OXFORD -- Matthew Mott is eager to put the growing pains behind him. A year ago, Mott hadn't met eight of his new players on the University of Mississippi women's soccer team. His transition from assistant coach at the University of Texas to Ole Miss came at a late juncture and forced everyone associated with the program to adjust.
STARKVILLE -- Michael Carr may display the difference of being a confident sophomore instead of the confused freshman in a college football program.
STARKVILLE -- A lot of players worry and fret about the added weight and heat shoulder pads provide in the grueling heat of a Southeastern Conference football practice.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt has raved constantly about his incoming freshman class, saying it's one of the most talented groups he has had in 14 years of coaching in the Southeastern Conference. It better be because it appears he'll have to use it immediately.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced as a complete unit for the first time Saturday afternoon after a split session Friday when camp opened.
RIDGELAND -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team went 3-1 and tied for third in the two-day Set It Off Challenge that wrapped up Saturday.
Troy King had a feeling a call would come. Still, after two years working to teach children in Macon how to play tennis, King took precautions. After the Macon QuickStarts 10-and-under tennis team came up short in a first-place tiebreaker with Tupelo, neither King nor his wife, Tonya, told the seven players on their team there still was a chance they would get to go to regionals.
Bryan Loague has faced Hamilton High School enough times in softball to know about the program's tradition. That's why Loague didn't waste any time once he learned slow-pitch assistant coach and fast-pitch coach Jason Cobb was stepping down to take another job outside of the school.
Mississippi State University football fans who are anticipating the 2011 season are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 46th season of weekly meetings Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State soccer team worked diligently on fitness during the offseason, and that hard work paid off as the squad opened the preseason with a pair of spirited workouts Saturday at the MSU Soccer Field.
If you look close enough, you can almost see Him in his eyes. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe that is the calming effect Marcus Sims' words have on you as you discuss his fight to regain normalcy.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks isn't lacking for confidence entering this season. Even after getting burned by an incoming freshman on a deep pass Friday in a morning practice session, Mississippi State's junior starting cornerback hasn't lowered his expectations for himself in 2011.
OXFORD -- After welcoming a group of heralded newcomers to campus Thursday, University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt greeted his veterans Friday as they arrived for the start of fall camp.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Barrett Jones is reminded of his lost teammate sometimes when he sees the empty locker that once belonged to Aaron Douglas. The University of Alabama football players need only drive a short distance from campus to see the wreckage from a deadly tornado that struck the town and surrounding communities in the spring.
HATTIESBURG -- The two huge scars that run down the sides of Tim Green's neck have faded slightly over the months. That doesn't mean the Southern Miss linebacker has forgotten how lucky he is to be running around a football field on a steamy Friday morning that marked the Golden Eagles' first preseason practice.
STARKVILLE -- It was a large day of firsts for the Mississippi State football program. Whether it was a first look in a maroon and white jersey or a first time getting significant playing time with the first string, MSU coach Dan Mullen had a lot to watch in the Bulldogs' opening day of practice for the 2011 season.
OXFORD -- Twenty-six new players, including 19 members of the state's top recruiting class, were welcomed to the University of Mississippi football program Thursday, as newcomers reported for the start of preseason camp.
MACON -- Scott Parenteau's job is to keep the momentum rolling. Word already is out that the Noxubee County High School football team will play host to Louisville High as part of season three of Cellular South's "Y'all vs. Us" prep football series.
There's bad and then there's really bad. From Madison Clark's perspective, the Heritage Academy girls soccer team had left bad behind in its first games at the Lee University Soccer Camp and was trying to avoid having multiple uses of really associated with its play. Then something changed.
CALEDONIA -- Elisha Collins was concerned. On paper, Collins knew the Caledonia High School volleyball team lost key pieces from the 2010 team that advanced to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Division I State Tournament.
1. Nineteen Bulldogs will work out at Pro Day COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Ole Miss begins spring football today COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff hands MSU its first loss COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Vivians, Faleru lead list for state's top award COLLEGE SPORTS