SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team appears to have the answer at quarterback this season for any defense. Coach Buddy Stephens' biggest dilemma could be how he plans to utilize the skills of Bo Wallace, Termarcus Conner, and Jaquez Johnson. The EMCC coach will get his first chance to experiment with quarterbacks at 7 p.m. Thursday when No. 16 EMCC plays host to defending state champion and No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. at new Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE -- The only sure thing about University of Memphis quarterback Andy Summerlin's season-opening performance against No. 20 Mississippi State on Thursday night likely will be that he will be the oldest player on the field.
OXFORD -- Vincent Sanders is ready to make an impact. With the University of Mississippi football team's season opener against BYU looming at 3:45 p.m. Saturday (ESPN), Sanders appears primed to get the first chance to make a play. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is listed behind freshman Donte Moncrief at split end. Ja-Mes Logan or Nickolas Brassel, Tobias Singleton, or Terrell Grant are listed at flanker.
STARKVILLE -- Nothing will be basic about the No. 20 Mississippi State football team's defense after the first play this season. As he prepares for his first game as defensive coordinator, MSU coach Chris Wilson said his unit won't leave any schemes unused in its season opener Thursday at the University of Memphis (7 p.m., Fox Sports Net).
The Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team appeared poised for a victory Tuesday night. Central Academy had other ideas.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's quarterback position is in a much better shape than last year as the team prepares for its season opener at 7 p.m. Thursday (Fox Sports Net) at the University of Memphis.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson made it clear Monday why junior linebacker Brandon Wilson is still where he is on the Bulldogs' opening week depth chart.
REFORM, Ala. -- De'Marko Hall didn't have an illusions of grandeur Friday night. But the Pickens County High School standout believed he could find a way to help the Tornadoes upset preseason No. 2 American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Ala., despite being at less than 100 percent and missing a preseason scrimmage because of a left shoulder injury.
FULTON -- The foundation has been laid. Jon Williams knows the next step is to put players in the right positions so they can make plays.
STARKVILLE -- Go ahead and let Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen describe the way he see the give-and-take relationship among coaches.
STARKVILLE -- There already is a bit of desperation, a lot of frustration, and some shock in the voice of Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood. After a 1-2 weekend in its season-opening Maroon Classic tournament at Newell-Grissom Gymnasium, there's legitimate arguments all of those feelings are justified.
Buddy Stephens is apprehensive, curious, and confident all at the same time. If that sounds difficult, the East Mississippi Community College football coach will tell you it isn't.
BRANDON -- The Starkville High School swimming team opened its season Saturday with several strong finishes at the Brandon Relays. Due to a computer scoring glitch, no official team finishes were available. However, Starkville coach Angela Hobart believes her squad was in a position to finish second in the boys and girls competition.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The Noxubee County High School football team couldn't make a halftime lead stand up Saturday night in a 24-20 loss to Spain Park (Ala.). "We simply made too many mistakes," Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter said. "We had three turnovers -- all in the second half. Three times, we drive inside the 20-yard-line and can't score. Against a good team, you have to take advantage of your chances and not make mistakes."
West Point's Gene Brown had a good feeling after the opening round of the Mississippi TBF Bass Federation State Championship. On Saturday, the good feeling was rewarded as Brown built on his opening-round lead to secure championship honors in the annual event held at Columbus Lake, Aliceville Lake, and Aberdeen Lake.
OXFORD -- With the season opener one week away, the University of Mississippi football team took the field inside Vaught-Hemingway for a two-plus hour dress rehearsal Saturday morning.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt has been known to turn a team with low expectations into one of the Southeastern Conference's best in his 14-year coaching career in the Southeastern Conference.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's August to-do list: Pick starting quarterback. Replace Heisman Trophy winner and a few other first-round draft picks. Find left tackle, playmaking receivers and a defensive lineman or two. It's almost enough to distract the Crimson Tide from all that national title talk.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State announced Friday morning freshman guard D.J. Gardner has been dismissed from the men's basketball program a little more than six months after signing with the school.
Drew Pellum showed Friday night that the Starkville Academy football team is more than just a fullback and dive-driven team. The junior quarterback rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns to lead Starkville Academy to a 33-7 victory against Heritage Academy at C.L. Mitchell Field.
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