JACKSON -- Anna McCrary and Kasey Stanfield operate well in stealth mode. It didn't matter they were lugging a blue cooler filled with ice that rustled as they tried to crouch down and avoid being seen by their coach.
All hail football. The money associated with the sport that has long been recognized as the engine behind college athletics is out of control and will continue to trigger unimaginable shifts in the NCAA landscape.
STARKVILLE -- The script didn't call for a clunker. Throw out the 11-game losing streak to LSU and the disappointing loss Saturday at the University of Auburn. Thursday was going to be different.
The best advice my parents gave me was to find a profession that suited my personality and passion. It was easy for me to see that's what they did. My mother worked for years as a registered nurse, while my father was employed as a chef at country clubs, restaurants, and health care facilities.
Let the arms race begin. On one hand, you have Mississippi State, which announced last week that its athletic department received a school-record $37.6 million in gifts and pledges through the Bulldog Club and Bulldog Foundation in the 2010-11 fiscal year. On the other hand, the University of Mississippi announced it would have a "major announcement" Aug. 9 regarding the unveiling of a capital campaign by the athletic department and the school's Athletic Association Foundation.
Fishing for weekend anglers can mean anything from taking free time to get away from reality to competing in tournaments. For many of us, it is all of the above. There is nothing more fun than to get some free time and to grab a fishing pole and to head to the water.
Maybe John Lucas should coach the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Maybe the Bulldogs should change their plans for a European trip and take a detour to Texas.
Competitive spirit Start with a national champion. Throw in another program looking to reclaim its title glory, a coach who likes to stir it up, some NCAA intrigue, and a new coach and a veteran coach on the hot seat and it's easy to see why the Southeastern Conference dominates the headlines.
All is not lost. Soccer will have life in this country after the United States' women's National Team lost to Japan in penalty kicks Sunday in the World Cup title game in Germany.
The hot days of summer tend to make fishing slow. I look at summer bass fishing almost like winter time. Even though the water is warm and the metabolism of the fish is high, the fish don't go chase food all day.
Ron Courson has made a life helping others prepare for competition.
Congratulations to the city of Columbus. For the past five days, the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and Propst Park have played host to the Dizzy Dean 10-and-under South state baseball tournament.
Have you noticed trash on the sides of the road each morning when you go to work or in the afternoon when you return home? For all of you who enjoy our waterway each weekend boating, skiing, and fishing, do you notice the soda bottle floating or the plastic bag in the water?
Baitcasting reels have seen major changes throughout the years.
I just read another "horror story" of a close call involving anglers and life jackets. Last month at The Bassmaster Elite event at Lake Murray, professional angler James Niggemeyer came across an unmanned boat in the middle of the lake that was idling toward a man and small boy in the water. The little boy had a life jacket on but the father didn't.
STARKVILLE -- Hand shakes aren't enough for Vann Stuedeman. Ann Carr had an inkling about Stuedeman's enthusiasm and reputation for being a "people person," but she had no idea what was in store when she met her latest candidate for a job.
Timing is everything in life, especially college athletics. What is the right time to call a timeout to stop momentum? When is the best time to pull a starting pitcher late in a game? Who do you choose to take the final shot to win a game? For Mississippi State, the timing is right to look for a new softball coach.
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury warned everyone Dee Bost wasn't going to be the panacea for what ails his team this season.
Well, Santa Claus has come and gone and in came the new year.