In August, Barrett Donahoe talked about changing a mind-set.
MACON -- The focus is there.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University defensive coordinator Chris Wilson laughed Monday when talking about LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
STARKVILLE -- Nobody is suggesting LSU's football players transform into superior human beings when the sun goes down Saturdays at Tiger Stadium.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner are two of the most productive frontcourt players in school history.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban doesn't waive his 24-hour celebration rule even after dramatic, last-minute victories that rescue the No. 1 University Alabama football team's hopes for a national title.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team will have mostly the same players but a significantly different look this season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt University football coach James Franklin is eager to take his Commodores on the road again. Apparently, his host for the weekend is just as enthusiastic.
There's nothing like getting scoring on offense and defense to provide a spark. Eric Harris and Jevontrae Williams were only too happy to deliver that lift Friday for the West Lowndes High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen wants everybody who has a passion for Mississippi State University football to know where to point the finger.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray has said repeatedly his team must work harder and be tougher and smarter than every opponent to consider its performance a success. During brief portions of its exhibition game against William Carey University on Sunday afternoon, MSU accomplished all three of those items. In longer stretches, though, it did none of them, but it still earned an 80-74 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- At the University of Alabama, it will go down as a crimson version of "The Drive." For AJ McCarron, it confirmed what the Crimson Tide already knew -- this guy is a heck of a quarterback.
STARKVILLE -- It may have taken another unexpected snowstorm to stop Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M University football team's offense.
STARKVILLE -- It was clear the Texas A&M University defensive staff watched the beating Mississippi State University quarterback Tyler Russell took last week.
STARKVILLE -- It turns out good guys can wear a black hat, too.
PELAHATCHIE -- A little trickeration and some guts. The mixture isn't a secret concoction Barrett Donahoe has cooked up in the dark passages of the Heritage Academy field house.
For the West Point High School football team, Friday's game against New Hope was the last regular-season game on the schedule before the playoffs start next week. Even though the Green Wave already had secured first place in Class 5A, Region 1, coach Chris Chambless didn't take the game lightly. Neither did his players.
GRENADA -- Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford breathed a deep sigh of relief and then smiled like a proud father.
SENATOBIA -- Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill said he'll lose sleep for weeks after one call: The choice to kick the ball to Fernando Van Hook.
STARKVILLE -- Leave it to the Starkville High School football team's defense to seal a crucial win. After all, defense has been the team's calling card this season.
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