STARKVILLE ó†Itís too early to tell about Tyler Russell. Thatís the impression most people had about the Mississippi State freshman quarterback after his first practice Tuesday with the full squad. The freshmen and varsity held separate workouts to open preseason drills Monday. Russell seemed to hold his own with the other quarterbacks in the near three-hour session that lasted into the night.
STARKVILLE ó It was in with the old and the new Monday at Mississippi State as the football team opened preseason practice with two sessions. The freshmen and newcomers worked out for an hour and a half in the morning, while the varsity team members spent nearly three hours in the afternoon brushing up on what they learned in the spring.
STARKVILLE óRandy Haynes likes robust boxscores. The Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball coach would prefer to have his players swing away and pile up the doubles, triples, or home runs. Sometimes, though, you need to switch gears.
The NCAA notified Donald Jackson, the attorney for Mississippi State basketball signee Renardo Sidney, by an e-mail Monday morning that he wouldnít be permitted to participate in interviews of third parties unless he signed a statement of confidentiality.
SAN FRANCISCO ó Former Mississippi State pitcher Brandon Medders of the San Francisco Giants enjoys it when an opposing team has a player from his alma mater and he gets a chance to reminisce about old times. Medders was afforded such an opportunity this past week when the Giants played host to the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen appears to have left the door open for a quarterback controversy. Although senior Tyson Lee, of Columbus, appears to be the front-runner Monday entering the start of preseason football practice, there are indications Mullen isnít completely satisfied with the position.
CALEDONIA ó Andi Franklin and Michael Eade hope their work as soccer ambassadors helps the United States produce World Cup caliber talent. Franklin and Eade joined Matthew Foster and Rachel Smythe in Caledonia last week as coaches with the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp.
STARKVILLE ó Mississippi State is approaching a record for season-ticket sales. A little more than a month before MSU faces Jackson State on Sept. 5 in Starkville, the schoolís ticket office announced it has sold 37,523 season tickets.
Brad Butler knows the Heritage Academy football program can accomplish big things. He was a member of the football teamís coaching staff in 2005 when it advanced to the Class AAA Division II title game. Now itís Butlerís job to help the Patriots get back to that level.
STARKVILLE ó Starkville Academy believes itís getting just the boost its athletic program needs to be competitive. A $300,000 on-campus locker room and training facility is under construction and is excepted to provide something that is considered to be overdue.
STARKVILLE ó The wide receiver position at Mississippi State has taken a hit in the past two weeks. The departures of Terrance Davis and Delmon Robinson from the program subtracts two potential weapons from coach Dan Mullenís spread offense.
Buddy Stephens canít find enough adjectives to describe how excited he is to begin the 2009 season. There apparently are plenty of people throughout the country who share Stephensí excitement.
The 2008 season was just the first step for the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball season. The Lady Patriots made history last season, advancing to the North South State Tournament for the first time. With many of the key players from that team back this season, Heritage Academy coach Ginny Lowery is confident Heritage Academy can build on last season and begin to build a tradition.
STARKVILLE ó It has been a month since former Starkville High School sprinter Tavaris Tate participated at the United States Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The time off has served him well.
Mississippi State menís associate head track and field coach Steve Dudley has been an interested spectator of prize recruit Tavaris Tate. Dudley, who works with the programís sprinters, has followed Tate to all of his destinations this summer and hasnít been surprised with the success of the former Starkville High School sprinter.
Starkville Academy softball coach Randy Haynes expects to have a stronger team on the field this season. There were signs in the summer league at the Starkville Sportsplex that the Lady Volunteers could be better than last yearís 18-17 record.
Donald Jackson, the attorney for the family of Mississippi State menís basketball signee Renardo Sidney, said the recent comments by former University of Southern California coach Tim Floyd can only help his clientís case.
MACON ó One title isnít enough for the Central Academy softball program. In May, the Lady Vikings ended a drought when they defeated Kemper Academy to win the Class A Mississippi Private School Association slow-pitch state title.
Former Mississippi State pitcher Jared Wesson wasnít sure the opportunity was going to come. After his name failed to come up one month after the Major League Baseball First-Player Draft, he began to wonder if any organization would take a chance on him.
WEST POINT ó West Point High School offensive and defensive lineman Curtis Virges likes the direction coach Dan Mullen is taking the Mississippi State football program. Even though the Bulldogs havenít taken the field this season, Virges has been impressed with how Mullen prepares the team.
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