5 Keys for No. 1 Alabama vs. Mississippi State
STARKVILLE -- Welcome back Fred Thomas. MSU men's basketball coach Rick Ray couldn't wait to tell anybody who would listen that Thomas was the Bulldog who matured and improved the most over the summer. Thomas proved Thursday his coach was correct.
STARKVILLE -- The story of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's 78-55 blowout win over Kennesaw State may have been carried into the locker room with a little more than five minutes left in the game.
The Heritage Academy football team has survived a murderer's row end of the regular season to play another day. The Noxubee County High School football team hopes a murderer's row non-conference schedule has primed it to play all the way into December.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford needed less than two minutes to nearly match his scoring total from the Alabama men's basketball team's opener.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless believes his squad is close to becoming a complete team. Now would be an excellent time for the Green Wave to come together.
STARKVILLE -- "When the grass turns brown, that's when we want to still be around."
OXFORD -- Ole Miss' Donte Moncrief has most of the attributes expected of an elite receiver, including a 6-foot-3, 226-pound frame, breakaway speed and a pair of hands that rarely lets him down when catching the football.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban doesn't want his players to be in a celebratory mood this week. It's too soon for relief, too.
REFORM, Ala. -- Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott knows how well his Tornadoes have played this season.
Hebron Christian School waited three years for a night like Friday night.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams opened their home schedules Thursday by sweeping East Central C.C. at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Logan Schafer knows what makes his twin sister, Blair, tick.
FOREST -- Victoria Vivians made it official Wednesday. She will write the next chapter in her legacy at Mississippi State. In front of a packed gymnasium filled with family members, teammates, classmates, and teachers, the Scott Central High School senior signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Vic Schaefer and the Bulldogs next season.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James didn't realize it, but her foray down the middle of the lane may have provided the spark the Mississippi State women's basketball team needed Wednesday night.
Will Golsan and Taylor Stafford were born to have the moment they experienced Wednesday afternoon when they signed National Letters of Intent with Ole Miss and Mississippi State in a ceremony in the school library.
STARKVILLE -- At some point, the term "game manager" earned a negative connotation. That isn't the case for Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, who uses that term he uses for players like Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron. The Bulldogs' fifth-year coach uses "game manager" in the most glowing terms to describe a player who is 34-2 as a starter for the Crimson Tide.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball program isn't in the position to pick or to choose its prospects from lists of the nation's top 100 players.
STARKVILLE -- There is one constant Rick Ray knows the Mississippi State men's basketball team will need if it wants to have any success this season: Gavin Ware has to stay out of foul trouble.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer has stressed that he plans on building a championship program at MSU. Following a stellar initial recruiting class last season, the next brick in the foundation was added Wednesday as the Bulldogs inked five standouts to one of the nation's top signing classes.
1. Pickens County beats South Lamar to take over first in region HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. West Point stomps Olive Branch for big region win HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. A-Train rolls again as Bulldogs pound Cougars LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Bryant's interception helps MSU regain control of rope COLLEGE SPORTS
5. New Hope beats Leake Central to clinch playoff spot HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS