Politics and coaching don’t mix.
Stacy Hester followed that credo in his dealings with parents, administrators, and players.
Sometimes it got him into trouble. Players left his program because they didn’t like playing for him. Parents thought Hester to be arrogant or unyielding in how he dealt with them or with their children.
But through it all Hester established a standard of excellence. His teams won 551 games and three state titles his 18 years as New Hope High School’s baseball coach.
The Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament has been known to be one of the best college tournaments in the country.
Sometimes the fans are put in tough situations to see it all.
The SEC attempts to play four games per day the first, second and fourth rounds of the tournament and sometimes the final game lasts well into the next morning.
Take Wednesday for example.
Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado may not be able to get much bigger, but he can get better.
That’s why another season at Mississippi State would benefit the two-time Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Varnado announced Monday that he was making himself eligible for early entry into the NBA Draft. He has until June 15 to decide if it is in his best interest.
Sports play a lot of roles in our society.
Whether it’s basketball or soccer or baseball or football, to name just a few, sports bring communities together. They unite people of different backgrounds and ages behind a school or a team.
Sports also bring people together at one location.
Defensive lineman Pernell McPhee has looked like a man among boys the first three days of Mississippi State spring football practice.
McPhee’s 6-4, 270-pound frame was impressive enough without pads, but when the Bulldogs put them on for the first time Saturday, he really had the appearance of a giant.
The former Itawamba Community College player, from Pahokee, Fla., could probably play in the National Football League right now.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is glad to have him on his side, even if it’s only for two seasons.
The bar has been set higher.
The Mississippi State women’s basketball team’s mission for the 2009-10 season is to live up to those standards.
“It will be up to them,” MSU coach Sharon Fanning said Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs will begin individual workouts next week that they hope will help set the tone for next season.
That season has the potential to be the best in the program’s history, not just in victories but in the deepest move into the NCAA tournament.
Sharon Fanning has talked all season about responding to challenges.
The Mississippi State women’s basketball team discovered Saturday there was no better time than tied at 59 with less than two minutes remaining in its first NCAA tournament game in six years to punch back.
The Lady Bulldogs delivered a knockout blow many have been waiting for all season.