SPORTS EDITOR BLOG —ESPN’s Jamie Newberg, who many remember from his TV show ‘Countdown to Signing Day,’ has been evaluating recruiting classes for close to 20 years. His knowledge on how schools are doing on the recruiting front is well respected and he feels like Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt and his staff have done a great job so far. (more…) (January 27, 2011)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Last weekend’s official visit to Oxford for Philadelphia LB C.J. Johnson got Ole Miss another important verbal commitment today. (more…) (January 25, 2011)
The success of Ole Miss’ latest football recruiting weekend landed coach Houston Nutt a new verbal commitment from defensive tackle Uriah Grant as well as several other commitments who came to Oxford and re-affirmed their desire to play for the Rebels in the coming year. (more…) (January 25, 2011, Page 8)
A late surge by Mississippi State coupled with the inability to make shots at the most critical stages of the game cost the Ole Miss Rebels dearly in their Southeastern Conference home opener Thursday night. (more…) (January 14, 2011, Page 6A)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Here live at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum getting ready for tonight’s SEC matchup between the Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs. (more…) (January 13, 2011)
A change of heart is a common thing for high school players to deal with during the recruiting process leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 2, but for Philadelphia linebacker C.J. Johnson (6-foot-3, 243-pounds, 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash), a recent de-commitment opened the flood gates to some new possibilities and opportunities for schools to sign him.
Johnson broke away from his verbal pledge to Mississippi State for the time being to re-evaluate where he might want to go to school. Although Johnson had been committed to play for the Bulldogs and coach Dan Mullen since the fall of his junior season, the loss of MSU assistant coaches Mark Hudspeth and Manny Diaz in the matter of month made him start to feel like Starkville may not be the best place to go. (January 13, 2011, Page 6)
Ole Miss and Mississippi State may not be undefeated or ranked heading into tonight’s Southeastern Conference game at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum, but the outcome for both teams means just as much as any the two have played for in recent years.
Both the Rebels and Bulldogs are 0-1 in SEC play heading into tonight’s 8 p.m. game that can be seen on ESPN2. Neither team can afford too many losses to SEC West teams this season with the RPI being so low for all those teams on that side of the conference. For the Bulldogs, who have an RPI in the 200s, a setback tonight would make them 8-8 overall, while the Rebels are 12-4 and have an RPI in the mid 60s.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said it’s important to get off to a good start at home in the SEC and build momentum for Saturday’s matchup with No. 23 Georgia. (January 13, 2011, Page 6)
Ole Miss has played Mississippi State more than any other team in its basketball history, but there is a certain unknown the Bulldogs bring to the table for Thursday night’s game at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (more…) (January 12, 2011, Page 6A)