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.
Oxford may not be the first city you would expect to find Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin, but a stop at Proud Larry’s restaurant on the Square to meet with area Bulldog fans and welcome students who will be attending MSU in the fall was right up his alley.
Stricklin made a rare appearance in Lafayette County Monday evening and while he attempted to garner additional support for the athletics department, his main goal was to show his support for existing MSU fans who live in an area dominated by Ole Miss Rebel supporters. Being on the road has become a regular occurrence for Stricklin ever since he was named MSU’s athletics director on May 7 and his stop in Oxford was just another city to add to the list that now includes Houston, Texas, Memphis, Birmingham, Ala., and several points in between. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)
A fresh start in a state made famous for its football is what awaits former Oxford High standout Derrick Williams. The 2008 EAGLE Player of the Year committed to play football at the University of Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. Williams will leave Oxford Wednesday to begin his career as a Maverick under the direction of coach Pat Behrns.
Williams got a call from Behrns late last week and decided that his future would be best suited in Omaha despite not taking a visit to the campus. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Former Ole Miss baseball standout Taylor Hashman is now listed in critical condition, according to information provided by the Regional Medical Center in Memphis today. (more…) (August 3, 2010)
The uncertainty surrounding Ole Miss’ quarterbacks appears to have been laid to rest — at least for now.
On Sunday, former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli confirmed that he plans to join the Ole Miss football team this fall as a walk on.
“I’m excited to get another chance,” Masoli told Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples on Sunday. “I’m so grateful and thankful.
“I can’t wait to play some SEC ball, to be honest with you.” (August 2, 2010, Page 6)
An altercation at the Exchange Apartment complex early Saturday morning has left former Ole Miss baseball player Taylor Hashman in serious physical condition Sunday.
Hashman is currently in the intensive care unit at The Med in Memphis. He underwent surgery to his head Saturday, according to a source, and was showing signs of improvement today. Hashman is in the hospital today after that early morning incident at his apartment complex. (more…) (August 1, 2010, Page 7)
John Davis Tweets @oxfordeaglejd