STARKVILLE - It was an ordinary practice, cool for early August. And with morning meetings, afternoon meetings and workouts scheduled leading up to the practice, Mississippi State's position players slowly trickled out of the team's Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex on Saturday afternoon. Well, every player except one.
STARKVILLE -- Piece by piece, brick by brick, Mississippi State's football future is coming together. Jay Hughes is watching the whole spectacle. Hughes, a senior safety from Hattiesburg, has been an interested spectator throughout the last year as MSU's expansion of Davis Wade Stadium has taken shape. Now that the expansion is less than a month from being unveiled when MSU plays host to Southern Miss on Aug. 30, Hughes can't hide his excitement.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team had another strong day of work Sunday at the Ole Miss football practice fields in preparation for the start of the season. Speaking after practice, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack talked about being ahead of where they have been in years past at this point.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Lane Kiffin's job description these days is much more about the playbook than the podium. The sometimes outspoken former Southern California head coach is working mostly behind the scenes as Nick Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama, where there's zero question about who's in charge. It lets Kiffin focus on football and finding a starting quarterback, but he did get a little reminder from his new boss before speaking to Alabama reporters Sunday for the first time at the Crimson Tide's media day.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State running back Nick Griffin can't wait to have fun this season. While it would seem Griffin, a senior from Perry Central High School who has battled injuries at MSU, is just referring to returning to the playing field, he has a more specific version of fun in mind.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players, and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats.
OXFORD -- The life and influence of Chucky Mullins will be celebrated during the Ole Miss-Memphis football game weekend on Sept. 27 as part of the M-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on campus.
OXFORD -- Preparations for the Ole Miss football season began in earnest Saturday with a two-hour workout on the practice fields adjacent to the Manning Center.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has just about mastered the self-effacing, aw-shucks attitude that has helped his program escape lofty expectations. There's too much talent on the Rebels' roster to avoid that now.
STARKVILLE -- If Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels any added excitement or pressure due to heightened expectations entering his sixth season at MSU, he didn't show it on Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's latest recruiting class is shaping up to be coach Rick Ray's best in Starkville, and that class received a boost late Wednesday night when Ray landed his most highly rated prospect yet.
STARKVILLE -- Football is back in session at Mississippi State. That much was evident Wednesday in the halls of the Seal Football Complex a few hours after MSU's players reported for their first meeting of the season. Fall camp will kick off at 4:45 p.m. today when coach Dan Mullen begins his sixth season as MSU's coach. To a man, the Bulldogs chosen to speak with the media after the initial meeting believe Mullen's sixth season in Starkville could be his best.
STARKVILLE -- "The summer is over." Those words came from Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer shortly after he and associate head coach Johnnie Harris received a round of hugs from their players upon their return to Starkville on Tuesday night from a recruiting trip.
STARKVILLE -- Jay Hughes had to be there. He had to be there for his teammates, for his team, and for himself.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has been true to his word. From the moment he accepted the Mississippi State job nearly six years ago, Mullen has stressed the importance of building a championship program with in-state talent.
STARKVILLE -- Flying under the radar is nothing new to Benardrick McKinney. A two-star recruit from Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, McKinney had the size, speed, and athletic ability to play at any Division I school. But when only one came calling, McKinney took it in stride.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Rick Ray doubled his win total in non-conference games during his second season in Starkville, improving from 5-7 in non-league games in 2012-13 to 10 non-conference wins in 2013-14.
STARKVILLE - When Mississippi State opens the 2014 football season, the Bulldogs will do so in the state's biggest football stadium.
HOOVER, Ala. -- There were complaints about the lack of star power. There was never a controversial quote or any semblance of trash talk from one coach to another. In all, The 2014 version of the Southeastern Conference's Media Days could be classified as uneventful.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze believes his program ahead of schedule.
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