REFORM, Ala. -- If defense wins championships the Pickens County High School football team has a great shot at capturing the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A state championship this season.
OXFORD -- It appears Houston Nutt has finally run out of magic. The embattled 54-year-old coach has one last chance at a truly signature victory when Mississippi (2-8, 0-6 SEC) hosts No. 1 LSU (10-0, 6-0) on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. But considering Nutt's lame duck status and that the Rebels are coming off an embarrassing 27-7 loss to Louisiana Tech on homecoming, the odds are incredibly long.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's offense didn't have much success Saturday night against the No. 4 University of Alabama. The Bulldogs didn't move the ball much and they certainly didn't light up the scoreboard for the first three quarters. When the final whistle blew, the Crimson Tide proved why they are on another level in the Southeastern Conference with a 24-7 victory at David Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Earlier in the week, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said a lack of effort wasn't the reason his team was falling short in big home games. In a way, MSU's third-year coach proved that line of thinking true Saturday night when he and the Bulldogs tried everything to no avail in a 24-7 loss to the No. 4 University of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- With 7 minutes, 32 seconds left in the third quarter Saturday night, University of Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley let out a sigh of relief all of Oktibbeha County felt. His 24-yard field goal helped him became the first kicker to convert a field goal in five tries just when fans had started to think the task was impossible.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Lacoltan Bester threw a birthday party with 4,000 friends in attendance Saturday afternoon. Bester also was the master of his ceremonies who made sure everyone will remember his 20th birthday for a lifetime. The Scooba native caught three touchdown passes to help No. 2 EMCC defeat No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. 42-17 in the MACJC state championship game at Sullivan-Windham Field.
SCOOBA -- West Point native Justin Cox knows a thing or two about winning state championships. Cox played on each of the past two Class 5A state championship teams at West Point High School. On Saturday, Cox and his defensive teammates were hard at work for the No. 2 East Mississippi Community College football team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball responded Saturday from an early season wake-up call with an effort coach Rick Stansbury was more than happy to discuss.
Amy Waugh has been witness to history. As a player, the former Xavier University standout was part of the 2000-01 team that upset the University of Tennessee in the NCAA tournament en route to advancing to the Elite Eight.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen's motto for winning in the Southeastern Conference always has started with winning home games. Mississippi State's third-year football coach acknowledged Monday it was about time his Bulldogs squad practiced what it preached. Mullen and MSU will try to start a trend at 6:45 tonight (ESPN) when they play host to the No. 4 University of Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy football team's Cinderella season had a cruel ending Friday afternoon. Starkville Academy never could get untracked as Washington School rolled to a 20-0 victory in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship at Robinson-Hale Stadium on the campus of Mississippi College.
CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy defense was usually the unsung hero in this year's turnaround. "Defense wins championships," Starkville Academy senior defensive lineman Angus Catchot said. "Coach Terrill always says offense puts people in the stands and the defense wins championships, and you see where we are."
WEST POINT -- The two time defending 5A Mississippi state champion West Point High School football team took the first step in defense of its crown Friday night with a 43-14 victory against Neshoba Central in the first round of the Class 5A North State playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Last week, Gabe Myles proclaimed his school was back on top. Seven days later, Myles made sure the Starkville High School football team would be back for practice next week. The junior quarterback used his right arm to help Starkville dominate Hernando 42-28 in a Class 5A first-round playoff game.
AMORY -- The Noxubee County High School defense and the Amory High offense were the hot topics of conversation leading up to the matchup between the teams Friday night in the second round of the Class 4A North State playoffs. Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter injected his team's offense into the discussion, saying that unit felt slighted because the team's defense was getting all of the attention.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team blocked its way to victory Friday night in its season opener. The Lady Bulldogs set a new school record with 14 blocked shots and scored the first 16 points en route to a 78-41 victory against Jacksonville State at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mark Hudspeth didn't take the expressway to an NCAA Division I head coaching job. In fact, the road was barely paved.
STARKVILLE -- Suddenly, the game everybody around the Mississippi State campus considered a throw-away game is critical. MSU's game against the University of South Alabama at 1 p.m. today will give the Bulldogs (1-1) an opportunity to regroup from a disheartening loss before they go to New York for two games in the 2K Classic Invitational.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi announced Friday the members of the five-person committee who will direct the search for the school's new football coach.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt's tenure as the University of Mississippi football coach will end in three weeks. The fourth-year coach was forced to resign Monday, effective at the end of the season, but he will stay on for the last three games of the season. It's been a dismal fall for the Rebels, who are 2-7 and 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference.
1. Mullen balances calling plays, running team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus awaits region showdown vs. No. 3 Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Shorter hopes Noxubee County can follow 2015 path HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Offensive line has fueled Starkville High's success HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. EMCC, Mississippi Delta leave past behind them COLLEGE SPORTS