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November 19th, 2014
"It could have been. It wasn't and now it is."
That's the way that Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell described the situation where his team meets the Southaven Chargers in the Class 6A playoffs Friday night after originally having them scheduled in the regular season, then was replaced by Florence, Ala.
It's not easy becoming a head coach for the first time, especially in the Southeastern Conference.
MSU's Dan Mullen made the move from Florida where he was the offensive coordinator to Starkville to become a head coach for the first time.
Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason was the defensive coordinator at Stanford before making the move to Nashville, Tenn., and the SEC.
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.
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.
JACKSON â€“ One step into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and it is clear that football has a storied history in the Magnolia State.
On Monday, a group of Starkville Academy athletes got to experience the Hall of Fame as they took part in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools football state championship press conference.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen needed two wins in the final two regular season games to get bowl eligible a year ago.
The Bulldogs won those games and knocked off Rice to win the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. There was mention of Mullen being on the hot seat entering those final two games.