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Nettles takes over as defensive coordinator for St. Aloysius

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(Photo courtesy Bubba Nettles)

Former Vicksburg High School football coach Bubba Nettles is the new defensive coordinator at St. Aloysius High School.

Nettles made the announcement Friday in a Facebook post.

“I have officially signed a contract to teach and coach football at St. Al,” Nettles wrote. “I am honored to work for Mrs. Karla McHan in the building and learn and study under our head coach Stacy Sizemore on the field.”

Nettles also mentioned how much he valued his experience with Vicksburg High.

“I loved every minute of my time with VWSD and will cherish every relationship made,” Nettles said. “I miss my boys from VHS and wish them to have the greatest season in Vicksburg history.”

Nettles began coaching at VHS in 2011 under head coach Alonzo Stevens. Last season, he coached under Tim Hughes while Stacy Sizemore was the Gators’ linebacker coach. Sizemore is now the head coach for the Flashes.

Nettles will also be coaching the linebackers and offensive lineman for the Flashes as he helps rebuild a program that had a 5-6 record last season. Since joining the team, Nettles has been pushing the boys hard in the weight room and on the field to prepare for the upcoming season that begins in less than a month. The Flashes are scheduled to play Aug. 21 against Hartfield Academy with Nettles leading the defense for St. Al.

Many of Nettles’ supporters have been wishing him luck and much success on his new job.

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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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