When David Dale signed a scholarship to play football at Millsaps College, Pat Byrd thought it was a good choice. Time has proven the Amory High School coach to be right about his former player.
STARKVILLE — It has made for interesting talk around the football locker room at Mississippi State. There has been a running debate among the Bulldogs about which state, Mississippi or Florida, has the better high school talent.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury likes his team better now than he did at this time last year. With the return of five starters from a team that reached the NCAA tournament for the second season in a row, Stansbury is more comfortable this preseason.
FULTON — Former Starkville High School quarterback Brad Henderson wondered when he would get another chance to start for the East Mississippi Community College football team. After getting the nod in the first game of the season against Copiah-Lincoln C.C., Henderson spent the next six games backing up sophomore Randall Mackey. Mackey hurt a knee and an ankle last week in a victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C., so Henderson knew the chances were pretty good he would get another opportunity.
FULTON — Former Starkville High School running back Pat Shed is never satisfied. The East Mississippi Community College sophomore was the leading rusher Saturday with 83 yards on 16 carries in the Lions’ 28-6 victory against Itawamba C.C. The effort helped Shed increase his season totals to 590 yards on 102 carries, but he believes there’s room for improvement.
FULTON — The East Mississippi Community College football team has nothing to hide concerning eligibility issues surrounding punt returner and backup wide receiver British Footman. As far as the Lions are concerned, questions about Footman never were an issue. “Not for us,” EMCC coach Buddy Stephens said. “We understood the rules, and if there ever was a question, I promise you we would never risk a season to play one kid.” Footman played Saturday for the Lions in a 28-6 victory against Itawamba C.C.
Louisiana Tech University announced the addition of former Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Richard Williams to its men’s basketball staff. Williams will be the director of basketball administration and program coordinator on a volunteer basis at Louisiana Tech. He served as the director of basketball operations at UAB in 2008. During his tenure (1986-98) at MSU, Williams helped coach the Bulldogs to the NCAA Final Four in 1996 and he was chosen Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year twice. Williams is the second-winningest coach in MSU history with a mark of 191-163.
STARKVILLE — The football programs at Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee State have had their share of adversity. MSU coach Dan Mullen suspended sophomore quarterback Chris Relf for last Saturday’s game against Houston due to an unspecified violation of team policy. As of Thursday, Relf’s availability for the teams’ game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in Murfreesboro, Tenn., remained uncertain.
C.J. Foster is delivering on his promise. Months before the start of his sophomore season at Itawamba Community College, Foster said he knew it wasn’t “play time anymore,” and that he was focused on making an impact at linebacker. Foster went on to say he was going to “clock in and clock out” and go to work every day to help the Indians have a successful season. Even though ICC (2-5) has struggled to put everything together this year, Foster has been a stalwart on defense. The former West Point High School standout is fourth on the team with 39 total tackles and second on the team with six tackles for loss.
STARKVILLE — It’s time for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team to face its expectations. The anticipation for the 2009-10 season has been building at Mississippi State since March when the Lady Bulldogs ended a 23-10 season with a loss to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The NCAA tournament appearance was the program’s first since the 2002-03 season, and its 23 victories were the third most in a season.
Alvin Ellis was accustomed to running over and past defenders in high school. While he spent some time playing free safety, Ellis spent the most of his career at Columbus High School as a running back who used his speed to give opponents fits.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury will return to his comfort zone Friday. Stansbury, who will begin his 12th season with the Bulldogs, has the most fun when the players and coaches get together for the start of practice.
Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill likes what his team has accomplished. Although Stockstill was disappointed MTSU didn’t play better in a 31-7 loss at Troy on Oct. 6, he likes to brag about the Blue Raiders’ 3-2 record.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Jones knows how difficult a matchup sophomore tight end Marcus Green can be for opposing teams. As a sophomore linebacker at Mississippi State, it’s often Jones’ responsibility in practice to keep an eye on what Green is doing. Green’s ability to block and go out for a pass keeps Jones and the rest of the Bulldogs on their toes.
STARKVILLE -- Radka Ferancova was happy to learn that Mississippi State was bringing women’s tennis coach Daryl Greenan back to the Golden Triangle. Ferancova believes Greenan has the experience necessary to lead the Lady Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference and looks forward to playing for him as a senior. Greenan, who got his first head coaching job at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, was an assistant at the University of Alabama for three years (2002-04).
For the past six years, the East Mississippi Community College men’s soccer program has gotten contributions from a trio of Chisolm brothers. First there was Matt from 2004-05 and he was followed by Todd from 2006-07. The latest of the Chisolms, who are from Caledonia, to contribute is Taylor, who is a freshman forward on this year’s squad.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen isn’t going to play a freshman until he’s ready. Bulldogs like safety Johnthan Banks, of East Webster High School in Maben, and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox have been good enough to play, and in Banks’ case, start this season. Quarterback Tyler Russell isn’t ready.
STARKVILLE — It appears Mississippi State Athletic Director Greg Byrne will get what he wanted this week for men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury.
STARKVILLE -- Upon further review, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen admits he made a mistake. After looking at the film of MSU’s 31-24 loss to Houston on Saturday, Mullen wishes he would have challenged a penalty involving senior quarterback Tyson Lee of Columbus. Lee was called for an illegal forward pass after officials believed he crossed the line of scrimmage in the third quarter. The play came on fourth down at a pivotal part of the game as the Bulldogs led 17-14.
STARKVILLE — Quarterback Tyson Lee, tailback Anthony Dixon, and linebacker Jamar Chaney don’t have time for growing pains. At this point of the football season, the Mississippi State seniors don’t have a choice.
1. Starkville Academy falls in state championship game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Ole Miss shut out at Arkansas COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Ole Miss will try to regroup for Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU Notebook: Holmes making habit of finding end zone COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU begins preparations for its biggest Egg Bowl COLLEGE SPORTS