Colonel Reb is soon to be a remnant of the past as he goes into the vault tomorrow. Today is the last official day his image can be licensed. The College Licensing Company, the agent for the University of Mississippi licensing issues, released a memo in March to all licensees that the image of the Colonel may only be licensed through August 31. Tomorrow he enters the College Vault Program where the image can only be licensed out for special occasions for historical use. (August 31, 2010, Page 1)
Colonel Rebel may have disappeared from the sidelines at Ole Miss games several years ago, but there are many Rebel faithful who still show their support for the vacated mascot.
This fall, as Ole Miss officials continue to work on introducing a new mascot to the public, the Colonel will be seen a lot around town and in the stands of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
A CONVERSATION WITH — Eddie Willis is starting a new phase of his life back on the Ole Miss campus at the Wesley Foundation ministry. For many weeks before students set foot on campus Willis was busy preparing a place for them. Now that the students have arrived, Willis is ready to begin his position he sees as a “ministry coach” and help the group grow back into a healthier size. (August 26, 2010, Page 3)
The dream of becoming an athletics director has finally become a reality for Derek Horne. The former Ole Miss basketball player will officially be introduced as the AD for Florida A&M today at 1:30. Horne, who has worked at Ole Miss for the past 15 years and was most recently the senior associate AD for external affairs, said he was excited about his new role at the Tallahassee, Fla., based school. (August 17, 2010, Page 6)
Coach Houston Nutt said he was proud of how his first team offensive line, specifically Alex Washington, Bradley Sowell, A.J. Hawkins and Rishaw Johnson, stepped up. (August 13, 2010, Page 6A)
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)
How much abuse can a high schooler take on the gridiron? Madison Central receiver Tobias Singleton is about to find out.
One year after losing to South Panola in the Class 6A North Half title game, and being ranked No. 1 in Mississippi for most of the season, Jaguars coach Bobby Hall thinks his squad can be even better in 2010.
Despite losing 19 starters — two of which are Ole Miss signees Carlton Martin and Bryon Bennett — Hall feels confident his squad can once again make a deep run in the playoffs.
Perhaps the most important player on the Jaguars this season is none other than Singleton, who is considered one of the top recruits in Mississippi.
Just how important is Singleton to the Jaguars’ projected success? He’s so important, that the Jaguars plan to get the ball in his hands at least 20 times a game, whether it be as a receiver, returner on special teams or quarterbacking Madison Central’s wildcat formation.
And that’s just the way Singleton wants it. (July 23, 2010, Page 7A)
Little details and getting them done right is something Ole Miss Program Director Chyna Ward-Poley loves to do well. For the last 10 years, she’s been making sure that women from around the state, region and nation have been enjoying the little details about college football through her Ladies Football Forum. (July 16, 2010, Page 6A)
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford’s Fourth of July celebration on the Ole Miss campus always promises a jam-packed day of family-friendly events and this year is no exception. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town gives you a breakdown of events so that you and your family can weigh your options and plan your assault on the town as we celebrate our independence together. (June 30, 2010, Page 8)
A 29-year career that helped produced numerous accolades, public exposure and countless memories for Ole Miss sports and the athletes that play them will come to an end today with the retirement of Langston Rogers. (April 30, 2010, Page 6A)