TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones opened spring practice at a new position -- one of many new looks for the defending national champions next season. Coach Nick Saban stressed Friday that it's a new team with several job openings. Alabama lost a group of stars that includes at least four projected first-round NFL draft picks.
NEW ORLEANS -- And pop goes the NCAA Tournament bubble. It's seemingly a consensus among national college basketball pundits the Mississippi State University men's basketball program would've heard its name called for the NCAA tournament with just one more victory.
This weekend will be about creating heritage for Marcus Honnell. On Saturday, the 38-year-old Columbus resident will team with one of his three sons, Mason, 11, in the Crappie USA Tournament Super Event in Columbus. Marcus' other two sons, Landon, 8, and Weston, 7, will fish with their grandfather in the Crappie Kids event, which also will be Saturday.
Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen says he doesn't like to use injuries as an excuse for any form of poor play. After news coming out of the program Thursday morning, the fourth-year skipper simply may have no other choice.
STARKVILLE -- No rest. Less than 48 hours after dropping a tough doubleheader to third-ranked Florida, the Mississippi State softball team returns to action tonight and the competition gets no easier. MSU hosts No. 7 Georgia in the opening-game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at the MSU Softball Field.
NEW ORLEANS -- One more time, it happened again. The team which started the February downfall with an upset victory in Starkville pulled the exact same trick to the Mississippi State University men's basketball team in the first round of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Tournament Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury's office in the Mize Pavilion isn't littered with championship trophies or game balls. Instead, Stansbury's sanctum inside the Mississippi State University basketball program's new practice facility is filled with pictures of what he says is important. Hundreds of pictures of Stansbury's wife, Meo (Mellen), and their sons, Noah, Issac, and Luke, fill the walls of an office that overlooks the Starkville campus. The pictures serve as a reminder of the importance Stansbury places on a family that has traveled with him since he accepted the job as MSU's men's basketball coach in 1998.
REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School boys basketball team lost its best player to graduation. The Tornadoes also had to replace a coach who led them to back-to-back state titles. But change didn't scare Patrick Plott, De'Marko Hall, and the rest of the Pickens County High program. Expectations didn't faze the Tornadoes, either, so when thoughts turned to winning a third consecutive state championship in 2011-12, they accepted the challenge and didn't let anything stop them.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Corey Dawkins holds out her hand to illustrate just how tall she was when she started playing ball. It might have been T-Ball, and she might have only been a few feet tall, but the small beginnings created a big love.
NEW ORLEANS -- Judging by his comments Wednesday, forward Arnett Moultrie would be fine walking the Mississippi State University men's basketball team's game plan to the University of Georgia. Hint to Georgia coach Mark Fox: MSU is going to try and stuff the basketball in the lane. "Coach said today in practice earlier we want to dominate inside," Moultrie said Wednesday at the team's media availability. "That's what we need to do (in) this game."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University junior left fielder Jessica Cooley is deeply appreciative of the attention she received this week. On Tuesday, Cooley was named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week. The program's first national award under new coach Vann Stuedeman came one day after Cooley was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman has preached to her team how close it is to being one of the nation's elite. On Wednesday at the MSU Softball Field, Stuedeman acquired more tangible evidence to show her squad. MSU barked all afternoon long before losing to the No. 3 University of Florida 1-0 and 8-5 in a league-opening Southeastern Conference doubleheader.
STARKVILLE -- The victories and the injuries continue to mount for the Mississippi State University baseball team. MSU won its sixth straight Wednesday night with a come-from-behind 10-6 triumph against Penn State at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs won for the seventh time after trailing in a game this season, and swept the two-game series, which was the first meeting between the programs.
STARKVILLE -- The overall theme to John Cohen's baseball coaching philosophy at Mississippi State University is if it's unconventional then it's probably worth giving a try.
New Hope High School senior outfielder Austin Oglesby never sweats his name being in the lineup. A mainstay in the outfield, Oglesby knows his defensive abilities could loom large in another potential victory.
Kayla Taylor didn't know what to expect from her senior season. After watching eight seniors come up short in their quest to win an Alabama Christian Education Athletic Association Division I state title in 2011, Taylor hoped the Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team could return to the championship glory of 2010, when the Lady Eagles won a championship some thought was a year ahead of schedule.
Jameika Hoskins and Shay Bonner have made the most of their chances to grow. Now the sophomores want to help the Itawamba Community College women's basketball team reach the game's biggest stage.
STARKVILLE -- Tanner Gaines was not part of the plans for the 2012 season. The redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher was not being considered for significant time on the mound either this past fall or early this spring. Those thoughts and plans by the Mississippi State University baseball program may be in need of some adjusting after his performance Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches thought Rodney Hood would be closer to 100 percent healthy by now. That's what Bulldogs assistant coach Phil Cunningham admitted Monday on the Southeastern Conference media teleconference when he addressed the squad's depth concerns as it prepares to play the University of Georgia on Thursday in its opening game of the SEC tournament in New Orleans. The game could be the team's first of four games in four straight days at the event.
STARKVILLE -- The training room in the Mississippi State University baseball team's clubhouse is getting a little too crowded. Senior outfielder Brent Brownlee and redshirt sophomore pitcher Ben Bracewell were scheduled for MRI scans Monday to determine their health.
1. Columbus boys beat Callaway HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Piper realizes life-long dream in athletics at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. SEC women's basketball squads off to strong starts COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bell, Bulldogs ready for Egg Bowl battle COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High ready for North State championship game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS