CALEDONIA -- The promise is there. Cara Hopper and Sarah Freeman saw glimpses of it last season. They have seen it in the preseason workouts and in the Caledonia High School volleyball team's first practices of the 2012 season.
All Landon Ellis wants is a chance to play football.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen still doesn't know how he'll approach the new kickoff rule to college football games this season.
STARKVILLE -- The first game as a Division I head men's basketball coach will not be in a friendly environment for Mississippi State University's newest hire.
OXFORD -- Injuries are an equalizer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen likes his offensive line heading into the 2012 season.
"Reach the Beach." It is left to be determined if the University of Mississippi women's soccer players will have a slogan on the back of T-shirts that captures the essence of the 2012 season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It has been about seven months since the University of Alabama football team won one of the most controversial National Championship games since the Bowl Championship Series system was created, beating Southeastern Conference West champion LSU 21-0.
STARKVILLE -- Leake Academy pitcher Hannah Moore and Starkville Academy shortstop Mary Austin Barber are highly regarded senior softball players. Each played a major role this summer helping their travel ball squads compete for regional and national championships. Now, they are back with their high school teams and things have taken a slight turn.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's first open football practice of the fall season Saturday was about the present and the future. MSU coaches divided the morning session between several veteran starters and some eagerly anticipated newcomers who have the fan base excited.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University linebackers coach Geoff Collins walks into the meeting room for his position knowing he has a talented group. The Bulldogs return two starters and a depth chart that features players who combined to make 28 starts last season. MSU also welcomes back senior Cameron Lawrence, the second-leading tackler in the Southeastern Conference.
Mississippi State University football fans are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club. The club, which will open its 47th season of weekly meetings on Aug. 30, is devoted to promoting MSU football. Club President Tyson Gair said the club expects a large membership this year with all the excitement that surrounded the team's 31-3 victory against the University of Mississippi and its 23-17 win against Wake Forest University in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 that helped the team finish 7-6.
STARKVILLE -- While the Summer Olympic Games have been plagued by controversies in gymnastics and badminton, no such ill will has developed on the softball diamond.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team practiced Saturday adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium before a crowd of a few hundred faithful on a sunny, warm morning. It was the second time the Rebels had hit the practice fields, as Ole Miss got in a light practice Friday night after Rebel Media Day activities that afternoon.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi football team won only two games last season, so it would appear obvious that the Rebels are rebuilding. But the team's veterans say they're not allowing themselves to think that way.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team practiced as a complete unit for the first time for two hours in shorts and helmets Saturday afternoon at the Drew-Thomas Practice Facility after a split session Friday to open camp.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Quarterback AJ McCarron insists the University of Alabama football team turned its focus to the 2012 season long before opening preseason camp on Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Central Academy earned its first fast-pitch softball victory over Starkville Academy Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen used words like "comfortable" and "experienced" to describe his starting quarterback Tyler Russell.
After more than four months of celebrating the school's first national championship, the East Mississippi Community College football team has about four weeks to prepare for its 2012 season opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 against Pearl River C.C. at Sullivan-Windham Field in Scooba.
1. MSU men can't come all way back against Nebraska COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Movement up front helps MSU defense generate pressure COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Ole Miss' Patterson will miss rest of season COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU, Ole Miss battle to 1-1 2OT draw in rain COLLEGE SPORTS