By Steve Megargee AP Sports Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Just two days after leaving Texas, Rick Barnes has landed at Tennessee. Tennessee announced the hiring Tuesday, calling Barnes an “elite basketball coach in every respect.” The agreement is for six years at $2.25 million annually. The school scheduled an afternoon news conference. Barnes succeeds Donnie […]

OXFORD You thought this season was all about blooms, the greening of the trees and warmer temps, right? Well, there’s more. Among the rites of spring are football injuries and something akin to the Witness Protection Program. It’s where coaches hold back guys who could practice now to keep them from getting hurt prior to […]

Mississippi State’s offensive line for 2016 improved Monday night as the Bulldogs landed the commitment of Desoto Central tackle Dareuan Parker. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder picked up an offer from MSU while visiting for junior day on Saturday and made his decision two days later. The pickup of Parker brings the Bulldogs’ class to 10 commitments, […]

After losing four of five games last week Ole Miss will try to reverse that fortune tonight against Memphis. First pitch downtown at AutoZone Park is 6:30 p.m. Memphis will be the only non-conference action for Ole Miss (14-14) this week. The Rebels were swept by UAB in a doubleheader last week, two seven-inning games. […]

Mississippi State travels to Mobile at 6:30 p.m. today looking to keep up its recent success against South Alabama. The Diamond Dogs (19-11) have won six straight against the Jaguars including a 3-0 victory in Starkville last season. MSU leads the overall series 44-24 and sports a 7-1 record against USA under John Cohen. Sophomore […]

Looking Back: The Rebels were swept at home in a doubleheader against UAB, losing the seven-inning games 3-1 and 6-1. Then they dropped two of three at Arkansas – their second SEC series loss in three weekends. Ole Miss lost the opener 10-3, won the second game 5-4 and lost the final game 5-2. Looking […]

Looking Back: The Bulldogs were shut out in three consecutive games for the first time since 1975. MSU lost 3-0 to Southern Miss in Pearl on Tuesday and dropped the first two home outings against Auburn 5-0 and 4-0. John Cohen’s club salvaged the Sunday finale against the Tigers, 3-1. Looking Ahead: The Diamond Dogs […]

Two of Nick Saban's players were arrested on Saturday. (AP Photo/Al.com, Vasha Hunt)

By John Zenor AP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban steadfastly defended his signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, who has now been kicked off his second Southeastern Conference team for domestic violence arrests. Taylor, who some say should never had been on the team, was one of two Crimson Tide players […]

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Left-hander Paul Maholm has been released from a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The former Mississippi State standout agreed to the deal Jan. 28 and had a 2.19 ERA in five spring-training games, allowing three runs, seven hits and two walks in 12 1-3 innings with five strikeouts. Cincinnati, […]