Kevin Deslauriers knows how to relate to volleyball players. After coaching them for 25 years at a variety of levels, including in college and in a club setting, Deslauriers understands the balance it takes to get boys and girls of all ages to grasp concepts and to buy into a team mentality. Deslauriers also knows having a presence helps a coach connect with players. Twenty-five years of experience tells Deslauriers that Roxanne Hernandez has that intangible.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen wasn't even watching Hunter Henry's heave that led to a fourth-and-25 conversion -- and eventual win -- against Mississippi a year ago. Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema saw the desperate lateral, which eventually led to the 53-52 overtime win over the Rebels , but he'd prefer something less dramatic this time around.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking to avoid back-to-back regular-season losses for the first time since 2013. In November of that year, MSU lost to South Carolina (34-16), Texas A&M (51-41), and to Alabama (20-7). MSU won its final two games to become bowl eligible, and then beat Rice 44-7 in the Liberty Bowl.
Mississippi State University on Wednesday refuted a newspaper report that the school was ready to hire its new athletic director and admonished the reporter by name.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen believed his team was in position to get off to a fast start against Auburn. When Kivon Coman intercepted a Sean White pass on the Tigers' first possession Saturday, MSU took over at the Auburn 19-yard line.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team's rise in the Southeastern Conference has turned it into a formidable opponent for just about everyone in the league's Western Division. Arkansas, however, remains the program's kryptonite.
STARKVILLE -- Mario Kegler walked into the gym in early August and knew it was going to be a long two weeks.
STARKVILLE -- Wearing a Mississippi State sweat shirt and shorts Tuesday afternoon, Peter Sirmon talked bluntly about his defense.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban flung his headset to the ground and stomped onto the field, angrily waving his arms in the air as soon as the final second ticked off the clock. The No. 1 Alabama football team had just completed a 49-30 victory against then-No. 16 Arkansas on Saturday night in which the defense scored two touchdowns and collected six sacks, but the Crimson Tide coach found plenty to be mad about.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen learned at an early age that questions about his performance as a football player were going to be asked. Growing up in Manchester, New Hampshire, Mullen recalled his father, Bob, always asking him about the decisions he made on the field. "He'd be like, 'Why are you doing this or why are you doing that?' I'd say, 'How do you know what I was doing? Were you at practice all week? You didn't have any idea what was going on out there. You didn't even know the game plan,'" Mullen said.
After opening with one of the nation's most difficult schedules, the No. 12 Ole Miss football team enjoyed its first open date of the season last week. Ole Miss has returned to work to prepare for its game against No. 22 Arkansas at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Mississippi State baseball team is a little more than four months away from the start of the 2017 season.
STARKVILLE -- With two weeks to prepare, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen was surprised Saturday by how his team played against Auburn. The Bulldogs used the bye week to clean up mistakes and to give players time to heal their injuries. Unfortunately, Mullen and his coaches appear to need a little more time to get things going in the right direction.
STARKVILLE -- Giving relentless effort has been the main talking point for Dan Mullen in his eight-year tenure as Mississippi State football coach. Mullen has seen his squads give everything they have on every play to help the program reach a school-record six-straight bowl games. Things have gone differently through the first five games of the 2016 season.
STARKVILLE -- Keith Mixon wasn't sure he was going to be able to stay inbounds. Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts tried to jump the route, but he couldn't intercept or deflect the pass from quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns, and Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions Saturday to lead the No. 1 Alabama football team to a 49-30 victory against No. 16 Arkansas. The victory helped Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extend its nation-best winning streak to 18 games.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, was involved in a brawl at his brother's high school football game.
SAN ANTONIO -- Jalen Rhodes rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to help the University of Texas-San Antonio football team beat Southern Mississippi 55-32 to snap a three-game losing streak.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is looking to do something that hasn't happened since Jackie Sherrill led the Bulldogs. Mullen and MSU have a chance to win three games in a row against Auburn. It would be the longest streak against the Tigers since the Bulldogs won four in a row from 1997-2000.
GOODMAN -- Typically, late season is when the East Mississippi Community College football team is on the prowl for style points. On Thursday night at Ras Branch Stadium, No. 5 EMCC survived an intense battle with No. 16 Holmes C.C. before coming away with a 63-49 victory. The win helped EMCC extend its Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division winning streak to 22 games.
1. Seniors Richardson, Chapel poised to play key roles COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus Speedway reopens Nov. 12 LOCAL SPORTS
3. Caledonia volleyball team loses to Lewisburg HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. No. 3 EMCC shuts out Coahoma C.C. COLLEGE SPORTS
5. West Alabama Roundup: Aliceville wins eighth straight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS