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It's been almost a week since the Mississippi State Bulldogs hit the football practice fields.
They made up for that on Friday afternoon.
MSU practiced for the first time since learning of its bowl destination - the Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami. It was a cold afternoon that led into night, but head coach Dan Mullen was excited with what he saw.
All signs pointed to the Mississippi State Bulldogs ending a long road losing streak last weekend at Tulane.
The Bulldogs didn't do it as they lost 59-54 to the Green Wave in New Orleans, La.
MABEN â€“ West Oktibbeha's girls commanded attention Friday evening on the basketball court.
Led by Shannon Tate with 19 points the Lady Timberwolves knocked off visiting Montgomery County 57-21.
PHEBA â€“ The Starkville Christian Lady Cougars stayed in striking distance of the Hebron Christian Lady Eagles early and late in their basketball game on Friday night, but never saw a lead.
Starkville Christian forced a 2-2 tie early in the first quarter, cut a Hebron lead to two points in the second and to one point in the fourth quarter.
College football offenses have morphed into spread, up-tempo, speed-type attacks.
Mississippi State uses a spread offense with a little bit of up-tempo sprinkled in. Head coach Dan Mullen perfected the offense when he was the offensive coordinator at Florida and won two national championships.
Dominique Dillingham may have only scored six points for the Mississippi State Bulldogs Thursday night, but her fifth and sixth came at a crucial time against the Louisiana Tech Techsters.
With No. 22 MSU trailing 77-75 with 2:07 remaining to play, Dillingham drove and made a layup to tie the game.
Starkville Academy is in the middle of a strong slate of home contests.
On Thursday, the Volunteers played the second of those games with one of the stateâ€™s best teams in Jackson Academy coming to town.
While the game was close for the majority of the contest, the Raiders pulled away just slightly in the final moments to claim a 52-45 victory in boys action.
Jeff Terrill spent 35 years with the word coach in front of his name.Â
Now the time has come for a career move, but as he prepares to hang up his Starkville Academy headset to accept a position with Mississippi's Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the legacy he leaves behind is far more than that of a football Xâ€™s and Oâ€™s man.
It has been a pleasure of mine over the last four years to get to know coach Jeff Terrill.
Although we haven't sat down and had many lengthy conversations, I have been around him enough to know there are not very many men better than him.
Terrill has enjoyed success as Starkville Academy football coach and led the Volunteers to a pair of Class AAA, Division II State championship appearances.
The foundation was laid early in the season for Mississippi State's trip to the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Orange Bowl committee member Shawn Crews attended the Bulldogs' game against Texas A&M on Oct. 4. MSU was fresh off a victory over LSU in Baton Rouge, La., that leapfrogged it into the top 15.
The Bulldogs won that day 48-31.