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Rebels still waiting on a couple key recruits

The success of Ole Miss’ latest football recruiting weekend landed coach Houston Nutt a new verbal commitment from defensive tackle Uriah Grant as well as several other commitments who came to Oxford and re-affirmed their desire to play for the Rebels in the coming year. (more…) (January 25, 2011, Page 8)

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    Saturday expected to be a good day for Rebel football

    Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio is shaping up to bring some exciting news for the Ole Miss Rebel football team. (more…) (January 7, 2011, Page 7A)

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      Introduction into MTA Hall of Fame a big deal for Rebels’ Chadwick

      A trip to Jackson on Friday will be especially memorable for Ole Miss men’s tennis coach Billy Chadwick. (more…) (January 6, 2011, Page 6)

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        Super Bowl ring should inspire LHS players

        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)

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          Ole Miss’ Vaughn will have to return to hunt mode down the stretch

          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)

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            This year’s All-Area team best I’ve seen

            This season’s EAGLE All-Area football team was released in Thursday’s sports section. Unfortunately for me, space prevented me from writing a column that would appear next to the story on the back page.

            So instead of it appearing on Thursday, I thought sharing my opinion on this year’s team was important.

            For those who may have missed the players who made the team, Lafayette junior running back Demarkus Dennis was named Player of the Year, while another 11 Commodores who helped the school win the Class 4A state title made the first-team squad. Three other LHS players were named honorable mention.

            Oxford had seven players on this year’s team, while Water Valley had five. Both the Chargers and Blue Devils each had three players receive honorable mention status. (December 17, 2010, Page 6A)

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              ‘Dores show state how good they are

              JACKSON — It was just a few minutes after the Lafayette Commodores won their first football state title in school history that coach Anthony Hart was asked where he felt his team ranked in the state. (more…) (December 6, 2010, Page 2B)

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                Tight knit staff key to LHS success

                A strong connection between the current members of the Lafayette High football team and former members has always been something that has made the Commodores a force to be reckoned with each fall. But the bond amongst the coaching staff and their immediate family is arguably just as strong, if not stronger, and the role that they play has also helped LHS achieve at a high level. (more…) (December 2, 2010, Page 4B)

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                  Rebels better get used to hard work

                  Hard work is something the returning Ole Miss football players better get used to during the next several months based on what head coach Houston Nutt said during his final weekly press conference Monday. (more…) (November 30, 2010, Page 8)

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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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