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Rivalry candle flickering but still lit in Oktibbeha County

Posted 10/9/2013 in High School Sports

When West Okitbbeha County High School senior Eddie Johnson started making plans for Homecoming night, it is a safe bet he had every detail of his tuxedo already planned out.



Bulldogs take different look at red zone statistics

Posted 10/9/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It should come as little surprise that Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State coaching staff have a different take on a critical statistical breakdown.



Starkville Academy looks for bounce back performance

Posted 10/9/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Now is the time for the Starkville Academy football team.


Walters Column: Crawford remains calm as uncertainty looms in Maben

Posted 10/8/2013 in Local Columns

West Oktibbeha County High School football coach Danny Crawford begins a bus route each school morning around 5:50 a.m.


No. 3 EMCC prepares for stretch run

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Winning the first six games of the season is not uncharted territory for the East Mississippi Community College football team.



Russell thrives in debut of two-quarterback system against LSU

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen just wanted his senior quarterback to settle in and get back in a rhythm last weekend.



Chancellor pays visit to MSU women's basketball practice

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Van Chancellor says the best thing about his life as a retired coach is getting to do whatever he feels like when he wakes up in the morning.



Slimmer Ware ready make more contributions to MSU basketball

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray says his front court depth hasn't changed from last year and this is not something he hoped for.



West Lowndes' Harris relishes go-to role

Posted 10/8/2013 in High School Sports

Expectations don't faze Eric Harris. As the West Lowndes High School football team's go-to back, Harris knows his teammates count on him to make big plays, to be a leader, and to provide an emotional lift whenever they need it.



Donahoe wants Patriots to build on big victory

Posted 10/8/2013 in High School Sports

The echoes of the 2012 championship season are stirring at Heritage Academy. That's just fine with football coach Barrett Donahoe, who welcomed the drama and the intensity Friday that surrounded his team's 14-7 victory against Washington School.



Ole Miss happy to be back home

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

While the schedule doesn't ease up for the Ole Miss football team, the good news is the Rebels will be home for a while. Ole Miss will play the first of six-straight home games at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) when it plays host to No. 9 Texas A&M at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.



MSU's receivers growing into roles

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior quarterback Tyler Russell always gathers the new and freshmen wide receivers to give them a piece of critical advice.



Petal High WR Jackson commits to MSU

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The parents of Petal High School receiver Jesse Jackson told him he didn't have to wait to make his college choice.



Former Bulldog Slay learning lessons in NFL

Posted 10/7/2013 in Local Sports

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Darius Slay his rookie season in the NFL would be easy. Slay has learned the hard way it isn't.



Mullen credits LSU for performance on offense

Posted 10/7/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen said Sunday he didn't see a lot of missed assignments in the secondary after he watched the film of the Mississippi State football team's 59-26 loss to LSU on Saturday.



Alabama showcases youth in latest victory

Posted 10/7/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The youngsters and reserves took over for much of No. 1 Alabama's game against Georgia State, and it wasn't just about emptying the bench in a blowout win.



LSU shreds MSU's defense, pulls away in fourth quarter

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The drama all week and Saturday leading up to kickoff didn't matter. The buzz surrounding who Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen would pick to play quarterback failed to derail a LSU offense that made sure the Tigers earned their 21st victory in the last 22 games against the Bulldogs.



MSU doesn't announce starting quarterback

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- At every home game of Dan Mullen's 55 previous games as Mississippi State football coach, the school announced a starting quarterback. The streak stopped Saturday.



Mettenberger continues to ace NFL auditions

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Zach Mettenberger set himself apart Saturday as arguably the most dangerous pocket passer to face Mississippi State since Dan Mullen took over the Bulldogs program.


Early promise turns into disappointment in rout

Posted 10/6/2013 in Local Columns

Entering Saturday's game against No. 10 LSU, Mississippi State's defense was a source of optimism. The Bulldogs were ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and third in pass defense. They can't say that anymore.


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