STARKVILLE -- It's possible to reverse history and imagine Tyler Russell on the opposite sideline Saturday for the Mississippi State football team's game against the University of Alabama. Three years ago, the Parade All-American quarterback's college decision was down to a pair of schools less than 85 miles apart on Highway 82.
OXFORD -- It was apparent quite quickly that this wasn't a normal University of Mississippi football team practice. As players slowly made their way up the stairs and onto the practice field, employees loaded boxes into a car in the parking lot, the first signs that the beginning of the end of Houston Nutt's tenure is here.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury never has been shy about touting the skills of his team's next opponent days before a game.
Even though it didn't play, Tuesday was still a big day for the East Mississippi Community College football team. The undefeated Lions moved to No. 2 in the latest NJCAA top 20 released Tuesday. EMCC (10-0) trails No. 1 Arizona Western College (10-0) by five points (137-132). Arizona Western secured four of seven first-place votes. EMCC had one, as did No. 3 Butler C.C. (9-1) and No. 4 Grand Rapids C.C. (10-0).
STARKVILLE -- Cross country coaches dream for teams filled with rabbits. To take a term from track and field, rabbits refer to athletes who take the lead and set the pace for the rest of the field before dropping out.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith promises patience with a young squad. For the Falcons, that patience may be needed early and often. However, two lengthy scoring runs lifted the Falcons to a victory in their season opener Tuesday night. Columbus enjoyed a 16-1 first-half spurt and a 17-2 second-half spurt to dispatch West Lowndes 81-57.
Fifth-year East Mississippi Community College men's basketball coach Mark White says there is nothing mystical about his program's rise to the top of the food chain in the state of Mississippi. "It's real simple," White said. "Hard work. Nothing is going to ever going to replace hard work."
In seven years as women's soccer coach at Clemson University, Todd Bramble never located a mole in the NCAA who would tip him off with inside information.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt came to the University of Mississippi with the goal of becoming the first coach to lead the Rebels to the Southeastern Conference championship game. It didn't happen, far from it. Over the past year, the Rebels couldn't win a single SEC game. "The thing about the SEC that I know," Nutt said. "They pay you to win."
STARKVILLE -- The pressure was beginning to mount on Mississippi State senior tailback Vick Ballard. In a 55-17 victory against the University of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday, that pressure valve went down a few notches after he found the end zone again.
STARKVILLE -- In a surprisingly tight victory, the Mississippi State men's basketball found a flaw it will need to fix before opponents get a book on them.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday the dynamic of the 2011 Egg Bowl matchup against the University of Mississippi remains the same after the announcement that Houston Nutt won't return as Ole Miss' coach after that game.
So much for retirement. Roy Hazzle is back on the bench for the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team for the 25th consecutive season, despite stepping down after last season
It's over. Now Rachel Hollivay has to wrap her mind around the idea she will be leaving home for a school that is a more than 1,000 miles away.
STARKVILLE -- This is the time of year Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has a one-time conversation with his team. Carter's Yellow Jackets enter the 2011-12 season as the favorites to win their region and to win another championship trophy in their first season back in Class 5A of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
STARKVILLE -- Porsha Porter's smile could be a deadly weapon for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. Like anyone who has had braces, the senior guard is getting used to a smile that lights up a room. The comfort level Porter feels in her second season with the Lady Bulldogs could give her even more reasons to flash her new look.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School girls basketball team knows last year was a struggle. The Lady Jackets will try to change their ways in a new classification and region by relying on three senior leaders and several talented sophomores who will see significant playing time.
Rachel Hollivay is going to Rutgers University. According to a text message at 11:49 a.m. Monday from her father, Ray Sr., and a subsequent conversation with him early this afternoon, the Heritage Academy 6-foot-5 senior center has decided to play basketball for veteran coach C. Vivian Stringer in Piscataway, N.J.
Just hours after stepping down, two high-ranking Penn State administrators face arraignment Monday on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to properly report suspected child abuse by the ex-football coach.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team showed Sunday it has the potential to have a potent one-two punch. Now the Lady Bulldogs will work on finding more weapons to add to their go-to arsenal.
1. Season opener at Columbus Speedway a success LOCAL SPORTS
2. Tennessee routs No. 3 Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tennessee's win against MSU flips script LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Starkville Academy boys fall in state title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS