By Gene Phelps Daily Journal GULFPORT – Diamante Pounds is used to being the offensive workhorse for Saltillo, but in Saturday’s 66th Bernard Blackwell All-Star Football Game he changed roles. Pounds, who rushed for 1,800 yards this season, provided more blocking than yards rushing for the North all-stars. He had just four carries for nine […]

STARKVILLE The loss of Geoff Collins as defensive coordinator stung Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. Not because the Bulldogs are facing a treacherous triple option offense like Georgia Tech’s in the Orange Bowl or that replacing a coach is unfamiliar territory. Collins’ departure hurt because so much of the marketing of MSU’s “psycho defense” […]

USC Upstate guard Fred Miller blocks a shot at the basket by Mississippi State guard Craig Sword in the first half. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal JACKSON – Mississippi State coach Rick Ray hoped to stop the bleeding following the Bulldogs’ home loss to Arkansas State on Wednesday. But Saturday’s 53-51 loss to South Carolina-Upstate at the Mississippi Coliseum cut even deeper and marked MSU’s fifth consecutive loss. “Against USC-Upstate our guys made a concerted effort […]

By John Davis Oxford Citizen OXFORD – Rivalry games have a way of bringing out the best in teams, even when the two may not exactly be even. Lafayette came into the game winless in three games so far this season but stayed competitive in the first quarter with their cross-town rivals before Oxford ran […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal No. 21 Mississippi State takes on Illinois-Chicago at 9:30 p.m. CT as part of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. The Bulldogs are off to the best start in school history at 12-0 and are coming off a 66-51 comeback victory at Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday. MSU tops the SEC in […]

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen does not expect to have a defensive coordinator hired before the Bulldogs play in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Dec. 31. Mullen lost Geoff Collins on Tuesday after the fourth-year linebackers coach and defensive coordinator left for the same position at Florida. […]

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Every week, the hosts of the weekday Supertalk Mississippi show “Head to Head” will answer a question exclusively for Daily Journal readers. Oxford native Richard Cross is also part of the new SEC Network broadcast team, while Matt Wyatt is former MSU quarterback and the color man for Bulldogs’ football broadcasts. Email your questions to […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal GULFPORT – Pat Byrd appreciates a running back who takes care of the football and stays healthy. Diamante Pounds, Byrd’s powerful 6-foot, 215-pound tailback at Saltillo High School, accomplished both during his career. “The No. 1 thing about him is he doesn’t turn the ball over,” Byrd said. “He’s had […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Lady Wave have lofty goals this season. Tupelo has yet to click on all cylinders, but are still racking up victories, including a 59-43 victory Friday over Nettleton. “I think we came out a little flat, but we picked up our intensity in the […]