MADISON -- For Columbus High School, reality dealt a harsh blow Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Buchanan knows how passionate Vic Schaefer is about basketball.
TROY, Ala. -- Mississippi State University coach Rick Ray insisted Friday night he wouldn't make excuses following his team's frustrating 56-53 loss at Troy University.
TROY, Ala. -- The rebuilding of the Mississippi State University men's basketball program began Friday night with a reminder to fans this process is going to have to be with a big picture philosophy.
CLINTON -- The Heritage Academy football team accomplished the goal it had in mind all season: It gave coach Barrett Donahoe a Gatorade moment he will always remember.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant took the first steps Friday to becoming the leaders Vic Schaefer needs.
Matt Butts didn't expect it. But credit the East Rankin Academy football team for speaking honestly minutes after Heritage Academy rallied for a 21-17 victory to eliminate his team from the playoffs.
Tony Stanford has worked for and with a lot of the best football coaches in the state of Mississippi. Working with coaches like Bobby Hall, Chuck Friend, Bubba Davis, and Mike Justice, just to name a few, has helped Stanford appreciate how far the Columbus High School football program has come in five seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Tell Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell his good friend Pat Byrd has revitalized a program at Saltillo High and he'll happily say you're underselling his efforts.
After winning back-to-back state championships, the West Point High School football team saw its season end abruptly in the second round of the playoffs last season. West Point will look to make amends for that defeat at 7 tonight when it plays host to Canton in a first-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game at McCallister Field.
ABERDEEN -- Eight weeks and counting. That's how long it has been since the Aberdeen High School football team came up on the short end of the score. The Bulldogs will look to make it nine at 7 tonight when it plays host to J.J. McClain in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State playoffs.
OXFORD -- Many football programs in the Southeastern Conference win so often it's easy to take bowl eligibility for granted. Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi aren't among them.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The hype entering Saturday's game between top-ranked University of Alabama and No. 15 Texas A&M University revolves around the Crimson Tide's dominate defense and the Aggies' prolific offense.
STARKVILLE -- The question is standard for many student-athletes in Division I programs. But Darriel Gaynor hasn't followed the same path as her peers, so to understand how Gaynor has made it to her senior season at Mississippi State University, it is illuminating to look back at her journey and to see how that trip has shaped her.
STARKVILLE -- It may take a couple of weeks before Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray knows what talent he has on his team.
STARKVILLE -- The talent gap between the Mississippi State University and LSU football teams is shrinking, but it isn't happening fast enough for MSU coach Dan Mullen.
Chinwe Okorie plans to come to Starkville to work. That is great news for Vic Schaefer and the Mississippi State University women's basketball program. The next assignment Okorie is expected to complete for MSU will come Wednesday when she signs a National Letter of Intent to join the team for the 2013-14 season.
When the Lamar County High School football team returned to the Alabama High School Activities Association's Class 2A playoff last season, coach Ken Adams knew the work was beginning.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith admits he hopes to do less coaching this season with a veteran ballclub taking the floor.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter knew his young basketball team would have to learn on the fly this season.
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