STARKVILLE -- Denico Autry remembers playing backyard football when he was in third grade.
STARKVILLE -- Geoff Collins never has to wonder where his linebackers are on campus at given point and time.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood had motivation for her players when they started preseason practice Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- Four years removed.
OXFORD -- Vince Sanders said the words Friday that makes all of the receivers on the University of Mississippi football team very happy.
CALEDONIA -- Volleyball doesn't discriminate.
After playing home matches at the Starkville Sportsplex last season, the Starkville High School volleyball team returned to its home court with a vengeance Tuesday night.
CALEDONIA -- The promise is there. Cara Hopper and Sarah Freeman saw glimpses of it last season. They have seen it in the preseason workouts and in the Caledonia High School volleyball team's first practices of the 2012 season.
All Landon Ellis wants is a chance to play football.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen still doesn't know how he'll approach the new kickoff rule to college football games this season.
STARKVILLE -- The first game as a Division I head men's basketball coach will not be in a friendly environment for Mississippi State University's newest hire.
OXFORD -- Injuries are an equalizer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen likes his offensive line heading into the 2012 season.
"Reach the Beach." It is left to be determined if the University of Mississippi women's soccer players will have a slogan on the back of T-shirts that captures the essence of the 2012 season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It has been about seven months since the University of Alabama football team won one of the most controversial National Championship games since the Bowl Championship Series system was created, beating Southeastern Conference West champion LSU 21-0.
STARKVILLE -- Leake Academy pitcher Hannah Moore and Starkville Academy shortstop Mary Austin Barber are highly regarded senior softball players. Each played a major role this summer helping their travel ball squads compete for regional and national championships. Now, they are back with their high school teams and things have taken a slight turn.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's first open football practice of the fall season Saturday was about the present and the future. MSU coaches divided the morning session between several veteran starters and some eagerly anticipated newcomers who have the fan base excited.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University linebackers coach Geoff Collins walks into the meeting room for his position knowing he has a talented group. The Bulldogs return two starters and a depth chart that features players who combined to make 28 starts last season. MSU also welcomes back senior Cameron Lawrence, the second-leading tackler in the Southeastern Conference.
Mississippi State University football fans are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 47th season of weekly meetings on Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football. Club President Tyson Gair said the club expects a large membership this year with all the excitement that surrounded the team's 31-3 victory against the University of Mississippi and its 23-17 win against Wake Forest University in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 that helped the team finish 7-6.
STARKVILLE -- While the Summer Olympic Games have been plagued by controversies in gymnastics and badminton, no such ill will has developed on the softball diamond.
1. Erby makes big play despite hearing voice in his head HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Former Starkville High standout Davis suffers knee injury COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU's Johnson will have to veteran at tight end COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Noxubee County takes positives from season-opening loss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Prescott making quick impression in Cowboys' camp LOCAL SPORTS