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Nutt talks about rivalry with MSU

A season that has not gone the way Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt wanted at the start of the year will conclude this Saturday night in the annual “Egg Bowl” game against Mississippi State. In a year in which injuries, suspensions and mistakes have garnered the most attention for the Rebels, Saturday’s game serves as a chance for the Rebels to make amends for a disappointing year with a win over the team that caused them so much grief at the end of last season.

Nutt talked about the rivalry, among other things, Monday during his weekly press conference and how last year’s game has been used as motivation to defeat the Bulldogs. (November 23, 2010, Page 8)

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    Kirui’s career comes to a quiet close

    The most decorated long distance runner in Ole Miss history ran the final race of his career Monday at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

    It was not a fitting end to Barnabas Kirui’s brilliant college tenure as the senior had been dealing with a back injury ever since he won his third Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championship. After a strong start in Monday’s race, he was forced to drop out because of his back pain. (November 23, 2010, Page 9)

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      Better effort not enough to lift Rebels past No. 5 Tiger

      A better overall effort one week after suffering the most disappointing loss in Houston Nutt’s tenure wasn’t enough to lift the Ole Miss Rebels past the No. 5 team in the country Saturday afternoon.

      Every ounce of energy the Rebels could muster gave them three different leads against LSU in the second half, including two in the fourth quarter, but in the end it was the Tigers who had just enough energy to pull out a thrilling 43-36 win over the Rebels in front of a capacity crowd at Tiger Stadium and a national TV audience watching via CBS. (November 22, 2010, Page 1B)

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        Rebels, coaches pleased with improved execution

        The ultimate goal for the Ole Miss Rebels heading into Saturday’s matchup with the No. 5 LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium was to return to Oxford with a big upset win.

        That didn’t work out for the Rebels against one of their biggest rivals, but the effort and overall execution of the team was much improved a week after suffering a disappointing loss at Tennessee.

        Ole Miss finished the game with 420 total yards and scored points almost at will in the 43-36 loss. The defense was unable to hold the Tigers late in the game when it mattered most, but the unit didn’t give up a ton of explosive plays that have hindered them in other losses this year. (November 22, 2010, Page 2B)

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          Wave crash Oxford’s 5A playoff hopes

          One of the most successful seasons on the gridiron the past few seasons for the Oxford Chargers ended with a disappointing 27-12 loss to the West Point Green Wave in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Friday night at Bobby Holcomb Field.

          A good, physical gameplan helped lifted the Green Wave (11-1 overall) into the 5A North Half title game. (November 22, 2010, Page 6B)

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            Defense, Liggins pace ‘Dores in shutout

            Another dominant performance that showed the experience of the No. 1 Lafayette Commodores as much as it did their overall athletic ability was the backdrop of Friday’s 35-0 win over New Albany in the Class 4A playoffs.

            LHS (14-0 overall) advanced to its second straight North Half title game by dismantling a Bulldog team that had won its first 13 games of the season. The Commodores, who will now play Noxubee County for the right to advance to Jackson for the MHSAA state championship, caused four turnovers in the win and used the mistakes to score three touchdowns on short fields. (November 22, 2010, Page 3B)

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              Former Ole Miss coach to be honored in Jackson

              Former Ole Miss football coach Wobble Davidson will be honored tonight by the Jackson Touchdown Club. Bill Lee, the former president of the club, said the ceremony to honor Davidson would begin at approximately 6:30  following dinner at the River Hills Tennis Club, the site of the ceremony.

              Lee said Davidson was chosen to be honored this year because of his importance to Ole Miss football, and the history of Mississippi sports, when he was an assistant to former legend Johnny Vaught. (November 22, 2010, Page 3B)

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                Ole Miss can’t rebound to top Dayton Flyers

                The Ole Miss Rebels didn’t want to use the injury to forward Reginald Buckner as an excuse for their 78-71 overtime loss to Dayton on Saturday at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.

                Sure, there were other issues — like the Rebels 8-for-16 peformance from free-throw line one game after converting 22 of 23 opportunities against Murray State — but after Buckner went down with what head coach Andy Kennedy called a bruise to the inside of his right knee at the 19:13 mark of the second half, the Rebels were never the same on the boards. (November 22, 2010, Page 3B)

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                  Mistakes end Blue Devils’ playoffs

                  All season the Water Valley Blue Devils had been a team that made the most of opportunities and cashed in on other team’s mistakes.

                  Friday night, it was the Winona Tigers that capitalized on the Blue Devils mistakes that led to a hard-fought 10-7 win in the third round of the Class 3A playoffs at Bobby Clark Field. (November 22, 2010, Page 4B)

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                    Water Valley’s pride has been restored

                    Friday’s loss to Winona may have been an emotional one for many of the Blue Devils, but in the grand scheme of things, it was a sign of a big step in the right direction for a program that went from 2-8-1 just four seasons ago to 11-3 this year. (more…) (November 22, 2010, Page 4B)

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