COLUMN: HOOVER, Ala. —He was quick but not rushed, funny but not mocked, informative but not boring, and even managed to find the sunny side of inheriting a 2-10 program with a healthy SEC losing streak.
Measured by his own rhetoric, the consensus among a pool of over 1,000 media members jaded by three days of clichés and no sunlight was that Hugh Freeze won the day in Hoover. The SEC rookie head coach held his own, and maybe even then some during Thursday’s SEC Media Days finale. (more…) (July 20, 2012, Page 6A)
COLUMN: HOOVER, Ala. — As Dan Mullen took the podium for his fourth installment of SEC Media Days as head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, much had changed since the former Florida offensive coordinator had taken the job in 2008, but where Mullen and the Bulldogs now stand is largely a matter of perspective across state lines. (more…) (July 19, 2012, Page 6)
COLUMN: HOOVER, Ala. — For years, the dirty little secret of Southeastern Conference Media Days has been that for all its pomp, circumstance and record-breaking attendance, there’s not much in the way of real news that comes out of this event.
On Tuesday’s first day of the 2012 installment, the situation turned worse, as league newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M spent the day being pelted with one asinine question after another about the “toughness” of the SEC. (more…) (July 18, 2012, Page 7)
OXFORD TOWN – “Subtract big money college athletics from the equation and (Robert) Khayat’s tenure demands the kind of seven story bronze statute only seen in the city centres of Eastern European communist states during the Cold War.” High praise coming from Oxford Town Sports Columnists Steven Godfrey, as he pays tribute to the former UM chancelor who is recuperating from a recent illness. Check it out on Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (December 22, 2011, Page 8)
To listen to Alabama head coach Nick Saban, you wouldn’t know there’s a coaching hot seat in Oxford this season.
“I think Houston Nutt is one of the best coaches in our league and has done a really good job wherever he has been, and I think he’s doing a really good job with this team so far,” Saban said during his weekly press conference. (more…) (October 14, 2011, Page 7A)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt is never a doormat for Ole Miss, but Saturday’s 30-7 “upset” was still a record breaker. Entering Saturday’s game most Rebel fans were aware of the anomalous stat that Vanderbilt had won four of the last six meetings between the teams.
OXFORD TOWN – Oxford Town Sports Columnist Steven Godfrey is disgusted. Frankly, we’re all entitled to be a little disappointed but he actually called it last week. He’s got a list of folks who are in need of firing in a bad way after last week’s Rebel home opener bust against BYU. SPOILER ALERT — No one is bulletproof. He’s even got Jack Black included in his list. Check out Page 10 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town to see who else is outta here in Godfrey land. (September 8, 2011, Page 10)
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall knew exactly what Ole Miss wanted to do Saturday — run the ball as much as possible and guard against turnovers. He just wasn’t sure his Cougar defense could take the Rebels out of their gameplan. (September 6, 2011, Page 6)
OXFORD TOWN – Never at a loss for words, Oxford Town sports columnist Steven Godfrey let’s the world know that he was justified in begging Rebel fans to hang on one more week. Last week, the Rebels delivered and this week, SEC action continues in Oxford as the Kentucky Wildcats roar into town. Is Saturday’s game a “must win?” You bet it is. But, Godfrey’s take on the situation is that the rest of the season we’ll be shifting into “must endure” mode as the schedule toughens. On Page 10 in this week’s edition of Oxford Town, Godfrey lays all the cards on the table. (September 30, 2010, Page 10)
Ole Miss has won the last nine meetings, dating back to 1988.
Tulane scored the rare season opening win for its program with a 27-21 win over neighbor Southeastern Louisiana last Thursday night. With on 252 yards of total offense, the highlight of the night came in the rushing game, led by true freshman Orleans Darkwa (75 yards, 3 TD) and junior Albert Williams (67 yards). (September 10, 2010, Page 8A)