STARKVILLE -- The future is now for Rodney Hood. With 12 days remaining until his college basketball debut, the anticipation continues to grow for the player many believe could be the first lottery pick in NBA draft since Rick Stansbury took over the Mississippi State men's basketball program.
When the North State Class 1A high school football playoffs start in two weeks, West Oktibbeha County High will be on the guest list. However, don't tell the Timberwolves. "We clinched a playoff berth last week," West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. "However, we haven't talked to our boys yet about that. We have two really big regular-season games left and a lot to play for."
Twice is nice for the Columbus Middle School football team. Columbus defeated Tupelo 14-0 on Oct. 18 to win its second championship in as many years. The only blemish on Columbus' record was an 8-0 loss to Kosciusko.
The No. 3 East Mississippi Community College football team will try Thursday to go where no other group of Lions has gone. EMCC can complete its first undefeated regular season at 7 p.m. Thursday with a victory against Holmes C.C. in the final regular-season game for both teams at Ras Branch Field in Goodman. WFCA-FM (107.9) will broadcast the game locally.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will speak Thursday to the Starkville Quarterback Club at the Starkville Country Club.
The final week of the MACJC regular season will answer several remaining questions. East Mississippi Community College, Hinds C.C., and Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. have secured spots in the state playoffs that will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Itawamba C.C., Northeast Mississippi C.C., and Northwest Mississippi C.C. are vying for the fourth and final playoff spot.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox couldn't win Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for a third consecutive week. Bye weeks will do that.
STARKVILLE -- The statistics tell Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen his team will struggle at 6 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky unless it can generate turnovers. The Wildcats are 104th in the country (11th in the Southeastern Conference) in turnover margin. The 19 giveaways have been critical in losses to Louisville, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina.
OXFORD -- It's not often a college football player -- let alone a freshman -- will give his coach advice. Universiy of Mississippi receiver Nickolas Brassell couldn't help himself. He had to let Houston Nutt know what was on his mind. "I know I can make more plays by just being on the field more," Brassell said. "I know what I can do when I have the ball in my hands."
Damian Baker doesn't know any other way. Regardless of whether the Columbus High School football team is playing New Hope, Horn Lake, or South Panola, Baker is going to come at you at full speed and dare you to stop him.
Together the Eagles Achieve More. That variation on a popular sports adage reflects how the Victory Christian football team has been able to overcome the adversity it has faced this season.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Kentucky and Mississippi State senior guard Dee Bost earned places on the first tier Monday. Media members picked Kentucky to finish first in the Southeastern Conference preseason men's basketball poll and made Bost a preseason first-team All-SEC pick.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe he'd prefer to be called Professor Dan Mullen know. Mississippi State's third-year football coach has used this week without a game for an internal evaluation to see if his team is "tipping our hand" with its game plans in what has turned out to be a frustrating season.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Bracewell was considered one of the best high school power arms in state of Alabama three years ago. That's why Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen felt Bracewell was the key to a recruiting class that included pitching prospects Chris Stratton, Kendall Graveman, and Chad Girodo.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team can thank the power left arm of Stephanie Becker for helping it win a doubleheader Saturday.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt had his coaching bag of tricks ready for his former school. It wasn't quite enough. The University of Mississippi football team jumped out to a 17-point lead before watching the No. 10 University of Arkansas roar back for a 29-24 victory Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
SCOOBA -- Some of the best football players to play at East Mississippi Community College were on campus for Homecoming and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. It is a safe bet several of the Lions who saw action Saturday on the Sullivan-Windham Stadium playing surface will be back to be honored in years to come.
STARKVILLE -- Joseph MacGown, Kamau Bostic, and Damian Grady earned top-six finishes Saturday to lead the Starkville High School boys cross country to team to a first-place finish at the Starkville Invitational at the Mississippi State Horse Park.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football fans could finally move on from the big rival to the really big game. Most of the 101,821 stuck around until the end of Alabama's 37-6 rout of the University of Tennessee on Saturday, happily starting up the "LSU" chants with a couple of minutes left and roaring when the announcer mentioned the next game in two weeks.
Play until you hear the whistle. It sounds simple, but sometimes observant players get rewarded for capitalizing when unusual things happen. Damian Baker's diligence proved to be just the spark the Columbus High School football team needed Friday night.
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