Tony Grimes has had a frustrating summer.
What was supposed to be a summer full of excitement and preparation for his first year in Oxford was instead spent wishing and waiting for the all the necessary paperwork to be approved for his admission into school.
That frustration turned into relief last week when the Hollywood Hills (Fla.) standout cornerback was approved by the NCAA as a full qualifier.
Grimes wasted no time getting to Oxford and was ready to start practicing once he got to campus. (August 27, 2010, Page 6A)
A chance to prove himself on the track is all Jarius Baker is asking for. The former Lafayette High standout in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and in various relay events, recently joined the Ole Miss track program hoping to help the Rebels, and himself, in the future.
Baker is one of 87 athletes, both male and female, on this year’s team, a total that is the highest in school history according to head coach Joe Walker. (August 27, 2010, Page 7A)
There may never be a perfect time to start a freshman at quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, but for Georgia coach Mark Richt, if there was ever going to be season to do it, 2010 is the one.
Redshirt freshman Aaron Murray may never have taken a snap under center in the rugged SEC, but with 10 returners back on offense, his success rate as a starter has ultimately increased.
Richt may be looking to build on a disappointing 8-5 season with Murray leading the way on offense, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get help from a running game that is expected to be one of the best in the SEC this year. (August 27, 2010, Page 8A)
Colonel Rebel may have disappeared from the sidelines at Ole Miss games several years ago, but there are many Rebel faithful who still show their support for the vacated mascot.
This fall, as Ole Miss officials continue to work on introducing a new mascot to the public, the Colonel will be seen a lot around town and in the stands of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Ole Miss’ slate of opponents includes nine teams that advanced to postseason play and 10 teams that won at least 20 games last season. Among them are NCAA Elite Eight teams Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as NIT champion Dayton, all of which will be visiting Tad Smith Coliseum in 2010-11.
A minimum of five contests will be featured on national television, and at least 12 more are slated for live regional TV coverage. Every league game will be televised live. (August 27, 2010, Page 8A)
Life without Tim Tebow. That’s what Florida coach Urban Meyer is facing currently as he prepares his team for the 2010 season opener against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 4. Meyer, who has won two national titles for the Gators since he was hired before the 2005 season, said not having the Heisman Trophy award winner around has been different, but exciting because it brings a new opportunity for the team. (August 26, 2010, Page 7)
Ole Miss gained commitments No. 17 and 18 to its 2011 signing class on Tuesday with the verbal promises of junior college tight end Jamal Mosley and Callaway standout offensive lineman Aaron Morris. (more…) (August 25, 2010, Page 8)
Following Ole Miss’ practice on Tuesday head coach Houston Nutt said that while he knows who will be getting the nod at quarterback, an extenuating circumstance is preventing him from clarifying publically who will be getting the bulk of the snaps under center. (August 25, 2010, Page 8)
Gene Chizik made a statement in his first season as head coach of Auburn. He took a program that had surprisingly grown stale on offense under Tommy Tuberville and turned it into a more dynamic, cutting edge group. The end result of installing a fast-paced, spread offense was an 8-5 overall record and a win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.
The Tigers amassed a school-record 5,613 yards on offense last year under Chizik, a coach known more for his defensive ability, and the hope this year is even better results.
There is no question that the offensive philosophy of coordinator Gus Malzhan can produce results, the bigger question now lies on defense and it’s ability to stop teams. If the Tigers can improve on defense where five of the team’s top tacklers return, then they may have a legitimate shot of winning the Southeastern Conference Western Division title. (August 25, 2010, Page 10)
This morning’s perusing of various media websites got me thinking: If someone was to build a Mount Rushmore memorializing Ole Miss’ football program, who be the four musts to have their likeness etched in stone? (more…) (August 24, 2010)
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