The biggest challenge facing colleges and universities everywhere is simple: funding. Editor Don Whitten looks at how funding has changed over the years and shares some of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones’ insights on how private funding is becoming more important in higher education. (May 2, 2012, Page 4)
Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy says he is staying in Oxford. Kennedy issued a statement to the media Sunday afternoon stating that reports saying he was offered the head coaching position at UAB were false. (more…) (March 26, 2012, Page 6)
Ole Miss’ initial approach to hire Ross Bjork as the program’s new athletics director didn’t work in January. Chancellor Dan Jones’ second pitch to land Bjork and pull him away from his AD spot at Western Kentucky, however, hit the mark. (March 23, 2012, Page 7A)
Ole Miss’ search to find the next person to lead the athletics department is finally over. After searching for Pete Boone’s replacement since he announced his decision to step aside as AD last November, Ole Miss officially hired Western Kentucky Athletics Director Ross Bjork to the same position today. He is expected to be introduced at a press conference Thursday.
According to a release from Ole Miss, Bjork will take over in mid-April. A committee led by former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and FedEx executive Mike Glenn helped recommend Bjork to Chancellor Dan Jones. (March 21, 2012, Page 6)
The Senatobia native, who led Arkansas State to a 10-2 record this past season as a first-year head coach, came back home Monday when he was officially introduced as Ole Miss’ 37th head coach at the Ford Center. (December 6, 2011, Page 6)
BLOG: Introductory press conferences that are open to the public are meant to be full of rah-rah, feel-good speak.
Hugh Freeze‘s press conference at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts today had plenty of that.
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There are favorites – think Lafayette Commodores – and there are underdogs – think Hugh Freeze in the search for a new Ole Miss football coach – who both win as they did this past weekend. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the LHS success story as well as the quick move up the coaching ladder by Freeze. (December 5, 2011, Page 4A)
BLOG — Ole Miss’ search for a new head football coach is continuing to progress as the five-members assigned to help hire that next person was officially announced. (more…) (November 12, 2011)
VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone and Dan Jones both talk about the decision to not retain Houston Nutt as the program’s head coach after this season. (more…) (November 9, 2011)
Monday’s weekly press conference for Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt had a much bigger audience than normal. Instead of questions about the Rebels’ next opponent, Louisiana Tech, Nutt gave an opening statement about his four years at Ole Miss and then took questions on why he thought he was not being retained as the program’s coach.
Nutt said the administration’s decision to let him go as head coach Sunday night boiled down to wins and losses. Nutt, who started his career in Oxford with back-to-back trips to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, said he understood the decision and why Monday’s press conference was called in the first place. (November 8, 2011, Page 8)