ATHENS, Ga. -- After watching Kentavious Caldwell-Pope light up his team's zone defense in the first half, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray made a defensive switch. Ray used a man-to-man defense with Jalen Steele, who was assigned the task of guarding Caldwell-Pope in the second half and was told to switch off on screens.
OXFORD -- Murphy Holloway scored 22 points, Jarvis Summers added 12, and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team cruised to a 64-49 victory against No. 10 University of Missouri on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Sharon Fanning-Otis emphasized the importance of doing the little things to make sure the Mississippi State University women's basketball team had success on as many possessions as possible.
Between John Longmire and Tom Velek, Melissa Dunaway really didn't have a choice. Truth be told, though, Dunaway didn't have problem being encouraged to help lead the TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) in Columbus. Even though she is new to organizing a program of this magnitude, Dunaway's two sons, Eric and Colin, were involved last season in the inaugural year Columbus United Soccer Club partnered with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and the Greater Columbus Civitan Club to bring the U.S. Youth Soccer program to the Golden Triangle.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed even a jinx wasn't enough to stop it. Earlier this week, Starkville Academy made history when it became the first member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools to be ranked in The Clarion-Ledger's Super 10 poll.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford lifted the University of Alabama men's basketball team with a big spurt early in the second half and Andrew Steele supplied another one late. Releford and Trevor Lacey each scored 15 points and Steele sparked a key late run to lift the Crimson Tide to a 68-65 victory against the University of Tennessee on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner, and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft after helping lead the Crimson Tide to a second straight national title.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team experienced a different degree of disappointment Thursday night. One week after suffering its worst loss in a Southeastern Conference opener, MSU showed tangible signs it is making progress.
STARKVILLE -- Fundamentally, Mississippi State University junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson made the same decision teammate Johnthan Banks made one year ago.
STARKVILLE -- From a scouting perspective, the beginning of the Southeastern Conference schedule couldn't have broken better for Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray. Ray, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Clemson University, has been uniquely qualified to evaluate his team's first two league foes: The University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia. MSU 6-7, 1-0 SEC) will put Ray's knowledge to the test for a second time at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) when it plays at Georgia.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen went with a person he knows can succeed to fill one of his two current staff openings. He's already seen him do it before for him in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- At one point during Mississippi State University 56-54 victory to open Southeastern Conference, the home bench looked more similar to a emergency medical facility.
Ricky Hackler knew his day was coming. The Columbus High School senior just didn't know it would be here so soon.
STARKVILLE -- Don't tell Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray Wednesday night was ugly basketball.
Amanda Butler isn't into style points.
STARKVILLE --In a high-pressured game that came down to the wire, Aberdeen High showed just how important seniors are to a team searching for a win on the road.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football program simply dealt with losing the commitment of a running back prospect by the one that was on the top of their list.
STARKVILLE -- Many coaches will use the cliché line of a college basketball season being the culmination of three different seasons: non-conference, conference and postseason.
STARKVILLE -- The two head coaches at Humphrey Coliseum were given the same task on paper but not the same procedure to get the rebuilding project accomplished.
Columbus High School basketball player Roshad Meeks would make a great party planner.
1. No. 1 Alabama loses Harris in shutout of Kent State COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Non-conference schedule has right mix for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Winona Christian's ground game edges Oak Hill Academy's passing game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Columbus sets new scoring standard for Montgomery era HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS