STARKVILLE -- National Signing Day had its share of surprising moments for the Mississippi State football team. In an announced 23-player recruiting class for the 2014 season, MSU went 1-for-2 in flipped commitments Wednesday afternoon to give sixth-year coach Dan Mullen some talking points.
Mary Nagy can tuck those slow starts away and put them to rest now that the New Hope High School girls soccer team is going to play for a state title.
An opportunity was all Trace Lee wanted. After two and a half seasons as starting quarterback for the Columbus High School football team, Lee wasn't ready to give up on a sport he loves. That's why he wasn't satisfied with schools that were willing to give him a chance to play baseball and not football.
The college recruiting process moves extremely quickly. After suffering a season-ending injury, Joshua Foxworthy thought coaches were going to pass him by, so he didn't give much thought to the pageantry of National Signing Day.
Jeff Terrill has been coaching long enough to know that "putting the pieces together" is more than knowing what to do. The former Itawamba Community College football knows it is imperative for players to know how and why to do things. Couple that with great effort and intangibles like leadership and character and you're liable to be talking about Tripp Janssen.
Phytrell Williams wasn't going to let an injury prevent him from realizing his dream. Watching from the sidelines as his teammates played Heritage Academy on Aug. 30, Williams looked forlorn as he contemplated a season that began with a promising victory against Montgomery County.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell can't help but consider seniors Princeton Jones, Darius Grayer, and Fontavious Smith as cornerstones of the transformation of the Starkville High School football program.
MACON -- While Noxubee County High School has racked up victories and a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship under coach Tyrone Shorter, Shorter revealed the accolade he is most proud of Wednesday morning.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School senior running back Aeris Williams always has been a soft-spoken leader on and off the football field. That is why it came as quite a surprise when Williams, the Dispatch's Player of the Year in 2013, predicted some future wins for Mississippi State in its Egg Bowl rivalry with Ole Miss.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Bobby Portis knew after his first shot that good things were about to happen on Wednesday night. Even the Arkansas men's basketball team's freshman didn't know just how good.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In the grand signing day tradition, Alabama football coach Nick Saban said the recruiting class met his team's needs.
Size is a selling point at wide receiver. Sometimes, though, college coaches want to make sure a player is as tall as advertised.
ABERDEEN -- Venerable Yankee catcher Yogi Berra, who was one of sports' most quoted personalities, has been credited with dozens of what are affectionately known as "Yogi-isms" over the years.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze pulled in another impressive signing class Wednesday, even if it lacks some of the star power from a year ago.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M men's basketball team realized Wednesday time is running out to make something out of its season. That's why the Aggies cited "sense of urgency" in every huddle in an attempt to find the spark that would take them through the stretch run.
STARKVILLE -- Fred Thomas is trying to harken back to the days where he seemingly was an unstoppable scoring force in the state of Mississippi. So far, Mississippi State freshman point guard IJ Ready's plan is working. Ready's new nickname for Thomas -- "Jim Hill" -- is designed to give the 6-foot-5 swingman a confidence boost.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Willie Cauley-Stein seemed to be emerging from his slump a couple of games ago before slipping back over the next two contests and realizing that he might have been trying too hard. Kentucky's 7-foot sophomore came out more relaxed Tuesday night and produced an impressive effort reminiscent of his dominant first half of the season, one he hopes to perform consistently from now on. Cauley-Stein broke out of his skid with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 18 Kentucky shot 60 percent in the second half for an 80-64 victory against Ole Miss.
"Doormats." Dawn Staley doesn't mince words when she talks about her first season as women's basketball coach at South Carolina in 2008-09.
CALEDONIA -- With eight seniors on his roster, Caledonia High School boys basketball coach Josh Scott tries to convince everyone he has one of the easiest jobs in the state of Mississippi. That experience paid off for Caledonia on Tuesday night, as seniors scored all of the team's points except for the final basket in a 69-54 victory against Noxubee County.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team found its second gear on the second possession of the second half Tuesday night. After battling Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 rival New Hope on near even terms in the first half, West Point had all of the answers in the final half. The Green Wave turned their trapping zone defense into a fast-break layup line on the other end to post a 74-67 victory.
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