STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer has plans for 7 tonight. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach won't be preparing a pre-game speech for his team. Instead, he will be on hand to watch senior Breanna Richardson take part in graduation ceremonies at Humphrey Coliseum.
Russ Whiteside has known a lot of peers who have had a chance to coach in professional arenas. The Heritage Academy boys basketball coach will get his first opportunity to work in a NBA arena next week when his team takes on Tishomingo County at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Heritage Academy girls basketball team and Tishomingo County High School. That game will start at 1 p.m.
Gary Griffin has been at Columbus High School long enough to know what it takes to put on an event like the annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic.
ATLANTA -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban expects quarterbacks Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell to remain with the team through the playoffs. Both quarterbacks are expected to transfer in search of playing time after this season. Saban said Thursday that Bateman and Cornwell "have every intention of finishing this season."
STARKVILLE -- The postseason honors keep coming in for Fred Ross. On Thursday, The Associated Press named the Mississippi State wide receiver first-team All-Southeastern Conference, while defensive standouts Jeffery Simmons and Leo Lewis were named Freshman All-SEC by the league's coaches. On Tuesday, Ross, a senior, was named second-team All-SEC by the league's coaches. On Monday, he accepted a invite to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen smiles when he thinks about what his program accomplished in the last eight years. The Bulldogs have competed for the Southeastern Conference Western Division title. In 2014, they started the season with nine-straight wins and were ranked No. 1 for five-straight weeks. MSU also has been a regular at bowl games in Mullen's tenure.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University Director of Athletics John Cohen announced Thursday the hiring of Tom Anagnost as the school's new women's soccer coach. Anagnost (uh-Nag-Nist) comes to MSU from North Carolina State, where he spent the past season as an assistant coach, aiding in the Wolfpack's march to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze announced Thursday that Dan Werner won't return to the coaching staff. Werner served as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in each of Freeze's five seasons as head coach. It marked his second stint at Ole Miss, having also been offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban and players Jalen Hurts, Jonathan Allen, and Cam Robinson took home five of seven individual conference awards announced by the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday. Saban was voted the SEC Coach of the Year, Hurts was named Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, Allen was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year, and Robinson was honored with the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, emblematic of the SEC's top offensive lineman. The honors were voted on by the league's 14 head coaches, who weren't allowed to vote for their players.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen confirmed Wednesday he is working on a contract extension with MSU. Mullen didn't offer any further details, and MSU director of athletics John Cohen couldn't be reached for a comment.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State freshman defensive back John Michael Hankerson was arrested for the second time in less than a week, a university official confirmed Wednesday.
West Point High School junior Marcus Murphy was named Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year, and Starkville High senior linebacker Willie Gay was named Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. Murphy and Gay are two of 22 local players recognized by the MAC on its Class 1A-6A All-State teams.
The last six months have been a whirlwind for Jason Trufant. Whether it has been hiring coaches, doing paperwork, unveiling a new athletic logo, compiling manuals, or traveling throughout the Golden Triangle, the new director of athletics at Mississippi University for Women has had plenty to do to increase awareness about the school's plan to bring back women's intercollegiate athletics and to introduce men's sports for the 2017-18 school year.
West Point High School football players one after another said the same thing in the preseason interviews in August. The buzz words were "pride" and "tradition." The phrases included "long time coming" and "ready to win state."
STARKVILLE -- A day after accepting an invitation to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl, Mississippi State senior wide receiver Fred Ross was named to the All-Southeastern Conference second team by the league's coaches, the league announced Tuesday. Ross is the 22nd player to earn All-SEC Coaches' honors under MSU coach Dan Mullen.
Alabama's stingy defense will face perhaps its toughest test against Jake Browning and Washington. The top-ranked Crimson Tide, fresh from facing teams with pedestrian passing games, will play the Huskies Dec. 31 in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. That's where Alabama (13-0) just dispatched Florida 54-16 in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
WEST POINT -- Continuity is the life blood of most championship programs. While coaches are fond of talking about how great teams have great players, they often don't discuss the importance of having leaders who understand what it take to make a program special. It doesn't matter if you call it a mind-set or an identity. Championship programs need leaders who can establish a foundation, get their players to buy into that concept, and attack it every day with a relentlessness that dares someone -- anyone -- to stop them.
Coaches savor every win. That's why it's difficult for Vic Schaefer to pick one he would call the best, even if his Mississippi State women's basketball team has played only eight games. The dilemma Schaefer faces is understandable considering MSU (8-0) has played seven games away from the comfortable confines of Humphrey Coliseum. The game MSU did play at home -- a 79-68 victory against then-No. 8 Texas -- ranks with a victory against Oregon in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Abigail Colvin might be a little hard on herself. But the Pickens Academy senior has a knack for picking out the right memory to illustrate how much she has matured as a softball player since she was a sixth-grader.
The East Mississippi Community College football team almost climbed back to the top of the junior college mountain this season. Instead, the Lions finished second nationally in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings released Monday. It is EMCC's first final ranking of No. 2. Under Buddy Stephens, EMCC won the NJCAA national championship in 2011, 2013, and 2014. The Lions have finished in the top 10 in seven of Stephens' nine seasons as coach at the school.
1. MSU football player Hankerson arrested again COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Mullen working on extension with MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Saban, Alabama players clean up on SEC individual awards COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Murphy, Gay leads locals on MAC All-State teams HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Ole Miss football team makes changes to coaching staff COLLEGE SPORTS