TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's all about eye contact. Diamber Johnson has been playing with Kendra Grant for only 16 games, but point guards have a knack for finding shooters. Sometimes, though, you need a second chance. Kendra Grant was more than happy to oblige on two occasions Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- DeVille Smith proved Thursday his performance Saturday night at the University of Arkansas wasn't a fluke. Smith scored most of his career-high 25 points after the Mississippi State University men's basketball team already trailed by more than 20 points at Bud Walton Arena. But the freshman point guard from Jackson backed up the effort in his Southeastern Conference debut against the University of Tennessee and helped keep No. 20 MSU from suffering back-to-back SEC losses.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The national champion University of Alabama football team will once again try to keep rolling after losing three underclassmen to the NFL draft. All-Americans Trent Richardson, Dont'a Hightower and Dre Kirkpatrick said Thursday they're leaving school to start pro careers, three days after helping the Crimson Tide to its second national title of their careers.
OXFORD -- Danielle McCray grabbed a huge defensive rebound with 22.9 seconds remaining, and Nikki Byrd added two free throws with 19 seconds left to help the University of Mississippi women's basketball team to a 60-54 victory against the University of Arkansas on Thursday night at Tad Smith Coliseum.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze received a National Letter of Intent on Thursday from Bo Wallace, a quarterback from East Mississippi Community College. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder will enroll at Ole Miss for the spring semester, and will begin competing in the 2012 season with three years of eligibility remaining.
STARKVILLE -- It's possible Mississippi State's senior point guard Dee Bost should come to Humphrey Coliseum this week was a two-word sign literally hanging from him -- help wanted. Brian Bryant, who is not only Bost's guard teammate and roommate on campus and on the road, said he doesn't have to see the tape of MSU's 98-88 loss at Arkansas to see where the 20th-ranked Bulldogs went wrong. It's already been discussed in a closed-door meeting between the two friends.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has the same issue as their opponent in the Southeastern Conference home opener for the Bulldogs men's basketball program. The basic question of both MSU and Tennessee as both enter the Humphrey Coliseum tonight (8 p.m., ESPN2) is essentially, will the opener last weekend be a trend or something their fans forget quickly?
STARKVILLE -- Embarrassing. Catina Bett knows no other word than that one to describe the feeling she and her teammates felt Sunday during and after an 88-40 loss to the No. 11 University of Kentucky at Memorial Gymnasium. The senior center acknowledges MSU (10-5, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) was in a tough spot without senior Porsha Porter, the team's second-leading scorer, who didn't make the trip due to an illness. But Bett admitted the Lady Bulldogs should have delivered a better showing, especially in a regionally-televised game.
Conference play is a difficult time to try to battle through injuries. In a league that is as unforgiving as the Southeastern Conference, University of Alabama women's basketball coach Wendell Hudson knows his team isn't going to get any breaks.
STARKVILLE -- A familiar face was back at Starkville High School on Wednesday. In three weeks, that same face will be back in a dugout as the leader of the school's baseball program. On Tuesday night, the Starkville School Board approved the recommendation of Starkville High School Athletic Director Dr. Stan Miller that Danny Carlisle be brought back as the school's baseball coach.
With two words on Twitter, Bo Wallace announced where he will play his final three years of college football. "Hotty totty," Wallace tweeted Tuesday afternoon. The junior college first-team All-American from East Mississippi Community College has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Mississippi. Wallace, who will sign with the 2012 recruiting class and will enroll early to compete in spring practices, chose Ole Miss over scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Baylor University, and Indiana.
Heritage Academy boys basketball coach Yandell Harris stressed one thing to his squad Tuesday night: Rebound the basketball on the defensive end. The players took the veteran coach's advice to heart as they dominated the defensive rebounds en route to a 46-30 victory. The schools split the doubleheader at Heritage Academy, as the Lady Volunteers rolled to a 67-42 victory in the opener.
STARKVILLE -- It was the Jacolby Mobley show Tuesday night at Starkville High School. The senior guard fired from anywhere beyond the 3-point line and scored a career-high 35 points in a dominating 91-64 home victory against Aberdeen.
NEW ORLEANS -- Nick Saban rolled out of bed without time even for his daily dose of The Weather Channel with wife Terry. The business of celebrating Alabama's second national championship in three years disrupted the morning routine for a coach who makes a habit of, well, habits. He didn't seem to mind.
STARKVILLE - While Sunday's memorial service for Starkville High student Devin Mitchell could have taken on a somber note, participants decided to make it a celebration of the young man's life instead.
NEW ORLEANS -- The Rematch of the Century, it wasn't. For Alabama, it was good enough for No. 1, if not a lot of style points. The Crimson Tide romped to another BCS championship against top-ranked LSU with a smothering defensive performance Monday night, a numbing barrage of field goals and even a long-overdue trip to the end zone. Final score: 21-0.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville School Board is expected to make a decision tonight about who will coach Starkville High School's baseball team this season. Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller said Monday he has a "couple of proposals" regarding the job of the school's baseball coach, which came open Sept. 30, 2011, when longtime coach Danny Carlisle retired as a teacher at the school. Miller said he will submit the proposals to board for it to examine tonight, and that he hopes the board will give the OK which direction it wants to go and that it will make a decision about who will coach the program no later than tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Anna Lea Little began her basketball career as a home-schooled teen-aged youngster. Starkville Academy coach Glenn Schmidt is very pleased that Little's family later changed their minds and enrolled her at the school.
STARKVILLE --- The Mississippi State men's basketball program will have until Thursday night to try and answer the obvious question: what is wrong with the defense? After matching the most points given up in the 14-year head coaching career of Rick Stansbury Saturday night in a 98-88 loss at Arkansas, the 20th-ranked Bulldogs (13-3, 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play), the MSU coach is still shaking his head at the effort.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury said all week his team had enough guards to handle the University of Arkansas' full-court pressure defense and still guard them defensively. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson called Stansbury's bluff on that declaration and took home a 98-88 victory Saturday night.