SCOOBA -- At most places, the opening day of football practice is met with enthusiasm. It also is met with a reserved confidence and the cliche that a team plans to take it "one game at a time." Things are different at East Mississippi Community College.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team will hold its only open practice of fall camp at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. On yet another beautiful, sunny Thursday morning on the Ole Miss football practice fields, the Rebels put in more hard work in preparation for the upcoming season.
Dylan Howard and Ricky Hackler hope older means better this season. A year ago, Howard and Hackler were newcomers looking to make an impact on the Itawamba Community College men's soccer team. Howard, a former standout at Starkville High School, and Hackler, a former standout at Columbus High, were part of a talented freshman class coach Mike Sullivan hoped was going to help the Indians climb to the top of the pack in the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Junior Colleges (MACJC).
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon doesn't want any of his Mississippi State women's soccer players to underestimate the importance of fitness.
Editor's Note: This is one of 10 position previews that will run periodically leading up to the Mississippi State football team's season opener against Southern Mississippi on Aug. 30.
LAARNE, Belgium -- Travel difficulties didn't hinder the Mississippi State women's basketball team on the court Wednesday, as it opened its European tour with a 122-56 win against Sparta Laarne.
Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team is traveling to France and Belgium and will play four games against international competition. Players will provide a daily update about the trip. Today, senior Jerica James discusses the journey the team had to get to Belgium and its first victory of the tour.
OXFORD -- A dream has helped keep Brandon Bell's football career alive. There have been times in the past few years that Bell has wondered if he was going to realize a dream to play football at Ole Miss. Through all of the ups and downs, though, the former Caledonia High School and Heritage Academy standout persevered. He spent two years at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, where he became a proficient receiver and helped the Lions win the 2013 national title.
OXFORD -- The next step of the journey starts today for Matthew Mott. The fifth-year Ole Miss women's soccer coach can look forward to the 2014 season confident that his master plan is paying dividends. The Rebels are coming off a single-season record for victories and their first opportunity to play host to a NCAA tournament game, which they won 9-0 against Jackson State.
STARKVILLE -- Is there a more versatile weapon in the Southeastern Conference than Mississippi State's Jameon Lewis? The statistics say no.
Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team is traveling to France and Belgium and will play four games against international competition. Players will provide a daily update about the trip. Today, senior Martha Alwal discusses the first leg of the journey.
OXFORD -- There is no offseason when you're building a champion.
Editor's Note: Members of the Mississippi State women's basketball team will provide a daily blog to keep fans updated on what they're doing on their trip to France and Belgium: Hey everyone! This is Kendra Grant, a senior on the Mississippi State women's basketball team. It's hard to believe our trip to Europe is finally here. All of us are very excited, but it is even more special for the seniors -- Jerica James, Martha Alwal, Savannah Carter, and myself.
STARKVILLE - It was an ordinary practice, cool for early August. And with morning meetings, afternoon meetings and workouts scheduled leading up to the practice, Mississippi State's position players slowly trickled out of the team's Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex on Saturday afternoon. Well, every player except one.
STARKVILLE -- Piece by piece, brick by brick, Mississippi State's football future is coming together. Jay Hughes is watching the whole spectacle. Hughes, a senior safety from Hattiesburg, has been an interested spectator throughout the last year as MSU's expansion of Davis Wade Stadium has taken shape. Now that the expansion is less than a month from being unveiled when MSU plays host to Southern Miss on Aug. 30, Hughes can't hide his excitement.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team had another strong day of work Sunday at the Ole Miss football practice fields in preparation for the start of the season. Speaking after practice, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner and defensive coordinator Dave Wommack talked about being ahead of where they have been in years past at this point.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Lane Kiffin's job description these days is much more about the playbook than the podium. The sometimes outspoken former Southern California head coach is working mostly behind the scenes as Nick Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama, where there's zero question about who's in charge. It lets Kiffin focus on football and finding a starting quarterback, but he did get a little reminder from his new boss before speaking to Alabama reporters Sunday for the first time at the Crimson Tide's media day.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State running back Nick Griffin can't wait to have fun this season. While it would seem Griffin, a senior from Perry Central High School who has battled injuries at MSU, is just referring to returning to the playing field, he has a more specific version of fun in mind.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players, and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats.
OXFORD -- The life and influence of Chucky Mullins will be celebrated during the Ole Miss-Memphis football game weekend on Sept. 27 as part of the M-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on campus.
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