Each day brings another source of pride for Vic Schaefer.
Victoria Vivians has accepted the mission. On April 4, two days after the Mississippi State women's basketball team lost to South Carolina in the national title game, The Dispatch ran a story with the headline "MSU's next challenge is to raise bar higher." In the column, a number of areas were highlighted as keys for coach Vic Schaefer's team to build on the momentum from its program-record 34-win season, its first trip to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament, and its victory against four-time reigning national champion Connecticut in the national semifinals.
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman believes her mission is to help grow the sport of softball in and around the state of Mississippi. If the sport develops at the youth and high school levels, Stuedeman feels like her program will be able to compete at a higher level nationally.
Vic Schaefer knows what he is doing.
STARKVILLE John Cohen scanned the Humphrey Coliseum basketball court as he talked and liked what he saw. The Mississippi State Director of Athletics had just watched coach Vic Schaefer's women's basketball team improve to 9-0 with an 86-48 victory against Little Rock. As he talked about the grass roots work Schaefer, his coaches, his players, and the school have done to raise the profile of the program, the MSU players were mingling with friends and fans after the game. Pictures and selfies were being taken. Hugs and handshakes were being shared. Conversations about the latest game, exams, and the upcoming game against Oregon were happening.
OXFORD "We score, we win." L.C. Clemmons' message to his Noxubee County High School football teammates was simple. With the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title game tied at 35 with 6 minutes, 15 seconds remaining, the Tigers had destiny in their hands.
What started in the long, summer hours of July will end this weekend at Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) is ready to close the 2017 football season with six state championship games on Friday and Saturday in Oxford.
Many football fans don't like rematches. It's best when two teams play each other one time per season. The disdain for rematches only intensifies when it looks like a rivalry game will be played for the second time in a season.
Many of you will be sitting down with family members for a Thanksgiving feast Thursday.
Vic Schaefer and the Mississippi State women's basketball program have been in the news just about every day for the last month. That's bound to happen when you knock off four-time reigning national champion Connecticut as part of a school-record 34-win season and the program's first trip to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
Each season, a lot of critical football news is lost during the offseason shuffle.
The phone call came as a shock. The disappointment in the caller's voice was palpable. Randal Montgomery had placed the call to pass on the news he no longer was the head football coach at Columbus High School. He said he was out after four seasons because officials with the school district told him "they wanted to go in another direction." It remains to be seen what direction that is and who will try to steer the program in that direction.
It is the custom for the team that has Alabama on its schedule the next week to be serenaded by its fans as soon as that day's opponent has been defeated. The chorus of "We want Bama!" usually echoes through stadiums the week before teams play the Crimson Tide. That chant didn't sweep through Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday.
STARKVILLE Eight is the magic number for the Mississippi State women's basketball team in 2017-18. Sure, coach Vic Schaefer's team is going to feel the effects of the graduation losses of Ketara Chapel, Dominique Dillingham, Chinwe Okorie, and Breanna Richardson. Those players were responsible for creating an identity that has packed Humphrey Coliseum the last four seasons and has helped raise MSU from an also-ran in the Southeastern Conference to one of the nation's top programs.
There was a little fear and anticipation.
Late on the evening of Sept. 30, the Mississippi State football team's defense slithered off the field, after allowing 80 points and more than 900 yards in trips to Georgia and Auburn.
The tide had been building. Members of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) had been waiting to see when -- or if -- someone would knock the East Mississippi Community College football team from the top perch.
With our first official burst of fall weather ongoing, that means the prep football season is beginning to wind down.
At the lowest of times, it was a statement of the unfortunate fact; in others, it was reason for optimism for the future. In either case, every time Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland said it -- and he said it often -- it was true.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team will make history today before it plays a minute in the 2017-18 season. That news shouldn't be surprising given MSU advanced to the national title game last season in its first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
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