During post-practice interviews, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt singled out the offensive line unit as one that needs to be able to persevere and finish practices strong. (August 11, 2010, Page 8)
Tuesday had to feel like the longest day of Barkley Falkner’s life. The former Oxford High basketball standout left the United States on a plane bound for Denmark to begin the next chapter of his career. (more…) (August 11, 2010, Page 9)
A break from the heat also boosted the players’ enthusiasm, according to coach Houston Nutt, making the end result very productive overall. (August 10, 2010, Page 6)
With the season opener against Jacksonville State a little less than a month away, the Ole Miss football team has wasted no time hitting the practice field and slowly but surely the Rebels are getting their newcomers onto the field. The latest addition was freshman receiver Vincent Sanders.
(more…) (August 9, 2010)
A long spring and summer for fans waiting on Ole Miss football to start finally came to an end Sunday. A healthy crowd of onlookers got their first taste of what the 2010 Rebels will look like on the field with the first practice of the preseason.
Hot temperatures weren’t enough to persuade fans from not getting a glimpse of new transfer quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and some of the other players who hope to lead the Rebels back to a major bowl.
The on-again, off-again soap opera that has surrounded former South Panola standout and Mr. Football Darius “Tig” Barksdale is off — again.
On Saturday, one day after both head coach Houston Nutt and athletics director Pete Boone sounded optimistic that Barksdale would be a member of the Rebels in 2010, Ole Miss released a statement saying Barksdale and the team had parted ways due to personal issues.
Following Sunday’s practice, Nutt elaborated a bit on the situation.
So today wasn’t exactly the first official day of Ole Miss football, but it’s close. Today was the first day newcomers were required to be on campus and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt addressed the media at the Indoor Practice Facility to discuss the youngins, Jeremiah Masoli and more. (more…) (August 6, 2010)
Former Ole Miss baseball player Taylor Hashman remains in critical condition at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis almost a week after an altercation with a fellow Ole Miss student at an Oxford apartment complex placed him there.
Hashman has undergone two surgeries on his head to relieve the pressure that had built up due to the injuries he suffered in the altercation in the early morning hours of July 31. (August 6, 2010, Page 6A)
I am passionate about football. The August heat reminds me of long, hot two-a-day practices. There is nothing like the smell of the field after it has been mowed and freshly painted before the first game. I have always enjoyed the excitement within the community as everyone counts down the days to the first ballgame.
Since I am no longer coaching, I have been able to shift my enthusiasm to Ole Miss football. Needless to say, I have been very interested in all of the media attention surrounding the transfer of the new quarterback. I am never surprised by what commentators, sportswriters and fans say and rarely surprised at what their motivation is
A fan of another SEC school probably thinks Jeremiah Masoli shouldn’t be allowed to walk on at Ole Miss. It might be said that Kirk Herbstreit’s love for Ohio State keeps him from being able to say anything positive about the SEC. A sportswriter may decide that the way to sell an article is to be critical of Houston Nutt and his decision. (August 5, 2010, Page 6)
The month leading up to the start of the college football season is supposed to be a placid time — the quiet before the storm, if you will.
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