It's time for the bear to come out of hibernation.
Don't underestimate the power of staying together. In the arsenal of sports cliches, the ability of teams to "come together" is one of the most popular used by players and coaches. Maybe it has something to do with the elusive nature of chemistry. Sometimes personalities on a team just click and coaches don't have to police their players or encourage them to do things with their teammates off the field to build stronger bonds.
The numbers are coming fast and furious at the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
"The Bulldogs are the most upwardly mobile team in the SEC. After three straight losing seasons, Vic Schaefer's rebuilding job produced a school-record 27 wins. Now Mississippi State is in position to challenge at the top of the conference. Sophomore Victoria Vivians is one of the most exciting young scorers in the country and leads a deep and versatile roster." -- Charlie Creme's analysis of Mississippi State in his Southeastern Conference preview posted last week on ESPN.com STARKVILLE Vic Schaefer doesn't always agree with Charlie Creme.
OXFORD Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze walked ashen-faced and slump-shouldered into the auditorium for his post-game news conference and promptly announced he was converting to Islam.
As we prepare to roll the calendar to November, it appears we will have several story lines from the coverage area we will continue to follow.
A year ago, Mississippi State quarterback was on everybody's short list for the Heisman Trophy as the Bulldogs rolled to a 9-0 start and the No. 1 national ranking. This year, Prescott's name is seldom, if ever, mentioned in the Heisman conversation. Early losses to LSU and Texas A&M quickly put the Bulldogs -- and Prescott -- out of most spotlight.
Through seven games, the 2015 Mississippi State football team has yet to acquire a slogan, motto or catchphrase, as far as I know.
As we close in on Halloween, each of the region and district races are coming a little more into focus. Quickly, we are separating the pretenders from the contenders.
What do you see when you drive past the Columbus Soccer Complex? Do you see an opportunity, or do you wonder why the city and county spent so much time and energy -- and all of that money -- for something only a fraction of the area residents can enjoy? Your answer to those questions will be important to how this next piece of news is received: Tom Velek has resigned as director of coaching for soccer in Columbus and as director of competitive soccer for Columbus United, the competitive soccer club of the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority.
For fans of the Columbus-Starkville high school football rivalry, you might be in luck this year after all.
As we officially hit the halfway point of the prep football season, it is safe to say this season will be remembered for years to come.
Even though the calendar still says September, players and coaches at West Point High School have the extra step this week.
STARKVILLE When Devon Bell's 51-yard field goal attempt sailed far right of the goal post, LSU had a measure of revenge and Mississippi State had a stinging 21-19 loss that might change the nature of how the Bulldogs play football this season. There were times, particularly in the first half, that the thought of MSU having a chance to win the game with a field goal seemed laughable.
The prep football season is rapidly approach region or district play.
Columbus High School head football coach Randal Montgomery knew there were would be growing pains as he tried to rebuild the Falcons program.
West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless is aware of his community's expectations for the program. After all, Chambless, his staff, and his former teams are a big reason for the expectations. "It really doesn't matter who we line up against on a Friday night, folks expect us to win," Chambless said. "Players want to be a part of this program because of the past success. There is an expectation. There is an excitement. We understand that. That is why it is a privilege to coach here and play here, to back that tradition."
The New Hope Jamboree again proved a huge success Friday and Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. One can't read too much into the results on the field. Only one half of varsity ball was played. A lot of coaches experimented with new players in new positions. When the games count for real, you will see different mind-sets and philosophies from just about everyone. However, with any type of physical activity, some observations can be made.
Eric Spann felt pretty good Saturday afternoon. The Aberdeen High School first-year head football coach had just experienced a series of emotions in his debut with the Bulldogs. Aberdeen played well offensively, even though a couple of turnovers stopped critical drives. On defense, Aberdeen excelled with a pair of goal-line stands in the final quarter with the game on the line. In the end, it was still a tie.
When the lights go on Friday night at Davis Wade Stadium, the 2015 prep football season will be upon us.
1. Youth will be served for Caledonia track team HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. No. 3 MSU faces key series at Alabama COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Hamilton High's Evans signs with Blue Mountain College HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. After scare, No. 3 MSU pulls away to beat Alabama COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville Academy's Christiansen signs with Brevard College HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS