By David Wheeler / NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi State players Pernell McPhee, Derek Sherrod and K.J. Wright and Ole Miss player Jerrell Powe have been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl Jan. 29 in Mobile, according to ESPN.com blogger Chris Low.
Schools did not confirm the invitations, nor are the four players yet listed on the partial list of invitees on the bowl’s website.
McPhee, a defensive end, made 35 tackles, 10.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks this season, and his 12 quarterback hurries led the team.
Wright, a linebacker, was second on the team with 98 tackles, and he also had 8.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.0 sacks and a team-high nine pass break-ups.
Sherrod, a third-year starter at left tackle, has made several All-American teams this year and helped power the SEC’s second-best rushing attack (214.8 yards per game).
Powe announced in early December that he would forego his final season at Ole Miss and enter the NFL draft.
He was second-team All-SEC, finishing with 27 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The Senior Bowl gives players an opportunity to work out for a week in front of NFL scouts.
Brad Locke, Parrish Alford
Tigers land safely in the desert for title game
• PHOENIX — After Auburn’s skyscraper-sized plane landed beneath the glowing sky of a desert sunset, Tigers coach Gene Chizik was the first to walk down the portable staircase.
Bringing what seemed like half the state of Alabama with them, the top-ranked Tigers arrived a Sky Harbor Airport Monday evening for the Jan. 10 BCS national championship game against No. 2 Oregon (12-0) at University of Phoenix Stadium in nearby Glendale.
“We’ve been looking forward to this now for a lot of days,” Chizik said. “We’re very blessed to be here. We brought close to 400 people on that huge plane that you saw out there and we’re excited to play in this game.”
Deadline for North Half sites approaching
The deadline for submitting bids to host north half high school basketball tournaments has been set for Jan. 11.
Requirements for being able to host includes that the host’s school still be active in the tournament bracket, and requests to host must be submitted in writing by Jan. 11. Class 5A and 6A schools should submit for boys or girls for Feb. 18-19; and Class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A schools should submit for boys or girls for Feb. 17-19.
Requests can be mailed to the Mississippi High School Activities Association at P.O. Box 127, Clinton, 39060. District I school can also contact and submit to District I Secretary Larry Williams.
Williams Baptist edges Blue Mountain
• BLUE MOUNTAIN – Jordan McCormick’s hard-driving layup rimmed out as time expired Monday and Williams Baptist College knocked off Blue Mountain College, 69-68,
The Lady Toppers (4-7) rallied from 11 points down in the second half before coming up short. McCormick led BMC with 22 points and 11 rebounds. For Williams Baptist (9-2) Kala Tyus had 23 points.
Blue Mountain College conference play Thursday.
Massage therapists sue Favre, Jets over texts
• NEW YORK — Two massage therapists sued Brett Favre on Monday, saying they lost their part-time jobs with the New York Jets after complaining about sexually suggestive text messages from the veteran quarterback.
Claiming they were subjected to sexual harassment and job discrimination, Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole are seeking unspecified damages from Favre, the Jets and a Jets massage coordinator.
While the women don’t say they received any messages directly from Favre, he referred to Scavo in a message proposing a meeting with her and a third, unidentified massage therapist, the lawsuit says.
The team declined to comment. Favre’s agent didn’t immediately return a telephone message.
The lawsuit comes five days after the NFL fined Favre $50,000 for not being forthright in an investigation into allegations that he sent lewd text messages and photos to former Jets game hostess Jenn Sterger when they both worked for the team in 2008.
The NFL also reviewed media reports that Favre pursued two massage therapists who worked at the Jets’ facility in 2008, but the league said that claim could not be substantiated because people with “potentially relevant information” wouldn’t cooperate with investigators. O’Toole’s and Scavo’s lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said he told investigators about the information his clients had.
The two women worked for years at the Jets training camp and for various players individually, sometimes giving massages at players’ homes, according to the lawsuit. O’Toole brought Scavo into the Jets fold, Jaroslawicz said.