Rebel Roundup - February 10, 2014

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss Rebel news and notes looks at basketball, campus renovations, an interesting piece of Ole Miss history.

Mizzou rally falls short at Ole Miss | STLToday
Don't let Ole Miss' big cushion lead in the first half this past Saturday fool you - Mizzou's a good basketball team that's had a rough go at it this season. It was a big win for the Rebs and, if the Tigers can get the rest of their season together, could be one against an NCAA tournament team.

Ole Miss one of first five out | EotC
In fact, as Hugh Kellenberger points out (because he hates Ole Miss, obvs) the Rebels are still on the outside looking in per most bracketologists.

2013 season report card: Ole Miss Rebels | ESPN
ESPN's Edward Aschoff gives Ole Miss' offense a B, defense a B minus, special teams a C, and an overall score of a B minus. I'm keen on rounding that B minus up to a solid B, but it still is a grade that says a lot about both the expectations of the Rebel football program and Hugh Freeze's coaching abilities to exceed those expectations.

Makeover set for Ole Miss Student Union | The Clarion-Ledger
Well, this is about 30 years overdue. The Ole Miss Student Union is a pretty sizable eyesore on an otherwise mostly immaculate college campus, and hasn't grown to meet the needs of our growing university. Per the linked story, there will be a larger dining area, conference spaces, workspaces, and hopefully a bookstore whose employees don't hate students.

The 'white' student who integrated Ole Miss | CNN.com
So you think James Meredith was the first black student at Ole Miss? Well, per Allyson Hobbs' new book "A Chose Exile," that's not the case. Harry S. Murphy, Junior, a black Navy veteran, enrolled at Ole Miss after World War II. Due to having a light complexion, he was mistaken for a white person and lived on the privileged side of a society divided by Jim Crow. It is certainly an interesting story, and one that reminds us just how far we've come from what was a truly baffling time in our history.

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