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BLOG: Ole Miss alumni game roster released

The gang is getting back together.  The official roster for Ole Miss’ alumni game, set to take place on Feb. 5 at Oxford-University Stadium, is starting to take form. (more…) (January 18, 2011)

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    Former Rebel hired to lead Blue Devils

    WATER VALLEY — Saddled with the difficult task of selecting a head baseball coach to take over a program that made it to two Class 3A state championship series in five seasons, the Water Valley Blue Devils hope they have hit a home run. (more…) (January 7, 2011, Page 6A)

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      Ole Miss baseball to host alumni game

      On Monday the Ole Miss baseball program announced it plans to host the first-ever alumni game under head coach Mike Bianco.

      The game is set for Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. and will be played at Oxford-University Stadium. The game is expected to feature current pros such as Chris Coghlan, Matt Tolbert, Lance Lynn and Drew Pomeranz facing off against the 2011 Rebels.

      Tickets are $5 for general admission with the proceeds going the Ernie LaBarge Bullpen Club and can be purchased at

      For more information contact Ole Miss Director of Baseball Operations Fuller Smith at (662) 915-7795. (December 14, 2010, Page 9)

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        OM coaching salaries approved by IHL

        SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — The coaching salaries for the biggest coaching names at Ole Miss were approved last month by Mississippi’s Institute for Higher Learning Board of Trustees. (more…) (November 19, 2010)

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          Ole Miss baseball hosting camps

          The Ole Miss baseball team has set dates for its two winter baseball camps. The hitting specialty camp will be held Dec. 4-5 and the pitching/catching specialty camp will be on Jan. 15-16. Both camps are for children in grades 1-12. For more information and to register visit 29, 2010, Page 8A)

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            Smith doing his best Bianco impersonation

            Matt Smith has a completely new appreciation for what Ole Miss head baseball coach Mike Bianco goes through on a day-to-day basis.

            The baseball team’s annual end-of-the-fall three-game series lovingly called the “Pizza Bowl” commenced on Wednesday at Oxford-University Stadium with the Red team coming from behind to top the Blue team 3-2. (more…) (October 28, 2010, Page 7)

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              Ole Miss baseball announces 2011 schedule

              The Ole Miss baseball team will host 33 home games and play series against seven NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, head coach Mike Bianco announced on Tuesday with the release of the Rebels’ 2011 schedule.

              Season tickets for baseball will go on sale beginning in November. Season ticket packages remain, and fans are encouraged to place their orders to secure their spot in what has become one of the best college baseball atmospheres in America. (October 6, 2010, Page 9)

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                Rebels’ Bianco says new bats will change collegiate baseball

                As if getting used to new players with new abilities wasn’t enough during the 2010 fall ball season, the Ole Miss baseball team — and every other college program in the country, for that matter — will have to adapt to using new “BBCOR” bats this fall in order to play with them during the spring season.

                Two years ago, the NCAA passed a rule in which all bats used by teams must be “BBCOR” certified by Jan. 1, 2011.

                The new certification (which stands for batted ball coefficient of restitution) refers to the way bats are tested.

                Instead of measuring the speed of the ball after it is batted, BBCOR measures the “bounciness” of the ball and bat, or the “trampoline effect”. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)

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                  Francis leaving OM, takes opportunity with Titans

                  Yesterday the St. Petersburg (Fla.) College website still stated, “our coaching staff is currently in transition. For more information, use the ‘Contact Us’ link.”

                  The Titans can go ahead and update their website. At noon on Monday, Ole Miss volunteer assistant coach Rob Francis officially accepted the position of head baseball at St. Petersburg College.

                  “It’s been a crazy two weeks,” Francis said of the interview process on Monday.

                  After initially inquiring about the vacant position two weeks ago, Francis interviewed for the job last Monday and went back and forth during the negotiation process before officially accepting the offer on Monday. (September 21, 2010, Page 7)

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                    Francis leaving Ole Miss baseball program

                    Rob Francis will be leaving the Ole Miss baseball program to take over as the head coach at St. Petersburg (Fla.) College. (more…) (September 20, 2010)

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