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MSU lineman Fabien Lovett transfers to Florida State after tweet controversy

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Fabien Lovett (Photo courtesy MSU Athletics)

Mississippi State defensive lineman Fabien Lovett is transferring to Florida State University.

”It’s official #GoNoles,” Lovett said in a Facebook post with a picture of him wearing the FSU football uniform.

Lovett decided to transfer shortly after MSU head coach Mike Leach shared a tweet of a lady knitting a noose, which offended many people at the university.

Lovett was a huge part of the Bulldogs defense last season starring on the defensive line under former coach Joe Moorhead. Florida State has gained a great defensive player who will make a great impact on the team once he hits the football field.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Lovett will have to sit out the 2020 season but will be eligible to play in 2021.

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Archer named VDN Assistant Football Coach of the Year

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Shaun Archer (photo by Cedric Tillman)

Vicksburg High School assistant head football coach Shaun Archer has been named the 2020 Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year.

Archer was born and raised in Port Gibson, Mississippi, where he was a star football player at Port Gibson High School. He graduated in 1987 and received a football scholarship to Alcorn State University.

Archer graduated from Alcorn in 1994 with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and physical education. He also earned a master’s degree in physical education from Alcorn in 2002.

He began coaching football at Bayou View Junior High in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1997 and stayed there for two years while also assisting with track and field. He returned to Port Gibson  High in 1999 and was the assistant coach for football and track until 2007.

Archer was hired as the defensive lineman coach at by former Vicksburg High School head coach Alonzo Stevens in 2007. By 2011, Archer was the Gator’s defensive coordinator and has been a great part of the team’s success over the years.

Two weeks ago, Archer completed his 13th consecutive year at VHS. In that time, he served under six different head coaches at Vicksburg and helped the Gators to a playoff appearance this season.

“I just want to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to serve the young men and women of this community in my capacity as a coach and a teacher,” Archer said. “I want to thank Coach Alonzo Stevens for being the perfect example of how to be a great coach and for giving me a chance to coach at Vicksburg High, the place I’ve always dreamed of coaching. And lastly I want to thank my wife, Frances, for having unlimited patience and understanding and always being my number one support system.”

Archer is the first Vicksburg Daily News Assistant Coach of the Year. With the football season over for the Gators this year, he is currently coaching the boys track team at VHS.

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Saban tests positive for COVID-19 again

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Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 a second time. (photo courtesy University of Alabama Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive again for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game with Auburn.

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” Dr. Jimmy Robinson and UA head trainer Jeff Allen said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”

Saban also tested positive a little over a month ago shortly before the game with the University of Georgia ,but he was still able to coach that game.

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in for Saban in Saturday’s game against the Tigers while Saban quarantines.

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Bracey makes five 3-pointers and 18 points in Lady Vikings big win Tuesday

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Warren Central High School basketball player Alaila Bracey led the Lady Vikings in points Tuesday night in a victory over Picayune.

Bracey scored 18 points in the 2020 Picayune Basketball Tournament and helped her team to the big win. Fifteen of her 18 points came from the 3-point line as she continued to hit long shots in the 51-25 game.

Bracey’s teammates also had outstanding performances, putting impressive numbers. Zykerri Segrest scored 12 points, Jamaiya Sanders put up 9, and TaMya Sims scored 7.

Bracey and the Lady Vikings can celebrate Thanksgiving as champions. They play Vicksburg High School on Dec. 5.

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