GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Josh Jones figured he owed his teammates one. After missing two crucial free throws with 8.7 seconds left, the junior guard blocked a 3-pointer by Trevor Releford to help the Creighton University men's basketball team end its 10-year NCAA tournament drought with a 58-57 victory against the University of Alabama on Friday.
East Mississippi Community College cleared space in the trophy case for the school's first national championship in football in December. The Lions would like to add some basketball hardwood to that case.
STARKVILLE -- For nearly a decade and a half, every single person involved with Mississippi State University men's basketball has never had to wonder about the value of the head coaching position. The reason is simple -- Rick Stansbury has always been there. For 14 years, since taking over for his boss Richard Williams in 1998, Stansbury has always led the program and been the face of Bulldogs basketball. This fact alone has made such an exercise essentially meaningless.
STARKVILLE -- Two years ago, Rick Stansbury presented what he perceived to be his commitment to Mississippi State University by staying in Starkville. Thursday, Stansbury sat in the very same building showing his love for the institution he's been associated with for 22 years by doing the exact opposite -- walking away at the right time. It was the moment he considered leaving Starkville for Clemson University as a poignantly parallel moment during his retirement announcement in an emotional news conference at the Bryan Athletic Building Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- Applause greeted Rick Stansbury at 1:12 p.m. Thursday as he turned the corner into the lobby of the Bryan Building. The longtime Mississippi State men's basketball coach scanned the room and chided the supporters gathered for the announcement of his retirement for having long faces. "Cheer up. Smile. This is a happy day," Stansbury said.
Don't discount the power of the classifieds. Jeremy Shaw hadn't considered selling his Open Wheel Modified vehicle. But it didn't hurt to look at the online classifieds. After all, you never know what you're going to find. Besides, the number of Open Wheel Modified opportunities in the Columbus area were diminishing, so why not.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury said he hasn't thought about his job security as Mississippi State University men's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Consider Sharon Fanning-Otis impressed. Mississippi State University's recently retired women's basketball coach was in attendance Tuesday to welcome Vic Schaefer to Starkville to be the seventh coach in the program's history.
STARKVILLE -- The plan for redshirt sophomore Ben Bracewell's return to the mound has changed again. Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen said the right-handed starting pitcher likely won't see action this weekend due to concerns about his recovery from elbow soreness nearly a month ago.
The Mississippi State University softball team found itself in a lengthy airport layover Wednesday afternoon trying to get from Columbus, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La. While no one likely will write a paper entitled "How I spent my spring break" about this odyssey, the Bulldogs were determined to make the most of their spare time.
Columbus Speedway will begin a new era this weekend as it celebrates its grand re-opening with the $5,000-to-win, 17th Annual James King Memorial at the 1/3 mile oval.
OXFORD -- Tyler Brown scored 26 points, Nic Moore added 24, and the Illinois State University men's basketball team put on a record-setting shooting display in a 96-93 overtime victory against the University of Mississippi on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.
STARKVILLE -- The 100th year of basketball at Mississippi State University didn't end in celebration. It ended in front of an announced crowd of 2,507 at Humphrey Coliseum that was inflated and frustrated.
STARKVILLE -- It would be inaccurate to categorize the Mississippi State University men's basketball team as less than prepared for what turned out to be the season finale Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were properly prepared to fail.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer felt the spark the first time he met Scott Stricklin. Once Schaefer had an opportunity to visit Starkville and tour Mississippi State University's campus and athletic facilities, it didn't take him long to know he could bring the same spark to the school's women's basketball program.
STARKVILLE -- Coaches have been known for years to borrow or to tweak an aspect of one coaching style or strategy into their way of doing things. Sometimes, though, a coach needs a little more assistance in grasping the importance of a concept and incorporating it into their philosophy. Holly Davis was only too happy to provide that assistance to a friend who looked like he could use some help.
STARKVILLE -- Even though he admits he is a "Starkville transfer," Jamie Mitchell knows the tradition behind Starkville High School football.
Scott Stricklin has more than 11 million reasons to hope Vic Schaefer is the right man.
CALEDONIA -- Physical maturation only partially explains Cara Hopper's improvement in the circle. In eighth grade, Hopper was a "tiny" 85 pounds, but she already had dreams of playing softball in college, so she knew she needed to work hard to get better. Now a junior, Hopper has benefited from working with a pitching coach and her father, Tony, and now has five pitches in her arsenal.
The Caledonia High School baseball team took revenge on East Webster on Monday afternoon with a 15-1 victory at Columbus High's Falcon Field.
1. West Lowndes wins South State to complete sweep HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Parks likes Starkville Academy's chances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Brock, Buckner push New Hope into Round 3 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Starkville baseball drops series opener to Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. SA's Williams will get chance to play soccer at Meridian C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS