Postseason honors continue to roll in for the national champion East Mississippi Community College football team.
STARKVILLE - For Tyler Russell, it's amazing how long three years can feel. Two years into the program, the first quarterback that Dan Mullen recruited is now teaching the younger player at his position.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Favre has left the Mississippi State football program and intends to transfer to another school. MSU coach Dan Mullen announced the third-string quarterback's departure Saturday after the team's first practice for its game against Wake Forest at 5:40 p.m. Dec. 30 (ESPN) in the Music City Bowl, but he declined to give the redshirt freshman's motivation for the move.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's men's basketball team allowed Troy University to pick how it wanted to lose Saturday. No. 17 MSU (9-1) was nearly flawless in full- and half-court offense in a 106-68 victory at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU's start is its best since it started 13-0 to open the 2003-04 campaign.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi guard LaDarius White spent eight games watching from the sidelines while he finished academic requirements and waited for NCAA clearance to make his debut. When the debut finally arrived Saturday, White was ready, scoring 16 points to help Ole Miss beat Mississippi Valley State 80-56 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Freshmen don't often get to play key roles on the biggest stages. But Robby Thomas' experience playing soccer at high levels is helping him change that. The freshman forward from Columbus was in the starting lineup Friday night and played a key role in helping the Charlotte men's soccer team beat Creighton University in penalty kicks in the NCAA College Cup at Regions Park.
CALEDONIA -- Anna Albritton admits she is like most coaches in that she always is looking for a little more. Whether it's additional combination play or more one- and two-touch teamwork in possession, Albritton may never get the "perfect" game.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State certainly knows how to defend the offense they will see this afternoon.
STARKVILLE - Like the rest of her perimeter teammates, Jacqueline Fair was told by her coaches to stop shooting three-pointers because they simply weren't falling. With 25 seconds left in the game and her team down two points, the senior guard found herself behind the three-point arc with no choice but to put up one more shot from long range.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State soccer coach Neil Macdonald can do the math. Eight teams made the Southeastern Conference postseason event and those same eight teams made the NCAA Tournament the following week.
NEW HOPE -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team held West Lowndes to just 20 points in the second half of a 62-52 victory Friday night.
Yolanda Moore resigned from her job as girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy to concentrate on completing the course work necessary for her to obtain a Ph.D, according to a statement released Thursday by the school.
The Caledonia High School varsity soccer teams have only two remaining play dates this year. Girls coach Jason Forrester and boys coach Kevin Kugel hope the work each team has put in will pave the way for even more success in 2012.
OXFORD -- New University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze has brought four of his Arkansas State assistants with him to Oxford.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest University football team has something to prove to the Southeastern Conference. Wake Forest is eager for another chance at the SEC in the Music City Bowl against Mississippi State. Vanderbilt routed Wake Forest by 34 points in the regular-season finale.
Yolanda Moore is no longer girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy. School Headmaster Tommy Gunn confirmed to The Dispatch on Thursday morning that Moore no longer was coach of the team after a decision was made Wednesday about her status. He declined to comment on the reasons why Moore, a former basketball standout at the University of Mississippi and a former player in the WNBA who was hired in May, was no longer at the school.
Columbus native Corey Sanders is excited about his new football-playing home, even if the season doesn't start for another two months. Sanders is expected to be a defensive back when the Mississippi Hound Dogs kick off their inaugural season in the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Training camp will begin Feb. 15, and the season opener against the Rome Rampage will be March 3 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.
DAYTON, Ohio -- University of Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant knew what to expect when he brought his young, 16th-ranked Crimson Tide north to play at his alma mater Wednesday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Trent Richardson wasn't a starter when he arrived on the scene. He was biding his time behind tailback Mark Ingram, who was on his way to becoming the school's first Heisman Trophy winner. But Ingram knew long before Richardson was selected as a finalist that the Crimson Tide might have another candidate waiting in the wings.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State and baseball coach John Cohen have requested a summary judgment to the civil lawsuit against them by former player Forrest Moore. In a 22-page legal response filed in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court on Monday, MSU's legal counsel has provided evidence to support a counter argument to Moore's suit that alleges Cohen and Associate Athletic Director Mike Nemeth with the breach of contract, intentional/tortious interference with contract and civil conspiracy. MSU's legal counsel, Perry, Winfield & Wolfe, filed a motion for a summary judgment without going through a full trial based on a signed affidavit testimony of MSU compliance director Bracky Brett and signed documents by Moore.