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Others look to emerge in 'starless' SEC

Posted 7/17/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel insists there are still plenty of superstars in the Southeastern Conference. The only problem is nobody has heard of them.



Mullen, Bulldogs embrace expectations

Posted 7/16/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Dan Mullen has spent five seasons trying to build expectations at Mississippi State. Now he has them. Boasting a league-best 18 returning starters and helming a team that closed 2013 on a three-game winning streak, Mullen was calm and confident Tuesday as he talked about a team he believes could be the best he has had in Starkville during the morning session of Day 2 of the Southeastern Conference's Media Days.



Prescott sets tone for MSU

Posted 7/16/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- For the first time, Dak Prescott owns the starting quarterback job entering a season at Mississippi State. On Tuesday morning, he owned the room at the Southeastern Conference Media Days.



Spurrier star of show at SEC Media Days

Posted 7/16/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier attended Southeastern Conference Media Days for the 22nd time Tuesday. He has been the star of the show at most of them, and this time was no different.



Slive says changes need to be made in college athletics

Posted 7/15/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Slive believes the Southeastern Conference will be at the forefront of significant changes in the college football landscape, and to get his point across, he quoted Eisenhower, Churchill, and Nelson Mandela. Welcome to SEC Media Days.



Malzahn undecided about punishment for QB Marshall

Posted 7/15/2014 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The most talked-about player during the opening session of Southeastern Conference Media Days wasn't in attendance. His coach wasn't in a rush to talk about him, either.



Columbus Nationals win title in West Point

Posted 7/15/2014 in Local Sports

WEST POINT -- Scottie Perrigin is ready to ice his arm and kick up his feet. Perrigin can relax a little easier knowing that his pitching career came to an end Monday night after helping the Columbus Nationals 8-year-old Coach-Pitch All-Star team win a state title. On Monday, Columbus defeated Starkville 18-4 for its fifth-straight victory to win the Dizzy Dean South state championship.



MACJC confirms changes for baseball in 2015

Posted 7/15/2014 in College Sports

JACKSON -- Changes are coming to the scheduling and playoff formats for Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College baseball. On Thursday, the league announced in 2015 each team in the state will have the opportunity to face each other once in the regular season and play a 28-game league schedule. Those games will be played in 14 doubleheaders. League opponents will play Wednesdays and Saturdays.



MSU men's basketball team will play Tulane

Posted 7/15/2014 in College Sports

The Mississippi State men's basketball team will play Tulane this season for the first time in 11 years, the school announced Monday.



Former Heritage Academy standout to hold 5-Tool Camp in Columbus

Posted 7/15/2014 in Local Sports

Dee Haynes can't remember all of the coaches who helped him realize a career as a professional baseball player.



Plenty of stories as SEC Media Days begin

Posted 7/14/2014 in College Sports

There are plenty of issues to discuss in the Southeastern Conference. The league opens its annual media days -- four days instead of three now -- today in Hoover, Alabama, with radical change in the college athletic model appearing imminent and the SEC Network soon to take the airwaves.



Gordon targets 'launching point' for MSU soccer

Posted 7/12/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Don't expect Aaron Gordon to use youth as an excuse this season. Looking at a Mississippi State women's soccer team roster that features 19 freshmen among its 20 newcomers, it would be easy for Gordon to give his players a crutch that would allow them to navigate the pitfalls of their first year of Division I soccer and their initial run through the Southeastern Conference.



Boyd will lead West Lowndes girls basketball team

Posted 7/12/2014 in High School Sports

Educators surrounded Jasmine Boyd when she was growing up, so it's easy to see why she decided to become a teacher. But after developing a love for teaching from her father, John, and an uncle and an aunt who also were in the same profession, Boyd discovered another love. She hopes to put her love for teaching and her second love for the game of basketball to good use in Lowndes County.



EMCC will open title defense at Southwest

Posted 7/11/2014 in College Sports

With a new computerized ranking system, scheduling in junior college football is more important. East Mississippi Community College unveiled its path to a potential repeat national championship Thursday when it released its 2014 football schedule.



McKinney, Nkemdiche latest from MSU, Ole Miss on award lists

Posted 7/11/2014 in College Sports

DALLAS -- For the second time this week, Mississippi State junior linebacker Benardrick McKinney has earned watch list recognition for a national individual award as the Bronko Nagurski Trophy unveiled its 81 candidates for the 2014 season, the Football Writers Association of America unveiled Thursday.



Kajun Mini Stocks will race in Columbus

Posted 7/11/2014 in Local Sports

Mini Stocks aren't just a stepping stone to higher divisions of racing. Drivers and promoters of the Kajun Mini Stock Association hope their regional series will help deliver that message to race fans who are used to larger, more powerful cars, like Super Late Models and NeSmith Late Models, at their local dirt tracks.



Starkville High's Carr chosen for MAC Volleyball All-Star match

Posted 7/9/2014 in High School Sports

Khris Carr's dream is close to becoming a reality.



Caledonia 9-year-olds win state tournament

Posted 7/8/2014 in Local Sports

BATESVILLE -- The road through the losers' bracket in any tournament is never easy. When you're playing in a state tournament that features the best teams in the state of Mississippi, the thought of losing the first game and having to work your way back can be overwhelming.



Prescott joins Wallace on list for top honor

Posted 7/8/2014 in College Sports

Three Mississippi State and two Ole Miss football players earned watch list recognition from three national individual college football awards, the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) announced Monday.


EMCC ready to make more history

Posted 7/7/2014 in Local Columns

Everyone likes to talk about football in the summer. Lately, as anticipation has grown for each new season, a familiar question has been asked ... "Will EMCC be THAT good again?" For the past three offseasons, that question has been met with the same response "Heck, why not?"


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