STARKVILLE -- It started with a phone call to an old friend, Mark Boehm. Boehm and Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland knew each other from Howland's days as men's basketball coach at Pittsburgh from 1999-2003. When Howland saw the opportunity to get a waiver from the NCAA to play an extra preseason scrimmage, he called Boehm, who is now in the athletic department at Nebraska.
STARKVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference suffered plenty of growing pains at quarterback in 2016. In a year in which 10 league schools broke in new starters the average quarterback rating for the conference, 131.35, would have ranked 65th in the nation.
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron will return to Oxford on Saturday as a head coach for the first time in nearly 10 years. This time, he'll try to leave a winner.
STARKVILLE -- Statistically, the Mississippi State football team ranked in the top half in the Southeastern Conference last week prior to its game against BYU.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kentucky opponents have trouble agreeing on what it takes to topple a program that annually brings in multiple future first-round NBA picks. Yet a few Southeastern Conference teams may have stumbled across a winning formula the last couple of years. Experience matters against the talented, but young Wildcats.
While the East Mississippi Community College football team had to feel dejected Thursday night, spirits had to be lifted slightly Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- As soon as Logan Burnett heard the word, 'interesting,' he pulled out his phone and went to Instagram.
STARKVILLE -- Of all defensive coordinators qualified to discuss quarterbacks who are difficult to sack, Todd Grantham has to be near the top of that list.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Chambless knows Aeris Williams' durability better than most. The West Point High School football coach saw Williams work at practice on a daily basis. He also watched Williams carry the football 22 carries per game as a junior and a senior.
Ole Miss and former football coach Houston Nutt say they have reached an agreement to resolve Nutt's lawsuit against the school.
STARKVILLE -- With Elgton Jenkins in front of him and Aeris Williams walling off a defender to his right, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald took off down the right side.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Abbie Boswell scored in the 102nd minute Sunday to lift the Alabama women's soccer team to a 3-2 double-overtime victory against Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference match at the Alabama Soccer Complex. Alabama (9-6-1, 1-5-1 SEC) kept its SEC tournament hopes alive after MSU (7-4-3, 1-4-2) rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second half to send the match to overtime.
OXFORD -- Playing at home appears to be exactly what the Ole Miss football team needed. Sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson was 22-for-35 for 351 yards and four touchdowns, and former Starkville High School standout A.J. Brown had eight catches for 174 yards to lead Ole Miss to a 57-35 victory against Vanderbilt before an announced crowd of 60,157 in a Southeastern Conference game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College will induct six members to its Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night as part of its Homecoming festivities. The induction ceremony will be part of a weekend that will feature the nationally ranked football team taking on Coahoma C.C. at 2 p.m. Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Once again, Dan Mullen was talking about the rope. Mississippi State's football coach has taken to using a rope as a training mechanism and metaphorical device. A player grabs a rope and fights against a strong force trying to pull the rope from his grasp. It's an exercise of strength, but it means more than that.
STARKVILLE -- Gabe Myles' return to the Mississippi State football team wasn't quiet -- not that anyone expected it to be. "Gabe ain't shut up since he's been back," MSU wide receiver Donald Gray said.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Damien Harris opened with a 75-yard touchdown run, and the No. 1 Alabama football team rode a fast start to a 41-9 victory against Arkansas on Saturday night.
OXFORD -- Shea Patterson was flinging the football all over the field, Jordan Wilkins was running in wide open spaces and the points were jumping on the scoreboard with remarkable speed. After a three-game hiatus, the Ole Miss football team's offense was back.
STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald rushed for two touchdowns in the first half, and Brandon Bryant's fourth-quarter interception helped seal the Mississippi State football team's 35-10 victory against BYU on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.
SENATOBIA -- While no championship was won Thursday night at Bobby Franklin Field, it felt like a championship celebration took place. The No. 10 Northwest Mississippi Community College sent shockwaves through the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) with a 61-38 upset of No. 1 East Mississippi C.C. in a North Division game.
1. Williams emerges as force for Starkville High's defense HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Calvert fuels West Point's ground assault HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Couch wants to make most of his chances at WR COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Starkville Academy will try to clinch district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Kentucky top pick in SEC again COLLEGE SPORTS