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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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Women’s Basketball Relevant Again at Ole Miss

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Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

In year two of the Matt Insell era at Ole Miss, the Rebels are 17-11 with one game to go and are poised to make it to a postseason tournament for the first time since 2007.

With one game left in the regular season, Insell told reporters Thursday that his success comes from the foundation laid by his three seniors, Tia Faleru, Danielle McCray and Amber Singletary.

“Those three kids bought in, and had eight newcomers that they convinced to buy in,” Insell said. “This program is going in the direction it’s going in because of those three seniors.”

Insell told reporters that Ole Miss will win a conference championship while he’s here, and when that happens his 2015 seniors will get championship rings.

The Rebels finished the 2014 season at 12-20 with two wins in conference play and a year later they sit at 17-11 with seven wins in just the second year under the new coaching staff. Ole Miss looks for their 18th win Sunday at Mississippi State, and are poised to make their best start since the 2006-07 season when newly named SEC Legend Armintie Price was on the team. That 2006-07 season was the last time Ole Miss went to the NCAA Tournament, and Insell thinks they’ve done enough to get there this season.

“The problem we have here is the RPI, and we don’t have a good RPI,” Insell said. “I really hope the NCAA looks at the eye-test for Ole Miss, because if they see us play we’re in.”

Realistically, the Rebels will likely end up on the outside looking in when it comes to the NCAA tournament, but the university has submitted a bid to host part of the National Invitational Tournament. Participants in the NIT are the teams that just missed the full field of 68 in the NCAA Tournament.

When Insell was hired at Ole Miss, Athletics Director Ross Bjork spoke very highly of the Rebels coach, and looks forward to the staff’s future success.

“Being a part of the rebuilding job at Kentucky enabled Coach Insell to gain the necessary requirements needed of our new staff we recapture the legacy that is Lady Rebel Basketball,” Bjork said. “He is the perfect fit to make this happen and we are excited he is joining our team.”

Fans are joining in on the excitement now that the program is back on track to its winning ways. “It’s a good thing we have two basketball programs again,” junior business major Blake Cocanougher said.

It’s been a long road for the Rebels, and with their recent success fans are starting to take notice. “My freshman year, the women’s basketball program at Ole Miss was forgettable, and it’s great to see their new found success,” Cocanougher added.

Highlights this season for Coach Insell and the team include a tournament victory in Nevada, and wins over major SEC programs like Georgia, Kentucky and LSU. No matter how the season ends, the Rebels are on track to having their best finish in nearly a decade.

 

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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

LSU-Ole Miss Baseball Series Comes To Swayze Field Next Weekend

The sixth-ranked LSU Tigers are coming to town this weekend for at Thursday, Friday, Saturday series at Oxford-University Stadium and Swayze Field This weekend the Tigers played a series in Baton Rouge against the Georgia Bulldogs where they took two of the three games played.

LSU likely may drop a spot or two in the rankings but likely will still be within the top ten when they come to face Ole Miss. They will be coming off a mid-week game against Tulane, which will likely be a win down in New Orleans.

Ole Miss was ranked eighteen in the country before being beat two out of three in Starkville against Mississippi State. Coach Mike Bianco was not very happy with the results of Sunday’s game saying. “We got some leadoff doubles and then weren’t able to get them home. There aren’t many games where you only give up two hits, commit no errors and lose.”

Both teams are looking for victories this weekend, LSU is leading the SEC West by a landslide, and the Rebels are only four games back of leading the Western Division. They have three conference series left in the season, two in Oxford against LSU and Tennessee, and then they travel to Nashville to close the regular season against Vanderbilt.

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.