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.
STARKVILLE -- Everyone remembers the story of Robert Elliott's last-minute commitment to Mississippi State. The Okolona native and consensus top-10 running back in the 2007 recruiting class had pledged to attend the University of Mississippi before former MSU coach Sylvester Croom pulled off a late signing coup and encouraged Elliott to choose the Bulldogs over the Rebels, Florida State, Alabama, and Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- For the past three years, the Carl Maddox Track facility at Mississippi State has been dormant. Aside from practice, the Bulldogs haven't hosted the Jace Lacoste Invitational and Bulldog Invitational. Their facility needed a facelift to attract teams, and with Mississippi State's $3.2 million renovation the Bulldogs will host three spring meets in 2011. Home meets were anticipated once ground broke two months ago, and Monday the program announced the start of the SEC/Big Ten Track and Field Challenge, which will be held at MSU on March 26.
STARKVILLE -- John Harris and Rodricko "CoCo" Ware went to East Mississippi Community College hoping rebuild the men's basketball program and move on to the next level. Mission accomplished on both accounts. After helping EMCC make it to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament this past March, Harris and Ware signed scholarships with four-year colleges this past week.
Summer in Mississippi typically brings people together. For one week every year, kids make new friends and reconnect with others at Camp Rising Sun next to the Tombigbee River.
William Beckwith is close to realizing a dream. The former West Lowndes High School baseball standout is leaning toward signing with his favorite team after the Atlanta Braves selected him Tuesday in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
STARKVILLE -- Line up the fastest collegiate runners in the country and Mississippi State would be well represented. Line up the best 400-meter runners in the world and the Bulldogs would grace the top 16. Championship swagger comes from results and Mississippi State sprinters have left a trail of success from the Texas Relays to the Penn Relays to the Southeastern Conference meet.
STARKVILLE -- Though each relay race goes through the same three handoffs and covers the same distance, there's plenty of strategy involved. Many variables, including a runner's current form or performance in individual events and opponents' strengths can factor into how a coach shifts the lineup. The Mississippi State men's track team has made the right calls in its 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay events this year, setting up high expectations for this week's NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore.
High School football players from the Golden Triangle and surrounding area packed Columbus High School's practice fields Tuesday to take advantage of a camp opportunity they hope paves the road to a college scholarship. More than 100 athletes participated in the University of Southern Mississippi football camp, utilizing an opportunity to a certified football Football Bowl Subdivision camp.
Wanika Owsley has been a part of success at every level. Now Owsley hopes she can help the Mississippi State women's basketball team build on its best season. Coach Sharon Fanning-Otis announced Tuesday the hiring of Owsley as an assistant coach. Owsley replaces Sharrona Reaves, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Lady Bulldogs.
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5. Columbus will play host to Madison Central in key region game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS