In his five seasons as head coach, Buddy Stephens has placed the East Mississippi Community College football program among the nation's elite. The Lions have won two state championships, two bowl games, and one national championship. While the success of the program starts with a high talent level, continuity on the coaching staff has been another key element.
Where in the Magnolia state was Chris Jones this weekend? This is the question fans of Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi were asking as they count the days before the Houston, Miss., product is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning.
STARKVILLE -- "Well, this one right here hurts." Six words from Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray may have defined the first-year head coach's acceptance that his team just may not know what it takes to win against adequate Southeastern Conference competition.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida men's basketball team finally faced a little competition in the Southeastern Conference. Just a little, though. Erik Murphy scored 19 points and was instrumental on the defensive end, helping the No. 4 Gators beat 16th-ranked and short-handed University of Mississippi 78-64 Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University is one step closer to getting another year out of veteran offensive lineman Tobias Smith. MSU football spokesperson Joe Galbraith confirmed on Twitter that the NCAA Enforcement staff in December granted a sixth year of eligibility to Smith, a Columbus native, before MSU took the field against Northwestern University for the 2013 Gator Bowl on New Year's Day in Jacksonville, Fla.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University baseball program plans to use the buddy system on the mound again this season. The plan for the first two months of non-conference play is to use two starting pitchers to get through seven to eight innings, and to hold both pitchers to pitch counts to avoid excessive work.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Anthony Grant made sure to remind his players that nobody from the University of Alabama had left Memorial Gym victorious in a very long time.
The schedule hasn't been kind to the Mississippi State University women's basketball team. Then again, Southeastern Conference members never have had a history of taking it easy on their league rivals. If anything, SEC foes work out the frustration of having to go up against the nation's best night in and night out whenever they can.
STARKVILLE - Avonte' Amos and Ravonte' Gandy knew there would be valleys when they took over leadership roles. Still, the lone seniors on the Starkville High School basketball team feel like the Yellow Jackets are peaking at the right time. Further proof of that belief took place Friday night as Starkville played arguably its most complete game of the year in a 72-48 victory against Noxubee County at the Bee Hive.
Under the direction of third-year coach Chris Rose, the East Mississippi Community College baseball team will open its season at noon today against Bishop State C.C. in a doubleheader at Oak Grove High School's Harry Breland Field in Hattiesburg.
STARKVILLE -- A pair of ESPNU appearances at Dudy Noble Field are included in an eight-game slate of televised Mississippi State University baseball games for 2013. The TV lineup featuring four home games and four road matchups for MSU is part of the Southeastern Conference's extensive television announced Friday by the league office in Birmingham, Ala.
Christian Dale had a wrinkle few student-athletes get to experience at his college signing ceremony. The Columbus High School standout also received a message that could help him reach a similar destination of the guest speaker who spoke Thursday at the Columbus High baseball team's ninth annual First-Pitch Banquet.
The Itawamba Community College women's soccer team will have a double dose of Hern in 2013. On Thursday, New Hope High School senior forward Reagan Hern signed a scholarship to play with her sister, Sarah, at ICC later this year.
OXFORD -- The talkative and brash Marshall Henderson is the face of the University of Mississippi's men's basketball program. Sometimes that's good, sometimes it's not so good. His play and antics have led to plenty of attention for the No. 16 Rebels (17-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), who face No. 8 University of Florida (17-2, 7-0) on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., in a matchup of the SEC's two top-ranked teams.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Lacey, Levi Randolph, and the University of Alabama men's basketball team made sure this one didn't slip away at the end. Lacey and Randolph hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 17 seconds to help the Crimson Tide hold on for a 59-56 victory against the University of Arkansas on Thursday night.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team has struggled away from home all season, so the last thing the Bulldogs needed was a trip to No. 9 University of Tennessee.
STARKVILLE -- Two of the Southeastern Conference's three first-year head coaches will face off Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum with their teams going in opposite directions.
STARKVILLE -- It may be impossible to fathom, but nearly everybody associated with the Mississippi State University baseball program has forgotten junior right-hander Ben Bracewell was the team's opening-day starter last season. But MSU coach John Cohen hasn't forgotten.
STARKVILLE -- The simple explanation to Wednesday night's loss for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program is Texas A&M played a better form of ugly basketball.
All in. Gary Blair knows from experience that whether it's golf, cards, or basketball Vic Schaefer is going to give you everything he has in an attempt to win.
1. New Hope beats Leake Central to clinch playoff spot HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Balance on offense fuels MSU's victory against BYU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. EMCC will induct six into Sports Hall of Fame COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Ole Miss feeling good again after big win at home COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Alabama beats Mississippi State in double overtime COLLEGE SPORTS