November 19th, 2014
It's time for this.
In the mind of Mississippi State women's coach Vic Schaefer, he wants to see where his team stands against one of the best teams in the country.
The Bulldogs get that chance tonight when the 16th-ranked West Virginia Lady Mountaineers come to town for the third round of the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament. The tip is set for 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray was hoping that Craig Sword was going to be cleared medically for the first game of the season last week.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen heard a brief public hearing on a potential changes to the cityâ€™s animal control ordinance in regards to allowing pets in cemeteries at the boardâ€™s Tuesday evening meeting in the City Hall courtroom.
Starkville police are asking residents of wards 1 and 4 to attend a public â€śtown hallâ€ť style meeting Thursday to share their questions and concerns to a department trying to build better interface with the public.
When Mississippi State Universityâ€™s football team wins, the points on their scoreboard, the fans in Davis Wade Stadium and the votes they receive for the College Football Playoff arenâ€™t the only numbers that go up.
MSU officials now report that the teamâ€™s 9-1 record this season has driven up applications for admission and housing as well as visitors to MSU websites and social media accounts.
Experience has benefitted Starkville Academy defensive back Blake Slaughter.
As he looks back on his last two years with the Volunteers, Slaughter has noticed the progress.
"I've played a whole lot better this year compared to last year," Slaughter said. "Last year was my first year to actually start, so this year I came in with a little bit more experience."
If it is not broke, why fix it?
That has almost become the mentality of Starkville Academyâ€™s offense this season.
Week in and week out, the Volunteers line up to run the â€śpower counter, inside-outside zoneâ€ť and aside from a few tweaks, the scheme has not changed much since game one.
It's one thing to hope to be able to play for a state championships.
It's another to put the time and effort in and really believe that such a achievement can be reached.
The Starkville Academy Volunteers have done what it takes to make that type of season a reality.
Mississippi State is still alive for the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Or at least that's what the week four rankings showed that were released Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1) are ranked No. 4, after spending the first three weeks as No. 1.