COLUMN: Remember basketball? Oh now, sure you do – it’s that indoor sport you can’t tailgate for, before or during, that Ole Miss fans treat with the horrible paradox of indifference in the way of actual support and fierce, aggressive criticism. (more…) (May 14, 2013, Page 8)
COLUMN: If you’re still angry or upset about Ole Miss’ last possession loss to La Salle in the NCAA Tournament, that’s OK. It wasn’t the easiest way to end things, to end a previously unthinkable run back to March Madness. (more…) (March 27, 2013, Page 8)
“Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come …” The lyrics from that blues tune made famous by Wilbert Harrison, Fats Domino, The Beatles and countless other artists have been on the minds of Ole Miss basketball fans this week as they headed west to follow the Rebels. Editor Don Whitten recalls his previous two trips to K.C. to cover the Rebels and wonders what kind of weekend this one will be. (March 22, 2013, Page 4A)
Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks relates his memories of Ole Miss’ loss to Valparaiso in the 1998 NCAA Tournament and writes that he hopes things come full circle Friday when the Rebels take on Wisconsin. (March 21, 2013, Page 4)
In the stroke of three wild days in Nashville, the embattled Ole Miss basketball coach not only ended speculation that he’d be fired the same season he became the program’s winningest head coach, but that his style of coaching and development couldn’t get the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament. (more…) (March 18, 2013, Page 1B)
Even in the midst of a wild celebration, Andy Kennedy strongly disagreed with his star players. Reginald Buckner, Murphy Holloway, Nick Williams and Marshall Henderson repeatedly told the media over the course of their three days at the SEC Tournament that Ole Miss’ five-game winning streak en route to their first SEC title since 1981 was a direct response to the Rebels’ awful, thought-to-be-season-ending loss at Mississippi State.
They had the big St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jackson and the Chicago River flowed green for a while Sunday, but there were no big public celebrations in Oxford. Editor Don Whitten, tongue in cheek, expresses surprise that city leaders did not ask for a special exemption for alcohol sales as the city has for several other “special” Sundays during the year. (March 18, 2013, Page 4A)
Saturday’s 81-67 win over LSU on the road not only gave the Ole Miss Rebels their first 12-win season in Southeastern Conference play since 1998, but it also helped garner an honor for head coach Andy Kennedy in the process. (more…) (March 12, 2013, Page 7)