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.
Aaron Gordon is always looking for ways to grow the sport of soccer. When you're trying to build a successful program in one of the nation's most competitive conference, it's natural to try to find a way to use the momentum from another top team to help you generate enthusiasm. Gordon and the Mississippi State women's soccer program will try to do that at 6 tonight when they play host to a Women's World Cup watch party for the match between the United States and Japan at Buffalo Wild Wings on Highway 12 in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- George Brooks has learned the value of patience since becoming an assistant coach for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. In the past five years, the former Bulldog player twice has found himself in limbo, as two MSU head coaches he served under were let go. The first time came when Rick Stansbury stepped down after the 2011-12 season. The second came in April, when Rick Ray was fired after three losing seasons. Both times Brooks wondered if he would have a job in Starkville, or if he would have to look somewhere else, so he had to exercise patience in unsure times.
STARKVILLE -- Southeastern Conference men's basketball will see several new faces roaming the sidelines later this year. Those faces are pretty recognizable at the national level. Mississippi State, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida all hired new head coaches this offseason, and all four received high praise from college basketball experts.
IRVINE, Calif. -- Former New Hope High School standout and Louisiana-Lafayette rising sophomore DJ Sanders is three games into her first international experience with the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team. Through three games at the World Cup of Softball X in Irvine, California, Sanders is 3-for-7 for the JWNT program, which is making its first appearance in the World Cup.
STARKVILLE -- Jazzmun "Jazz" Holmes isn't going to let her relative inexperience hold her back. Going up against speedsters like Morgan William and Roshunda Johnson every day in practice should be just the test Holmes needs to make a quick adjustment to the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE - Few men truly get to live out their dreams.
STARKVILLE -- Two positions of need for the Mississippi State football team took unexpected hits Tuesday. MSU's offensive line lost three of five starters from last season, and both starting safeties graduated, leaving questions at both spots. Those questions remain following the transfers of offensive lineman Kent Flowers and defensive back Jahmere Irvin-Sills.
STARKVILLE -- Zion Campbell usually is one of the tallest players on the basketball court. At 6-foot-3, Campbell has grown accustomed to having her way in the post, whether it has been at Riverdale Baptist School (Md.), St. John's College (Washington, D.C.) High School, or Hilton Head (S.C.) High. Part of "owning" the paint involves knowing how to throw your weight around and to bang bodies with opponents to get position for rebounds or to set yourself up close to the basket for an easy shot. It has taken only a few weeks for Campbell to realize she likely will have to try to new way to utilize her size to help her make an impact on the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
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