As if getting used to new players with new abilities wasn’t enough during the 2010 fall ball season, the Ole Miss baseball team — and every other college program in the country, for that matter — will have to adapt to using new “BBCOR” bats this fall in order to play with them during the spring season.
Two years ago, the NCAA passed a rule in which all bats used by teams must be “BBCOR” certified by Jan. 1, 2011.
The new certification (which stands for batted ball coefficient of restitution) refers to the way bats are tested.
Instead of measuring the speed of the ball after it is batted, BBCOR measures the “bounciness” of the ball and bat, or the “trampoline effect”. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)
Focus and leaning on a few seniors are two of the many ways Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was planning on turning around the Rebels’ fortunes Saturday night when they host Fresno State at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
A 1-2 start to the season, against teams that are not the best on the Rebels’ schedule, is not what Nutt and his staff anticipated in preseason.
But instead of dwelling on the slow start and feeling sorry about where the team is, Nutt said the only medicine is to get back to work and ultimately earn a win. (September 21, 2010, Page 6)
Yesterday the St. Petersburg (Fla.) College website still stated, “our coaching staff is currently in transition. For more information, use the ‘Contact Us’ link.”
The Titans can go ahead and update their website. At noon on Monday, Ole Miss volunteer assistant coach Rob Francis officially accepted the position of head baseball at St. Petersburg College.
“It’s been a crazy two weeks,” Francis said of the interview process on Monday.
After initially inquiring about the vacant position two weeks ago, Francis interviewed for the job last Monday and went back and forth during the negotiation process before officially accepting the offer on Monday. (September 21, 2010, Page 7)
Rob Francis will be leaving the Ole Miss baseball program to take over as the head coach at St. Petersburg (Fla.) College. (more…) (September 20, 2010)
Missed assignments, general miscues and turnovers continued to plague the Ole Miss Rebels at the most important times of their 28-14 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The Rebels (1-2 overall, 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference) lost their second home game of the season by playing unsound football at the most critical times of the game. Instead of jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter on a wide-open pass play, the Rebels, and more specifically tight end Ferbia Allen, found a way to let the opportunity drop through their fingers.
It may not be quite time to hit the panic button for the Ole Miss Rebels, but the situation they find themselves in is far, far from ideal.
No team wants to lose its first two home games of the season especially in the manner the Rebels have done so. General miscues, which include missed assignments and turnovers, continued to hurt a team that is less talented than the first two coach Houston Nutt has led. (more…) (September 20, 2010, Page 1B)
Ole Miss’ offensive line continued to have its struggles in Saturday’s 28-14 loss to Vanderbilt at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The line was unable to gain a consistent push on short yardage plays in the first half which led to another shuffle in personnel. Redshirt freshman Michael Brown started the game at right guard but he was replaced in the second quarter by junior Logan Clair.
Offensive line coach Mike Markuson, who also serves as the team’s co-offensive coordinator, said he was planning to play both Brown and Clair and that after Brown gave up a sack, he thought it was time to make a change. (September 20, 2010, Page 2B)
Prior to Robbie Caldwell’s postgame press conference Saturday the first-year Vanderbilt coach felt compelled to apologize for being drenched, although none was needed.
With seconds remaining in Vanderbilt’s 28-14 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday, Caldwell was doused by senior defensive tackle Adam Smotherman with a cooler full of Gatorade.
Never had a shower felt so good. (September 20, 2010, Page 2B)
Getting used to new faces and making adjustments will headline most of Ole Miss’ fall ball season, which began this past week.
“It was a good weekend and a good start,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “There’s a lot of new faces and a lot of the new guys did well.”
Included on Ole Miss’ current 38-man roster are 20 new players.
Of those players, corner infielder/outfielder Preston Overbey may have made the best first impression on Bianco. (September 20, 2010, Page 3B)
It’s never too early to talk baseball and on Friday I was able to take in the Diamond Rebels first scrimmage of the fall before heading to Water Valley for the Blue Devils’ 27-21 victory over North Pontotoc. (more…) (September 18, 2010)
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