Following an intensive two-day retreat of approximately 50 Division I college leaders, a clear message was sent to athletic programs: If you're not willing to compete in the classroom, your school won't have the opportunity to do the same on the playing field.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team welcomed the cloud cover over the practice fields Thursday in its second practice in full pads.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy is looking left a lot more often they he's used to. In the past, the guarantee Hevesy had was things were solid at left tackle thanks to the player Dan Mullen said last year was "his best football player": Derek Sherrod.
ANTWERPEN, Belgium - Second-half dominance keyed by a staunch defensive effort has been a common theme for the Mississippi State men's basketball team in its European Tour. That was the case Thursday night against perennial Division II power St. Jan, as MSU flexed its muscles in the final 20 minutes en route to a 88-63 victory at the Sporthal Linkeroever.
OXFORD -- Matthew Mott is eager to put the growing pains behind him. A year ago, Mott hadn't met eight of his new players on the University of Mississippi women's soccer team. His transition from assistant coach at the University of Texas to Ole Miss came at a late juncture and forced everyone associated with the program to adjust.
STARKVILLE -- Michael Carr may display the difference of being a confident sophomore instead of the confused freshman in a college football program.
STARKVILLE -- A lot of players worry and fret about the added weight and heat shoulder pads provide in the grueling heat of a Southeastern Conference football practice.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt has raved constantly about his incoming freshman class, saying it's one of the most talented groups he has had in 14 years of coaching in the Southeastern Conference. It better be because it appears he'll have to use it immediately.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced as a complete unit for the first time Saturday afternoon after a split session Friday when camp opened.
RIDGELAND -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team went 3-1 and tied for third in the two-day Set It Off Challenge that wrapped up Saturday.
Troy King had a feeling a call would come. Still, after two years working to teach children in Macon how to play tennis, King took precautions. After the Macon QuickStarts 10-and-under tennis team came up short in a first-place tiebreaker with Tupelo, neither King nor his wife, Tonya, told the seven players on their team there still was a chance they would get to go to regionals.
Bryan Loague has faced Hamilton High School enough times in softball to know about the program's tradition. That's why Loague didn't waste any time once he learned slow-pitch assistant coach and fast-pitch coach Jason Cobb was stepping down to take another job outside of the school.
Mississippi State University football fans who are anticipating the 2011 season are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 46th season of weekly meetings Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State soccer team worked diligently on fitness during the offseason, and that hard work paid off as the squad opened the preseason with a pair of spirited workouts Saturday at the MSU Soccer Field.
If you look close enough, you can almost see Him in his eyes. Maybe that is wishful thinking. Maybe that is the calming effect Marcus Sims' words have on you as you discuss his fight to regain normalcy.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks isn't lacking for confidence entering this season. Even after getting burned by an incoming freshman on a deep pass Friday in a morning practice session, Mississippi State's junior starting cornerback hasn't lowered his expectations for himself in 2011.
OXFORD -- After welcoming a group of heralded newcomers to campus Thursday, University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt greeted his veterans Friday as they arrived for the start of fall camp.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Barrett Jones is reminded of his lost teammate sometimes when he sees the empty locker that once belonged to Aaron Douglas. The University of Alabama football players need only drive a short distance from campus to see the wreckage from a deadly tornado that struck the town and surrounding communities in the spring.
HATTIESBURG -- The two huge scars that run down the sides of Tim Green's neck have faded slightly over the months. That doesn't mean the Southern Miss linebacker has forgotten how lucky he is to be running around a football field on a steamy Friday morning that marked the Golden Eagles' first preseason practice.
STARKVILLE -- It was a large day of firsts for the Mississippi State football program. Whether it was a first look in a maroon and white jersey or a first time getting significant playing time with the first string, MSU coach Dan Mullen had a lot to watch in the Bulldogs' opening day of practice for the 2011 season.
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