STARKVILLE -- Scott Wetherbee arrived at Mississippi State University to take over at the school's senior associate director of athletics for external affairs, and with the Bulldogs' football team off to a 4-0 start, that means he's a busy man. Serving as MSU's point of contact for the SEC Network, which will broadcast its weekly college football lead-in show, SEC Nation, from MSU's Junction on Saturday morning, Wetherbee has plenty to discuss. The Dispatch sat down with Wetherbee to discuss the SEC Network, the football team's start, and MSU quarterback Dak Prescott.
With the eyes of the nation's college football audience focused on the state of Mississippi this weekend as Mississippi State University hosts the Texas A&M Aggies in a key Southeastern Conference Western Division battle of unbeaten teams on Saturday, some changes will come to the normal game-day routine at Davis Wade Stadium and in the Junction.
Tom Goode always demanded excellence. Goode earned All-America honors as a player at Mississippi State. He then played nine years of professional football and was part of the Baltimore Colts team that won Super Bowl V.
STARKVILLE -- While the Starkville High School football team's offensive numbers may been among the state's best, the Yellow Jackets may have made the biggest strides on defense.
William Cooper and Gary Harris are in the press box and on the air. Their headsets are on. The rosters of the Heritage Academy and Hillcrest Christian Academy football teams are in front of them as they overlook the field.
It's impossible to miss. No exclamation points or bold print are needed. Two pieces of paper taped to the windows of the doors to the Columbus High School football team's field house make that message clear with a pink highlighted line: Columbus (HC).
Kris Pickle hoped the roots would take hold quickly. Like all new coaches moving to a new school, Pickle thought a fresh start could work wonders with the New Hope High School football team. The former Aberdeen High assistant coach and head coach at Morton High knew New Hope had talent, but he also knew the program hadn't had a lot of success under two coaches in the past three seasons.
Editor's Note: Today, The Dispatch profiles Victoria Vivians, the fifth and final member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's freshman class. The class was nationally ranked and hopes to propel MSU back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.
STARKVILLE -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings never had a chance.
MSU Defensive Keys vs. Texas A&M
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss baseball team will play 21 games against teams that competed in the NCAA tournament last season, including five games against teams that advanced to the 2014 College World Series, coach Mike Bianco announced Wednesday. The Rebels will play a 56-game schedule in 2015, featuring 21 games (37.5 percent) against teams with an Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) inside the top 30 last season. Of the Rebels' 56 games, 31 will be at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field, where the Rebels went 27-7 last season and won the NCAA Oxford Regional.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team's offense is a little inconsistent and the special teams suddenly have some problems. But through four games, one thing has been clear: These 11th-ranked Rebels are capable of playing outstanding defense. Ole Miss (4-0) ranks third nationally and first in the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense, giving up 8.5 points per game. Ole Miss held Memphis to 104 yards in a 24-3 victory Saturday night.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday they will honor Wesley Walls with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute on Saturday during the game between No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 3 Alabama. Coverage of the game will start at 2:30 p.m. (WCBI).
Pickens Academy football coach Josh Thacker knew he had some very valuable players to replace this season.
STARKVILLE - Technically, Mississippi State center Dillon Day doesn't have much to do this Saturday, the result of a one-game suspension handed down by the Southeastern Conference following a pair of in-game incidents in MSU's 34-29 win at LSU.
The gauntlet is down to six.
SCOOBA - D.J. Jones flashes a smile wider than the defensive tackle's 315-pound frame.
The national buzz has centered heavily on the Magnolia State this week.
Ole Miss has been waiting for a day like this for quite some time.
Arm strength. Poise. Vision.
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2. Thompson shows growth at QB in MSU's spring game COLLEGE SPORTS
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5. No. 7 Ole Miss takes series from No. 24 Georgia COLLEGE SPORTS