Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi extended their reach outside the Magnolia State this season. Only 38.3 percent (18 of 47) of the signees in MSU's and Ole Miss' recruiting classes came from the state of Mississippi.
East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens predicted last August as many as 20 EMCC football players would be play senior college ball the following year. Stephens hit that magic number Wednesday morning when eight more outgoing Lions signed senior college scholarship offers. Twenty-one players have signed off EMCC's 2012 North Division championship squad.
University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban insists he doesn't get swept up in the signing day drama of recruits' televised announcements and last-minute change of hearts.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School quarterback Gabe Myles was part of a recruiting battle like many other talented seniors. However, Myles' recruitment didn't end with any drama Wednesday morning, as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I football at Mississippi State University.
Two words describe how the University of Mississippi men's basketball team disposed of Mississippi State University in a 93-75 victory before a capacity crowd of 8,299 at the Tad Smith Coliseum on Wednesday.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Cam Newton helped lead another Auburn University comeback -- this time in basketball.
MACON -- Even though he was a wide-eyed seventh-grader, Dylan Bradley thought his Noxubee County junior high football coach Tyrone Shorter was a little nuts.
Kasey Stanfield doesn't mind working overtime. She also won't hesitate to haunt New Hope High School's Lady Trojan Field long after practice has ended to work on her game. Being part of the "Fantastic Four" with classmates Lauren Holifield, her sister, Erin Stanfield, and Ashley Reed helped make the extra hours playing softball on Friday and Saturday nights so special.
Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford sees the growth in his program. This past season, the Falcons advanced to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs out of one of the state toughest districts.
WEST POINT -- Chris Chambless understand the value of tradition. As much as he knows hard work has been a cornerstone of the West Point High School football program's seven state championships, he also knows players like to see tangible examples of how they will be rewarded for their investment.
James Clark and M.J. Hamrick are proof that word of mouth can travel any distance. It's safe to assume both players would have attracted plenty of interest from other schools in the state of Mississippi, but Northwest Mississippi Community College Mark Carson took the recommendations of several Mississippi Association of Independent Schools coaches who have played against Clark, Hamrick, and the Heritage Academy baseball team the past two seasons to add two prospects to his program.
Trae Collins didn't know where football was going to take him. As a standout on the New Hope High School football team for the past two seasons, Collins was confident he was going to get an opportunity, but he couldn't help feeling a little doubt when he didn't receive a bounty of offers.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy senior Tiffany Huddleston has always enjoyed soccer. The opportunity to play college soccer in her hometown is an added bonus.
The following is a list of the recruiting classes for the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Alabama, East Mississippi Community College, and Itawamba C.C.:
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander likes his team's chance in a close game. Starkville Academy once again proved calm under pressure Tuesday night as it defeated Heritage Academy 46-40 in another down-to-the-wire game.
The New Hope High School girls basketball team nearly has all its parts back together. The trick now will be to get everyone on the same page in time for a postseason run.
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State University named Vann Stuedeman as its softball coach, her tasks included changing the belief system and helping return the Bulldogs to the postseason.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy junior Sallie Kate Richardson rang in the New Year in what her coach called a "slight shooting slump."
STARKVILLE -- Butch Thompson finally got the encouraging signs he was looking for in sophomore right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff this weekend.
STARKVILLE -- If Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray says he knew how to solve the free throw shooting problems Saturday night, he'd have a different job title.
1. No. 4 MSU women look for school record against Ole Miss COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Starkville, Columbus boys win in Clinton HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Howland: MSU will treat Kentucky like any other game COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Bell developing as force HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS