COLUMN: Some of the most talented high school football players in the nation hail from the state of Mississippi each year. The love of football in the state is evident in the turnout each Friday night and the reputation of a program with the success rate of South Panola has only elevated Mississippi’s stature in the nation. (more…) (July 13, 2011, Page 8)
When San Jacinto catcher Ryan Hornback was drafted — and eventually signed — by the Pittsburgh Pirates, that opened up a void for the Ole Miss baseball team that Austin Knight was more than happy to fill.
Ray Buchanan Jr. only spent a couple of hours in Oxford on Wednesday but the standout Georgia cornerback left with a good impression of the Southeastern Conference school. (more…) (July 8, 2011, Page 6A)
What those bats have also done is put a premium on players who can play “small ball.”
BLOG: It’s about that time of the year again to update the where-are-they-now Diamond Rebels blog. It’s no easy task attempting to keep up with all the Rebels that are now spread throughout the minor (and major) leagues. (more…) (July 6, 2011)
Having posted a 140-193 record over the last five seasons, and most recently a 14-39 mark, it was obvious the next coach of the Ole Miss softball program needed to be one that had experience building a program.
With an eye toward that exact need, Ole Miss announced Thursday that it has hired Windy Thees as its next head coach. Thees doesn’t have to travel far, having spent the last six years at Memphis. (more…) (July 1, 2011, Page 8A)
June 7 was one of the most exciting days in Michael Reed’s young baseball career.
Having been drafted in the fifth round by the Milwaukee Brewers, Reed was openly excited about the opportunity to turn pro and fulfill what is a dream of high school baseball players from coast to coast. (more…) (July 1, 2011, Page 9A)
The good news keeps coming for the Ole Miss football team. Joining recent qualifiers Tobias Singleton and Jamal Mosley is South Panola All-American Nick Brassell.
According to RebelGrove.com and The Ole Miss Spirit, Brassell received news on Wednesday that he has achieved a qualifying ACT score and is enrolled in Ole Miss’ second summer session. (more…) (June 30, 2011, Page 6)
A celebrated high school career, both on the track and in the classroom, culminated with another award for Oxford High pole vaulter Sam Kendricks late last week. The Ole Miss signee, who set a new pole vault record at this year’s MHSAA state meet, was honored Friday when he was named the Gatorade Mississippi Boys Athlete of the Year in track for the 2010-11 school year.
It was the first time a Charger won the award given annually to the student-athlete who not only excels in their respective sport but also in the classroom. (June 28, 2011, Page 6)
There is belief among college football coaches that having a strong and dependable offensive line will help determine a team’s success each fall more than any other position on the field. If that is truly the case, then the Ole Miss Rebels and coach Houston Nutt look to have made the line’s future that much stronger with the verbal commitment of Indiana native Jake Meador.