SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens took great pride in playing for a national championship in Mississippi last season.
Rick Michaels didn't have time to be nervous. Encouraged to use his experience as a local youth soccer coach to guide the first Columbus Christian Academy boys soccer team, Michaels only had time for one practice prior to his new team's first match Monday against Indianola Academy. It wasn't until game day that Michaels realized the significance -- and pressure -- associated with his debut.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant emphasized that it was a team win as Alabama defeated South Florida 82-71 Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Breanna Richardson couldn't help break into a broad smile Tuesday night following the No. 23 Mississippi State women's basketball team's 109-58 victory against North Dakota State. Richardson had every reason to be pleased with a 17-point, 13-rebound performance that was a part of five players in double figures and a season-high 12 Bulldogs in the scoring column.
MACON -- Leader. It's a word a lot of athletes use to signify their status on their teams as someone who sets the pace that others follow. In August, Jeffery Simmons recognized the opportunity he had to be that player this season for the Noxubee County High School football team. Instead of shying away from it and allowing some of his senior teammates to shoulder that responsibility, Simmons seized it and established himself as one of the team leaders in preseason workouts and in the weight room.
JACKSON -- Hugh Freeze said his program's breakthrough season is proof that Ole Miss can be competitive in the Southeastern Conference and a program to be reckoned with on a national level. Now he wants to prove this year was no fluke -- and he'll do it with a brand new contract in hand.
SCOOBA -- Buddy Stephens had a postseason plan written down seven seasons ago when he took over the East Mississippi Community College football program.
STARKVILLE - For the first time in more than five years, Mississippi State finds itself searching for a volleyball coach.
STARKVILLE - Three days after Ole Miss topped Mississippi State to win the Egg Bowl, the Rebels and Bulldogs will go head-to-head again tonight with the state's top individual football award up for grabs.
STARKVILLE -- The gang is nearly all back.
June Dampier is being modest when she said she "did what she could do" with the West Lowndes High School girls basketball team. As coach of the Lady Panthers from 2000-03, Dampier admits things always didn't go smoothly as she tried to establish her style of play and implement the rules players would have to follow to commit to her program. The goal was simple: Win a state championship.
OXFORD -- The Mississippi State football team won't win a national championship this season. The Bulldogs won't play for a Southeastern Conference title, either.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Amari Cooper tied his school record with 224 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes in No. 2 Alabama's 55-44 comeback victory against No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl. Quarterback Blake Sims and the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) turned to the Heisman Trophy contender for touchdown strikes of 39 and 75 yards in the third quarter.
MACON -- Get ready Starkville, a train is coming to town. As much as the Noxubee County High School football team has relied on its offensive line to steamroll opponents this season, the Tigers' "Demon Defense" is providing the fuel for the team's latest run to a state championship.
OXFORD -- Jaylen Walton had nowhere to run. He tried the middle and found nothing. He tried the right and found nothing. Mississippi State's defense had the Ole Miss tailback hemmed in. Then they didn't.
OXFORD -- The Mississippi State football team arrived at Ole Miss with everything at stake. The Bulldogs left with nothing but disappointment.
STARKVILLE -- Darrell Henderson took the pitch and looked for running room. He found much more than that.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A tough night offensively led to the end of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's season-opening winning streak Saturday night.
NEW ORLEANS -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer received the fast start he wanted in his team's first road game of the season Saturday afternoon.
NICEVILLE, Fla. -- The smallest man on the court put up the biggest numbers as Stefan Moody led the Ole Miss men's basketball team to the championship of the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic.
1. MSU won't let Collins' departure affect preparations COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus boys show potential in win against Marion (Ark.) HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Holman trying to impress 'habits' on new group HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Johnson takes over to lead New Hope boys HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville boys rebound after tough loss in OT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS