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November 30, 2012

I stepped on to the Ole Miss football beat for The Daily Mississippian at the beginning of the 2010 football season and immediately realized that the Ole Miss football program, which had won 18 games and back-to-back Cotton Bowls over the past two seasons, was headed in a drastically different direction. 

I stepped on to the Ole Miss football beat for The Daily Mississippian at the beginning of the 2010 football season and immediately realized that the Ole Miss football program, which had won 18 games and back-to-back Cotton Bowls over the past two seasons, was headed in a drastically different direction. 
 
The Rebels lost 49-48 that day in double overtime against Jacksonville State, and my first game on the beat was the beginning of the downfall of head coach Houston Nutt.
 

October 31, 2012

 
The Daily Mississippian sports editor David Collier gives the biggest tricks (disappointments) and treats (surprises) from the SEC in the first nine weeks of the season.

 
Trick: Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee
 
At the beginning of the season, who would have thought Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee would be where they are today? 
 

August 30, 2012

 
As the old saying goes, “Just wait until next year.”
 
 
Yes I know, that always seems to be the excuse when it comes to Ole Miss football. But if you said that after last season’s 2-10 debacle that handed Houston Nutt a ticket out of town, you were right.
 
That “next year” is finally here, and really, things have nowhere to go but up.

 
As the old saying goes, “Just wait until next year.”
 
Yes I know, that always seems to be the excuse when it comes to Ole Miss football. But if you said that after last season’s 2-10 debacle that handed Houston Nutt a ticket out of town, you were right.
 
That “next year” is finally here, and really, things have nowhere to go but up.
 

August 30, 2012

 
For the first time since I began covering Ole Miss football for the Daily Mississippian, there seems to be a sense of calm around the program as the season approaches.

 
For the first time since I began covering Ole Miss football for the Daily Mississippian, there seems to be a sense of calm around the program as the season approaches.
 
Sure, there are questions marks, and plenty of them.  The difference is that there isn’t any pressure on Hugh Freeze to deliver a multitude of wins in what is the first of a multi-year rebuild of a downtrodden program.
 

August 30, 2012

 
For the first time since I began covering Ole Miss football for the Daily Mississippian, there seems to be a sense of calm around the program as the season approaches.

 
For the first time since I began covering Ole Miss football for the Daily Mississippian, there seems to be a sense of calm around the program as the season approaches.
 
Sure, there are questions marks, and plenty of them.  The difference is that there isn’t any pressure on Hugh Freeze to deliver a multitude of wins in what is the first of a multi-year rebuild of a downtrodden program.
 

May 3, 2012

Control what you can control. That’s the number-one thing I have learned and will take away from this past year as sports editor. And suffice it to say, there were a lot of things, both on the field and in the newsroom, that were beyond my control this past year. I learned more about life this past year than in all 16 years of school combined. Student journalism is an experience in duality. You bear the same responsibilities and are held to the same standards — or I at least hold myself and my staff to the same standards — as professionals, while also balancing the academic, fraternity and social life of most other college students. There have been a lot of stress-filled days and sleepless nights, but I am better journalist and person now than I was at this time last year.

 

May 3, 2012

Control what you can control. That’s the number-one thing I have learned and will take away from this past year as sports editor. And suffice it to say, there were a lot of things, both on the field and in the newsroom, that were beyond my control this past year. I learned more about life this past year than in all 16 years of school combined. Student journalism is an experience in duality. You bear the same responsibilities and are held to the same standards — or I at least hold myself and my staff to the same standards — as professionals, while also balancing the academic, fraternity and social life of most other college students. There have been a lot of stress-filled days and sleepless nights, but I am better journalist and person now than I was at this time last year.

 

May 3, 2012

As I near the end of my time here at Ole Miss, I cannot help but be excited about the future for Ole Miss athletics. In my time on campus, I have seen some of the greatest moments in Ole Miss athletics history and some of the worst.

 

As I near the end of my time here at Ole Miss, I cannot help but be excited about the future for Ole Miss athletics. In my time on campus, I have seen some of the greatest moments in Ole Miss athletics history and some of the worst.

May 3, 2012

As I near the end of my time here at Ole Miss, I cannot help but be excited about the future for Ole Miss athletics. In my time on campus, I have seen some of the greatest moments in Ole Miss athletics history and some of the worst.

 

As I near the end of my time here at Ole Miss, I cannot help but be excited about the future for Ole Miss athletics. In my time on campus, I have seen some of the greatest moments in Ole Miss athletics history and some of the worst.

March 27, 2012

Last year didn’t go as expected for senior Ole Miss tight end Jamal Mosley.

Last year didn’t go as expected for senior Ole Miss tight end Jamal Mosley.

After signing with the Rebels and Houston Nutt out of junior college, he was expected to be a big part of the Ole Miss offense.

Instead, the constant shuffling of quarterbacks and an offense that struggled to find an identity led to Mosley rarely being used, catching just 12 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown this past season.

March 5, 2012

The Bennie Abram trial is still under way, as the University of Mississippi tries to get the case dismissed. Judge Andrew Howorth will rule on the motion to dismiss soon and is waiting on the plaintiffs to amend their complaints.

 

The Bennie Abram trial is still under way, as the University of Mississippi tries to get the case dismissed. Judge Andrew Howorth will rule on the motion to dismiss soon and is waiting on the plaintiffs to amend their complaints.

Abram, a former Ole Miss football player, died Feb. 19, 2010 from complications involving sickle cell trait following a football practice.

February 13, 2012

When Jerrell Powe was in high school, he had two goals: the first was to play college football at Ole Miss. The second was to play in the NFL.

When Jerrell Powe was in high school, he had two goals: the first was to play college football at Ole Miss. The second was to play in the NFL.

Powe originally signed a letter of intent to play for the Rebels in 2005, but he was denied eligibility for a couple of years by the NCAA. Finally, in 2008, Powe got word that he was cleared and his career in the SEC began.

February 7, 2012

 

Transition classes are always tough. In Houston Nutt’s first class at Ole Miss, he signed 31 players, many of whom never contributed or qualified.

For new Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, his transition class is a little bit different. The Rebels signed only 13 players on signing day but added four junior college players in December and two greyshirts from last year’s class.

 

Transition classes are always tough. In Houston Nutt’s first class at Ole Miss, he signed 31 players, many of whom never contributed or qualified.

For new Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, his transition class is a little bit different. The Rebels signed only 13 players on signing day but added four junior college players in December and two greyshirts from last year’s class.

February 7, 2012

Now that National Signing Day has come and gone, recruiting junkies only have one thing left to do: wonder. 

 

Now that National Signing Day has come and gone, recruiting junkies only have one thing left to do: wonder. 

Those wonderers will sit around and ask themselves if Hugh Freeze’s recruiting class was good enough or if it will be something that ruins his career at Ole Miss, much like it did Houston Nutt.

February 7, 2012

Now that National Signing Day has come and gone, recruiting junkies only have one thing left to do: wonder. 

 

Now that National Signing Day has come and gone, recruiting junkies only have one thing left to do: wonder. 

Those wonderers will sit around and ask themselves if Hugh Freeze’s recruiting class was good enough or if it will be something that ruins his career at Ole Miss, much like it did Houston Nutt.

January 31, 2012

Signing Day Announcements

LB Richie Brown

Schools Considering: LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee

WR Brad Culp

Schools Considering: Arkansas, Ole Miss and North Carolina

DB Trae Elston

Schools Considering: LSU, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State

LB Khalid Henderson

Schools Considering: Kentucky and Ole Miss

WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Schools Considering: Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee

RB Justin Taylor

School Considering: Alabama, Kentucky and Ole Miss (currently committed to Alabama)

Greyshirting

A greyshirt is when a recruit delays his enrollment for a semester so his eligibility clock doesn’t start until January of the next year. The player can take less than a full load of classes and work out but can’t practice or play with the team. It is used by schools to create more room to sign players when scholarships are tight. 

January 23, 2012

Football beat writer David Collier recently caught up with ESPN.com’s SEC blogger Edward Aschoff, who spoke about the Ole Miss football program and its eventful offseason.

Football beat writer David Collier recently caught up with ESPN.com’s SEC blogger Edward Aschoff, who spoke about the Ole Miss football program and its eventful offseason.

David Collier: Talk about the hiring of Hugh Freeze and what you think it does for Ole Miss to make them a legitimate contender in the SEC West.

January 23, 2012

Football beat writer David Collier recently caught up with ESPN.com’s SEC blogger Edward Aschoff, who spoke about the Ole Miss football program and its eventful offseason.

Football beat writer David Collier recently caught up with ESPN.com’s SEC blogger Edward Aschoff, who spoke about the Ole Miss football program and its eventful offseason.

David Collier: Talk about the hiring of Hugh Freeze and what you think it does for Ole Miss to make them a legitimate contender in the SEC West.

December 6, 2011

On Monday, Hugh Freeze was officially announced as the 37th head coach of the Ole Miss Rebel football program, but it wasn’t a hire the entire fan base loved. 

 

On Monday, Hugh Freeze was officially announced as the 37th head coach of the Ole Miss Rebel football program, but it wasn’t a hire the entire fan base loved. 

Not at all, actually.

December 6, 2011

On Monday, Hugh Freeze was officially announced as the 37th head coach of the Ole Miss Rebel football program, but it wasn’t a hire the entire fan base loved. 

 

On Monday, Hugh Freeze was officially announced as the 37th head coach of the Ole Miss Rebel football program, but it wasn’t a hire the entire fan base loved. 

Not at all, actually.

November 30, 2011

1. LSU (12-0, 8-0 SEC, 1st last week): LSU all but locked up a spot in the BCS National Championship with a 41-17 trouncing of Arkansas, the Tigers’ third win over a top-three team this season. In all, LSU has beat seven top-25 teams by an average margin of victory of more than 20 points. Despite trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Tigers outgained the Razorbacks 494-254, including 286-47 on the ground. Sophomore defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was the player of the game, tying the game on an electrifying 92-yard punt return for a touchdown, forcing two fumbles and recovering one of the them. LSU looks to keep its perfect season intact when they play Georgia in Saturday’s SEC Championship.

This week: vs. Georgia (10-2, 7-1 SEC), 3 p.m., CBS

November 27, 2011

Though the University of Mississippi football team may have taken a step backward this season, fundraising has continued to push forward.
The Ole Miss athletics program announced a new fundraising campaign called Forward Together this past summer. They plan to raise money to build a new basketball arena and expand and renovate Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

November 27, 2011

Though the University of Mississippi football team may have taken a step backward this season, fundraising has continued to push forward.
The Ole Miss athletics program announced a new fundraising campaign called Forward Together this past summer. They plan to raise money to build a new basketball arena and expand and renovate Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

November 27, 2011

When it was announced on Nov. 7 that head coach Houston Nutt would not return next season, he remained to coach the last three games of the 2011 season. It was not the swan song Nutt had in mind. After blowout losses to Louisiana Tech and No. 1 LSU at home, the Houston Nutt era at Ole Miss (2-10, 0-8 SEC) reached its conclusion on a rain-soaked Saturday night in Starkville.

 

When it was announced Nov. 7 that head coach Houston Nutt would not return next season, he was left to coach the last three games of the 2011 season. It was not the swan song Nutt had in mind. 

After blowout losses to Louisiana Tech and No. 1 LSU at home, the Houston Nutt era at Ole Miss (2-10, 0-8 SEC) reached its conclusion on a rain-soaked Saturday night in Starkville.