There is belief among college football coaches that having a strong and dependable offensive line will help determine a team’s success each fall more than any other position on the field. If that is truly the case, then the Ole Miss Rebels and coach Houston Nutt look to have made the line’s future that much stronger with the verbal commitment of Indiana native Jake Meador.
Ole Miss junior wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan said he and the rest of the team’s receivers have something to prove heading into the 2011 season. In a year where there is no proven No. 1 receiver for a quarterback to throw to, Logan is hoping that he can fill that role sooner rather than later for the Rebels. (June 27, 2011, Page 7)
BLOG — Ole Miss offensive line coach Mike Markuson has to be smiling today after the Rebels picked up a big commitment at the tackle position Sunday morning. (more…) (June 26, 2011)
The appeal to get closer to his family and rejoin a former friend and mentor in the process is why Richy Harrelson is headed back to Northeast Mississippi Community College later this summer.
The former Ole Miss Rebel and head baseball coach at Lafayette High is returning to his college coaching roots in Booneville on Aug. 1 to become an assistant again under his former boss, Kent Ferris, at NECC. (more…) (June 24, 2011, Page 6A)
A career filled with hustle plays, determination and a team-first attitude has ultimately paid off for Lafayette’s Nikki McChristian. After improving her skills the last four years under coach Amy Sutton, McChristian will continue her playing career at Northeast Mississippi Community College in the future. McChristian, who was a two-time member of the EAGLE All-Area team, is one of five players who signed on with the Tigers and first-year coach Brian Alexander this week. (June 24, 2011, Page 7A)
A call from Ole Miss women’s tennis coach Mark Beyers last Sunday was one former Oxford High standout Will Huntington won’t soon forget. Coming off a successful first season as a member of the Meridian Community College men’s tennis team, Huntington was looking to improve his skills and stay in shape this summer.
The opportunity to help instruct at Ole Miss’ annual tennis camp this week proved to be the perfect way for Huntington to keep in shape, and in the process, improve as he helped younger players get better. (June 24, 2011, Page 7A)
Size, speed, power and elusiveness are just some of the many attributes East Marion (Columbia) running back Xavier Grindle has used over the past three seasons to catch the attention of college recruiters.
A calendar year of sports teams producing subpar results is something Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone wants to avoid during the 2011-12 campaign.
This past year was definitely one Boone wants to forget and his thoughts about how to improve results in sports like football, basketball and baseball were points of discussion during an informal meeting with the media Thursday morning. (June 17, 2011, Page 6A)
Construction and the improvement to existing athletic facilities were two things Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone took time out to discuss during a nearly hour long meeting with the media on Thursday. A finalized plan on building a new basketball arena to replace C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum is expected to be released later in the summer, Boone said, and the goal is to have the Rebels and Lady Rebels playing in the new building by 2015. (June 17, 2011, Page 7A)