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Ole Miss Athletics Changes Baseball Alcohol Policy

With the 2015 Ole Miss baseball season underway, Ole Miss Athletics has announced some big changes to the policies regarding alcohol consumption with the famed right field seating area.

The area, mostly occupied by Ole Miss students during games, is famous for intense crowds and showers of beers when Ole Miss hits a home run.

In a release sent out to University of Mississippi students, the athletics department plotted out what changes were going to me made.

“In accordance with the law, consumption of beer and light wine beverages is limited to patrons 21 years old and up,” the release said. “Students who are violating university policies including alcohol and drugs policies (possession, public drunkenness, distribution, etc.) will be issued a citation from UPD and a possible fine.”

The most notable changes to the area include wristbands for students over the legal drinking age, 21, to better help law enforcement ensure legal alcohol consumption by the Ole Miss students. Also, the university is putting a limit on cooler size to 20-quart coolers to limit the amount of alcohol brought into Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

“I don’t understand where the change is coming from,” Junior Accounting major Peyton Parks said. “They’re going to lose support if they regulate it too much, and could ruin the environment.”

Ole Miss sports marketing staffer Thomas House cleared up some of the questions regarding the new policy.

“A change had to be made in regards to the drinking age,” House said. “The drinking age has always been 21, and the time came where Ole Miss had to regulate it a little more.”

The crowd is known for getting a little out of hand at times, and that was no different last season. When Ole Miss hosted and won the Oxford NCAA Regional the outfield seating area became a massive field party. Some of the student-athletes made their way out there to celebrate with the fans and it had potential to create some issues.

Incidents of over intoxication occurred during that regional including security personal having to tackle one fan. That fan was taken away by ambulance.

Issues like that are what prompted the changes to the alcohol policy according to Director of Athletics Ross Bjork, who answered student’s questions via Twitter on opening weekend.

“We shouldn’t have problems escalate to people drinking too much or our security staff tackling anyone,” Bjork said via his Twitter account.

Some students were worried about the changes, but most university did not have much of a choice in the matter. Junior business major Jake Parsons, who is over 21, said he doesn’t mind the change.

“I can see why underage students are frustrated because I’ve been there, but I’m over the drinking age now so it doesn’t bother me,” Parsons said.

With the new policy, students are required to scan their Ole Miss student ID card at station upon entrance to Oxford-University Stadium. After scanning their ID they’ll receive a wristband proving they are the appropriate drinking age. Along with the alcohol limits, the university is also limiting furniture to only tailgating furniture such as tents, folding chairs, small tables etc, in the right field area.

Other areas of the stadium will not be affected by the policy changes this season. The same rules as years past will be enforced for the main grandstand and left field area.

 

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A Letter From Director of Athletics Ross Bjork

Dear Rebel Nation:

My first full week could not have been more special, as I was able to meet so many wonderful fans on the Rebel Road Trip. Chancellor Jones, Coach Freeze and I were able to visit 16 cities in the state and surrounding area, and for me, it was an opportunity to experience the passion of Ole Miss firsthand. Our mission was to unite Rebel Nation, and the reaction we felt was overwhelming. The size and energy of the crowds at every stop exceeded our expectations, and it was crystal clear that you are as excited as we are to enter this new era of Ole Miss Athletics.

As we communicated at the meetings, Coach Freeze and I have quickly built a strong relationship, and spending six straight days together on the road has only furthered our chemistry. Our goal is the same: compete for and win championships at Ole Miss, and we are in total agreement on what it takes to get there. Chancellor Jones has provided his complete support, and all of us that love Ole Miss are indebted to him for his leadership and vision.

However, united leadership does not guarantee success. It will take unrelenting support from every member of Rebel Nation. Your attendance and spirit at the games as well as the resources you provide are essential for our student-athletes and coaches. Our call to action to every member of the Ole Miss Family is to give what you can. The first step in this championship process is selling out Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Today is the deadline to renew season tickets. We urge all of you to act now and ensure you are there for the Rebel resurgence in 2012 and beyond.

Thank you for the unbelievably kind welcome my family and I have received since I was named your Athletics Director. We appreciate your warmth and hospitality, and on behalf of everyone in the athletics department, we are grateful for your commitment to Ole Miss.

Hotty Toddy!

Ross Bjork
Director of Athletics

Courtesy of http://www.olemisssports.com on April 30, 2012

Bo Wallace Clear Front-Runner For Starting QB Position

The scene was a chilly, overcast Saturday as the Ole Miss football team suited up for the 2012 Bancorp South Grove Bowl last weekend. All of the work during spring practices leads up to this, and first year Head Coach Hugh Freeze was looking to see improvements.

Coming off only a two-win season, the fans in the Ole Miss family join Freeze in looking for improvements. “I am just ready to win. I want us to do well more than anything” is what lifelong Rebel fan Peyton Parks had to say. He made the trip from Clinton, Mississippi to see the Grove Bowl. Parks continued by saying “It is getting to the point where its too frustrating to even come anymore”. That is one thing that is getting to the administration of the football program.

One of the first things Coach Freeze said in his press conference back on December 5th is that he knows the situation we are in, and he is ready to lead us out of the wilderness.  Rebel fans got to see a glimpse of how the trip from the wilderness is going on Saturday.

There were many new faces around the football team, including transfer Quarterback Bo Wallace. Wallace went 16-26 passing with 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“I thought Bo had the best day. I thought he functioned very well and kept us on schedule for the most part”, is what Hugh Freeze had to say about his new Quarterback in the post-game press conference. Wallace also added an interception to his stats as well. It is clear though that he shined the most out of the quarterbacks.

Returning Quarterback Randall Mackey threw only two passes for a total of 44 yards, and it is clear he really is no longer in the running for the starting position. Bo Wallace’s production put him in first in the quarterback race for starter.

Wallace was involved in an off-campus altercation at The Connection Apartments pool complex a few weeks ago, making many think his role on the football team was in serious danger.  Coach Hugh Freeze decided not to discipline Wallace due to the fact that the fight was seriously one sided.

Freeze Still Working Out Little Things in Practice

With the annual Grove Bowl coming up, practice time is limited for the Rebel football team. Coach Freeze isn’t quite satisfied how the offense is playing. “I wish we could have finished better some offensively”, is what Freeze had to say about his offense after Thursday’s practice when he met with the media.

The Rebels are coming off of only a two win season, and fans around the program are eager for a change. Freshman Jared Akers is ready for September to come to see a new and improved Ole Miss team. “It’s a fresh start, I am ready to see the new and improved Ole Miss Rebels”, is what Akers had to say when asked about the team he has grown up watching.

According to some players on the team, the defense has been shining a little better than the offense the past week or so of spring practice, and that is not surprising given the depth of the defense. The offense is a little more thin on personnel than the defense is when it comes to depth.  Wide-receiver Tobias Singleton was moved over to running back last week to help Jeff Scott with the carries.

Defensively Ole Miss has many athletes returning from last years campaign, but have already been plagued by injury. Senior Defensive lineman Uriah Grant will undergo shoulder surgery in the next few weeks and will be out indefinitely. The team doctors have not given a timeline on Grants return and if he will be health by the season opener in September.

Tigers Look To Extend Win Streak Over Miss.State Tonight

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The Bayou Bengals are looking to take their 12th straight win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville tonight at 7 on ESPN.

LSU is coming in to tonight’s game with a perfect record for this 2011 season with wins over Oregon in week one, and Northwestern State last weekend. The Bulldogs come into this match-up with a 1-1 record with a win over Memphis in week one and a heart-breaking loss in Auburn last week.

Both teams are meeting on a short week of practice, but look to be ready for the game. For LSU it is their opener in SEC play.

These two teams are meeting for the 106th time tonight, and LSU has come out on top the past eleven contests. Remember, LSU narrowly escaped defeat the last time they were in Starkville when Chad Jones had to bat down a pass at the goal line on the second to last play of the game, and made a game saving tackle at the one to win the game.

Bulldogs Head Coach, Dan Mullen, is only 2-9 versus SEC West opponents, and those two victories have come against a struggling Ole Miss the past two seasons. Regardless, the cowbell crazies in Starkville are itching for a victory over the Tigers.

This game also carries more significance. For the first time in 105 match-ups, the two teams are national ranked when facing each other. LSU is ranked #3 in the country, while Miss.State is ranked #25. State fell this week after last weeks embarrassing loss on the plains against the unranked defending champion Auburn Tigers.

My prediction for this game is that if LSU plays their best game and eliminates stupid mistakes they will win this game. Like I said on the radio show this week, I think it may be a little too close for comfort for Tiger fans, but they will end up getting the win.

To the fans, you can find this game live from Starkville tonight on ESPN at 7:00 C.T.

Don’t forget to tune in to radio show I am now featured on. It is “Louisiana State Roar” by CRM Sports, and it is available on iTunes for free download.

That’s all I have this time, Thanks for reading.

Brandon Bolden Back in Practice Tuesday

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

OXFORD, Miss. — Brandon Bolden returned to practice Tuesday, giving Ole Miss hope that its most explosive weapon might be on the field in time for the Rebels’ Southeastern Conference opener.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said Bolden didn’t go through the entire practice Tuesday and said he won’t know whether the senior running back will be available for Saturday’s opener at Vanderbilt until Thursday or Friday.

“It’s great to get Brandon Bolden back on the field again,” Ole Miss offensive coordinator David Lee said. “He’s been our leader all summer when the coaches weren’t around. He came into this season so prepared, so ready and he was heartbroken here two weeks ago. We are so excited. It means a lot to our football team just having him on the practice field with us.”

Bolden suffered an ankle injury _ Ole Miss officials called it a fracture _ in the second quarter of the Rebels’ season-opening loss to Brigham Young on Sept. 3. He did not play this past weekend in Ole Miss’ win over Southern Illinois.

Another senior running back, Enrique Davis, practiced Tuesday as well, though Nutt said Davis’ rehabilitation from a hyper-extended knee suffered against BYU is “slow-going.”

Read this story from Neal McCready and www.RebelGrove.com.

NY Daily News: LSU Suspends Starting QB Jordan Jefferson Indefinitely

LSU football players Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns are shown above in photos released by the University. The two turned themselves in to Baton Rouge Police today after arrest warrants were issued for both of them for their direct involvement in a bar fight August 17. (Associated Press/LSU)

LSU figured to start the season as one of the favorites to win the SEC and a true national championship contender.

But, now, it appears Tigers’ coach Les Miles must find a new starting quarterback for his team’s opener against third-ranked defending Pac-10 champion and BCS title game finalist Oregon Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Starting senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns both turned themselves into Baton Rouge police today, shortly after warrants were issued for both. The two will be charged with second-degree battery, which is a felony charge for their part in a fight at Shady’s bar near campus Aug. 17 in which four people were injured. After the warrants were issued, LSU issued a statement, announcing both have been suspended indefinitely.

Full story by Dick Weiss at New York Daily News