of Omaha, Neb.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Piling a bunch of people in a car and going to a famous destination is how a lot of great tales begin. For Mississippi State University students and recent graduates, bowl games represent the perfect excuse for that classic college road trip story.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School has outscored its opponents 133-72 thus far in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump high school basketball tournament. Thursday night, the Yellow Jackets continued their tear, defeating Carroll High School (La.) 59-45. The night before Starkville routed Strong (Ark.), 74-27.
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2. New men's basketball coaches enhance SEC's profile COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Michigan shuts out Alabama in WCWS COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Heritage Academy's Fields earns second-team All-State honors HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Love for racing drives Turpen LOCAL SPORTS