STARKVILLE - Two distinctly different directions could be taken by the Mississippi State football program with its open assistant coaching position.
STARKVILLE -- Maturity, growth, learning.
STARKVILLE --The Southeastern Conference is satisfied with how Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray handled the aftermath of an incident Saturday involving Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior basketball player Richard Evans feels a lot of familiarity when he looks around the court.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off its ninth NCAA College World Series trip, the Mississippi State baseball program was ranked in the top 10 in Baseball America and Perfect Game's preseason polls, each organization announced Monday.
JACKSON -- Ben Williams knows about the hard knocks of football and the pressure athletes put on themselves to compete, even with injuries. For those reasons, he's supporting a proposed Mississippi law that would require public and private schools to evaluate student athletes for concussion after they're shaken up during practice or competition. A player with a concussion would be banned from play until fully recovered.
VICKSBURG -- The New Hope High School girls soccer team didn't have to go to overtime this year.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team likely won't settle its positional battles until Opening Day. That doesn't seem to both MSU coach John Cohen, who plans to use the first month of the season will determine playing time at shortstop, catcher, right and left field and at pitcher.
STARKVILLE -- Savannah Carter is learning how important she is to the Mississippi State women's basketball team. When she is sitting on the bench next to Vic Schaefer, MSU is without its spark and struggles to create offense from its defense. Things are drastically different when Carter is on the floor.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray issued an apology Sunday afternoon for his interaction with Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson near the end of his team's 82-63 loss at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama women's basketball team used a 19-4 run in the final eight minutes Sunday to beat Georgia 69-66 at Foster Auditorium.
Mercedes Mattix loves to run. Whether it is the 100, 200, or 400 meters, Mattix has made her mark as one of the state's top sprinters. But Mattix also loves to ball. Whether it is flying up and down the court in a fast break or hawking the ball in pressure defense, the New Hope High School senior has made herself into more than just a sprinter who plays basketball.
Missed shots don't bother Brad Cox. The West Point High School boys basketball coach is more concerned about the process his players take to get those shots. That's why Cox couldn't help but clap when he saw Juan Davis drive the middle of the New Hope High defense Friday night and kick to the ball to his right. Davis' penetration created a wide-open look for Trey Williams on the right wing, but the 3-pointer missed. Still, Cox applauded his team's efforts and knew execution like that was going to pay dividends.
Repetition is the word for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Coming off an 87-85 overtime loss to Ole Miss on Thursday in which coach Vic Schaefer blamed himself for not getting his team home down the stretch, the Bulldogs spent the past two days working on execution in late-game situations. MSU re-visited the play calls from the huddle at the end of regulation and at the end of overtime that gave the Bulldogs a chance to beat the Rebels but didn't work. Schaefer then had his players watch those situations on film before they took the court for practice in an attempt to understand exactly how to get the best possible shot.
STARKVILLE -- Noa Katherine Hardin can't help herself. Maybe it is the fact she is a red head. Maybe it is her love for the game of soccer. It also could the combination of both of those factors. Regardless of the reason, Hardin smiles when asked what it is about her that makes her a "firecracker" when she is on the field playing soccer.
OXFORD -- Rick Ray needed just three words to describe the Mississippi State men's basketball team's trip to Tad Smith Coliseum on Saturday night. "We didn't compete," Ray said with his head down.
OXFORD -- Rick Ray finally had enough Saturday. With 16 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the game, the MSU second-year men's basketball coach looked down his bench and was desperate to find five players who wanted to play with effort at Ole Miss. He said he wasn't trying to send a message when he substituted his five starters, but it may have been interpreted as one in an 82-63 loss at Tad Smith Coliseum.
OXFORD -- The next play. It sounds simple to be able to put a bad play or consecutive mistakes behind you. Truth be told, Kenyotta Jenkins wouldn't have been able to do that a year ago. The old Jenkins likely would have put her head down after being picked on by an opponent and let her play affect her performance and the play of her teammates. If that was still the case, Matt Insell still would be looking for his first Southeastern Conference victory.
OXFORD -- Vic Schaefer took one for the team Thursday night. The Mississippi State second-year women's basketball coach accepted the blame for not putting his squad in position to close a victory against archrival Ole Miss. Leading by as many as 11 points in the second half and by seven with a little more than four minutes left in regulation, MSU couldn't deliver the knockout blow and allowed Kenyotta Jenkins to score on an offensive rebound putback with 0.8 seconds to go in overtime that gave Ole Miss an 87-85 victory before a crowd of 1,107 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray knows he can toss the game film of his team's victory against Ole Miss earlier this month in the trash. Ray will have to devise a new game plan because senior guard Marshall Henderson will be back for the Rebels when the teams face off at 3 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Tad Smith Coliseum.
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