Walt Simmons has plenty of stories to tell. Whether it has been at Oak Hill Academy in West Point or at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Ala., Simmons has left his mark as a standout athlete. He also has learned more than his share of valuable lessons from peers who were more talented and more experienced. Now working as a career coach at Gadsden State Community College, Simmons' job is to help high school and college students figure out what direction they want to take their lives and the best way to realize their goals.
Two former West Lowndes High School student-athletes will depart next month for new college homes. On Tuesday, recent West Lowndes graduate Demetrius Malone signed a scholarship to play baseball and basketball at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale. Malone won't be the Panthers' only former multi-sport athlete to take his skills to junior college in August.
Brittany Tillery was shocked when she found out she'd made the Gulf South Conference All-Decade softball team. No one else was surprised.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's track and field programs are in trusted hands after the university announced Monday the promotions of veteran coach Al Schmidt and longtime assistant and alumnus Steve Dudley. After 22 seasons leading MSU's track teams, Schmidt will now work as director of track and field. He will oversee day-to-day operations at Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track and continue to recruit.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Chris Relf doesn't say much, and he's fine with it. Admittedly laid back and mellow, the Mississippi State quarterback is a beast when he tucks the ball to run. But even as he's dragging defensive backs for extra yards, there's never a sense he is overzealous or gets caught up in the moment. Quiet confidence exudes as Relf enters his junior season looking to cement his place as MSU's No. 1 quarterback.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Confidence. It's a trait Dan Mullen knew would come with success when he entered his first season as Mississippi State football coach. On Wednesday at Southeastern Conference Media Days, Mullen and the three Bulldogs who accompanied him to the annual event couldn't stop using the term, especially when describing the difference between last season and now.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State's men's basketball team had nearly enough injured players to field a talented infirmary squad. With guards Twany Beckham and Shaun Smith and forward Elgin Bailey shelved for the 2009-10 season, the Bulldogs lacked depth and were forced to use their starters more minutes.
STARKVILLE -- There's plenty to gain from running effective sports camps, though most of the evidence goes unnoticed. College coaches can gain a verbal commitment from a student-athlete who attends one of their camps or receive positive feedback from campers, parents, and coaches.
STARKVILLE -- David Johnson is a realist. He knows the economy isn't in the greatest shape. And as someone who has worked in magazines and in newspapers in the region, Johnson also knows the publishing business has seen its share of hard times. But Johnson believes he has the right product and even better support to take on the challenge of giving Mississippi State, University of Mississippi, and University of Alabama sports fans what they need.
John Rice didn't have to go 800 miles to play in college football's top flight, but he's making the most of being a Western Michigan Bronco. After growing up in Crawford and spending two years in Scooba as a defensive tackle at East Mississippi Community College, Rice has experienced a drastic change of scenery since relocating to Kalamazoo, Mich., in the spring. Exactly why Rice chose to move so far from home was a mystery to many, especially his mother, Mattie Doss.
STARKVILLE -- Every summer, universities and colleges across the country host thousands of boys and girls on their campuses. Collegiate athletics, a unique multi-million dollar industry, can't let three months pass without continuing to strengthen its fanbase. Camps fill down time in the summer and are part of an interconnected network on campus.
STARKVILLE -- Four Mississippi State track athletes return to the international level today at the NACAC Under 23 Track and Field Championships in Miramar, Fla. The meet is scheduled for today through Sunday, featuring teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Team USA features two of the nation's top 400-meter runners in Mississippi State's Tavaris Tate, of Starkville, and O'Neal Wilder, while MSU coach Al Schmidt returns for a second straight year to captain the distance runners.
STARKVILLE -- By mid August, Mississippi State University's soccer team will have the facilities upgrade that will ensure a rain-soaked season doesn't take a toll on games and training routines.
Two coaches who worked with Patrick Patterson at Noxubee County High School said Wednesday they were surprised to learn Patterson had been dismissed from the University of Mississippi football team.
Patrick Patterson's football career at the University of Mississippi apparently is over. Rivals, Scout, and RebelGrove.com reported Tuesday night that the former Noxubee County High School standout has been dismissed from the program. The Northeast Daily Journal in Tupelo reported this morning on its website that Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt had confirmed the move and that more information would be released soon.
Monday's Southeastern Conference basketball coaches summer teleconference didn't yield much from Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury. Fresh off a weekend where news broke of Phil Turner's release from his scholarship and the differing accounts of the player's intentions for 2010-11, Stansbury shot down attempts to broach the topic once more.
STARKVILLE -- Phil Turner isn't sure why he won't be in a Mississippi State basketball uniform next season. Turner, an upcoming senior, confirmed Friday he has been released from his scholarship. He was notified through a letter mailed to his home. The guard from Grenada is unsure of his plans for the future after being released from his scholarship. He would have entered the 2010-11 season as the team's longest-tenured player, having been a member of the team since 2006-07.
Philip Tice didn't intend this spring and summer to find another opportunity. But when you love baseball, chances to play the game will find you. As a result, Tice will continue his baseball career in a new state and with a program that has a knack for sending its players to the Division I level.
STARKVILLE -- Freshman starters are rare in the Southeastern Conference. Interior defensive linemen have the worst odds of holding up to the physical quantum leap players must make to adapt.
1. Mullen's 2014 squad has homegrown flavor COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Walters, Oswalt back together to play catch HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Pigg, McKell will lead Starkville Academy girls soccer HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS