COLUMN: A successful football program on the field doesn’t just rely on its talent to garner attention. For East Mississippi Community College coach Buddy Stephens, the key to his team’s success the past five years on the field revolves around what his players do off the field, in the classroom. (more…) (January 30, 2013, Page 6)
Mississippi’s junior college football programs have routinely produced some of the nation’s best talent each season and served Ole Miss in times of need. Monday, the Rebels were able to land another top player from the state in East Mississippi defensive tackle Jarran Reed. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Reed picked the Rebels over offers from North Carolina, Mississippi State and others due to the interest he garnered from the Ole Miss staff, specifically defensive line coach Chris Kiffin and graduate assistant Tray Scott.
Reed, who is a native of Goldsboro, N.C., has been thinking about committing to the Rebels since he attended the Vanderbilt game on Nov. 10. Reed was planning to set up his official visits during the Christmas break but that changed after talking with his mother about playing for coach Hugh Freeze. (December 11, 2012, Page 8)
BLOG — Ole Miss picked up an important verbal pledge from a needed position — defensive tackle — this morning when East Mississippi Community College’s Jarran Reed chose the Rebels over offers from several programs, including North Carolina, Florida and Mississippi State. (more…) (December 10, 2012)
SCOOBA — One play is all that separated the No. 5 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers from a victory over No. 3 East Mississippi in Thursday night’s MACJC North Division title game at Sullivan-Windham Field. In a game where both defenses gave up a combined 1,281 yards, it was the Lions that remained undefeated on the season with a 56-49 win over the Rangers. (October 19, 2012, Page 6A)
SCOOBA — Mature was a word that continued to come out of the mouth of Nick Brassell following his team’s victory against the No. 5 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers Thursday night. Brassell, who was a standout wide receiver/defensive back at Ole Miss in his first season out of South Panola, helped lead the No. 3 EMCC Lions past the Rangers on both sides of the ball. (October 19, 2012, Page 6A)
Increased costs related to recruiting student athletes, extra pressure on high school athletes that are currently being recruited and a loss of local ties are just some of the many issues junior and four-year college football coaches from around the state and region don’t like about the proposals handed down from junior college presidents last week. (more…) (October 5, 2011, Page 6)