The unofficial start to college football has arrived. The Southeastern Conference’s Kickoff 2010, also known as “Media Days,” got underway Wednesday afternoon at the Wynfrey Hotel. For those that don’t know much about Media Days, it’s a three-day convention that consists of the 12 league coaches trying their best to talk up their teams, talk down expectations and generally not answer a question that’s overly controversial.
As Paul Finebaum, Birmingham’s caustic sports talk show host, so eloquently put it, Media Days is like the circus coming to town. I agree with that description of the event, but with one little extra detail. It’s like the circus is coming to town, but just before the train carrying the company hits the depot, it derails sending all the cars in different directions. In a nutshell, one story turns into many. (July 22, 2010, Page 1B)
When something pertaining to a big life decision feels right, you just know it.
Wednesday morning, Senquez Golson made official what he’s known for several weeks when he called defensive line coach Terry Price to inform him that he wants to play for the Ole Miss Rebels. (July 22, 2010, Page 1B)
A chance to pitch at the Division I level again was something Josh Thomason has been hoping for ever since he left Ole Miss.
The former Lafayette County High standout originally signed with the Rebels in the hopes of becoming one of the team’s main starters in time. That opportunity didn’t work out like Thomason was hoping and after spending two years at Navarro Community College in Texas, Thomason is getting his second chance to pitch for a major college.
Thomason, the 2007 EAGLE Player of the Year, recently signed a scholarship offer to play for coach Scott Berry at Southern Miss. The experience Thomason gained in Texas, coupled with his ability to still throw in the low 90s, was appealing to USM, who signed eight pitchers this year to help bolster the rotation. (July 22, 2010, Page 2B)
SEC MEDIA DAY NOTEBOOK — Sports agents shouldn’t expect to get a Christmas card from Alabama head coach Nick Saban this year. If Saban had it his way, agents who violate the rules by funneling money to players still in college would get a year ban from their profession.
Alabama is one of the schools that has been in the unfortunate position recently of having to deal with questions regarding agents and players. A report surfaced Wednesday at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days that Crimson Tide defensive lineman Marcel Dareus had been ruled ineligible to play this year. The school denied that claim, which was originally reported by the Tuscaloosa News, saying that no action had been taken.
But if the Crimson Tide did lose Dareus, who apparently attended a party in Miami that was funded by an agent, it would be a sizable blow to their chances of repeating as national champions.
Saban, who is not known to always be the best coach to talk about anything let alone something controversial, blasted agents that don’t do things the right way by equating them to pimps. (July 22, 2010, Page 2B)
What a day it’s been for the Ole Miss gridiron Rebels. This morning Pascagoula cornerback (and standout center fielder) Senquez Golson committed to the Rebels.
Later this afternoon, Ole Miss picked up its second commitment of the day — and 12th for the 2010 signing class — when Gadsden City, Ala. receiver T.J. Worthy pledged his verbal commitment to the Rebels. Just before 7 p.m. the Rebels picked up their third commitment of the day, this time from Raleigh defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton.
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Ole Miss senior defensive tackle Jerrell Powe was announced as a member of the All-Southeastern Conference First Team defense this morning.
It was a little over two years ago when Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt pledged to every Rebel fan that he and his staff would do everything they possibly could to sign more players from the state of Mississippi.
After inking just four high school players from the state in each of his first two classes, Nutt started to show that he and his staff were making traction in the state by signing seven players in the 2010 class. While back-to-back wins in the Cotton Bowl have made things even more attractive for recruits to want to attend Ole Miss, the relationships that Nutt, recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn, running backs coach Derrick Nix and other coaches have built with players and coaches in the state has really started to pay dividends. (July 20, 2010, Page 6A)
Summer camps aren’t just for high schoolers and aspiring collegiate football players.
Two weeks ago Ole Miss quarterback Nathan Stanley joined a handful of other college signal callers, and a slew of high schoolers, in Thibodaux, La., for the 2010 Manning Passing Academy.
During the four-day camp, Stanley possibly got as much out of being around pros like Peyton and Eli Manning, as the high schoolers who were in attendance. (July 20, 2010, Page 6A)
Just one day after landing Raleigh receiver Donte Moncrief, the Rebels added another commitment for the 2011 signing class. According to The Blog’s friends over at OMSpirit.com and RebelGrove.com, Taylorsville outside linebacker Marcus Mayers committed to Ole Miss this morning.
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The Palmer-SalloumTennis Center on Ole Miss’ campus was getting plenty of work on Friday.
In town for a friend’s wedding, pro tennis star James Blake spent just over an hour at Ole Miss training.
“I know Ole Miss is a pretty darn good tennis school, so I knew they’d have someone around who would be able to hit with me,” said Blake following his practice session.
For the handful of tennis fans that were privy to Blake’s training with Ole Miss women’s assistant coach Jason Ontog, they couldn’t help but be impressed. (July 19, 2010, Page 7)
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