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.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's preseason football practice schedule came together with actual football activity as an afterthought.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The man who Hugh Freeze replaced as Ole Miss' football coach was at least partially responsible for Freeze's stunning downfall Thursday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the calendar prepares to turn to August, preparations are underway for another season of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges football.
Having fun sounds like a simple proposition, especially when you're playing a game you love.
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
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.
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.
1. Stephens making changes COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Loss of Patterson one of several Shorter has had to fill HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Jones brings new energy to Starkville football program HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Walters column: Prep Football Questions - Week 3 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Luke has dream job at Ole Miss, but he is in tough spot COLLEGE SPORTS