The “Egg Bowl” may take place on the gridiron, but multiple times this week Ole Miss players said that the Bulldogs threw them a curveball that they were unable to foul off a year ago.
What was the difference maker in last year’s 41-27 victory for Mississippi State? The option.
After starting the game with the diminutive Tyson Lee at quarterback, the Bulldogs switched things up on the Rebels and deployed a difficult option offense with reserve Chris Relf handling the quarterback duties. (November 24, 2010, Page 6A)
A season that has not gone the way Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt wanted at the start of the year will conclude this Saturday night in the annual “Egg Bowl” game against Mississippi State. In a year in which injuries, suspensions and mistakes have garnered the most attention for the Rebels, Saturday’s game serves as a chance for the Rebels to make amends for a disappointing year with a win over the team that caused them so much grief at the end of last season.
Nutt talked about the rivalry, among other things, Monday during his weekly press conference and how last year’s game has been used as motivation to defeat the Bulldogs. (November 23, 2010, Page 8)
A little over a year after making a verbal pledge to play softball at Mississippi State, Water Valley standout Ashley Phillips made things official Monday when she signed her name on the dotted line to play for coach Jay Miller and the Lady Bulldogs.
Phillips, the 2009 EAGLE Player of the Year, was joined by several members of her family, her teammates, friends and coaches in a signing ceremony held in the WVHS cafeteria Monday afternoon. It was last fall that Phillips decided that MSU was the place for her to play and despite the opportunity to see other schools, Phillips stuck to her original decision. There hasn’t been any stress leading up to signing the National Letter of Intent, Phillips said, but the excitement level did build as Monday arrived and the ceremony got closer. (November 16, 2010, Page 2B)
Oxford may not be the first city you would expect to find Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin, but a stop at Proud Larry’s restaurant on the Square to meet with area Bulldog fans and welcome students who will be attending MSU in the fall was right up his alley.
Stricklin made a rare appearance in Lafayette County Monday evening and while he attempted to garner additional support for the athletics department, his main goal was to show his support for existing MSU fans who live in an area dominated by Ole Miss Rebel supporters. Being on the road has become a regular occurrence for Stricklin ever since he was named MSU’s athletics director on May 7 and his stop in Oxford was just another city to add to the list that now includes Houston, Texas, Memphis, Birmingham, Ala., and several points in between. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)
Make no mistake about it, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has an innate ability to upset Ole Miss fans and inspire his football players all at the same time. Mullen told a room full of reporters at the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days Wednesday that he calls Ole Miss “the school up North” for a reason and it was all in the attempt to emphasize how important the rivalry is to his program. (July 22, 2010, Page 1B)
The unofficial start to college football has arrived. The Southeastern Conference’s Kickoff 2010, also known as “Media Days,” got underway Wednesday afternoon at the Wynfrey Hotel. For those that don’t know much about Media Days, it’s a three-day convention that consists of the 12 league coaches trying their best to talk up their teams, talk down expectations and generally not answer a question that’s overly controversial.
As Paul Finebaum, Birmingham’s caustic sports talk show host, so eloquently put it, Media Days is like the circus coming to town. I agree with that description of the event, but with one little extra detail. It’s like the circus is coming to town, but just before the train carrying the company hits the depot, it derails sending all the cars in different directions. In a nutshell, one story turns into many. (July 22, 2010, Page 1B)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen was asked just a few minutes ago at SEC Media Days why he refers to Ole Miss as the school up North. (more…) (July 21, 2010)
Redshirt sophomore David Goforth was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round, while right-handed junior Matt Tracy was selected in the 43rd round by the Florida Marlins.
After struggling for most of the year — 1-6, 9.43 ERA — Goforth said he expected to go later in the draft rather than earlier, but added that he was still excited to be selected. (June 10, 2010, Page 6)
Two more Rebels were selected on Day 2 of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Right-handed pitcher Aaron Barrett was selected in the ninth round by the Washington Nationals, while center fielder Tim Ferguson was picked in the next round by the Kansas City Royals. (June 9, 2010, Page 6)
It took a tornado warning in Oktibbeha County to silence the Ole Miss Rebels’ bats on Sunday.
With Ole Miss leading the Mississippi State Bulldogs 19-11 after seven innings, the game at Dudy Noble Field was called due to a severe thunderstorm warning in the area.
The win was the third of the weekend for the Rebels, who took the previous two games 4-2 and 12-10. (May 3, 2010, Page 1B)