The Ole Miss men’s hoops team will face its final non-conference opponent tonight in SMU before the start of its Southeastern Conference schedule on Saturday. The Rebels (11-3 overall) travel to Dallas to take on the Mustangs (9-4) and face yet another different style of offense and a team that Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy is hoping will be beneficial for his team moving forward. Tipoff for tonight’s game at Moody Coliseum is set for 7 and the game can be heard locally on 93.7 FM. (January 5, 2011, Page 6)
A new year for the Oxford Lady Chargers basketball squad brought with it an even greater emphasis on playing team ball and yet another victory inspired by unselfish play. Oxford’s girls continued to show balance on offense and defense Monday night by posting a 62-36 win over Baldwyn in the OHS gym. The victory improved the Lady Chargers to 13-1 heading into tonight’s game at Grenada, the only team to have defeated the Lady Chargers this year.
Oxford’s boys didn’t fare as well as the girls, falling 73-53 to the Bearcats in the nightcap. (January 4, 2011, Page 6)
The opportunity to play on the same college football team for an up-and-coming head coach was something Oxford High standouts Larry Pettis and DeShaun McNeal wanted to explore further in the future. Both Pettis and McNeal were given that opportunity to continue their football careers by Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth recently and the duo decided that becoming Ragin’ Cajuns was something that suited them best.
McNeal, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver, broke Oxford’s single-season receiving record with 81 catches for 1,231 yards and 15 touchdowns this season despite not playing football since he was a freshman. Pettis, a 6-4, 250-pound tight end, also had a great season for the Chargers in 2010 as he caught 29 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns.
Both felt like playing together under Hudspeth, who got to know the duo when he coached wide receivers at Mississippi State, was the best overall option. (January 4, 2011, Page 7)
A 68-59 win over Southeastern Louisiana wasn’t the only thing that the Ole Miss Rebels gained at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum Sunday night. In the process of earning the win over the Lions, the Rebels (11-3 overall) continued to learn how to overcome a team that forced them to slow down offensively by limiting their shot opportunities and chances for offensive rebounds and putbacks. (January 3, 2011, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — A late surge led by seniors Chris Warren and Zach Graham helped lift the Ole Miss Rebels to a 69-58 win over Southeastern Louisiana at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum Sunday night. (more…) (January 2, 2011)
An opportunity to return to the coaching ranks at the Division I level for David Saunders has left a void in Ole Miss’ football operations staff today.
Saunders, who served as the administrative operations coordinator under Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, agreed to become the new cornerbacks coach/assistant recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette under coach Mark Hudspeth, who was hired to replace former coach Rickey Bustle earlier this month.
Saunders said he was first contacted by Hudspeth, someone he has known since the two coached at Nicholls State together in 1994, on Sunday and interviewed Wednesday for the position in Starkville. (December 30, 2010, Page 6A)
Inspiration is something all athletes need plenty of to be successful at a high level. In the case of the Lafayette Commodore football team, the inspiration this year was to win the school’s first title and become the first team in the history of the state to finish a season 16-0. (more…) (December 30, 2010, Page 8A)
A chance to fine tune some things gained in Cancun, Mexico and earn another win is what the Ole Miss Rebels hope to accomplish tonight against Alcorn State. Tipoff with the Braves at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum is set for 7. The game can be seen locally on FoxSportsNet with David Neal handing the play-by-play and Barry Booker serving as color analyst. (December 30, 2010, Page 6A)
OHS boys hoops coach Drew Tyler, who started the tournament with the hopes of bringing the best teams to the area every year, said this year’s field has some good matchups for fans to come watch. (December 28, 2010, Page 6)
Chris Vaughn, Ole Miss’ recruiting coordinator for football, said four months ago at Ole Miss’ Media Day that he prefers to be in hunt mode when it comes to landing a recruit rather than protecting the verbal commitments he and the rest of the staff have already secured.
At the time, the Rebels had 14 verbal commitments and were about to garner another five before the 2010 season even started.
Vaughn and the rest of the staff have continued to gain commitments since that point, including the signatures of four junior college players earlier this month, but Vaughn will have to fight hard to regain a couple of players from Florida, the state that Vaughn has done a great job of recruiting since he arrived in Oxford. (December 23, 2010, Page 7A)