Highly successful high school coaches. Moving on to be assistants at the college level before eventually landing head coaching gigs at major programs.
There are a lot of similarities in the career paths taken by Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, and those parallels have made for a close bond off the field for the men who were cut from nearly the same coaching cloth. (October 2, 2013, Page 6)
Ole Miss is averaging 490 yards per game, yet 32 other teams around the country rank higher than the Rebels in total offense. Such is life in modern-day college football. (September 19, 2013, Page 8)
HOOVER, Ala. — South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is very aware that it’s better to have defensive end Jadeveon Clowney on his team. The 6-foot-6, 274-pound Clowney is the nation’s top defensive linemen. (more…) (July 18, 2013, Page 7)
Experience is something the Lafayette Commodores have on their side heading into Saturday’s MHSAA Class 4A state title game in Jackson’s Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Not only will this be the third time in a row LHS has played for a state title on the same field, 13 seniors were starters back in 2009 when the team played against St. Stanislaus. (December 2, 2011, Page 6A)
AROUND THE NET: This has been a long time coming and is probably well over due.
In an effort to better keep y’all in the know with all things related to Ole Miss, Oxford High, Lafayette High and Water Valley High athletics, I’m going to attempt to blog more regularly in the form of an “around the net” entry. (more…) (November 28, 2011)
Larry Fedora, Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzhan, three men in their 40s, have emerged as hot names in ongoing coaching searches, including Ole Miss’. (November 17, 2011, Page 6)
HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn set all sorts of offensive records last year during its march to the 2011 BCS championship. Led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton, the Tigers set single-season records for the most points in school history (577), total offense (6,989 yards) and yards rushing (3,987).
Heading into the 2011 season, with Newton and seven other starters from last year’s offense gone, the talk Thursday at Southeastern Conference Media Days was how the Tigers would fare on offense. (more…) (July 22, 2011, Page 8A)
Twenty-seven seconds into Saturday’s game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt’s desire for his Rebels to upset the No. 1 team in the BCS Standings, the Auburn Tigers, looked pretty good.
Freshman running back Jeff Scott had just reeled off an 83-yard run down the Ole Miss sideline for a touchdown at that point and the fifth-largest crowd in stadium history of 61,474 was roaring with approval.
But just as quickly as Rebel fans could get into their “Yell O” rhythm on defense, Auburn was moving right back down the field to score the first of six touchdowns in an eventual 51-31 win.
Led by super-standout quarterback Cam Newton, the Tigers shredded the Rebels for 71 yards on six plays that first drive. Newton completed three straight passes to get across the 50-yard line, while running back Onterio McCalebb’s 15-yard run got the Tigers into the red zone.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn then sent a message to the Rebels about how the game would eventually play out as they sent Newton out wide to catch his first touchdown of the season. (November 1, 2010, Page 1B)
In the No. 3 Tigers’ 51-31 win over Ole Miss on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, it was the young running back duo of freshman Michael Dyer and sophomore Onterio McCalebb that did the bulk of the work on the ground, rushing for a combined 279 yards and two scores on 30 carries.
Newton pointed to Ole Miss’ game plan as for why his backs were able to have big days. (November 1, 2010, Page 2B)