Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was visibly more enthusiastic about the way his Rebels played their second Southeastern Conference game Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Two weeks after watching his team give away a win to Vanderbilt, Nutt was talking about the importance of causing turnovers to the tune of 21 points in a 42-35 win over Kentucky. (more…) (October 4, 2010, Page 1B)
A bye week couldn’t be coming at a better time for the Ole Miss Rebels. A season already filled with injuries to key players got worse for the team in Saturday’s 42-35 win over Kentucky. The Rebels lost three members of the defensive secondary to concussions, while center A.J. Hawkins left the game late with an undisclosed ailment.
For Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix, the bye week allows him to rest some players and get some back into the lineup. Those that can’t return, will be replaced by younger players who will see more reps in practice this week. (October 4, 2010, Page 2B)
OXFORD TOWN – Never at a loss for words, Oxford Town sports columnist Steven Godfrey let’s the world know that he was justified in begging Rebel fans to hang on one more week. Last week, the Rebels delivered and this week, SEC action continues in Oxford as the Kentucky Wildcats roar into town. Is Saturday’s game a “must win?” You bet it is. But, Godfrey’s take on the situation is that the rest of the season we’ll be shifting into “must endure” mode as the schedule toughens. On Page 10 in this week’s edition of Oxford Town, Godfrey lays all the cards on the table. (September 30, 2010, Page 10)
It was just a week ago that first-year Kentucky coach Joker Phillips had to make the toughest decision of his short tenure. After evaluating two scrimmages and countless hours of practice the first two weeks, Phillips decided that senior Mike Hartline would be the starting quarterback when the Wildcats take on Louisville in the season opener.
Hartline has the most overall experience at the spot, but sophomore Morgan Newton, the player that pushed Hartline the most during practices, was 5-3 as a starter last year when Hartline went down with an injury. In the end, Phillips likes his depth at the quarterback spot, one of the strength areas on the team. (August 30, 2010, Page 3B)
SEC MEDIA DAY NOTEBOOK — Sports agents shouldn’t expect to get a Christmas card from Alabama head coach Nick Saban this year. If Saban had it his way, agents who violate the rules by funneling money to players still in college would get a year ban from their profession.
Alabama is one of the schools that has been in the unfortunate position recently of having to deal with questions regarding agents and players. A report surfaced Wednesday at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days that Crimson Tide defensive lineman Marcel Dareus had been ruled ineligible to play this year. The school denied that claim, which was originally reported by the Tuscaloosa News, saying that no action had been taken.
But if the Crimson Tide did lose Dareus, who apparently attended a party in Miami that was funded by an agent, it would be a sizable blow to their chances of repeating as national champions.
Saban, who is not known to always be the best coach to talk about anything let alone something controversial, blasted agents that don’t do things the right way by equating them to pimps. (July 22, 2010, Page 2B)
The No. 20 Ole Miss baseball team has come a long way in terms of finding itself during its nonconference schedule. For starters, roles on the field have begun to be defined with freshmen Alex Yarbrough and Tanner Mathis solidifying positions at second base and left field respectively heading into this weekend’s three-game series at No. 26 Kentucky (14-3 overall).
In addition to David Goforth and Aaron Barrett locking down the closer and Saturday starter roles, one player who has flown under the radar is senior outfielder Taylor Hashman. (March 19, 2010, Page 7A)
OLE MISS BASEBALL NOTEBOOK — Ole Miss sophomore first baseman Matt Snyder has not only shown power in the Rebels first seven games, he’s also showing an improved plate discipline. Also — Drew Pomeranz comes within one of tying his own strikeout record, catcher Miles Hamblin continues to struggle, Ole Miss is still ironing out the signs and pitcher Blair Wright will miss season with Tommy John surgery. (March 1, 2010, Page 8)
OLE MISS MEN’S HOOPS — Ten of the 12 Southeastern Conference teams will open up league play this weekend. (January 7, 2010, Page 6)