For all of the things Chris Relf has done right in the past year, one would figure his job would be safe. The Mississippi State quarterback built off a breakout 2010 season and had a solid spring practice. MSU coach Dan Mullen even admitted Relf didn't do anything to hurt his status as No. 1 quarterback.
Two of the biggest areas of concern for University of Mississippi fourth-year football coach Houston Nutt entering spring practice have produced positive results.
Brian Alexander has coached all over the state of Mississippi, so it was easy for the teacher/coach to find his way home. Northeast Mississippi Community College made it official Wednesday when it named the former Columbus High School and former NEMCC student assistant/manager the school's new women's basketball coach.
Sammy Smith knows a great hire when he hears about one. When he learned Tuesday night that Northeast Mississippi Community College planned today to name Brian Alexander its new women's basketball coach, Smith couldn't help but smile.
PEARL -- The University of Mississippi baseball team was in a generous mood Tuesday night. Mississippi State didn't complain. Kendall Graveman pitched four scoreless innings to lead Mississippi State to a 6-1 victory against Ole Miss before an announced crowd of 7,334 in the Governor's Cup at Trustmark Park.
There was a time when Caleb Westmoreland's game would have blown away in conditions like the ones players faced Tuesday at Columbus Country Club. A double bogey on No. 8 and another on No. 9 had the Heritage Academy senior golfer at 5-over and reeling as he searched for ways to regroup on the back nine. Wind gusts of 20-25 mph didn't help settle Westmoreland's mind.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior football player Chad Bumphis' premature diagnosis of his injured ankle turned out to be a sprain, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Losers of eight of its last 11 games, the Mississippi State baseball team could greatly use the momentum from another victory against a state rival in Pearl.
When the Columbus High School baseball team beat Starkville in back-to-back games to open region play, it never thought its playoff hopes would partly hinge on what its rival would do in today's regular-season finales.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior wide receiver Chad Bumphis dropped a potentially plan-altering tweet Monday night, saying he'd be having surgery today to repair a broken ankle.
Two days after defending his Class 6A state powerlifting title, Justin Verner moved swiftly through the hallway in the Columbus High School field house, working his way to his locker. "Gotta get to track practice," he said before ducking around a corner.
It's all about the competition for the Heritage Academy golf team. In a sport where the success of multiple players helps the team accomplish more, the Patriots have relied on contributions from each of the top players in their lineup as well as the improved play of individuals outside the top four.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Kathryn Govero believes the Mississippi State women's basketball team can get back to the NCAA tournament in 2012.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team dipped back into the G.W. Carver High School talent pool Monday and received a verbal commitment from shooting guard Craig Sword.
The Heritage Academy junior varsity girls track and field team continued its string of success last week by winning the North AAA meet.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's football team may have been split into Crimson and White sides for the annual spring game, but it was the players in black who received the most attention Saturday.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt came into Saturday's spring game hoping to get a better feel for who might win its three-man quarterback race. A few leaders on defense would be nice, too. But much like the final score, not much was decided. The Blue and Red teams finished the Grove Bowl in a 17-17 tie at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and the unresolved outcome was a fitting finish to Nutt's most crucial spring practice in his four-year tenure with the Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- When fall camp opened last season, Mississippi State wide receiver Michael Carr had no idea what was going on. He hadn't worked out with the team in summer while he finished academic work and awaited certification from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
After winning two games Saturday, New Hope High School softball coach Tabitha Beard thought her team was poised enough to make it a sweep in the nightcap at Propst Park. For three innings, New Hope was on cruise control with a 2-0 lead against Northeast Lauderdale and had allowed just two batters to reach base.
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