STARKVILLE -- The answer is simple. Johnthan Banks could have bypassed his senior season with the Mississippi State University football program and declared for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-2 cornerback likely would have had a strong chance to make a NFL roster and get paid a lot of money to play the game he loves.
Neither Mississippi State University first-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman nor University of Mississippi first-year softball coach Windy Thees was born in the state of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School girls basketball program will miss Brittany Brown. But Brown's example will live on, especially after the senior leader signed a scholarship Wednesday to play basketball at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
FULTON -- Itawamba Community College women's basketball All-American Jameika Hoskins fulfilled a dream of playing Division I basketball Wednesday when she signed with Southeastern Louisiana in the media room at the Davis Event Center.
Dave Wommack, the University of Mississippi football team's new associate head football coach, has a three-year contract worth $550,000 per season, which matches the richest deal given to an assistant coach in program history.
Magnolia Motor Speedway will play host to one of the biggest events in the history of the facility this weekend with the inaugural Spring Throw Down.
At first, winning big baseball games came as a surprise to Columbus High. Now, a youthful Falcons squad is basking in such a position. Tyler Blevin's two-run double sparked a three-run sixth inning Tuesday as Columbus turned back Grenada 3-2 in a Class 6A, Region 2 matchup at Sammy Fletcher Field.
STARKVILLE - Wes Rea said he would like to admit he wasn't trying to hit a home rum in the 12th inning Tuesday night. However, if he did say that - he'd be lying.
STARKVILLE -- One of the best shooters in Mississippi high school basketball has been assured the same offensive freedom at his next stop on the hardwood.
New Hope High has been on the search for offensive consistency throughout the fast-pitch softball season. The Lady Trojans found lots of it Tuesday night, as New Hope pounded out 13 hits in a 17-0 rout of Columbus.
STARKVILLE -- In an attempt to help the Mississippi State University men's basketball team open recruiting roads to the Midwest, new MSU coach Rick Ray announced Monday the hiring of assistant coach Chris Hollender. Hollender, 35, spent the past three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Evansville University.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Woodruff knew all along he wanted to play baseball in college. At 6:30 tonight, Woodruff will make his first career start -- one that might have cost him $400,000 -- in the Mississippi State University baseball team's game against the University of South Alabama at Dudy Noble Field.
HAMILTON -- Ethan Earnest was looking forward to big things at the beginning of the season. After working through shoulder surgery and back spasms that kept him from throwing a lot of innings in the past two seasons, Earnest wanted to make a mark in his senior season with the Hamilton High School baseball team. But sometimes bad luck follows you.
CALEDONIA -- Ashley Langford understood what her father, Michael, meant when he told her years ago someone always would be watching when she was on the softball field. But the Caledonia High School senior catcher didn't fully appreciate those words of advice until earlier this year when she kept receiving emails from Mississippi Delta Community College softball coach Vanessa Farrell.
The East Mississippi Community College football team capped its 2011 season with a first national championship. The ability of the 2012 squad to defend that title may come down to a computer.
STARKVILLE -- New Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray intentionally mentioned Rodney Hood four times last week in his introductory speech. Ray's goal was to convince Hood he would be a major part of MSU's future. The future suddenly turned into the past late Sunday evening when it was announced Hood has left the program after one season.
STARKVILLE -- With the game tied, Daryl Norris stood in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the ninth inning shocked at the reliever who was entering the game to face him.
STARKVILLE -- Desperation is the feeling of having an urgent need or desire to accomplish something. The Mississippi State University baseball team doesn't need the word defined for it. The squad is living it this season.
STARKVILLE -- The running game is one of the many things the Mississippi State University baseball team has taken special pride in since John Cohen became head coach. That running game and situational execution failed MSU on Saturday in a 4-3 loss to Vanderbilt University in 12 innings.
Todd Stanley didn't want to have any regrets.
1. MSU's Collins transitions from catcher to third base COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Tigers' Sunday best adds to special day LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Oak Hill Academy boys beat Columbus Christian for district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Schaefer wants Bulldogs to maintain attacking mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS
5. New Hope boys beat Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS