STARKVILLE –– To a man who has given much to Mississippi State University for 50 years after his college basketball career ended, the school returned the favor to Bailey Howell on Saturday. Howell’s No. 52 jersey was retired at halftime of Mississippi State’s game against Arkansas. He is the first player in school history to have his jersey retired.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said the challenges of recruiting in the Southeastern Conference are real. Mullen, who was the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida before coming to MSU, said it is not easy to be one of the league’s 12 programs competing for the nation’s best prep and junior college prospects.
After having open heart surgery two months ago, Hamilton High School baseball coach Lewis Earnest will get a chance Saturday to see if he’s ready to return to coaching this season. Earnest’s Hamilton Lions are scheduled to play in a jamboree at Caledonia High School’s Tommy Smith Field. The games will prepare the Lions for their season opener Feb. 13 against Hatley in the Monroe County Tournament.
STARKVILLE — On a night in the Southeastern Conference when a coach and a player reached 1,000, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team was more than happy to finish No. 17. Alexis Rack scored a team-high 14 points and MSU made 13 of 14 free throws down the stretch Thursday to beat No. 20 Vanderbilt 66-61 before a crowd of 672 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Arkansas men’s basketball coach John Pelphrey knows it will take an outstanding effort out of his team at 2 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) to beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Humphrey Coliseum. Pelphrey has already witnessed what the Bulldogs can do when they’re not at their best. Mississippi State beat Arkansas 70-56 on Jan 10 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Delynn and Sue Burkhalter, of Columbus, wanted an improved view of the Mississippi State football games, so they decided to tackle a huge project.
STARKVILLE — Chelsea Bramlett already is in elite company. When you walk into the Mississippi State softball team’s indoor facility, the numbers of the program’s best players lead you up the stairs to the second floor.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. — When Donald Prince suffered a season-ending injury, he didn’t know what the future would hold for him on a football field. The running back from Aliceville High School in Aliceville, Ala., wondered if he would get a scholarship after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the first quarter of the fourth game of the season.
CRAWFORD — East Oktibbeha High School’s Jimmie Williams Jr. didn’t worry when he received a phone call from East Mississippi Community College informing him the school wasn’t protecting him. Even though it was only a month or so before National Signing Day, Williams Jr. had enough confidence in what he has accomplished on the football to know he would get an opportunity to continue his football career in college.
MACON — The Noxubee County football team has enjoyed many accolades after winning the Class 4A state title. Standout senior wide receiver Patrick Patterson participated in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game and The Army All-American Game.
WEST POINT — The West Point High School football team was well represented Wednesday on National Signing Day. Four Green Wave players signed letters of intent to take their skills and talents to the next level.
Starkville High School defensive end Johnathan Archie is ready for a fresh start. Archie is prepared to take full advantage of the chance after he signed Wednesday to play football for the Jackson State Tigers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Antonio Griggs prefers to take a positive approach. But even someone who has a reputation for being a hard worker and for setting a good example had to be a little concerned that there weren’t a lot of schools recruiting him to play football.
One opportunity was enough for Johnny Cockrell. Picking one destination proved to be a little tougher than Billy Autrey imagined.
Each story on National Signing Day is unique. And even though Jonathan Guerry, Josh Ferguson, and Tamicdrius Davis took different paths to realize their dreams Wednesday, each started out with at least a little doubt that they would be able to continue their football careers in college.
The University of Alabama men’s basketball team may have to stay in a zone. It wasn’t a hot offense but the team’s defense that Alabama interim head coach Philip Pearson said helped his team get its latest victory, a 75-70 decision against Georgia.
STARKVILLE — One step is all Alexis Rack needs to change a game. For most players, that step would take them closer to the basket But Rack’s most dangerous step might be in reverse. How can one step mean so much?
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Every National Signing Day announcement didn’t go his way, but when the sun had set, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban had reeled in another top 5 recruiting class. “It’s a great blend of good athletes, some size players, and some guys who meet a need for us in the future,” Saban. “I thought it was really important we get some big players with long arms.”
STARKVILLE — One of the goals for new Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen with his first recruiting class was to get the best players possible to run his spread offense. After announcing 19 signees Wednesday to join the eight newcomers who enrolled at mid-term, Mullen believes he and his coaches accomplished their mission.
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