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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Steven Godfrey

Mindful of their RPI, Rebels head into ‘pothole’ season

COLUMN: Barring the unforeseen, Ole Miss basketball stands to break their NCAA Tournament drought and make the postseason tournament for the first time since March of 2002.

That’s barring the unforeseen, mind you, and the unforeseen — player arrests, exploding ACLs — have become sort of… predictable for this program under Kennedy. (more…) (February 12, 2013, Page 7)

Remarkable recruiting could make an enemy of expectations

COLUMN: The only less impressed, less mindful, patient and genuine group of people than the ADD-addled mobile-to-mobile teenagers of 2013 might be college football fans, specifically those in Oxford. (more…) (February 5, 2013)

OM fans would hate Henderson if he wasn’t their player, but he is

COLUMN: Saturday night’s often ugly, ultimately triumphant trip to Auburn — a place where so many Ole Miss basketball seasons past had hit a pot hole with a definitive “bad loss” in conference play — was marked more for Henderson’s postgame jersey-popping display to Tiger fans than anything on the court. (more…) (January 29, 2013, Page 7)

If OM lands the best on signing day, expect worst from critics

COLUMN: There’s any number of things for a Rebels sports fan to be excited about at the moment: A basketball team that’s cracked the Top 25 for the first time in almost three years and looks like it will end an 11-year NCAA Tournament drought, baseball season (and warm weather) just around the corner and a Rebel football signing class that looks to rival any in school history. (more…) (January 22, 2013, Page 7)

Henderson’s shot keys OT victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It wasn’t a “desperation heave,” if you believe the man who shot it. It was all part of the plan.

Marshall Henderson’s folk hero status grew again on Tuesday night, as Ole Miss came surging back to life to defeat Vanderbilt in overtime 89-79 at Memorial Gym. The win was Ole Miss’ first at Memorial Gym since 2001, the year they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The win also improved the Rebels to 14-2 overall, their best start since the 2007-08 team went 15-1 and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. (more…) (January 16, 2013, Page 6)

It’s early, but Rebel hoops is suddenly a hot ticket

COLUMN: I don’t know how or why, but it seems Ole Miss basketball is suddenly cool again. It can’t just be that the Rebels are riding their first 2-0 SEC start in Andy Kennedy’s tenure, because a road win over Tennessee (no matter how rare) couldn’t have been the sole agent to prompt Rebel students to pack out C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum against Missouri on Saturday. (more…) (January 15, 2013, Page 6)

Before recruiting, don’t forget to celebrate overachieving D

Things were so good, it almost wasn’t fair to everybody: Before Ole Miss could escape the cold drizzle of the January rain in Birmingham after a never-in-doubt win over Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl, fans and media were clamoring about the coming recruiting class, which depending on your optimism and news sources, could be one of the best in school history. (more…) (January 8, 2013, Page 8)

Rebels turnover big road opportunity

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Middle Tennessee State taught Ole Miss a valuable lesson Saturday night: It’s all about your appetite.

The Rebels lost 65-62 at MTSU, their first of the season, in an effort characterized by coach Andy Kennedy as — at times — a case of the Blue Raiders’ senior-laden roster simply being hungrier than Ole Miss. (December 10, 2012, Page 1B)

Freeze gains control of Egg Bowl rivalry without Mullen-esque quips, jabs

COLUMN: Shortly after Hollingsworth Field was washed over by a boozy wave of Ole Miss students celebrating a 41-24 Egg Bowl victory, the two patriarchs got down to spinning the night’s events forward. They couldn’t have been more different. (more…) (November 26, 2012, Page 4B)

More than any other game in decades, this Egg Bowl is golden for OM

COLUMN: Saturday’s Egg Bowl is a first for Ole Miss rookie head coach Hugh Freeze: It’s an absolute must-win.

Outside of perhaps the season debut against FCS Central Arkansas, there hasn’t been a single absolute-must-win decreed for the Rebels this entire season, what with the flaming mess that former head coach Houston Nutt left and the lack of available talent and depth headed into this season. (more…) (November 22, 2012, Page 8A)

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