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Mindful of their RPI, Rebels head into ‘pothole’ season

COLUMN: Barring the unforeseen, Ole Miss basketball stands to break their NCAA Tournament drought and make the postseason tournament for the first time since March of 2002.

That’s barring the unforeseen, mind you, and the unforeseen — player arrests, exploding ACLs — have become sort of… predictable for this program under Kennedy. (more…) (February 12, 2013, Page 7)

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    Remarkable recruiting could make an enemy of expectations

    COLUMN: The only less impressed, less mindful, patient and genuine group of people than the ADD-addled mobile-to-mobile teenagers of 2013 might be college football fans, specifically those in Oxford. (more…) (February 5, 2013)

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      Oxford’s emotional win is for everyone

      COLUMN: Tuesday’s historic victory wasn’t just for those Oxford Chargers who took the field.

      With many Chargers-of-tomorrow on hand for the 5A North Half title game, several current Chargers said the 3-1 victory over Starkville was as much about those in the stands and in the community as it was about the immediate team. (more…) (January 30, 2013, Page 7)

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        If OM lands the best on signing day, expect worst from critics

        COLUMN: There’s any number of things for a Rebels sports fan to be excited about at the moment: A basketball team that’s cracked the Top 25 for the first time in almost three years and looks like it will end an 11-year NCAA Tournament drought, baseball season (and warm weather) just around the corner and a Rebel football signing class that looks to rival any in school history. (more…) (January 22, 2013, Page 7)

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          It’s early, but Rebel hoops is suddenly a hot ticket

          COLUMN: I don’t know how or why, but it seems Ole Miss basketball is suddenly cool again. It can’t just be that the Rebels are riding their first 2-0 SEC start in Andy Kennedy’s tenure, because a road win over Tennessee (no matter how rare) couldn’t have been the sole agent to prompt Rebel students to pack out C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum against Missouri on Saturday. (more…) (January 15, 2013, Page 6)

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            Grenada’s Bledsoe paying attention to Rebels’ class

            COLUMN: Ole Miss’ success on the recruiting trail isn’t exclusively tracked by fans. Current verbal commitments for the 2013 football recruiting class are keeping up with what coach Hugh Freeze and his staff are achieving in the days leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 6, 2013.

            One of those commits that is interested in how the rest of the class shakes out is Grenada athlete Trey Bledsoe (6-foot-2, 185 pounds). Bledsoe chose to play for the Rebels well before the 2012 season started, before Freeze’s offense started to make stars out of Bo Wallace — this year’s Conerly Trophy Award winner — and wide receiver Donte Moncrief, Wallace’s main target this season. (more…) (December 12, 2012, Page 3B)

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              Ole Miss looking at EMCC standouts

              COLUMN: Ole Miss’ goal of signing junior college tackles and ends on defense has revolved around players from East Mississippi CC in Scooba. (more…) (December 6, 2012, Page 10)

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                Freeze gains control of Egg Bowl rivalry without Mullen-esque quips, jabs

                COLUMN: Shortly after Hollingsworth Field was washed over by a boozy wave of Ole Miss students celebrating a 41-24 Egg Bowl victory, the two patriarchs got down to spinning the night’s events forward. They couldn’t have been more different. (more…) (November 26, 2012, Page 4B)

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                  More than any other game in decades, this Egg Bowl is golden for OM

                  COLUMN: Saturday’s Egg Bowl is a first for Ole Miss rookie head coach Hugh Freeze: It’s an absolute must-win.

                  Outside of perhaps the season debut against FCS Central Arkansas, there hasn’t been a single absolute-must-win decreed for the Rebels this entire season, what with the flaming mess that former head coach Houston Nutt left and the lack of available talent and depth headed into this season. (more…) (November 22, 2012, Page 8A)

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                    UGA rout a return to reality for OM Rebs

                    COLUMN: ATHENS, Ga. — If Hugh Freeze does end up winning coach of the year honors in the Southeastern Conference, it will be for a “remarkable” turnaround and not a “miraculous” one. (more…) (November 5, 2012, Page 1B)

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