The National and State elections took center stage this past week, as they should have, even though there may be some confusion on the final totals. Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State used the week to secure much needed football wins.

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Southern Mississippi has certainly had a very strange football season. They have dealt with the COVID-19 virus since the summer when several key players opted out for the upcoming season. They have also dealt with the cancellation of games and with three coaching changes. The sudden departur…

If you are a Mississippi State football fan, you could not have asked for a much better beginning to the Mike Leach era.

Southeastern Conference football returns this Saturday. Mississippi State and their new taskmaster Mike Leach will travel to LSU to take on Coach O and the defending National Champions. Bulldog fans are excited under the head Pirate, who believes in the motto of “Swing Your Sword.”

Mississippi State and Ole Miss found out this week the two East Division opponents they picked up to complete their 10-game 2020 football schedule. The Bulldogs will pick up Vanderbilt and powerful Georgia. MSU will host the Commodores while traveling to Georgia. The Bullies were already sch…

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame was scheduled to induct six new members this next weekend, but due to COVID-19 the induction has been postponed. The six new members will be former West Lauderdale baseball coach Jerry Boatner, Quitman native and NBA star Antonio McDyess, the late PGA golf…

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow had an amazing 2019 football season. He led the Tigers to the National Championship with his 60 TD throws and 5,670 passing yards in 15 games. Burrow had a tremendous supporting cast in Baton Rouge to accomplish this record-breaking season. I became a big Joe Burro…

It was a big sports week in Jackson, Mississippi at the state capital. This past Thursday, 46 college coaches and athletic directors from all eight of our public universities traveled to the state capital to lobby for changing the state flag. They urged the state legislators to remove the Co…

The state of Mississippi was back in the national headlines this week as both the SEC and NCAA called for a change in the present state flag. The NCAA says it will not let any Mississippi school associated with its organization host an NCAA championship event until there is a change of state…

Only 120 players were taken in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft.  Mississippi supplied eight of those players: three from Mississippi State, two from Ole Miss, two from high school and one from Mississippi who was playing at the University of Tennessee. Former Ocean Springs ace Garret…

After three months of inactivity in the professional ranks, what does the summer look like? Across the pond England, Spain and Italy have resumed their top-tier soccer league play. The pro leagues in the United States have been monitoring their outcome. Most of our pro teams want to play and…

We might have college football after all.  The Southeastern Conference announced this week that they would offer voluntary in-person player conditioning under strict supervision beginning on June 8. If my math is correct, it is 89 days from that date to the Mississippi State home opener vers…

There was a time not that long ago when homeschooling wasn’t legal in all 50 states. Today it is, but government regulations vary by state – making it harder to homeschool and more burdensome in certain states.

The big sporting news in the Magnolia State this week was the return of the winningest coach in Southeastern Conference history as Ron Polk was hired by Mississippi State Athletic Director John Cohen to be his special assistant. Polk was the head baseball coach at MSU for 29 years during two…

Mississippi’s colleges usually produce some outstanding football talent, and this year was no exception. The world champion Kansas City Chiefs chose Willie Gay Jr. of MSU in the second round of the National Football League draft. The Vikings and the Redskins drafted Cameron Dantzler and Tyre…

The American people are accustomed to disasters, calamities and emergencies. Indeed, we were born out of a series of crises. From the Stamp Act catastrophe in 1765 through the end of the American Revolution in 1781 to the political and economic upheavals that came afterward, Americans rose t…

I have lots of questions this week about if we will have a 2020 college football season. Since I am not an expert in the COVID-19, I will have to pass. I do know that it would be a financial disaster for hundreds of the university athletic departments across the country if the football seaso…

Sunday evening saw disaster happen in the Pine Belt. An already unusual Easter Sunday where churches could not meet in a physical building, businesses were forced to close early or not open at all, and streets were thinner was capped by an evening that saw severe storms produce back-to-back …

Mississippi State reached out to Conference USA to find their replacement for Vic Schaefer. MSU Athletic Director John Cohen feels that the hiring of Old Dominion head coach Nikki McCray-Penson is a “home-run hire.” McCray brings an excellent resume to Starkville. The Collierville, Tennessee…

The COVID-19 pandemic is beginning its second week in Mississippi. During my life experiences I have seen storms Betsy, Camille, Fredric and Katrina come in and leave destruction that affected thousands of Mississippians. Those storms were brief but deadly. Our country survived the 9/11 atta…

While talking with a friend a few days ago about the coronavirus and some of the reactions to it, he blurted out “the world has gone stupid.” Stupid? That's a strong word. Merriam-Webster defines stupid as “slow of mind” and “given to unintelligent decisions or acts.”

It’s March so we have daylight saving time, a full moon, a Friday the 13th and of course my favorite, March Madness. The NCAA basketball tournament selections have already started as several of the smaller conference champs Winthrop, Bradley, Liberty, Utah State and Belmont are already in th…