The timing turned out to be better this year.
Whyatt Foster has a new plan for special occasions: new shoes.
"Many parts but one body."
STARKVILLE -- A small senior class from the 2013 season and a less than stellar in-state pool of talent for the Class of 2014 had the Mississippi State football team looking to the 2015 signing class to make a big splash.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team anticipates announcing the final piece to its coaching staff next week. MSU coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday at his National Signing Day media conference he has had talks about filling his final open staff position, but that he wanted to wait until after the 2014 recruiting season to finalize the hire.
STARKVILLE -- Flip the switch. Aleighsa Welch hasn't attended any of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's practices or been in the team's locker room to listen to coach Vic Schaefer talk.
"Save your butt." That's a noble sentiment for a defender in any formation.
D.J. Law, the high school football prospect from Florida who submitted signed national letters of intent to Utah and Mississippi, has been released from his obligation to Ole Miss.
OXFORD -- Meighan Simmons was sick. Her stomach hurt, her shot was off. Midway through the second half of the Tennessee women's basketball team's game Thursday at Ole Miss, she was 3-for-13 from the field. "We considered just pulling her out," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. Good thing she didn't.
STARKVILLE -- National Signing Day had its share of surprising moments for the Mississippi State football team. In an announced 23-player recruiting class for the 2014 season, MSU went 1-for-2 in flipped commitments Wednesday afternoon to give sixth-year coach Dan Mullen some talking points.
Mary Nagy can tuck those slow starts away and put them to rest now that the New Hope High School girls soccer team is going to play for a state title.
An opportunity was all Trace Lee wanted. After two and a half seasons as starting quarterback for the Columbus High School football team, Lee wasn't ready to give up on a sport he loves. That's why he wasn't satisfied with schools that were willing to give him a chance to play baseball and not football.
The college recruiting process moves extremely quickly. After suffering a season-ending injury, Joshua Foxworthy thought coaches were going to pass him by, so he didn't give much thought to the pageantry of National Signing Day.
Jeff Terrill has been coaching long enough to know that "putting the pieces together" is more than knowing what to do. The former Itawamba Community College football knows it is imperative for players to know how and why to do things. Couple that with great effort and intangibles like leadership and character and you're liable to be talking about Tripp Janssen.
Phytrell Williams wasn't going to let an injury prevent him from realizing his dream. Watching from the sidelines as his teammates played Heritage Academy on Aug. 30, Williams looked forlorn as he contemplated a season that began with a promising victory against Montgomery County.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell can't help but consider seniors Princeton Jones, Darius Grayer, and Fontavious Smith as cornerstones of the transformation of the Starkville High School football program.
MACON -- While Noxubee County High School has racked up victories and a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship under coach Tyrone Shorter, Shorter revealed the accolade he is most proud of Wednesday morning.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior running back Aeris Williams always has been a soft-spoken leader on and off the football field. That is why it came as quite a surprise when Williams, the Dispatch's Player of the Year in 2013, predicted some future wins for Mississippi State in its Egg Bowl rivalry with Ole Miss.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bobby Portis knew after his first shot that good things were about to happen on Wednesday night. Even the Arkansas men's basketball team's freshman didn't know just how good.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In the grand signing day tradition, Alabama football coach Nick Saban said the recruiting class met his team's needs.
1. Carlyle wants Falcons to believe hype entering for 2017-18 season HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. EMCC will induct six into Sports Hall of Fame COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Balance on offense fuels MSU's victory against BYU COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Ole Miss feeling good again after big win at home COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Alabama beats Mississippi State in double overtime COLLEGE SPORTS