STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen's motto for winning in the Southeastern Conference always has started with winning home games. Mississippi State's third-year football coach acknowledged Monday it was about time his Bulldogs squad practiced what it preached. Mullen and MSU will try to start a trend at 6:45 tonight (ESPN) when they play host to the No. 4 University of Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy football team's Cinderella season had a cruel ending Friday afternoon. Starkville Academy never could get untracked as Washington School rolled to a 20-0 victory in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy defense was usually the unsung hero in this year's turnaround. "Defense wins championships," Starkville Academy senior defensive lineman Angus Catchot said. "Coach Terrill always says offense puts people in the stands and the defense wins championships, and you see where we are."
WEST POINT -- The two time defending 5A Mississippi state champion West Point High School football team took the first step in defense of its crown Friday night with a 43-14 victory against Neshoba Central in the first round of the Class 5A North State playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Last week, Gabe Myles proclaimed his school was back on top. Seven days later, Myles made sure the Starkville High School football team would be back for practice next week. The junior quarterback used his right arm to help Starkville dominate Hernando 42-28 in a Class 5A first-round playoff game.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team blocked its way to victory Friday night in its season opener. The Lady Bulldogs set a new school record with 14 blocked shots and scored the first 16 points en route to a 78-41 victory against Jacksonville State at Humphrey Coliseum.
AMORY -- The Noxubee County High School defense and the Amory High offense were the hot topics of conversation leading up to the matchup between the teams Friday night in the second round of the Class 4A North State playoffs. Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter injected his team's offense into the discussion, saying that unit felt slighted because the team's defense was getting all of the attention.
Mark Hudspeth didn't take the expressway to an NCAA Division I head coaching job. In fact, the road was barely paved.
STARKVILLE -- Suddenly, the game everybody around the Mississippi State campus considered a throw-away game is critical. MSU's game against the University of South Alabama at 1 p.m. today will give the Bulldogs (1-1) an opportunity to regroup from a disheartening loss before they go to New York for two games in the 2K Classic Invitational.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi announced Friday the members of the five-person committee who will direct the search for the school's new football coach.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt's tenure as the University of Mississippi football coach will end in three weeks. The fourth-year coach was forced to resign Monday, effective at the end of the season, but he will stay on for the last three games of the season. It's been a dismal fall for the Rebels, who are 2-7 and 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference.
Follow your heart. Rachel Hollivay spent days contemplating where she would take the next step in her life. She knew when she entered the recruiting process she would receive a lot of attention, but she never imagined she would face so much pressure making a decision that affected so many people.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell can look back at last week as proof his team is ready for playoff football. The second-year Starkville High School football coach watched his squad commit zero turnovers and four penalties in a 35-14 win at Neshoba Central to secure the Class 5A, Region 2 title.
National television has turned the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry into one of the best in the NFL. Each senior college football season ends with multiple rivalry games, such as Mississippi State-the University of Mississippi, the University of Alabama-Auburn, Oregon-Oregon State, and Georgia-Georgia Tech. The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is developing quite the rivalry of its own. At 2 p.m. Saturday, No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (10-0) and No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (9-1) will play the latest installment of what has turned into an intense and passionate rivalry. In this meeting, the MACJC state championship will be decided at Sullivan-Windham Field on the EMCC campus.
The West Point High School football team finished the regular season on a high. Now, the Green Wave will try to parlay that momentum into a third straight Class 5A state championship. The quest for a state title will begin at 7 tonight with a first-round North State playoff contest against Neshoba Central at McCallister Field.
Tyrone Shorter knows about aerial wizardry. As a cornerback Austin Peay, Shorter's job was to prevent big plays and make life difficult for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Shorter's role hasn't changed now that he is a coach. In his second season as coach at Noxubee County High School, Shorter still takes an active role with the Tigers' defense.
A high-scoring shootout is possible when the West Oktibbeha County High School football team takes on Natchez Cathedral at 7 tonight in the opening round of the Class 1A South State playoffs.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team will open the 2011-12 season at 6:30 tonight when it plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe at Tad Smith Coliseum.
One down, four to go. The Pickens County High School football team will return to the gridiron at 7 tonight when it takes on Brantley in a second-round Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A playoff game.
Sometimes things just come together. That's the best way veteran high school football coach Jack French knows how to explain Starkville Academy's 2005 Mississippi Private Schools Association Class AAA, Division II state championship.
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