Ole Miss caught the attention of the nation once again last night. Instead of getting beat up for the loss to Jacksonville State, the University drew attention for something else. Ole Miss’ search for an on-field mascot has been a national headline for some time now, and during the Boise State-Virginia Tech game on prime time the Rebels drew attention away from the game approximately a minute with a commercial focusing on Admiral Akbar.Miss the commercial poking fun at the University’s search? Click the picture (LEFT) to watch it.
Reviews of the commercial have been a bit mixed, with some finding the humor in the commercial, while others have felt somewhat embarrassed. What are your thoughts?
Speaking of moving on, that was a theme in today’s EAGLE:
—John Davis thinks Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt should take the approach of former Miami Hurricanes and Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson: No more Mr. Nice Guy for Rebel coach.
—After spending the majority of last week in Cleveland, Ohio being poked and tested, senior DE Kentrell Lockett is glad to be back and focusing on football.
—Like Lockett, Nutt is also looking forward to moving past this weekend’s debacle.
—Big players make big plays when they matter the most and Lafayette defensive end Keeyon Tyson did just that this weekend against Oxford in the Crosstown Classic. It’s because of the forced fumble he forced late in the game that Tyson is this week’s EAGLE Player of the Week.
MAKING THE CALL: Former Ole Miss Diamond Rebel (and I’m told, he also worked at the EAGLE for one day) Alex Presley has been called up to the Pittsburgh Pirates. HERE is the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s writeup on what would have been unpredictable a year ago when the outfielder was struggling in High Class A.
Presley, 25, soared from virtual non-prospect status — he batted .257 in 2009, his second full year at high Class A — to total 166 hits between Class AA Altoona and Indianapolis, batting .320 with 12 home runs and 85 RBIs. He is generously listed at 5 feet 9, but he rose above with his production and speed.
“Alex’s maturation and hard work put him in a position to be called up,” Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said.
(September 7, 2010)