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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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COLUMN: Drama far from over with Ole Miss recruiting like this

Another year, and another consensus top-25 recruiting class seems to be lining up for Ole Miss. But it’s going to be another wild ride to Wednesday’s finish line. Hugh Freeze and his staff have traveled near and far for the last year — and then some — and they’ve had some of the country’s top recruits come to them. They’ve sold the program. They’ve made their best pitches. They’ve done all they can do. Now they wait. (February 3, 2015, Page 6, 7)

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    Custis, Donelly commit to Rebels

    Ole Miss’ recruiting class grew by two Monday. Lovejoy (Hampton, Georgia) cornerback Montrell Custis and Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas) defensive lineman Ross Donelly on Monday both announced their commitments to the Rebels on Twitter. The 6-foot, 175-pound Custis posted a photo of himself in Ole Miss gear along with a message Monday afternoon while Donelly, a 6-2, 300-pound defensive tackle, made his pledge in the evening. (February 3, 2015, Page 6)

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      BLOG: Ole Miss snags pair of commitments

      Ole Miss has added a pair of verbal commitments to its 2015 class two days before National Signing Day. (more…) (February 2, 2015)

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        Mind made up, Jefferson ready to ‘make some plays’ for OM

        Van Jefferson was a long-time verbal commit to one Southeastern Conference school before ultimately switching his pledge to another. Ole Miss was the beneficiary of the change, and Jefferson is ready to make an immediate impact in Oxford. (January 27, 2015, Page 6)

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          Recruiting Notebook: OL commit Richmond doesn’t rule out post-NSD decisoin

          Offensive lineman Drew Richmond had what he called a “good trip” to Oxford over the weekend for his official visit, but the Ole Miss commitment’s recruitment isn’t over. In fact, it could go past National Signing Day. The elite offensive tackle from Memphis University School verbally committed to the Rebels back in September over the likes of Tennessee, Alabama and Ohio State and made the short drive back to campus to join other commits and top targets for Ole Miss’ big recruiting weekend before leaving Sunday. (January 26, 2015, Page 6, 7)

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            Ole Miss football players Elston, Stringfellow arrested

            A pair of Ole Miss football players were arrested early Thursday morning. Safety Trae Elston and wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow were taken in by the Oxford Police Department and booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center at 12:10 a.m., according to the jail docket. Details of the incident were not available. (January 23, 2015, Page 6)

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              Rebels set for mega recruiting weekend

              National Signing Day is less than two weeks away, and Ole Miss’ sprint to the finish line will begin today with the start of its biggest recruiting weekend of the year. More than 20 prospects are scheduled to be on campus this weekend, a number that will include all of the Rebels’ verbal commitments and a handful of some of the nation’s top undecided players. Recruits are expected to arrive at various times today and stay through Sunday. (January 23, 2015, Page 6, 7)

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                Cunningham, another Ole Miss legend, dies at 69

                Ole Miss lost another football legend Tuesday morning with the passing of Doug Cunningham, 69, of Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete. Cunningham, who was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame last July and the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, earned three varsity letters in football (1964-66) while helping the Rebels participate in three bowl games, including a 13-7 win over Auburn in the Liberty Bowl. He also lettered in track at Ole Miss as a member of 440-yard relay unit in 1965. (January 14, 2015, Page 6)

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                  Former Ole Miss QB Lear dies at 82

                  Ole Miss has lost another football legend with the passing of Jimmy Lear, 82, here Monday afternoon at Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi following a brief illness.  Arrangements are incomplete. He is survived by his wife, the former Joan Lucas of Greenwood, Miss.; one son, James H. Lear III; two daughters, Annette and Elizabeth; one sister, Stig Baird; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. (January 13, 2015, Page 6)

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                    Report: RB Mathers to transfer from Ole Miss

                    Ole Miss’ crowded backfield is starting to thin out. Junior running back I’Tavius Mathers is leaving the program, according to the Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal. Mathers, a Murfreesboro native, didn’t elaborate on his decision to his hometown newspaper. (January 11, 2015, Page 1B)

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