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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OF Mathis opts to return to Ole Miss

For about eight hours Wednesday, Tanner Mathis was ready to be a professional.

But then he had a change of heart, and Thursday the junior outfielder publicly announced on Twitter his decision to return to Ole Miss for his senior season.

“It’s been an honor to be drafted by the Astros’ but I’m coming back to lead the Rebels to OMAHA!!” he tweeted.

Originally, the regional scout for the Houston Astros called Tuesday evening after the conclusion of the 15th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and asked Mathis what it would take to sign him away from Ole Miss.

The next morning the scout called back. (June 8, 2012, Page 6A)

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