STARKVILLE -- A year makes all the difference. Last spring, the Mississippi State men's tennis team leaned on players who hadn't played at the top of the lineup.
OXFORD -- Baseball legends Jake Gibbs and Don Kessinger will return to the field at Oxford-University Stadium on Saturday to manage the Rebels and alumni in the program's inaugural alumni game.
Wednesday was a good day to be a Trojan. Michael Bradley and his New Hope High School football program celebrated National Signing Day in style with the announcement that six players would continue their football careers in college.
Chris Wolfe's mother taught him he needed to be the best at whatever he wanted to do. With five older brothers and sisters, Wolfe missed out on a lot of the friendly competitions that usually exist between siblings. But the valuable lessons Wolfe learned from his mother, brothers, and sisters paid off Wednesday when the Columbus High School football senior signed a scholarship to play football at Itawamba Community College.
CALEDONIA -- Running always has been fun for Jessica Comer. Four years ago, Comer didn't realize she could run and compete in a sport at the same time Caledonia High School. Since then, Comer has logged hundreds and hundreds of miles and has had fun winning her share of races and state titles.
STARKVILLE -- After a resurgent season under first-year coach Jamie Mitchell, Starkville High School followed Wednesday with a banner signing class. Headlined by defensive end Chris Prater signing with Louisiana-Lafayette, the Yellow Jackets had seven players sign college scholarships.
WEST POINT -- Wednesday was a big day for the Class 5A champs. The West Point High School football program saw nine players from its 2010 Mississippi High School Activities Association state championship team sign to play football in college level. The signings included three to Division I schools.
Tyrone Shorter was as proud Wednesday as any of the parents and family members in attendance for the Noxubee County High School football team's National Signing Day ceremonies. The first-year coach was enjoying the morning so much because seven players he first coached in seventh and spent the past six years helping to mold into young men realized their dreams when they signed to play football in college.
Landon Ellis realized Wednesday the reward of an offseason filled with sweat, aches, and pain. After working hard to get stronger in preparation for his senior season on the Victory Christian football team, Ellis used the momentum from a standout season to sign to play football at East Mississippi Community College.
ABERDEEN -- There is no substitute for hard work. When you're part of a program that has had some success, you need players who are going to adopt that mind-set and build on it to push future teams to even greater heights.
STARKVILLE -- Unmoved by how others rate his 2011 recruiting class, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen locked up 22 players Wednesday he feels "fit" the program standard. Never mind the stars next to their names on recruiting websites or the hoopla surrounding their National Signing Day decisions -- Mullen doesn't keep up with that.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's road woes continue. After beating then-No. 24 University of Florida on Saturday at home, MSU thought it had cured the ills of an up-and-down start to league play. Instead, it reverted to the form that saw it lose by 22 at Georgia and dropped its second-straight Southeastern Conference road game Wednesday night at Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's 22-player signing class might not have been highly touted, but coach Dan Mullen feels it addressed needs. Though MSU inked just one linebacker -- Rosa Fort's Bernardrick McKinney -- to help cope with the loss of All-Southeastern Conference players KJ Wright and Chris White, the Bulldogs signed four offensive linemen and three running backs. The Bulldogs' biggest haul was in the secondary, where they signed five defensive backs, led by Stone County safety Dee Arrington. Athlete Taveze Calhoun also could wind up at defense back.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi endured a difficult football season in the fall, stumbling to a 4-8 record and last place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. Coach Houston Nutt said his program went a long way toward rectifying those problems Wednesday, when the Rebels announced a 22-person signing class that fills needs in almost every area.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama coach Nick Saban went in search of athletic defensive linemen and a few imposing blockers on offense. The Crimson Tide has stocked up on both and apparently isn't giving up hope of bringing in the two biggest lineman prizes.
STARKVILLE -- Danielle Rector is getting closer. The junior has shown in flashes she has the ability to contribute to the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Whether it is stretching defenses with her 3-point shooting or keeping post players honest with her driving ability, the 6-foot-1 forward has provided positive minutes on the offensive end.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mississippi State's road woes continue. After beating No. 24 Florida at home Saturday, the Bulldogs thought they had cured the ills of an up-and-down start to league play.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen isn't concerned with recruiting rankings. Nor does he care about anyone's perception of why his Mississippi State Bulldogs had six players de-commit and only land two Dandy Dozen players -- the least they've signed since 2006. To him, the 22 players in the 2010 class fit his mission of landing the top players in-state and filling needs.
Dan Mullen's third recruiting class at Mississippi State includes 22 signees (as of 11:25 a.m.). Fifteen players are from the state of Mississippi, and two are junior college transfers. Rivals.com currently rankes MSU's class 42nd in the country, while Scout.com has the Bulldogs at No. 40.
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