The breaking news that the NCAA had denied a waiver request that would have allowed transfer quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to play for Ole Miss this fall was so hot that it ended up locking up The Oxford EAGLE web site for a time because of all the hits. More questions and comments have followed since Tuesday’s new, and Editor Don Whitten gives some answers and comments of his own about the situation. (September 1, 2010, Page 4)
The Ole Miss football team kicked off the first game week of the season by announcing its 2010 team captains Sunday night in a team meeting at the Overby Center on campus.
The captains, which were voted on by the players last weekend, include WR Lionel Breaux (New Orleans, La.), S Johnny Brown (Charleston), LB Jonathan Cornell (Azusa, Calif.), DE Kentrell Lockett (Hahnville, La.) and DT Jerrell Powe (Waynesboro). (more…) (August 30, 2010, Page 3B)
Callaway offensive lineman Justin Bell gave his verbal commitment to Ole Miss over the weekend, joining teammate Aaron Morris as the Rebels’ 19th commitment for the 2011 signing class.
Bell, 6-foot-3, 320-pounds, is rated a three-star offensive lineman by Rivals.com and chose the Rebels over Mississippi State. (August 30, 2010, Page 3B)
Assistant News Editor Anne Pringle recalls years and years of tailgating, whether outside Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson, out of the backs of cars in the Grove at Ole Miss or in the current “tent city” style all over the UM campus as she and other family members get ready for another season of Rebel football – and tailgating. (August 26, 2010, Page 4)
Former Pontotoc High School and Ole Miss football standout Jim Weatherly, who followed his gridiron career with even more success as a singer and songwriter, will be honored with “Jim Weatherly Day” this weekend in his hometown of Pontotoc. Editor Don Whitten, a longtime Weatherly fan, tells why. (August 4, 2010, Page 4)
A coroner says complications of sickle cell trait caused the death of Bennie F. Abram, a Ole Miss football player who collapsed during a Feb. 19 workout.
Officials released the autopsy results Monday for Abram, a 20-year-old junior from Southaven.
Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said the official cause of death was the sickle cell trait associated with exertion.
Kennedy said a contributing factor was that Abram had an enlarged heart.
Kennedy said a person with sickle cell trait inherits one gene for sickle hemoglobin and one for normal hemoglobin. The condition can be asymptomatic. However, Kennedy said Abram knew he had sickle cell trait. (May 18, 2010, Page 10)
Ole Miss enhanced the season ticket package for the 2011 season with the addition of Boise State to the slate in the opener.
Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone announced the move on Thursday. (May 14, 2010, Page 6A)
Wesley Phillips, a long snapper for the Ole Miss football team, was injured while riding his mountain bike down a hill and he remained stranded for five hours before help arrived. Members of the Oxford and University Police Departments were involved in the search and rescue. (May 4, 2010, Page 1)
THE GODFREY SHOW – Late in the third quarter of Saturday’s Grove Bowl the realization hit that spring football in the South must be similar to the crackling atmosphere of a ACC tilt between Maryland and NC State in late October: About 25,000 disinterested fans and families lounging in a cavernous, fairly empty football stadium under blue skies and no humidity. See what Oxford Town’s sports columnist Steven Godfrey has to say about the Rebels as they wrap up their spring training. (April 22, 2010, Page 12)
THE GODFREY SHOW – This is Dexter McCluster. The waterbug. The scatback. The X-man. The Wild Rebel. The savior of an impostor offense in 2009. He’s also the undersized draft risk, an offensive tweener thought to be too small to withstand life as a primary (or even changeup/third down) tailback in the league and too much of an unknown at receiver. See what Godfrey has to say about Dexter’s draft chances on The Godfrey Show in this week’s Oxford Town. (April 15, 2010, Page 12)