HOOVER, Ala. -- The Auburn football team was the trendy pick to win the Southeastern Conference entering coach Gus Malzahn's third year. But the 2015 season didn't play out the way the Tigers wanted.
As the scholarship offers and showcase invitations mount, Starkville High School All-State linebacker Willie Gay never skips a day of counting his blessings.
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Brandon McBride's Olympic dream became a reality Sunday. McBride, who completed his senior season as a distance runner at Mississippi State earlier this year, became Canada's national champion in the 800 meters to secure a spot on his nation's track and field team that will compete next month in the Rio Olympic Games.
Every college football fan will be paying attention to Hoover, Alabama, this week. There won't aren't any games or practices, but all 14 Southeastern Conference coaches and several student-athletes will get a chance to talk about their teams and the upcoming season. SEC Media Days -- the unofficial kickoff to the college football season -- will be Monday-Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel.
STARKVILLE -- Ameshya Williams would like to forget the events of March 11, 2016. As a senior, Williams hoped that Friday night would be special. After all of the points, rebounds, and blocked shots earlier in the season, Williams was one victory away from leading the Gulfport West Harrison girls basketball team to a state title. But all it took was one layup attempt to derail all of that hard work.
Lee Ray, much like the rest of the Street Stocks drivers in the state of Mississippi, chased 15-year-old Spencer Hughes through the first half of the season. The queue behind Hughes, who has won 11 races this season, had a handful of familiar names, like Ray and Justin McRee. Hughes and McRee had dominated Magnolia Motor Speedway entering last weekend's feature, winning all seven races at the track this season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen rounded out his coaching staff Thursday with the announcement of the hiring of New Mexico State assistant Mike Brown as the new coordinator of camps and volunteer assistant coach.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will send three seniors to Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, next week. Linebacker Richie Brown, defensive lineman A.J. Jefferson, and wide receiver Fred Ross will represent MSU on Tuesday when they speak to media members at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball right-hander Paul Young signed a free-agent contract with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, MSU announced.
The 5-inch by 7-inch picture says a lot about Jason Trufant. You might miss the black-and-white canvas on first glance around the otherwise spartan office tucked away behind a corner on the first floor of the Cromwell Communications Center. Trufant has been at Mississippi University for Women only a month, so he hasn't had a lot of time to plaster the back brick wall with pictures or to pack the bookcase along the right wall with books. On Tuesday, the shelves of that bookcase were armed with NCAA manuals and had plenty of room for additions, as did a back area, where a Carolina blue MUW T-shirt from the school's tobacco-free campaign sat folded on a bureau as if left over from a previous occupant.
Netflix went behind the scenes with the East Mississippi Community College football team to produce its first original sports documentary series, Last Chance U, which begins Friday, July 29.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's second season leading the Mississippi State men's basketball team features a non-conference schedule that includes eight home games in Starkville. The non-conference schedule, which was released Tuesday also features three games in the Charleston Classic and another game in Jackson.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team announced Tuesday that late signees Osirus Mitchell and Reginald Todd have enrolled at the school. Both wide receivers signed this summer. Defensive back Cameron Dantzler, of Hammond, Louisiana, will enroll today, according to a team spokesperson. Mitchell and Todd join 14 others who enrolled during the June semester.
STARKVILLE -- After spending three days in the hospital, Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter is back home. Carter had a heart attack early Saturday morning and had surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus later in the day to clear a complete blockage of his right coronary artery. He returned home Monday afternoon.
Rick Rickman had been waiting for weeks for a bounce to go his way. Whether it was a flat tire that ruined a race in which he was leading or a random part coming loose on his No. 86 Advanced Logistics Super Late Model car, Rickman and his team needed a morale boost entering the Comp Cams feature Sunday at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Spencer Hughes' runner-up finish to Ronald Dunn at the Clash at Magnolia Motor Speedway proved the 15-year-old Meridian native isn't invincible at the venue. Until the June 18 race, Hughes had won four-straight Street Stocks races at The MAG. Every race at the track this year had been won by Hughes or Dunn. Hughes hasn't finished outside the top three at Magnolia this season.
For the first time in 15 years, the Mississippi State men's basketball team will play Southern Mississippi. MSU and Southern Miss have struck a four-game deal, the Hattiesburg American reported Saturday. A MSU spokesperson said nothing is finalized, but an official announcement is expected Tuesday.
Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter had a heart attack Saturday morning and underwent surgery later in the day, Starkville High girls basketball coach Kristie Williams confirmed.
STARKVILLE -- When sitting in a recruit's house, Houston Franks goes over what the Mississippi State track and field program has to offer. Franks talks about the strength of the school's facilities and the program's coaching staff as well as its success in the Southeastern Conference and at NCAA championship meets. In track and field, though, student-athletes also are concerned about the Olympics.
Matt Sykes is a man of faith. A year ago, faced with an uncertain future in soccer, Sykes contemplated his options and listened to God. After a lot of prayer and patience, Sykes said God told him to go William Carey University in Hattiesburg to play soccer. Earlier this year, Sykes faced more uncertainty and was called to return home to Columbus. Although he wasn't sure why God wanted him to leave William Carey and end his soccer career, he believed something would work out.