SCOOBA -- Todd Mays took one look at the East Mississippi Community College football team's offense and realized he wanted to be part of the system.
Coaches frequently talk about different matchups being the key to victory. At 2 p.m. Sunday at the sixth Mississippi Bowl in Biloxi, the contrasting styles of No. 1 Georgia Military College and No. 2 East Mississippi Community College will determine the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is preparing for an invitation to the 2013 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Multiple sources close to the program confirmed to The Dispatch that MSU (6-6) anticipates returning to the bowl game at 3 p.m., Dec. 31 in Memphis, Tenn., for the first time since 2007.
JACKSON -- The Hazlehurst High School football team's resume is impressive. Hazlehurst (14-1) will defend its 2012 Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A title at 11 a.m. against Louisville (15-0) at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.
SCOOBA -- For the first time, the National Junior College Athletic Association's football national championship will be decided in the state of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray sees his team's game at 6 tonight (ESPNU) against TCU in the Big 12/SEC Challenge as a chance at redemption against a quality opponent.
STARKVILLE -- Beware the headband. The fuzzy, elasticized variety tennis player John McEnroe used to wear has been replaced by what Mississippi State women's basketball player Martha Alwal calls the "Skylar Diggins" headband. Named in honor of the former Notre Dame standout, Alwal and several of her MSU teammates proudly wear the white, cloth headband with the adidas affixed to their foreheads.
SCOOBA -- Jerran Reed's decision Wednesday came down to which program has been more successful the past few years.
OXFORD -- Get the basketball to the rim. That's the directive Ole Miss women's basketball coach Matt Insell has given to his players. The first-year coach hopes that attacking mind-set becomes a habit on both ends of the floor, but Wednesday the Rebels showed they are picking up on Insell's instructions on the offensive end.
REFORM, Ala -- Dominate. The word greets you when you enter the Pickens County High School football team's locker room at G.S. Spruill Stadium. Coach Patrick Plott has personalized the message for his Tornadoes by transforming the letter "i" into a number 1, and the letter "a" into an A that signifies that team's classification -- 1A -- in the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
REFORM, Ala. -- The burden has been lifted from the shoulders of Eddie Doss.
JACKSON -- Mississippi State left guard Gabe Jackson made history Tuesday night when he was named the winner of the Conerly Trophy.
STARKVILLE -- The college football career for Mississippi State safety Nickoe Whitley ended with a forced fumble that helped clinch a victory against Ole Miss in the Battle for the Golden Egg.
STARKVILLE -- The Heritage Academy boys basketball team dropped three last-minute decisions to archrival Starkville Academy last season. Juniors Walker Brown and Hunter Sykes made sure there was no drama Tuesday night in the fourth quarter.
If you asked Vic Schaefer prior to the season if he would take a 2-1 finish at inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase, the Mississippi State second-year women's basketball coach would have said yes. Nearly three days after losing to Middle Tennessee State in the tournament's championship game, Schaefer still views his team's showing at the three-day, eight-team event in Florida as a positive.
Georgia Military College has taken a unique approach to becoming one of two undefeated teams left in junior college football. In an age of spread-it-out football, the Bulldogs run the ball, and they do it quite well.
REFORM, Ala. -- Tempo doesn't bother Zev Finch. Typically, shouts like the ones heard from the Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott -- "Get on the ball. Get on the ball." -- would drive an offensive lineman to exhaustion.
JACKSON -- Louisville and football go hand in hand.
Knowing what to say is only part of being a leader.
SCOOBA -- The wrist band is not loaded down with dozens of plays.
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