It's possible to see why some might have considered the Mississippi State women's basketball team's trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament a forgone conclusion.
Vic Schaefer knows how to work a court. Whether it is standing still with arms folded tightly across his chest or dancing on the sideline in front of the Mississippi State bench, Schaefer knows how to get his message across and to energize his players and his fans. Schaefer also knows how to work a room.
Doug Bruno likes selling tickets. But as much as the DePaul women's basketball coach believes -- like Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer -- that offense sells tickets, defense wins games, and defensive rebounding wins championships, he understands there is more to the discussion when it comes to helping the sport grow.
JACKSON When the West Point High School girls basketball team defeated No. 1 West Jones in its first game at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A state tournament, West Point coach Dashmond Daniel received a congratulatory text from Starkville girls coach Kristie Williams.
In the Mattox household, the awards, plaques and trophies are not displayed in one place.
GREENVILLE, S.C. There aren't any excuses in the upper stratosphere of women's college basketball. It doesn't matter if you're ready to play, four-time reigning national champion Connecticut will hang a 56-point loss on you like it is nothing. That's what UConn did to South Florida, a top-25 team for much of the year, on Monday night in the championship game of the American Athletic Conference.
West Lowndes High School football coach Anthony King is going to miss the phone calls this fall.
STARKVILLE Kevin Green made a life-changing decision roughly 13 years ago. Green left a stable, well-paying job with FedEx to open a business. A personal business venture is always a tricky proposition. However, he had two driving forces behind the move.
It was just a tick or two after 4 p.m. and even as the last few dozen people squeezed into the remaining seats in Humphrey Coliseum, the Mississippi State women's basketball team controlled the tip. Point guard Morgan William dribbled to the left of the key and floated a pass over the defense to Victoria Vivians, who had slipped a screen and was flying toward the basket for a layup and a 2-0 lead against Tennessee. Everyone agreed this was how the afternoon was supposed to go.
If you have walked the concourse at Humphrey Coliseum, you most likely have noticed the pictures that take you through the history of Mississippi State basketball.
The air continues to get thinner, but the Mississippi State women's basketball team keeps climbing. On Monday, MSU remained at No. 3 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Hours later, though, MSU learned it had moved from No. 4 to No. 2 in the third and final NCAA Reveal by the NCAA tournament selection committee. The NCAA Reveal is a projection of the top 16 seeds for the NCAA tournament if the event was scheduled to start today.
STARKVILLE The Mississippi State women's basketball has been almost beyond reproach this season. In the process, the Bulldogs have matured from a hunter into the hunted. At No. 4 in the nation and preparing for a stretch run of six more regular-season games, MSU is at a point only a few imagined would be attainable when Vic Schaefer arrived prior to the 2012-13 season. The Bulldogs are 23-1 and in second place in the Southeastern Conference with a 9-1 record. They have won 20-plus games four years in a row. They are on pace to improve their win total for the fourth-straight season and to secure a bid to the NCAA tournament for a third-straight season.
Saturday really can't come quick enough for Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman and her Bulldogs. Saturday marks the opening day of practice for the 2017 season. To borrow a phrase from president-elect Donald Trump, it's a "huge" season for the Bulldogs.
March is the best month of the year for prep basketball coaches. That is when the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) crown state champions.
The cheer rained down from the stands with 2 minutes, 22 seconds to go in the game.
West Point High School football players one after another said the same thing in the preseason interviews in August. The buzz words were "pride" and "tradition." The phrases included "long time coming" and "ready to win state."
This is Cam Akers' final opportunity. The Clinton High School senior, who many consider the state's top prep football player, will have a final chance to win a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) state championship at 7 p.m. Friday when Clinton faces Pearl at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.
Twenty-four high school football teams will have one extra reason to say thanks today.
STARKVILLE LaToya Thomas was part of the first hey day of Mississippi State women's basketball. The Greenville product lit up scoreboards across the Southeastern Conference en route to a career in which she was a four-time Kodak All-American and led the Bulldogs to the second round of the NCAA tournament three times. But Thomas, who is MSU's all-time leading scorer with 2,981 points, never played before a crowd of more than 6,055 at Humphrey Coliseum. That's why it was so special for the three-time player of the year finalist to be back at the Hump on Sunday to see a crowd of 7,762 on hand to watch then-No. 10 MSU beat then-No. 8 Texas 79-68 before a national television audience on the SEC Network.
Almost all prep football coaches enjoy practicing on Thanksgiving Day. School isn't in session, so it usually involves a workout in the crisp, early morning air. After a couple of hours of work, teams usually will break and share a Thanksgiving meal. Booster clubs have been known to buy large numbers of turkeys to make the day complete.
1. The W baseball team wins first two games COLLEGE SPORTS
2. No. 2 MSU women clinch share of SEC regular-season title COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Knudsen helps MSU extend shutout streak COLLEGE SPORTS
4. West Lowndes basketball teams win to reach title games HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. New Hope boys edge Louisville to reach title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS