An opportunity to return to the coaching ranks at the Division I level for David Saunders has left a void in Ole Miss’ football operations staff today.
Saunders, who served as the administrative operations coordinator under Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, agreed to become the new cornerbacks coach/assistant recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette under coach Mark Hudspeth, who was hired to replace former coach Rickey Bustle earlier this month.
Saunders said he was first contacted by Hudspeth, someone he has known since the two coached at Nicholls State together in 1994, on Sunday and interviewed Wednesday for the position in Starkville. (December 30, 2010, Page 6A)
Inspiration is something all athletes need plenty of to be successful at a high level. In the case of the Lafayette Commodore football team, the inspiration this year was to win the school’s first title and become the first team in the history of the state to finish a season 16-0. (more…) (December 30, 2010, Page 8A)
A chance to fine tune some things gained in Cancun, Mexico and earn another win is what the Ole Miss Rebels hope to accomplish tonight against Alcorn State. Tipoff with the Braves at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum is set for 7. The game can be seen locally on FoxSportsNet with David Neal handing the play-by-play and Barry Booker serving as color analyst. (December 30, 2010, Page 6A)
Oxford’s annual “O” Town Showdown basketball tournament kicks off today. Below is the complete schedule. (more…) (December 29, 2010)
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team was supposed to be participating in the St. Peters’ Holiday Classic basketball tournament today and tomorrow in Jersey City, N.J.
Instead, because of winter weather travel mishaps involving the Northeast that are being felt by more than just the Ole Miss basketball program, the Lady Rebels will put their new Basketball Practice Facility to good use and prepare for their Southeastern Conference Championship home opener on Sunday against Vanderbilt.
Originally scheduled to leave out of Memphis for Jersey City on Monday evening, the trip was officially nixed Tuesday just before 10 a.m. (December 29, 2010, Page 6)
After having already pushed their flight back a day due to snowy conditions in the Northeast, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team has canceled its trip to Jersey City, New Jersey to participate in the St. Peter’s College Holiday Classic. (more…) (December 28, 2010)
OHS boys hoops coach Drew Tyler, who started the tournament with the hopes of bringing the best teams to the area every year, said this year’s field has some good matchups for fans to come watch. (December 28, 2010, Page 6)
Chris Vaughn, Ole Miss’ recruiting coordinator for football, said four months ago at Ole Miss’ Media Day that he prefers to be in hunt mode when it comes to landing a recruit rather than protecting the verbal commitments he and the rest of the staff have already secured.
At the time, the Rebels had 14 verbal commitments and were about to garner another five before the 2010 season even started.
Vaughn and the rest of the staff have continued to gain commitments since that point, including the signatures of four junior college players earlier this month, but Vaughn will have to fight hard to regain a couple of players from Florida, the state that Vaughn has done a great job of recruiting since he arrived in Oxford. (December 23, 2010, Page 7A)
Ole Miss needs playmakers on offense and Alabama native Collins Moore seems to have the ability that could help the Rebels at wide receiver in the future.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Collins, who just got through playing for Bob Jones High School, plans to play for Ole Miss and coach Houston Nutt starting in the fall. Moore committed to the Rebels in August and has remained firmly committed ever since.
Moore is a receiver that has a knack of being able to go up and make the big catch, and Moore’s coach at Bob Jones, Kevin Rose, has been very impressed with his ability to catch the football. (December 23, 2010, Page 7A)
Trevor Gaskins scored 21 points as the Ole Miss beat Texas State 83-72 in the first round of the Cancun Governor’s Cup on Wednesday night for the Rebels’ fifth straight win. (more…) (December 23, 2010, Page 6A)
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