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Lafayette’s Liggins takes official vist to Ole Miss

Ole Miss’ goal of signing a couple of quarterbacks for the class of 2012 continued to take shape over the weekend, both for the good and not so good.

Lafayette High standout Jeremy Liggins (6-foot-4, 270-pounds) was on campus to visit officially. This year’s EAGLE Player of the Year said he enjoyed his visit, his first in the process that will continue the rest of the month, with first-year head coach Hugh Freeze and his assistants. (more…) (January 9, 2012, Page 6)

Luke’s return to Oxford a “no brainer”

COLUMN: There was a smile almost a mile wide on Matt Luke’s face when he entered the team meeting room at Ole Miss Indoor Practice Facility Monday morning to meet with the media for the first time since he was hired to head coach Hugh Freeze’s staff. Sure, Christmas was less than a week away, but the former Ole Miss Rebel center was genuinely more excited about coming back home to tutor the team’s offensive linemen and help turn the program he played at back into a winner than anything else. (more…) (December 21, 2011, Page 6)

Freeze discusses recruiting, staff and other topics

BLOG: Earlier today Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze addressed the media at the Indoor Practice Facility and touched on a number of topics. (more…) (December 19, 2011)

No. 10 Hogs rallies, then holds on to top Ole Miss

BLOG: Good morning from sunny Oxford, Miss., where the Ole Miss Rebels are set to host No. 10 Arkansas for a 11:21 a.m. kickoff at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Today’s game will be televised on the SEC Network. (more…) (October 22, 2011)

Nutt suspends four Rebels for ‘Bama

The difficulty of upsetting No. 2 Alabama on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium only increased for the Ole Miss Rebels Thursday when coach Houston Nutt announced four players would miss the game due to suspension.

Senior running back Brandon Bolden, senior offensive guard Alex Washington, junior center A.J. Hawkins and sophomore wide receiver Philander Moore will miss Saturday’s contest due to a “violation of team rules” Nutt said following Thursday’s practice. (more…) (October 14, 2011, Page 6A)

Suspensions add to season of disappointments

COLUMN: It’s become painfully obvious that the Ole Miss football team lacks leadership, focus and the understanding of what it takes to win football games in the Southeastern Conference.

What else can you call Thursday’s decision by coach Houston Nutt to suspend four players for violation of team rules other than total disrespect to the ultimate goal of winning? (more…) (October 14, 2011, Page 6A)

Quick hits from Nutt’s weekly press conference

BLOG: As to be expected, questions during today’s weekly press conference with Houston Nutt focused Alabama.

More specifically, the the bulk of the questions dealt with the Tide’s lock-down defense that has Alabama (6-0 overall, 3-0 SEC) ranked No. 1 by the Associated Press and No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. (more…) (October 10, 2011)

Lee trying to keep his unit thinking positive

Ole Miss offensive coordinator David Lee is trying his best to remain positive even after his unit failed to gain 200 yards in a 27-13 loss to Georgia at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Even though Lee wasn’t a member of last year’s staff that produced a 4-8 record, he is very aware that the losses suffered last year are still on the minds of his players. Following Saturday’s loss, Lee said he went to each offensive player and re-assured them to keep working and believing in each other in the attempt to keep the spirits as high as possible. (September 26, 2011, Page 1B)

Improvement on OL key moving forward

Improving the way the offense moves the ball and how the offensive line blocks is what Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is looking to fix this week as the Rebels prepare for Southeastern Conference play. Ole Miss opens SEC play at Vanderbilt and Nutt said that while the line played better last week against Southern Illinois, things would have to improve against the Commodores. (September 13, 2011, Page 6)

Markuson keeping Rebel linemen focused

Don’t ask Ole Miss offensive line coach Mike Markuson who will win the Southeastern Conference title or any other title this year.

Markuson isn’t a big fan of preseason publications, and that includes hearing the early buzz about his offensive line being one of the best in the SEC and nation.

From Markuson’s perspective, his line still has something to prove and the preseason hype usually doesn’t help prove that point. (August 18, 2011, Page 2B)

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