As the search goes on for Lorenzen Wright, who is missing in Memphis and around the South, his former coach at Lafayette High School is thinking about him and his safe return.
Lafayette Superintendent Mike Foster coached Wright for three seasons in the early 1990s before the 6-foot-11 standout eventually left to play his senior season in Memphis.
Wright, who gained notoriety playing for the Memphis Tigers and then in the NBA with teams such as the L.A. Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, has not been seen or heard from in over a week. His mother had police issue a missing persons report this past Thursday, but despite the help of several police departments, there has been no sign of Wright or a clue as to where he disappeared to. (July 27, 2010, Page 6A)
And by all accounts, the practice went about as well as it could have. (July 27, 2010, Page 7A)
Ole Miss’ depth at quarterback took a hit over the weekend when redshirt freshman Raymond Cotton announced he was leaving the team. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Cotton made his decision public Saturday after reportedly wrangling over staying with the Rebels or leaving with his parents’ help.
Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt was hoping Cotton would decide to stay with the team and compete for the starting quarterback job like he did this past spring when he met with the media Friday at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days. Nutt seemed optimistic about Cotton staying with the team, especially if he would listen to his father and mother who both wanted him to remain in Oxford. (July 26, 2010, Page 6)
There comes a point where you may begin to bargain with yourself.
A week ago former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was someone else’s problem, a kid that you had pegged as someone with questionable character.
In the recent days, however, with the news that strong-armed quarterback Raymond Cotton plans to leave the Ole Miss football program, you may have found yourself wondering to yourself just how bad Masoli really is.
Now, because of Cotton’s decision to transfer — coupled with the uncertainty of Nathan Stanley as the de facto signal caller — you begin to bargain with yourself. (July 26, 2010, Page 6)
The answers given by the Ole Miss players regarding whether quarterback Raymond Cotton should stay with the team or not predicted the outcome even before Cotton’s final decision was made on Saturday.
Cotton, for better or worse, decided to leave Ole Miss after just one season on the team for what he believes will be a better opportunity for him to play right away.
Answers to questions are rarely sugarcoated by Ole Miss senior defensive end Kentrell Lockett and that was evident in the way he responded to the Cotton situation on Friday at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days. (July 26, 2010, Page 6)
Being picked to finish at the bottom, or near the bottom, of the Southeastern Conference standings is nothing new for Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt. His teams while he was at Arkansas faced that situation several times during his 10-year tenure.
Ole Miss was picked to finish sixth in the SEC West by the media at the annual Media Days event held in Hoover, Ala., this past week, a fact Nutt wasn’t making too big of a deal out of. (July 26, 2010, Page 6)
Things have definitely improved in Oxford for Ole Miss junior offensive tackle Bradley Sowell. A year after a heap of pressure was put on him as the man who had to replace All-America tackle Michael Oher in the starting lineup, the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Sowell is now the strength of the line.
Sowell represented the offense Friday at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days where he talked about his growth as a leader and player and how he worked through some of those struggles last year. (July 26, 2010, Page 7)
That definitely was not the case at Ole Miss’ Indoor Practice Facility this weekend.
Ole Miss’ female fans were allowed a peek into the Rebel football world on Saturday in the form of the 10th annual Ole Miss Ladies Football Forum. (July 26, 2010, Page 8)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Ole Miss’ depth at quarterback took a hit Saturday morning when Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt announced that redshirt freshman Raymond Cotton was leaving the team. (more…) (July 24, 2010)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Prior to his debut at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said redshirt freshman quarterback Raymond Cotton has not made a definite decision regarding his status with the team.
Nutt added that he remained hopeful the situation would be resolved soon with Cotton opting to remain with Ole Miss. (more…) (July 23, 2010)