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Women’s Basketball Relevant Again at Ole Miss

February 27, 2015 Leave a comment
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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 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.

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.”

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