Baseball is over (except for Atlanta Braves fans still celebrating), but high school football playoffs, college football’s crunch time, the yo-yo New Orleans Saints all have our attention. What’s more, the college basketball regular season tips off in the Magnolia State this week. There’s something for everyone, including ESPN GameDay coming to Oxford, Jackson State at 8-1 and Ole Miss, State and Southern Miss all facing Top 20 foes.

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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.

Tyler Cleveland is a senior reporter for Scorebook Live and the co-host of Mississippi Today's Crooked Letter Sports Podcast.