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Lots of positions up for grabs as MSU begins fall practice

Posted 7/25/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- In relation to positions where playing time is up for grabs, Dan Mullen has no starting points to offer. Before Mullen's Mississippi State football program took the field for its first preseason practice Tuesday, he referred to the same line in addressing multiple starting roles that are to be determined.

 

MSU Notebook: Bulldogs start practice schedule earlier than most

Posted 7/25/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's preseason football practice schedule came together with actual football activity as an afterthought.

 

Stephens making changes

Posted 7/25/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- When Netflix debuted its docuseries "Last Chance U" last summer, East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens didn't like what he saw.

 

Luke has dream job at Ole Miss, but he is in tough spot

Posted 7/25/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- One of new Ole Miss football coach Matt Luke's vivid childhood memories is seeing his dad's Ole Miss helmet -- No. 35 -- hanging in the family's den.

 

Hill wants to be in mix at RB for MSU

Posted 7/22/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Seniors Ashton Shumpert and Brandon Holloway combined for 106 carries -- roughly 21 percent -- of the Mississippi State football team's rushing offense last season. Kylin Hill wants to be the one to fill that gap.

 

Luke charged with keeping Rebels together

Posted 7/22/2017 in College Sports

The task of pulling together Ole Miss' shattered football program is in the hands of interim coach Matt Luke. The 40-year-old was promoted from co-offensive coordinator on Thursday night in the stunning aftermath of coach Hugh Freeze's resignation for a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service. It's just the latest issue facing the embattled Rebels.

 

 

West Lowndes' Rieves signs with Mississippi Valley State

Posted 7/22/2017 in College Sports

Wendell Rieves always believed he was going to play baseball at a four-year school. But the former West Lowndes High School standout acknowledged he had to make an adjustment when he arrived at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. A freshman season in which he hit .257 and had two home runs provided Rieves plenty of motivation, so he set out with renewed enthusiasm to show he was capable of realizing his dream. Rieves' sophomore campaign more than proved he was ready.

 

EMCC gets sneak peak at second season of 'Last Chance U'

Posted 7/21/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Chauncey Rivers knew he had to grow up a little bit when he arrived at East Mississippi Community College. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman was removed from the football program at the University of Georgia after three marijuana arrests in a seven-month period. Rivers enrolled at EMCC in hopes of earning a second chance to play at a Division I football program. On Thursday night, Rivers was part of a crowd of around 500 that watched the first episode of the second season of "Last Chance U" in Stennis Hall on the EMCC campus.

 

Freeze's fall traced partially to Nutt's suit

Posted 7/21/2017 in College Sports

The man who Hugh Freeze replaced as Ole Miss' football coach was at least partially responsible for Freeze's stunning downfall Thursday night.

 

 

Freeze out at Ole Miss

Posted 7/21/2017 in College Sports

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service.

 

 

Vansau continues hot hitting from April into summer

Posted 7/21/2017 in College Sports

Hunter Vansau remembers everything about the turning point. On April 15 in Columbia, South Carolina, in the middle game of a three-game series against South Carolina, Vansau entered as a pinch hitter. With the Mississippi State baseball team trailing by a run, Vansau hit the first pitch for a double that scored the tying run. Vansau had another hit in the game and scored a run to help the Bulldogs win the game and the series.

 

Matthews had fun recruiting first softball class

Posted 7/20/2017 in College Sports

Tatjana Matthews couldn't have scripted it any better. When you love something as much as Matthews loves softball, she couldn't have imagined a better way to spend the last eight-plus months than driving throughout the state of Mississippi and the Southeast recruiting players for the Mississippi University for Women's softball program.

Hopper eager to return to softball, play for The W

Posted 7/20/2017 in College Sports

Cara Hopper is almost back. The former Caledonia High School and Itawamba Community College standout has recovered from foot surgery that cost her what would have been her senior season with the Blue Mountain College softball team. Hopper also has returned to Lowndes County to finish work on her physical therapy degree at the Mississippi University for Women.

 

EMCC football returns to Netflix airwaves Friday

Posted 7/18/2017 in College Sports

When Netflix unveiled the "Last Chance U" series chronicling the East Mississippi Community College football program last summer, many were not sure what to expect.

 

 

MSU baseball working through change of venue for summer camps

Posted 7/18/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dudy Noble Field isn't much of a field at the moment. Where grass used to be lies a large field of dirt with construction equipment on it, all lying in front of the almost completely destructed bleachers that surrounded the field.

 

Walters column: MACJC schedule features several must-see games

Posted 7/17/2017 in College Sports

As the calendar prepares to turn to August, preparations are underway for another season of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges football.

 

Former New Hope standout Lane ready for next step in college career

Posted 7/17/2017 in College Sports

Having fun sounds like a simple proposition, especially when you're playing a game you love.

 

The W baseball coach has assembled 'hungry' Owls

Posted 7/15/2017 in College Sports

Matt Wolfenbarger is looking for players who want to do big things. That mind-set helped Wolfenbarger build a 35-player roster for the inaugural season of baseball at the Mississippi University for Women in 2018. As the countdown continues to the start of the 2017-2018 school year next month, a lot of work remains to make sure the program is on solid ground when the first pitch is thrown

 

Local standouts excited to be part of first group of baseball Owls

Posted 7/15/2017 in College Sports

The road to the Mississippi University of Women has had plenty of twists and turns for Anthony Sharp and Heath Ford. While Sharp and Ford have gone to places like Blue Mountain and Clarksdale and Mayhew before deciding to call Columbus their new collegiate homes, Brandon Jones only had to make a 10-minute drive to find the school for him.

 

 

Alabama is media's pick to win SEC

Posted 7/15/2017 in College Sports

HOOVER, Ala. -- The three-time reigning champion Alabama football team was picked Friday to win the Southeastern Conference title again in a preseason media poll.

 

 

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