Holidays don't always mean days off in West Alabama high school gyms.
STARKVILLE -- Lost in the whirlwind of Manny Diaz leaving Mississippi State to join the staff at Texas was the Bulldogs' addition of four early enrollees. Defensive end John Harris; quarterback Dak Prescott; and offensive linemen Nick Redmond and Joey Trapp are enrolled for the spring semester and will begin workouts with the team on Jan. 18. Harris, Prescott and Trapp graduated high school in December, giving the Bulldogs five prep signees to enroll in the spring in head coach Dan Mullen's last three recruiting classes.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State didn't take long or look far to fill the coaching vacancies left by Manny Diaz and Mark Hudspeth. The program announced co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Chris Wilson will be promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Manny Diaz, who accepted the same job at Texas on Wednesday. Graduate assistant Angelo Mirando was named wide receivers coach, replacing Mark Hudspeth, who left the Bulldogs to become head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette prior to the beginning of Gator Bowl preparation.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has accepted the same position with the University of Texas football program. Diaz, who spent one season in Starkville, will replace Will Muschamp, who recently accepted the job as head coach at the University of Florida.
STARKVILLE -- The 2011 Mississippi State football team officially welcomed its four newest members as classes began Wednesday. MSU football coach Dan Mullen announced the arrival of high school players John Harris, Dak Prescott, and Nick Redmond and junior college transfer Joey Trapp.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury's first hometown press conference in more than three weeks had a repeated theme: Move on. What was originally planned as a holiday vacation where Mississippi State's men's basketball team would debut sophomore Renardo Sidney ended with an embarrassing, national headline-grabbing fight between the former McDonald's High School All-American and then-teammate Elgin Bailey.
Kierra Jones knows what she can do on the basketball floor.
STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson knew what she was going to face this season. While it was wonderful to be a part of a backcourt that included All-Southeastern Conference performers Alexis Rack and Armelie Lumanu and be a part of a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season, somewhere in the back of Johnson's mind she realized she would move on to center stage in the 2010-11 season. Johnson is spending a lot of time in the spotlight, too.
STARKVILLE -- Injuries and a lack of playing time marred Twany Beckham's career with the Mississippi State men's basketball team. The lack of playing time was the reason Beckham cited Wednesday in announcing his decision to transfer from MSU.
It's natural for players want to reach the highest level of their sport. But Brad Henderson recognizes a good offer when he sees one -- even if, at first, he doesn't know exactly where it will take him.
DALLAS -- Chris Warren scored 19 points, including eight during a 23-4 second-half run, and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team defeated SMU 75-57 Wednesday night.
Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has accepted the same position with the Texas Longhorns. Diaz, who spent one season in Starkville, will replace Will Muschamp, who recently accepted the head coach job at Florida. Diaz, along with wife Stephanie, toured the Texas campus Tuesday and met with UT officials after receiving a call about the job Monday night.
STARKVILLE -- In the wake of a disastrous 14-day road swing, Mississippi State's men's basketball team is looking to start anew. The Bulldogs, who open Southeastern Conference play Saturday against Alabama, lost four of five games during stops in the Bahamas, Hawaii and Las Vegas.
Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is on the Austin, Texas, campus right now meeting with Mack Brown about the open position at Texas, an Internet Longhorns site reported today.
Cole Walker didn't have a special assignment to start the second half.
The Heritage Academy girls basketball team showed Tuesday night it is much more than a one-player team.
Leslie Frazier is going to get an opportunity to put everything he learned as an interim head coach to use on a permanent basis.
CRAWFORD -- Randy Brooks hopes a career-high is only the start of bigger and better things for Quanisha Doss. In what he called the first "dominant" efforts of the season, Doss scored a career-best 41 points in a 69-46 victory against McAdams in the East Oktibbeha County High School Tournament on Dec. 30.
The spirit of the holidays is alive and well with Jeffery Amos and his family thanks to Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith. Amos, a fifth-grader at Joe Cook Elementary School in Columbus who is being treated for bone cancer at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., received several gifts, including a Columbus High jersey and a basketball signed by current and former team members, in the days leading up to Christmas.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Sophomore forward Tony Mitchell and senior guard Charvez Davis each scored a game-high 21 points Monday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to an 83-41 victory against Toledo at Coleman Coliseum.
1. Player of Week: Davis, Starkville off to fast start HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Bulldogs turn attention to UAB COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Heritage Academy looks to build on first win HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS