Ole Miss returned to the practice fields Tuesday, a day after head football coach Houston Nutt dealt with several questions about his future and how to fix problems associated with a 1-2 start.
Nutt’s opening remarks following Tuesday’s practice revolved around him taking responsibility for the problems of the team and re-iterating the point that he was the one to blame, not the Ole Miss administration. (September 21, 2011, Page 6)
After watching the Rebels turn the ball over five times, commit six penalties for 51 yards and only convert four of 14 third-down conversions, there wasn’t much Nutt could say about Saturday’s display of inept passing, running, blocking, catching and play calling other than it was bad. Really, really bad. (September 19, 2011, Page 1B)
After recording just six interceptions last season, the Rebels hijacked four passes from Southern Illinois quarterback Paul McIntosh on Saturday, and have five picks through two games. (September 12, 2011, Page 2B)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford Town Sports Columnist Steven Godfrey is disgusted. Frankly, we’re all entitled to be a little disappointed but he actually called it last week. He’s got a list of folks who are in need of firing in a bad way after last week’s Rebel home opener bust against BYU. SPOILER ALERT — No one is bulletproof. He’s even got Jack Black included in his list. Check out Page 10 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town to see who else is outta here in Godfrey land. (September 8, 2011, Page 10)
The line between winning and losing in college football is extremely fine. For the Ole Miss Rebels, a team that was looking to get off to a good start following a disappointing 4-8 season in 2010, Saturday’s season opening 14-13 loss to BYU at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium boiled down to just a few plays that prevented them from earning a much-needed victory.
Mistakes cost the Rebels in last year’s season-opening loss to Jacksonville State and it was miscues at the most critical points of the game that hurt them again this year. (more…) (September 5, 2011, Page 1B)
As if losing its season opener to BYU wasn’t bad enough, Ole Miss might be without its top two running backs for an extended period of time.
During his weekly teleconference on Sunday, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt updated the status of seniors Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis, both of whom saw limited playing time after being injured against the Cougars. (September 5, 2011, Page 1B)
BLOG — Just got this in from Athlon Sports, a partner of the paper who provides us with a monthly sports insert. (more…) (September 1, 2011)
A little over a week after being named the starting quarterback for the BYU opener, Ole Miss sophomore Barry Brunetti had his best practice of the summer. Head coach Houston Nutt and offensive coordinator David Lee both praised the work turned in by Brunetti on Tuesday.
The biggest reason for the swift improvement compared to last week when Brunetti struggled was comfort, while consistency was another important intangible mentioned by both coaches. (August 31, 2011, Page 6A)
Brunetti, who will be the starter for the BYU game, cut down on the mistakes he made on Tuesday in the Rebels’ most recent practice, Lee said. (August 25, 2011, Page 6)
While extensive film study may end up allowing offensive coordinator David Lee and coach Houston Nutt do ultimately decide who that player will be, the verdict was still uncertain immediately after Saturday’s scrimmage at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. (August 22, 2011, Page 1B)