Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy settled a defamation lawsuit Tuesday with a cab driver and a valet stemming from a dispute over a ride in the downtown district of Cincinnati in December, 2008.
Details of the settlement are confidential as attorneys told Judge Melba Marsh in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court that they had reached an agreement. According to a source, Kennedy did not pay cab driver Mohamed Jiddou, or valet Michael Strother a monetary settlement as some papers reported today. (August 18, 2010, Page 8)
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy finally heard somebody else say they were sorry in public.
For the past 20 months, since his now famous entanglement with a cab driver and the police in Cincinnati, Kennedy has been on the losing end of a story that has now ended the way Kennedy was hoping it would, with an apology. (August 18, 2010, Page 8)
A year ago Ivory Alexander was still finding her way on Oxford High’s volleyball court, still adapting to her teammates and coach Tara Ross’ style.
Against Senatobia at the OHS gym on Tuesday, Alexander’s maturity and athleticism made the difference as the Lady Chargers picked up a 3-1 (25-11, 23-25, 25-12, 25-19) victory.
The junior didn’t just rack up an abundance of kills or blocks, but she helped her team in a number of ways, finishing the match with four kills, two digs and four aces. (August 18, 2010, Page 9)
Over 100 players from four different states competed in a successful junior tennis tournament hosted by the Oxford Park Commission and Oxford Community Tennis Association.
Included in those numbers were 38 players for Oxford who helped make the tournament a big success. (August 18, 2010, Page 9)
It went down to the final minutes, but Ole Miss pitcher Drew Pomeranz is now a professional baseball player.
Just before Monday’s midnight EDT deadline, the All-American pitcher signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians organization.
According to the Associated Press, the contract includes a $2.65 million signing bonus, which is just over the Major League Baseball suggested slot price for the No. 5 player ($2.52 million). (August 17, 2010, Page 6)
The dream of becoming an athletics director has finally become a reality for Derek Horne. The former Ole Miss basketball player will officially be introduced as the AD for Florida A&M today at 1:30. Horne, who has worked at Ole Miss for the past 15 years and was most recently the senior associate AD for external affairs, said he was excited about his new role at the Tallahassee, Fla., based school. (August 17, 2010, Page 6)
Tyler Campbell has a big-league leg.
He proved that last season when he bombed a punt 71 yards against Alabama, forcing one of the top returners in the country, Javier Arenas, to double back from his original spot. That was just one of the many impressive kicks that led the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder to be considered one of the top punters in the nation with a 43.95 yards per punt average that ranked 12th in the country.
His robust average, which was helped by nine punts of over 50 yards, earned him a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team.
With regards to the upcoming season, Campbell can still improve. (August 17, 2010, Page 6)
Ricky Woods doesn’t like to lose. The veteran coach, who once won 60 games in a row at South Panola, isn’t used to not making the playoffs and competing for championships.
So when the Rangers missed the MACJC playoffs last season despite a 6-3 overall record, the goal for Woods was to get the program better and headed back in the right direction. (August 17, 2010, Page 7)
While all three signal callers did their best to prove why each deserves to start, it was running back Enrique Davis and receiver Melvin Harris who may have left the biggest impressions with onlookers.
Davis broke free for a 56-yard touchdown on the eighth play of the scrimmage to make a case why he should remain in the conversation as a front-line running back in the Ole Miss offense. (August 16, 2010, Page 6)
When talking to Lafayette’s coaches, the phrase sluggish was used several times to describe the squad’s performance despite limiting Pontotoc to just 15 yards of total offense.
Such is life as the defending Class 4A North Half Champion. (August 16, 2010, Page 6)
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