Tom Goode always demanded excellence. Goode earned All-America honors as a player at Mississippi State. He then played nine years of professional football and was part of the Baltimore Colts team that won Super Bowl V.
The national buzz has centered heavily on the Magnolia State this week.
The stakes are raised this weekend as region play begins in the Mississippi High School Activities Association ranks for Classes 5A and 6A.
When the football season began, Hamilton High School coach Ray Weeks knew what he would be getting out of Keshon Heard.
Aberdeen High School senior Josh Williams feels like a proud father most Friday nights.
While we are only two weeks into the prep football season, it is never too early to take stock. Several teams have turned some heads and made good first impressions.
Often, the final score of a game isn't an indicator of how competitive the game really was.
With prep football season two days away, things are about to turn serious. This past weekend, most teams participated in some type of scrimmage -- a last-second dress rehearsal before regular-season games are played Thursday and Friday.
A lot of the things Randal Montgomery says when he talks about football make sense. Montgomery believes the best players -- regardless of class -- have to be on the football field. The former Hazlehurst football coach also wants his players to aspire to be the best, which is why he intends to set the bar as high as possible and push everyone to reach that goal.
The arms race that is college athletics achieved a degree of separation Thursday.
One quick observation at practice shows you why Columbus Christian Academy football coach Greg Watkins thinks his club will be significantly better in 2014.
Friday night, it was not business as usual for the "Old Announcer."
Expectations has been a buzzword in the state of Mississippi for the past month. Whether the topic has been Mississippi State, Ole Miss, or MSU vs. Ole Miss, message boards, Twitter, and radio and television broadcasters have been in overdrive to keep up with the anticipation for what could be the state's best college football season in a long time.
Everyone likes to talk about football in the summer. Lately, as anticipation has grown for each new season, a familiar question has been asked ... "Will EMCC be THAT good again?" For the past three offseasons, that question has been met with the same response "Heck, why not?"
With the official countdown to the start of the prep football season now at less than two months, it honestly is time to start getting excited.
For these three weeks, we really are all soccer fans.
Hunter Renfroe has to be smiling. Nearly one year ago, Renfroe hit the last home run in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park to lead the Mississippi State baseball team to a victory against Oregon State. It will be interesting to see how long Renfroe remains the answer to a trivia question as another power-starved CWS approaches its second week of action in Omaha, Nebraska.
On Friday, Tom Velek couldn't help look back 10 years ago on the eve of the most important weekend in youth sports history in the city of Columbus.
The New Hope High School baseball team is basking in its new role as the favorites to the win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.
"Are you going to be that kind of parent?" I don't recall who asked me the question. It was several years ago, well before my son, Austin, played his first baseball game or soccer match. But after years of umpiring at nearly every age division, I kind of knew the direction the questioner was going.