STARKVILLE -- Mary Austin Barber is used to controlling a game.
STARKVILLE -- After the final seconds ticked off in Mississippi State's stunning loss to Alabama A&M Sunday afternoon, freshman Gavin Ware summed up his squad's situation rather quickly.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A decision by the Mississippi State University is looming less than two months from now when spring practice begins: Who will be taking snaps from behind center in 2013?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Draped in blue Gatorade following his first bowl victory as a Northwestern University football player or coach, Pat Fitzgerald found the answers Tuesday to move his program forward. Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen left EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., with the feeling his team was stuck in neutral.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After the way his quarterback started the 2013 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, the only thing Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen knew to do was hit the reset button. After junior quarterback Tyler Russell threw his third interception in the first half, Mullen told him to go into the locker room and re-do his pregame routine, including the way he put his uniform on.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State University football program wanted to make sure everybody knew who was calling the defensive signals before the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. For the first time as a MSU assistant coach, co-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was given the defensive play calling duties in place of two-year co-defensive coordinator Chris Wilson.
While area fans flocked in December to prep basketball holiday tournaments, there was still an occasional question or reference back to "the game." Already a month old, the Thanksgiving weekend Starkville High School-West Point High football game for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State championship is standing the test of time as a classic.
The path in which all three local head coaches which led their teams to state championships this season couldn't have been three more different pictures to envision.
Darrell Robinson walked up to his head coach one day during summer camp with a proclamation that Noxubee County High School coach Tyrone Shorter took very seriously.
His own coach will tell anybody he can find that Dylan Bradley is one of the best defensive players in the state. Bradley himself feels like he's been disrespected because no one outside the Noxubee County High School field house seems to feel the same way.
STARKVILLE -- New Hope played its most complete game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament Friday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Quite often, 35 points will not make a basketball coach very happy. Columbus High boys basketball coach Sammy Smith loved every one of his team's 35 points Friday morning.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two years ago, Chad Bumphis was in a sling watching his teammates prepare and then have all the fun at the Gator Bowl.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mississippi State University defense will get one final shot at a similar spread-option tempo offense and are desperate for better results.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal and Darriel Gaynor made sure Vic Schaefer didn't have to make a spirited halftime speech Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal and Jessy Ward have heard Vic Schaefer's pleas.
STARKVILLE -- The holiday doldrums lasted nearly 20 minutes longer than Vic Schaefer wanted. Returning from a five-day break for Christmas, the Mississippi State University women's basketball team used the first half Friday night to work back up to speed before finding its stride in the second half for a 65-49 victory against Northwestern State before a a crowd of 1,315 at Humphrey Coliseum.
The stickers tell the story. Tiberias Lampkin doesn't know how many of the dime-sized Timberwolves logos cover his helmet. If pressed, he can remember why he received each of the stickers the West Oktibbeha County High School football coaches handed out to reward stellar performances.
Playing in the shadow of consensus All-America defensive end Channing Ward last year and with first-team preseason All-State linebacker Justin Lucas this season, it would have been easy for the average high school football fan to overlook Aberdeen High School senior Zay Forshee.
In five years as coach at West Oktibbeha County High School, Adam Lowrey has built relationships, trust, and a program. God has been his pillar.
1. Starkville High's Gay decommits from Ole Miss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Columbus basketball teams showcase Purple Madness HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy will be back at home for playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU searching for greater consistency COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Junior Schaefer brings leadership to MSU women's program COLLEGE SPORTS