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Time for MSU, Ole Miss to cash in on expectations

Posted 8/4/2014 in Local Columns

Expectations has been a buzzword in the state of Mississippi for the past month. Whether the topic has been Mississippi State, Ole Miss, or MSU vs. Ole Miss, message boards, Twitter, and radio and television broadcasters have been in overdrive to keep up with the anticipation for what could be the state's best college football season in a long time.


Ole Miss coordinators feel team is ahead of pace

Posted 8/4/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team had another strong day of work Sunday at the Ole Miss football practice fields in preparation for the start of the season. Speaking after practice, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack talked about being ahead of where they have been in years past at this point.



Kiffin enjoying behind-the-scenes work at Alabama

Posted 8/4/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Lane Kiffin's job description these days is much more about the playbook than the podium. The sometimes outspoken former Southern California head coach is working mostly behind the scenes as Nick Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama, where there's zero question about who's in charge. It lets Kiffin focus on football and finding a starting quarterback, but he did get a little reminder from his new boss before speaking to Alabama reporters Sunday for the first time at the Crimson Tide's media day.



Bulldogs bursting with depth in backfield

Posted 8/2/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State running back Nick Griffin can't wait to have fun this season. While it would seem Griffin, a senior from Perry Central High School who has battled injuries at MSU, is just referring to returning to the playing field, he has a more specific version of fun in mind.



QB battle, suspensions highlight opening of Alabama practice

Posted 8/2/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players, and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats.



Ole Miss will celebrate life of Mullins on Memphis weekend

Posted 8/2/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The life and influence of Chucky Mullins will be celebrated during the Ole Miss-Memphis football game weekend on Sept. 27 as part of the M-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on campus.



Freeze likes what he sees from newcomers

Posted 8/2/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Preparations for the Ole Miss football season began in earnest Saturday with a two-hour workout on the practice fields adjacent to the Manning Center.



Ole Miss out to climb higher in SEC West

Posted 8/2/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has just about mastered the self-effacing, aw-shucks attitude that has helped his program escape lofty expectations. There's too much talent on the Rebels' roster to avoid that now.



Bulldogs' initial workout pleases Mullen

Posted 7/31/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels any added excitement or pressure due to heightened expectations entering his sixth season at MSU, he didn't show it on Thursday night.



Starkville Academy soccer wins home opener

Posted 7/31/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy won its home opener in prep soccer action with an 8-0 win over Bayou Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.



Ray, Bulldogs get huge lift from commitment of Weatherspoon

Posted 7/31/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's latest recruiting class is shaping up to be coach Rick Ray's best in Starkville, and that class received a boost late Wednesday night when Ray landed his most highly rated prospect yet.



Bulldogs report, ready to start practice

Posted 7/31/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Football is back in session at Mississippi State. That much was evident Wednesday in the halls of the Seal Football Complex a few hours after MSU's players reported for their first meeting of the season. Fall camp will kick off at 4:45 p.m. today when coach Dan Mullen begins his sixth season as MSU's coach. To a man, the Bulldogs chosen to speak with the media after the initial meeting believe Mullen's sixth season in Starkville could be his best.



MSU women gearing up for overseas trip

Posted 7/31/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "The summer is over." Those words came from Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer shortly after he and associate head coach Johnnie Harris received a round of hugs from their players upon their return to Starkville on Tuesday night from a recruiting trip.



Columbus High's Davis has strong showing at AAU event

Posted 7/31/2014 in Local Sports

Jason Davis had high hopes for Team Elite Mississippi prior to its trip to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Amateur Athletic Union Division I 11th-grade Nationals.



Walters will try to build girls basketball program at Columbus Christian Academy

Posted 7/30/2014 in High School Sports

Billy Thomas didn't know Terry Walters had retired from coaching when he called him earlier this summer. Thomas, the school board president at Columbus Christian School in Steens, called Walters to see if he would be interested in bringing his Hatley High School girls basketball team to a basketball camp in Steens. When Thomas discovered Walters no longer was coaching at Hatley High, the wheels started turning.



New Hope's Davis excited about opportunity at South Alabama

Posted 7/30/2014 in High School Sports

Wells Davis admits he didn't know anything about the South Alabama baseball program in June.



Winston Academy comes together to beat Starkville Academy

Posted 7/30/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- For Winston Academy softball players, peace and harmony came when it was finally time to play a game. After a couple of difficult weeks of practice, Winston Academy earned a 15-11 victory against Starkville Academy Tuesday afternoon.



Hughes ready to contribute after missing most of 2013 season

Posted 7/30/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jay Hughes had to be there. He had to be there for his teammates, for his team, and for himself.



Hebron Christian outlasts Oak Hill Academy

Posted 7/30/2014 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Hebron Christian School fast-pitch softball coach Cass Tapley could only smile. Oak Hill Academy coach Nathan Ellis just shook his head. That's the difference between winning and losing.



Walters, Oswalt back together to play catch

Posted 7/29/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Macy Walters didn't look like someone who was playing catcher for the first time Monday. Maybe it was muscle memory that helped the Heritage Academy junior recall when she and Kaitlyn Oswalt were in elementary school and they would play catch. Back then, Oswalt didn't throw nearly as hard as she does now as a junior on the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team. But the speed or the movement of Oswalt's arsenal didn't appear to faze Walters, as she framed and blocked pitches and moved like a veteran behind the plate in Heritage Academy's 8-5 victory against Oak Hill Academy in its season opener.



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