STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen has coached the top seven total offensive seasons in Mississippi State football history. From 2014 to 2016, the Bulldogs finished first, third, and sixth in total offense in the Southeastern Conference. MSU has built a consistent offensive attack largely without prominently featuring tight ends. The group almost never has accounted for more than 15 percent of the team's receptions. That is due to change in 2017.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team's disastrous offseason has mercifully come to an end. Preseason camp began Wednesday and actual football games are on the horizon. Now the Rebels are trying to shake a steady cascade of bad news and produce a decent season.
STARKVILLE -- In Todd Grantham's first months as Mississippi State's defensive coordinator, the program has learned there are two versions of him. There's the Grantham often captured by television cameras, roaming the sidelines with intensity oozing from every pore, then the one in the meeting room that's far from menacing.
While most see the gaudy numbers, DJ Sanders sees a chance to get better. Sanders' take on her 2017 season -- one that saw her lead the nation in runs per game, home runs, home runs per game, RBIs, RBIs per game, total bases, and slugging percentage at the completion of regular-season play -- offers a glimpse into why the former New Hope High School product has become one of the country's best softball players at Louisiana-Lafayette.
SCOOBA -- When the number flashed on his phone, Cliff Collins knew who was on the other end. After eight seasons as defensive backs coach at East Mississippi Community College, Collins felt like a major part of the Lions' football family. After one season as an assistant coach (defensive backs) at Jackson State, Collins is back in Scooba as the new defensive coordinator.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Glover saw Nick Gibson run three plays in eighth grade. The Pinson Valley High School football coach watched Gibson go 80 yards for a touchdown run on the first one, but a holding call negated the score.
STARKVILLE -- The first thing Andy Cannizaro learned about Trevor Fitts, his new director of baseball operations, was he very much had the program's alumni on his side.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss released the names of 12 boosters Friday the NCAA claims provided impermissible benefits and recruiting inducements to football players.
STARKVILLE -- Timid isn't a word that is usually associated with Victoria Vivians.
STARKVILLE -- The offseason ending soon for Mississippi State men's basketball was one of momentum. MSU had every reason to feel like it had plenty of it, given returning nearly the entire roster from a year ago under the direction of an energetic new strength coach, Collin Crane.
Sam Taylor has overcome naysayers who thought he was too small. Taylor also persevered through injuries that threatened to derail his senior season at New Hope High School and decrease his chances of earning a chance to play college baseball.
STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons occupied a corner of the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex's media room Monday. With a sea of television cameras and recorders in front of him, the former Noxubee County High School standout talked about the expectations he and the Mississippi State football team face for the 2017 season.
STARKVILLE -- In relation to positions where playing time is up for grabs, Dan Mullen has no starting points to offer. Before Mullen's Mississippi State football program took the field for its first preseason practice Tuesday, he referred to the same line in addressing multiple starting roles that are to be determined.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's preseason football practice schedule came together with actual football activity as an afterthought.
SCOOBA -- When Netflix debuted its docuseries "Last Chance U" last summer, East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens didn't like what he saw.
OXFORD -- One of new Ole Miss football coach Matt Luke's vivid childhood memories is seeing his dad's Ole Miss helmet -- No. 35 -- hanging in the family's den.
STARKVILLE -- Seniors Ashton Shumpert and Brandon Holloway combined for 106 carries -- roughly 21 percent -- of the Mississippi State football team's rushing offense last season. Kylin Hill wants to be the one to fill that gap.
The task of pulling together Ole Miss' shattered football program is in the hands of interim coach Matt Luke. The 40-year-old was promoted from co-offensive coordinator on Thursday night in the stunning aftermath of coach Hugh Freeze's resignation for a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service. It's just the latest issue facing the embattled Rebels.
Wendell Rieves always believed he was going to play baseball at a four-year school. But the former West Lowndes High School standout acknowledged he had to make an adjustment when he arrived at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. A freshman season in which he hit .257 and had two home runs provided Rieves plenty of motivation, so he set out with renewed enthusiasm to show he was capable of realizing his dream. Rieves' sophomore campaign more than proved he was ready.
SCOOBA -- Chauncey Rivers knew he had to grow up a little bit when he arrived at East Mississippi Community College. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman was removed from the football program at the University of Georgia after three marijuana arrests in a seven-month period. Rivers enrolled at EMCC in hopes of earning a second chance to play at a Division I football program. On Thursday night, Rivers was part of a crowd of around 500 that watched the first episode of the second season of "Last Chance U" in Stennis Hall on the EMCC campus.
1. MSU's Jung wears No. 3 to honor great-grandmother COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Victory Christian shows it has potential to have dominating D line HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Gray leds Heritage Academy past Kirk Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Starkville Academy earns redemption against Lamar School HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville's ground game too much for Noxubee County HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS