STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen likes his offensive line heading into the 2012 season.
"Reach the Beach." It is left to be determined if the University of Mississippi women's soccer players will have a slogan on the back of T-shirts that captures the essence of the 2012 season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It has been about seven months since the University of Alabama football team won one of the most controversial National Championship games since the Bowl Championship Series system was created, beating Southeastern Conference West champion LSU 21-0.
STARKVILLE -- Leake Academy pitcher Hannah Moore and Starkville Academy shortstop Mary Austin Barber are highly regarded senior softball players. Each played a major role this summer helping their travel ball squads compete for regional and national championships. Now, they are back with their high school teams and things have taken a slight turn.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's first open football practice of the fall season Saturday was about the present and the future. MSU coaches divided the morning session between several veteran starters and some eagerly anticipated newcomers who have the fan base excited.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University linebackers coach Geoff Collins walks into the meeting room for his position knowing he has a talented group. The Bulldogs return two starters and a depth chart that features players who combined to make 28 starts last season. MSU also welcomes back senior Cameron Lawrence, the second-leading tackler in the Southeastern Conference.
Mississippi State University football fans are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 47th season of weekly meetings on Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football. Club President Tyson Gair said the club expects a large membership this year with all the excitement that surrounded the team's 31-3 victory against the University of Mississippi and its 23-17 win against Wake Forest University in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 that helped the team finish 7-6.
STARKVILLE -- While the Summer Olympic Games have been plagued by controversies in gymnastics and badminton, no such ill will has developed on the softball diamond.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team practiced Saturday adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium before a crowd of a few hundred faithful on a sunny, warm morning. It was the second time the Rebels had hit the practice fields, as Ole Miss got in a light practice Friday night after Rebel Media Day activities that afternoon.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team won only two games last season, so it would appear obvious that the Rebels are rebuilding. But the team's veterans say they're not allowing themselves to think that way.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced as a complete unit for the first time for two hours in shorts and helmets Saturday afternoon at the Drew-Thomas Practice Facility after a split session Friday to open camp.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Quarterback AJ McCarron insists the University of Alabama football team turned its focus to the 2012 season long before opening preseason camp on Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Central Academy earned its first fast-pitch softball victory over Starkville Academy Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen used words like "comfortable" and "experienced" to describe his starting quarterback Tyler Russell.
After more than four months of celebrating the school's first national championship, the East Mississippi Community College football team has about four weeks to prepare for its 2012 season opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 against Pearl River C.C. at Sullivan-Windham Field in Scooba.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football program appears to have added to its receiving depth Wednesday. Multiple outlets reported that Louisiana receiver Shelby Christy gave a verbal commitment to MSU on Wednesday night.
STARKVILLE -- For Starkville High volleyball coach Lauren Love, the season is off to a strong start even though Lady Jackets haven't played a match.
Tradition will return to Columbus this weekend with the running of the 11th Annual Columbus Nissan James Nickoles Memorial at Columbus Speedway, "The Baddest Bullring in the South.
Gary Harris isn't afraid of change.
STARKVILLE -- The movements reflect experience. Shuffle step, shuffle step, pause, read ... go. Maegen Ellis slides safely into third base and springs up ready for more. She inches off the base while looking at second base. When she sees the throw go there in an attempt to retire a teammate, she is off again. Just like the last time, Ellis' speed catches the defense off guard and she slides in safely with the first run of the game.
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