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Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen was accurate in describing conditions for the Bulldogs first preseason football practice.
â€śIt was hot out here today,â€ť Mullen said.
Mississippi State University football fans who are eagerly anticipating the 2010 season are encouraged to join the Starkville Quarterback Club this fall.
Mississippi State will open its doors for summer football practices this week with a little under a month until the season opener.
WEST POINT â€“ Julianne Jackson is just five games into her Starkville Academy softball career, but she's sure making a name for herself.
Nate Hughes is holding on lessons he's learned throughout his football career in hopes of making a difference in the National Football League.
The former Starkville High School football player is back in camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars and likes his chances for more playing time.
The Jaguars indicated to Hughes that he may figure more into their plans this season.
Less than a week after beginning preparations for the 2010 football season, it's evident there's a buzz around the Starkville High football program.
First-year SHS coach Jamie Mitchell led the Yellowjackets through a nearly two-hour long scrimmage on Saturday, and plenty of eyes captured it all.
"(The crowd) was awesome," said Mitchell. "We want people to come see us. I'm gonna say there were probably 100 fans here today, and for us that's big. That matters to these kids. They know who's over there and we're just tickled to death."
Before he committed to Mississippi State Saturday afternoon, Gulfport High School senior-to-be Jonathan Holder already knew he can hit at Dudy Noble Field.
The 17-year-old prospect that stands 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds impressed scouts and coaches in a home run derby before an all-star game on MSU's campus by hitting two balls deep over the walls of Polk-Dement Stadium.
"Today Mississippi State got one of the best baseball players in the state that has a chance to be a major contributor at the next level," Gulfport head coach Tim Dowdy said.
The first day Scott Stricklin took the job as athletic director, he said Mississippi State needed to dream big.
Heâ€™s now putting his words into something concrete, or maybe brick, but definitely something solid.
â€śMore than anything else, itâ€™s important to have a plan. Weâ€™re in the stages of working to put that plan together,â€ť Stricklin said in an exclusive interview with the Starkville Daily News Tuesday. â€śI hope when weâ€™re done with the plan we can then figure out what the first
steps are to start making that vision a reality."
For two seasons, Jessica Dickens sat in the background as an assistant coach for Randy Haynes' Starkville Academy softball program.
Today at Hebron Christian, Dickens officially takes the reins as the leader of the Volunteers in their 2010 season opener.
It won't be Dickens' first experience as the Vols' head coach, having gotten her feet wet with the position in summer league action at the Starkville Sportsplex.
Still, Dickens says she'll have a few nerves now that the games will start counting.
The signs of the pending football season are everywhere.
High school football teams in the area began preseason practice on Monday and from all indications, things have gotten off to a good start.
Not very far away from each other, coaches Jamie Mitchell at Starkville High School and Jeff Terrill at Starkville Academy have led their teams through drills for the last three days. Anyone driving down Lynn Lane early in the morning or late in the afternoon can probably catch a glimpse at what's happening at both sites.