NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 11: D.T. Shackelford #43 of the Ole Miss Rebels celebrates on the field after a sack against the Tulane Green Wave at the Louisiana Superdome on September 11 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Football season is four days away. The offseason is officially over. We're in the full throes of our first hate week of 2012 and, oh, it feels so, so good. Merry Footballmas, y'all.
College Football Rules the Land in the South | NYTimes.com
I typically hate the self-congratulatory attitude many SEC fans have. They all say "HEY Y'ALL COME LOOK AT HOW AWESOME WE ARE" and all that, you know? But I think this piece in the New York Times, written by an LSU fan of all things, is pretty well done and accurately represents college football in the South.
One excerpt of the story I found particularly amusing was an incident involving the author taking a photograph of an Alabama football practice with his cell phone. Upon taking said photo, an Alabama athletics department official approached him and told him he wasn't allowed to do that because, and I quote, "Coach Saban doesn’t like that."
Fun fact: you can't get onions on a cheeseburger anywhere in Tuscaloosa. Why? Because Coach Saban doesn't like that.
Charting the SEC in 2011 | Team Speed Kills
Would you like a visual representation of how bad Ole Miss football was last year? No? Well too bad, here it is.
Ole Miss home to more than just Mannings | San Antonio Express-News
This is from a San Antonio newspaper, and it basically informs Texans and reminds we Rebels of how great Oxford is. It's a nice change of pace from the Team Speed Kills link, no?
Attrition making Hugh Freeze's job even tougher | gulflive.com
Didn't we hit on this last week?
Ole Miss needs a quarterback - and one who makes the right calls | The Clarion-Ledger
I would love to, for just one season, have a solid idea as to who was starting for Ole Miss at quarterback sometime before the kickoff of the season. Ever since Jevan Snead left we've had this problem, first with the Masoli/Stanley conundrum and then with the Mackey/Brunetti/Stoudt controversy.
Think about what I just said there. Jevan Snead marked the most stability at quarterback Ole Miss has had since the graduation of Eli Manning. Holy hell.
If you live in Mississippi, Arkansas, or the Memphis area, you will not be able to watch the game on television without paying for it. If you don't want to pay for it, then actually go to the game or get outside of the Ole Miss media market and pull it up on ESPN3.
It sounds crazy, but Freeze could work breakeven magic on the Rebels | The Commercial Appeal
It sounds crazy, because it is crazy. Still, it's not impossible. If Ole Miss is to break even this year, it would take a lot of preparation, hard work, dedication, and, above all else, luck.