Versatility and length have been two things Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy and his staff have valued from their players on the basketball court. In Aaron Jones, the Rebels’ latest verbal commitment, the staff has the luxury of getting both important aspects as they continue to keep the program headed in the right direction.
Jones, a 6-foot-9, 197-pounder from Gautier, committed to Kennedy early this week after visiting Ole Miss on his official visit over the weekend. Despite not playing AAU basketball over the summer, Jones was able to garner offers from Mississippi State, Baylor, Memphis, UTEP and considerable interest from Florida, who according to Jones’ coach, Keith McQueen, was prepared to offer once he came on an official visit. That trip to Florida for later in the month was scrapped after Jones saw Oxford. (October 21, 2010, Page 8)
Kennedy, who helped lead the Rebels to the NIT Final Four last year, talked highly about his team heading into the start of drills and thought the work they have done so far is a good foundation for things to come. (October 15, 2010, Page 6A)
A huge opportunity to post a rare road win over No. 8 Alabama has been the driving theme of the Ole Miss coaches and players this week. Buoyed by an off week to mend injures and the Crimson Tide’s loss to South Carolina, the Rebels have come across as inspired heading into the game rather than worried about facing an upset Alabama team looking to rebound. (October 15, 2010, Page 6A)
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South Pontotoc enters the important Region 2-3A matchup in first place and features a veteran offense that has the ability to spread people out and then use a veteran quarterback to make good decisions with the football. (October 14, 2010, Page 6)
A Homecoming win over Mississippi Delta isn’t the only thing the No. 6 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers can gain on Saturday at Bobby Franklin Field.
A win over the Trojans would keep the Rangers perfect in the MACJC North Division at 4-0 and also keep them a minimum of a half game ahead of Northeast, which also plays Saturday at Coahoma, with two games left to play. (October 14, 2010, Page 6)
Starting a new center against one of the nation’s best defenses isn’t exactly what Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt would have planned two weeks ago, but it’s the situation he now faces with starter A.J. Hawkins banged up.
Freshman Evan Swindall has been practicing as the team’s new No. 1 center with Hawkins still recovering from an injury suffered against Kentucky.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Swindall came in late for Hawkins against the Wildcats and it appears that he will start for the Rebels when they take on No. 8 Alabama in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. (October 14, 2010, Page 7)
Sports have been a huge part of Jason Keller’s life ever since he was old enough to walk. The former four-sport standout at Oxford High was a natural athlete. From his sprinter speed, to his leaping ability to his pure strength, there wasn’t a sport that Keller couldn’t seem to master.
But after being out of high school for eight years and away from competitive sports for the past six years overall, Keller is making a return through professional boxing.
Keller, 27, didn’t expect to be a boxer growing up and didn’t even expect to be doing anything physical at this point in his life. (October 13, 2010, Page 6)
Rested and ready for the final stretch of the Southeastern Conference schedule, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt talked about his Rebels coming off a bye week and the challenge of playing No. 8 Alabama on the road during his weekly press conference Monday.
Nutt said that the team’s lone off week did some good from a health standpoint. (October 12, 2010, Page 8)
A chance to climb back atop the Region 1-5A standings for the Oxford Chargers was ultimately dashed by the West Point Green Wave on Friday night at McAllester Field. Despite a late second-half surge on offense led by quarterback Guy Cameron Billups, the Chargers fell to the Green Wave 22-20.
Oxford (4-3 overall, 1-2 in region play) totaled 392 yards against a strong West Point defense, but in the end it was Green Wave quarterback Justin Cox and his offensive mates that were able to find a way to pull out the win that kept them atop the region standings. (October 11, 2010, Page 1B)