VERNON, Ala. - The Lamar County High School football team will carry a heavy heart into its playoff game Friday. At the height of its season, following two playoff victories, offensive and defensive line coach Don Thornton, 65, passed away Saturday. After retiring and serving as a city councilman in Vernon, Thornton spent five years as a volunteer assistant coach, helping Bulldogs linemen become some of the best in the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A ranks. He'd coached at other schools throughout the state, too.
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Offensive struggles plagued the Mississippi State women's basketball team Wednesday afternoon in a 60-43 loss to the University of California, Santa Barbara at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope.
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Guard Sheldon McClellan came off the bench and scored 19 points to give the University of Texas men's basketball team its first win in three days at the Maui Invitational, 69-55 against Mississippi State University on Wednesday morning.
Jonathan Wallace was still in high school with no clue he'd wind up playing for the Auburn University football team when AJ McCarron was leading the University of Alabama to a national title. Now, the Tigers' freshman quarterback is set to start in the first Iron Bowl he has attended Saturday against the second-ranked Crimson Tide and one of the nation's best defenses -- in front of some 102,000 mostly hostile fans.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Russell and Bo Wallace knew this was going to be a big week. But the Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi quarterbacks had no idea they would be this popular.
LOUISVILLE -- M.C. Miller, Louisville High School, and Noxubee County High will be linked together eternally. When Miller left Noxubee County High School after 16 seasons as head coach to replace Brad Peterson as coach of archrival Louisville, he knew what he was getting in to.
MACON -- Speed, quickness, power. The Noxubee County High School football team prides itself in having at least 11 players who have all three of those qualities that come together to form one of the state's best defenses.
STARKVILLE -- While the injuries mounted early in the season, the Starkville High School football team's defense never lost the faith.
WEST POINT -- The players and coaches talk frequently about playing "West Point football." For members of the Green Wave defense, "West Point football" can be summed up in a few words: Physical. Relentless. Dominating.
MAUI, Hawaii -- Fred Thomas poured in a career-high 17 points, but the Mississippi State University men's basketball team lost to Marquette 89-62 Tuesday afternoon at the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center.
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team dropped a 61-59 heartbreaker to Winthrop University on Tuesday in its first game at the Hardwood Tournament of Hope. Dequesha McClanhan hit a baseline jumper as time expired after Winthrop moved the ball the length of the court in 3.9 seconds. MSU's Martha Alwal had tied the game with a basket.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze's first season at the University of Mississippi could be described as wildly successful or a crushing letdown.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jeff Whitaker understands the Auburn University football team's situation entering the Iron Bowl. He's aware of the criticism that has been heaped on coach Gene Chizik and that the Tigers are huge underdogs going into the game with No. 2 University of Alabama.
WEST POINT -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed in the 2 minutes, 57 seconds why it is one of the best squads -- regardless of classification -- in the state of Mississippi. Four players in a variety of ways to push the team to a nine-point advantage against Oak Hill Academy.
WEST POINT -- In the early part of the season, West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless called his offense "a work in progress." These days, one can safely say the Green Wave's offense is progressing nicely.
STARKVILLE -- The one thing Dan Mullen and Hugh Freeze agree on prior to Saturday's Egg Bowl is the University of Mississippi football team is playing with noticeable effort in 2012.
STARKVILLE -- MSU senior cornerback Johnthan Banks was named Monday one of three finalists for the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award. Banks joins former Bulldogs defensive back Fred Smoot (2000) as the only players in school history to be named a finalist for the award, which is given annually to the top defensive back in college football.
MAUI, Hawaii -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball team couldn't match the firepower of No. 9 University of North Carolina in a 95-49 loss on Monday night in the opening round of the Maui Classic.
Vic Schaefer hopes perseverance is a precursor to toughness. In its last game, the Mississippi State University women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat Louisiana Tech. Schaefer hopes MSU (2-1) can build on that momentum at 3:30 p.m. today when it takes on Winthrop University in its first of three games in the inaugural Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football players don't even have to leave their couches to be one of the big winners in college football's national championship sweepstakes.
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