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MSU football expects to fill coaching vacancy next week

Posted 2/7/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team anticipates announcing the final piece to its coaching staff next week. MSU coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday at his National Signing Day media conference he has had talks about filling his final open staff position, but that he wanted to wait until after the 2014 recruiting season to finalize the hire.



Welch, No. 6 South Carolina beat Mississippi State

Posted 2/7/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Flip the switch. Aleighsa Welch hasn't attended any of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's practices or been in the team's locker room to listen to coach Vic Schaefer talk.



No rest for New Hope's defenders

Posted 2/7/2014 in High School Sports

"Save your butt." That's a noble sentiment for a defender in any formation.



Ole Miss releases Law from NLI

Posted 2/7/2014 in College Sports

D.J. Law, the high school football prospect from Florida who submitted signed national letters of intent to Utah and Mississippi, has been released from his obligation to Ole Miss.



Simmons, Tennessee beat Ole Miss

Posted 2/7/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Meighan Simmons was sick. Her stomach hurt, her shot was off. Midway through the second half of the Tennessee women's basketball team's game Thursday at Ole Miss, she was 3-for-13 from the field. "We considered just pulling her out," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. Good thing she didn't.



MSU lands 23-player signing class

Posted 2/6/2014 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- National Signing Day had its share of surprising moments for the Mississippi State football team. In an announced 23-player recruiting class for the 2014 season, MSU went 1-for-2 in flipped commitments Wednesday afternoon to give sixth-year coach Dan Mullen some talking points.



Fast start pushes New Hope into state title match

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

Mary Nagy can tuck those slow starts away and put them to rest now that the New Hope High School girls soccer team is going to play for a state title.



Lee leads group of Columbus signees

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

An opportunity was all Trace Lee wanted. After two and a half seasons as starting quarterback for the Columbus High School football team, Lee wasn't ready to give up on a sport he loves. That's why he wasn't satisfied with schools that were willing to give him a chance to play baseball and not football.



Heritage Academy's Foxworthy, Bell sign with schools

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

The college recruiting process moves extremely quickly. After suffering a season-ending injury, Joshua Foxworthy thought coaches were going to pass him by, so he didn't give much thought to the pageantry of National Signing Day.



Starkville Academy's Janssen signs with Delta State

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

Jeff Terrill has been coaching long enough to know that "putting the pieces together" is more than knowing what to do. The former Itawamba Community College football knows it is imperative for players to know how and why to do things. Couple that with great effort and intangibles like leadership and character and you're liable to be talking about Tripp Janssen.



West Lowndes' Williams going to Coahoma

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

Phytrell Williams wasn't going to let an injury prevent him from realizing his dream. Watching from the sidelines as his teammates played Heritage Academy on Aug. 30, Williams looked forlorn as he contemplated a season that began with a promising victory against Montgomery County.



Starkville sends three to JUCOs

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell can't help but consider seniors Princeton Jones, Darius Grayer, and Fontavious Smith as cornerstones of the transformation of the Starkville High School football program.



Noxubee County adds another bumper group of signees

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

MACON -- While Noxubee County High School has racked up victories and a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship under coach Tyrone Shorter, Shorter revealed the accolade he is most proud of Wednesday morning.



Williams leads West Point signees

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior running back Aeris Williams always has been a soft-spoken leader on and off the football field. That is why it came as quite a surprise when Williams, the Dispatch's Player of the Year in 2013, predicted some future wins for Mississippi State in its Egg Bowl rivalry with Ole Miss.



Portis, Arkansas defeat Alabama

Posted 2/6/2014 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bobby Portis knew after his first shot that good things were about to happen on Wednesday night. Even the Arkansas men's basketball team's freshman didn't know just how good.



Alabama lands another top-ranked recruiting class

Posted 2/6/2014 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In the grand signing day tradition, Alabama football coach Nick Saban said the recruiting class met his team's needs.



New Hope's Dickerson signs with Northwest Mississippi

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

Size is a selling point at wide receiver. Sometimes, though, college coaches want to make sure a player is as tall as advertised.



Aberdeen's Burroughs III signs with EMCC

Posted 2/6/2014 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Venerable Yankee catcher Yogi Berra, who was one of sports' most quoted personalities, has been credited with dozens of what are affectionately known as "Yogi-isms" over the years.



Freeze lands another successful class

Posted 2/6/2014 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze pulled in another impressive signing class Wednesday, even if it lacks some of the star power from a year ago.



Texas A&M extends MSU's road woes

Posted 2/6/2014 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M men's basketball team realized Wednesday time is running out to make something out of its season. That's why the Aggies cited "sense of urgency" in every huddle in an attempt to find the spark that would take them through the stretch run.



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