STARKVILLE -- Everything that happened since the minute Joe Morrow arrived at Mississippi State University is about lowering the expectations.
STARKVILLE -- The equation for Chris Wilson is simple: Better players equal better coaches and, therefore, a better football team.
STARKVILLE -- Denico Autry remembers playing backyard football when he was in third grade.
STARKVILLE -- Geoff Collins never has to wonder where his linebackers are on campus at given point and time.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood had motivation for her players when they started preseason practice Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- Four years removed.
OXFORD -- Vince Sanders said the words Friday that makes all of the receivers on the University of Mississippi football team very happy.
CALEDONIA -- Volleyball doesn't discriminate.
After playing home matches at the Starkville Sportsplex last season, the Starkville High School volleyball team returned to its home court with a vengeance Tuesday night.
CALEDONIA -- The promise is there. Cara Hopper and Sarah Freeman saw glimpses of it last season. They have seen it in the preseason workouts and in the Caledonia High School volleyball team's first practices of the 2012 season.
All Landon Ellis wants is a chance to play football.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen still doesn't know how he'll approach the new kickoff rule to college football games this season.
STARKVILLE -- The first game as a Division I head men's basketball coach will not be in a friendly environment for Mississippi State University's newest hire.
OXFORD -- Injuries are an equalizer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen likes his offensive line heading into the 2012 season.
"Reach the Beach." It is left to be determined if the University of Mississippi women's soccer players will have a slogan on the back of T-shirts that captures the essence of the 2012 season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It has been about seven months since the University of Alabama football team won one of the most controversial National Championship games since the Bowl Championship Series system was created, beating Southeastern Conference West champion LSU 21-0.
STARKVILLE -- Leake Academy pitcher Hannah Moore and Starkville Academy shortstop Mary Austin Barber are highly regarded senior softball players. Each played a major role this summer helping their travel ball squads compete for regional and national championships. Now, they are back with their high school teams and things have taken a slight turn.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's first open football practice of the fall season Saturday was about the present and the future. MSU coaches divided the morning session between several veteran starters and some eagerly anticipated newcomers who have the fan base excited.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University linebackers coach Geoff Collins walks into the meeting room for his position knowing he has a talented group. The Bulldogs return two starters and a depth chart that features players who combined to make 28 starts last season. MSU also welcomes back senior Cameron Lawrence, the second-leading tackler in the Southeastern Conference.
1. No. 1 Alabama loses Harris in shutout of Kent State COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Kemper County takes it to Noxubee County in second half HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Non-conference schedule has right mix for MSU women LOCAL COLUMNS
4. Winona Christian's ground game edges Oak Hill Academy's passing game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Madden wins Cotton Pickin' 100 LOCAL SPORTS