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MHSAA football championship moving back to Jackson

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The Mississippi High School Activities Association has moved the high school state championship football game back to Jackson, Mississippi.

The Daily Journal reported Wednesday that the game will be held in the capital city in December of this year for the first time since 2013.

The championship games have been played at the state’s Division 1 universities since 2014, including Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 4  at MSU but the Bulldogs are hosting Missouri on that day which made for a scheduling conflict.

An official announcement from MHSAA is expected to be made by Friday.

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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Nick Saban (photo courtesy UA Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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VHS basketball coach Kelvin Carter selected to coach Mississippi All-Star Game

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Kelvin Carter (photo by Andre Carter)

Vicksburg High School head basketball coach Kelvin Carter has been selected to coach in the Mississippi All Star Game.

Carter, who is going into his fourth season as the Gator’s head coach, has found plenty of success since he took over the basketball program in 2017 after the retirement of longtime VHS coach Dellie Robinson. The Gators finished last season with a 20-10 record under Carter’s leadership, sending the team to the playoffs.

This will be Carter’s first time coaching an all-star game, and he will coach the North Conference in the Mississippi Association of Coaches North-South All-Star Game. The game is scheduled for March 20, 2021, at Mississippi College.

The Gators are expected to have another great season under Carter this year. They continue to improve each year under his leadership.

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