SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Ole Miss’ need to find linebackers for the 2011 season got a boost as a prep standout from Florida said he wanted to play for the Rebels and coach Houston Nutt in the future. (more…) (December 22, 2010)
A chance to earn three wins on a neutral court as well as improve the chemistry of the team are the two most important things Ole Miss is hoping to gain by playing in the Governor’s Cup in Cancun, Mexico. The Rebels (7-2 overall) won their first game in the tournament Saturday at home over East Tennessee State while the remainder of the tournament will be held in gyms in Mexico. (December 22, 2010, Page 6)
Throughout the early part of the season for the Ole Miss men’s basketball team, sophomore Reginald Buckner has had spurts where he showed why he was considered one of the country’s top players coming out of Manassas (Tenn.) High two seasons ago. (December 20, 2010, Page 6)
The Ole Miss men’s basketball team opened today’s game against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers on a 13-0 run and cruised to a 71-50 victory at the C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (more…) (December 18, 2010)
This season’s EAGLE All-Area football team was released in Thursday’s sports section. Unfortunately for me, space prevented me from writing a column that would appear next to the story on the back page.
So instead of it appearing on Thursday, I thought sharing my opinion on this year’s team was important.
For those who may have missed the players who made the team, Lafayette junior running back Demarkus Dennis was named Player of the Year, while another 11 Commodores who helped the school win the Class 4A state title made the first-team squad. Three other LHS players were named honorable mention.
Oxford had seven players on this year’s team, while Water Valley had five. Both the Chargers and Blue Devils each had three players receive honorable mention status. (December 17, 2010, Page 6A)
Tipoff with the Buccaneers, who won the Atlantic Sun Conference last year, is set for 3 p.m. The game can be heard locally on 93.7 FM with David Kellum calling the action and Keith Carter adding the play-by-play. (December 17, 2010, Page 6A)
Growing up, once KeKe Fondon transitioned from the softball field to the basketball court anyway, she dreamed of running up and down the hardwood at the C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum, 20 minutes north of her hometown of Water Valley.
On Wednesday her dream came true. Only, instead of playing in Ole Miss’ red and blue, she was knocking down shots for the visiting Mississippi Valley State Devilettes.
Despite coming out on the losing end of a 68-57 decision, Fondon played a versatile role for the Devilettes. (December 16, 2010, Page 4B)
Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt saw his roster increase today as junior college football players started signing their National Letters of Intent.
For mid-year entrance, junior college players could start signing with a four-year college today and be eligible to participate in spring drills. As of press time, ASA College (Brooklyn, N.Y.) defensive back Ivan Nicholas (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) and teammate, defensive tackle Gilbert Pena (6-4, 315), had signed on with the Rebels.
Two other players, Copiah-Lincoln defensive back Wesley Pendleton (5-11, 180) and Iowa Western quarterback Zack Stoudt (6-5, 230), were expected to also sign with the Rebels later today. Stoudt, who started his college career at Louisville, recently visited Oxford and verbally committed to the Rebels on Tuesday over an offer from Kansas. (December 15, 2010, Page 8A)
A balanced scoring ledger, led by senior Chris Warren’s 18 points, stood out on the box score in Ole Miss’ 101-69 win over Mississippi Valley State Monday night at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. But as gaudy as the Rebels’ shooting percentage or point total were against the out-manned Delta Devils, the two most important things accomplished from Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy’s perspective was getting 11 players quality minutes and earning yet another win. (December 14, 2010, Page 8)
Landing a seasoned junior college quarterback for the 2010 signing class was one of the many goals Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt wanted to achieve following the Rebels’ loss to Mississippi State last month. Thanks to a successful trip made by Iowa Western Community College’s Zack Stoudt over the weekend to Oxford, that goal got a lot closer to becoming a reality.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Stoudt chose the Rebels on Monday over serious interest from Kansas thanks in large part to his official visit to Ole Miss’ campus and the relationship he started to build with Nutt and quarterbacks coach Dave Rader. (December 14, 2010, Page 8)