STARKVILLE -- Don't mess with Shelby Jordan. Despite the drops of water falling from her face, the intensity in Jordan's eyes speaks to the camera and keeps you glued to the screen for nine seconds. No, she isn't auditioning for the next big horror movie. Instead, Jordan's acting debut in the HailState Productions video is meant to convey a message that a storm -- the Mississippi State women's soccer team -- is coming in August 2015.
STARKVILLE -- David McFatrich knew what he was getting into when he became Mississippi State's new volleyball coach. McFatrich realized MSU never has qualified for the NCAA tournament and has won only 86 Southeastern Conference matches in its 40-year history.
STARKVILLE -- Scoring never has been an issue for Craig Sword. Sword has scored in double figures in each of the past three seasons to lead the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Last season, Sword was bothered by a back injury that required surgery weeks before the 2014-15 opener. After missing the first four games of the season, Sword needed additional time to find his rhythm, but the Montgomery, Alabama, native still averaged 11.3 points per game. As a sophomore and freshman he averaged 13.7 and 10.5 ppg., respectively.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Wood was in the midst of his best season at Mississippi State in 2014-15. He won two tournaments in the fall and was preparing to carry that momentum to the spring and help the Bulldogs reach the postseason. Then his mother, Robin, lost her battle to bile duct cancer, which attacks the liver, in January.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State enjoyed a record day last year when eight players committed during the annual Big Dawg Camp at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE - Southeastern Conference Media Days officially marks the beginning of football season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State junior I.J. Ready has grown and matured a lot in his two seasons with the Bulldogs.
HOOVER, Ala. - Dak Prescott found the predicted order of finish in the Southeastern Conference very funny.
HOOVER, Ala. - C.J. Johnson isn't lacking for confidence.
HOOVER, Ala. -- When Alabama walked out of the Georgia Dome last December, a national championship was in sight.
HOOVER, Ala. -- After losing by one point and one touchdown to Alabama and Mississippi State respectively last season, Arkansas started to gain confidence.
STARKVILLE -- Seven months ago, Teaira McCowan knew she was going to play basketball in college.
HOOVER, Ala. - Mississippi State rolled into Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last season with a 9-0 record and a No. 1 by its name.
HOOVER, Ala. - South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier loves golf.
HOOVER, Ala. - There is no doubt in Ryan Brown's mind who the most competitive player on the current Mississippi State roster is.
STARKVILLE -- For Rica Tse, this summer has been anything but dull.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State golf coaches will have a hard time finding a better college facility than the one the Bulldogs will be using come August.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Baker feels like he is ready to take the next step.
STARKVILLE -- Maroon and white. Maroon and gray. Maroon and black. There are so many color combinations that Jazmine Spears can wear a different piece of Mississippi State women's basketball apparel almost every day. After waiting two years to get to Starkville, Spears plans to make the most of her next two years and mix and match tops and bottoms to create a lasting impression.
STARKVILLE -- During his days at Madison Central High School, Xavian Stapleton didn't care where he played basketball at the next level. He just wanted to play. Coming from a team he helped lead to a runner-up finish in Class 6A in 2012-13, the 6-foot-6 guard didn't have many offers from programs within power conferences -- including Mississippi State -- so he selected Louisiana Tech. "I always wanted to go there (MSU), but even if it didn't happen, I just wanted to play basketball," said Stapleton, who also had offers from Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Florida Gulf Coast, and Tulane.
1. MSU's Jordan ready to have impact on young team COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Harris, Heritage Academy will count on seniors to lead way HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Central Academy hopes to contend for state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS