OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team's defense hasn't had much success stopping anybody this season, giving up a Southeastern Conference-worst 32 points per game. And it doesn't get easier this weekend. Cameron Newton, the athletic 6-foot-6, 250-pound Auburn quarterback, is coming to town.
For all the talk of the University of Kentucky football team's explosive offense, quarterback Mike Hartline's name usually is the second that comes to mind. Bouts with injuries and quarterback competitions throughout his four years at the school, Hartline had failed to lock down the position for a season before starting the 2010 campaign.
STARKVILLE -- Emotionally shattered from two close losses, Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell admits his team is still trying to regroup.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference men's basketball coaches Wednesday selected Mississippi State guards Dee Bost and Ravern Johnson and University of Mississippi guard Chris Warren to the league's preseason All-SEC team.
Glenn Schmidt's instructions from the sideline rang throughout the gymnasium. "Where is she? Don't let her catch it," the Starkville Academy girls basketball coach shouted as her players tried to find Christibeth Nelson.
MACON -- The time appears to be right for the Noxubee County High School football team. Plagued with injuries for much of the 2010 season, the Tigers are rounding into better health with each day just in time to kick off another playoff push.
MABEN -- With a second-place region finish on the line Friday, West Oktibbeha High School football coach Adam Lowrey has provided the first piece of motivation material. When asked how a loss to South Leake, which will visit Maben at 7 p.m. Friday, would affect the Timberwolves' playoff chances, Lowrey responded: "It won't. We won't lose."
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- South Lamar High School football coach Josh Harper knows his squad will face a challenge at 7 tonight when it takes on Sulligent High. The Blue Devils, who clinched the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A, Region 8 championship last week, come into the game 7-2 and 6-1. They have won the past three meetings in the series, including a 52-14 victory last week.
James Wriley wasn't sure the expectations were appropriate.
Mississippi State football coaches and players agree quarterback Chris Relf can handle his workload.
Mississippi State University freshman linebacker Chris Hughes will miss the team's game against the University of Kentucky at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU) after a league suspension for an unnecessary hit in its win against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Octavius Logan of Lamar University has been on a personal odyssey to play football at a higher level.
STARKVILLE -- The University of Kentucky's Randall Cobb will be the Mississippi State football team's most difficult individual matchup this season. MSU defensive coordinator Manny Diaz thinks enough of the Wildcats' do-it-all player that he believes Cobb will present a greater challenge than Auburn University quarterback Cameron Newton.
The start of the Rachel Hollivay era at Heritage Academy will have to wait. A fractured left foot will keep the 6-foot-5 junior forward/center, who is ranked the No. 3 recruit in the Class of 2012 by ESPN's HoopGurlz, out of tonight's season-opening Heritage Academy Girls Preseason Tournament.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Josh Harper wanted Friday night to be special. The South Lamar High School football coach wanted to send his 10 seniors out in style with a victory against Meek in their final home game of the season.
STARKVILLE -- The future of cowbells rests in the hands of Mississippi State's fans. While it's been the obvious component of the Southeastern Conference's amended artificial noisemaker ban to help accommodate MSU's greatest sporting symbol, the current margin for error is nil. MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin confirmed Monday the SEC has notified the school it will be fined for violations of the cowbell compromise.
After narrowly avoiding an upset loss to Alabama-Birmingham, Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs are still looking to improve their passing game.
As the only returning starter for the Ole Miss Rebels, Chris Warren carries the responsibility of leading a team with six new players without the likes of Terrico White, Murphy Holloway or Eniel Polynice to help share the load.
One look at Starkville Academy's girls' basketball roster reveals a non-typical lack of depth.
Kayla Melson is going to do everything she can to help lead the University of Mississippi women's basketball team this season.
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