It's over. Now Rachel Hollivay has to wrap her mind around the idea she will be leaving home for a school that is a more than 1,000 miles away.
STARKVILLE -- This is the time of year Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has a one-time conversation with his team. Carter's Yellow Jackets enter the 2011-12 season as the favorites to win their region and to win another championship trophy in their first season back in Class 5A of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
STARKVILLE -- Porsha Porter's smile could be a deadly weapon for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. Like anyone who has had braces, the senior guard is getting used to a smile that lights up a room. The comfort level Porter feels in her second season with the Lady Bulldogs could give her even more reasons to flash her new look.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School girls basketball team knows last year was a struggle. The Lady Jackets will try to change their ways in a new classification and region by relying on three senior leaders and several talented sophomores who will see significant playing time.
Rachel Hollivay is going to Rutgers University. According to a text message at 11:49 a.m. Monday from her father, Ray Sr., and a subsequent conversation with him early this afternoon, the Heritage Academy 6-foot-5 senior center has decided to play basketball for veteran coach C. Vivian Stringer in Piscataway, N.J.
Just hours after stepping down, two high-ranking Penn State administrators face arraignment Monday on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to properly report suspected child abuse by the ex-football coach.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team showed Sunday it has the potential to have a potent one-two punch. Now the Lady Bulldogs will work on finding more weapons to add to their go-to arsenal.
STARKVILLE -- With a sense of relief, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen used three words to sum up his team's performance on Homecoming Saturday night. "It's a win," Mullen said.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 2 University of Alabama football team kept coming up short in the biggest game of the season. That very well could be where the Crimson Tide's national championship aspirations will fall, too. The Tide botched three field goals and had a trick play backfire in a 9-6 overtime loss to No. 1 LSU on Saturday in a game Alabama fans will long rue as one that got away.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After three quarters, University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt felt good about the Rebels' chances of winning their first Southeastern Conference game of the year. That didn't last long.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wasn't about to let the scoreboard cloud his anger toward his team's play in the first half Saturday against the University of Tennessee-Martin.
STARKVILLE -- Football fans in the state of Mississippi may have forgotten about Jason McNair's ability to run the football. McNair re-introduced himself as a member of the Tennessee-Martin backfield on Saturday, rushing for a game-high 122 yards on 27 carries in the University of Tennessee-Martin's 55-17 loss to Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium.
SCOOBA -- The East Mississippi Community College football team isn't necessarily all pass all the time. No. 3 EMCC proved Saturday it can run the football, too.
STARKVILLE -- In arguably the most remembered at-bat of the 2011 season, the Mississippi State coaches considered having their cleanup hitter bunt.
"Be the One" is a rallying cry for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. On paper, senior point guard Diamber Johnson figures to be the first option for the Lady Bulldogs. From there, though, the pecking order becomes unclear. It isn't because coach Sharon Fanning-Otis' team doesn't have choices.
OXFORD -- It has been a while since Andy Kennedy could look his best players in the eye. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's 6-foot-7 coach has had mostly guard-oriented teams during his six years in Oxford, but that trend will change this season. The Rebels return several experienced frontcourt players who likely will determine how good this team will become.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Everything is new this season for the University of Mississippi women's basketball team. A new attitude, a new group of players, a new hunger to play. Coach Renee Ladner sees all of those elements on display. More importantly, Ladner hopes her team has a clean bill of health.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's men's basketball team is mindful of what happened last November, and what consequently didn't occur in March.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Wendell Hudson likes the numbers dilemma he will face this season. With six or seven "starters" to fill five spots on the floor, Hudson feels the 2011-12 University of Alabama women's basketball team will be able to score more points and to play at a faster tempo than it did a year ago.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's soccer team saw its run at the Southeastern Conference tournament come end Friday night with a 2-1 loss to No. 23 University of Florida in the semifinals at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
1. Rivals set to battle for Golden Egg COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Home-field advantage could mean a lot for MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. West Point finally gets rematch vs. Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Howland's Bulldogs still making adjustments on defense COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Aberdeen will try to end Charleston's streak HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS