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Football is a business and coaches make tough decisions sometimes that not only affect themselves, but their families and players.
One of those decisions were made this week.
Mississippi State lost its defensive coordinator, as Geoff Collins left to take the same position at Florida.
Back to the basics.
For the last couple of weeks, Starkville has taken a little break from basketball action, but the focus has not been lost.
Instead the Yellowjackets have simply used the down time to focus on â€śironing out the wrinklesâ€ť while working on doing the little things right.
MABEN â€“ East Webster girls basketball coach Stan Hughey has watched the transformation of his team happen right before his eyes.
Coming into this season, Hughey was presented the challenge of bringing defensive schemes at a new school.
Hughey saw those efforts come full circle on Thursday as the Lady Wolverines extended their perfect record to 8-0 with a 59-25 defeat of Houlka.
Mississippi State ran out to a 5-0 start this season â€“ the best start in head coach Rick Ray's three-year tenure.
Since that time, things haven't been kind to the Bulldogs on the hardwood.
MSU dropped its fourth-straight game Wednesday night, as the Bulldogs fell 69-55 to Arkansas State in the first game in Humphrey Coliseum for Ray's team in 23 days.
It was a homecoming for Arkansas State coach John Brady Wednesday night.
The McComb native, who got his bachelor's degree from Belhaven College in Jackson, had two different coaching stints at Mississippi State.
He was back in Starkville and led the Red Wolves to a 69-55 win over the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State signed a trio of junior college players and a pair of high school prospects on Wednesday.
The junior college signing day was good to the Bulldogs, who picked up wide receiver Donald Gray, offensive lineman Martinas Rankin and defensive lineman Johnthan Calvin.
The Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic is a reward for players and coaches for a job well done during the regular season.
It may be a treat, but there's also hard work involved.
Starkville High School head coach Jamie Mitchell was the man in charge for the Mississippi team this year.
Anna Albritton always knew this season would come.Â
After multiple years of veteran players and success, the Lady Yellowjacket soccer team is undergoing what can only be described as a rebuilding year.
Many spend this time of year relaxing and gearing up for the holidays.
That can't be said for the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets, who will spend the weekend in Columbus as part of the Joe Horne Classic.
Chase Nicholson made it hard for the Starkville Academy administration to ignore what he brought to the table.
When Jeff Terrill announced his resignation as coach of the Volunteers last week, the process began to find the next leader of the football program.