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Rebel Roundup - January 6, 2011

Chris Warren scores 19 as Ole Miss routs SMU | The Commercial Appeal
The game was close for much of the first half but, once a twenty point Ole Miss lead was established with a little over nine minutes to go, the Mustangs couldn't put together a comeback. The big stat of the game: The Rebs shot 69.6% in the second half. Chris Warren scored 19, Terrence Henry 11, and Zach Graham 13 which put him past the 1,000 points mark for his collegiate career. Sayeth SMU head coach Matt Doherty,

they would be the best team in [Conference USA]

OLE MISS REBELS CONFERENCE USA CHAMPS HANG THE BANNER Y'ALL! The Rebels open Southeastern Conference play this weekend against the Florida Gators.

C.J. Johnson de-commits from Mississippi State |
Considered by many to be the top defensive prospect, if not the top overall prospect, in Mississippi, C.J. Johnson decommitted yesterday afternoon from Mississippi State upon learning of Manny Diaz moving from Starkville to Austin to take the Defensive Coordinator job for Texas. He has official visits lined up with State, Ole Miss, and LSU and has said that those are the only schools he's considering. If you were to ask me right now, I'd say the guy's still a Bulldog but I can't say I don't have even a modicum of optimism that he'll end up in Oxford.

SEC Baseball Appears to be Tale of Two Divisions |
Is the power in the finest baseball conference in America shifting from the Western Division to the Eastern? Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports argues that, with the West replacing a ton of talent, the East, led by South Carolina, Florida, and Vanderbilt, are atop the conference.

Pulitzer-winning writer Ford to teach at Ole Miss | The Associated Press
Not sports related but entirely interesting, Richard Ford, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and native Mississippian, will be a part of the Ole Miss faculty as the "Senior Fiction Writer" beginning this Fall. Here's Mr. Ford take on his native state:

I think the state, in the hands and eyes of its writers, has a lot that needs to be explained. Writers are imaginative explainers. There's a lot of received wisdom, history, a lot of drama in the fabric that is Mississippi that could be seen not to make a whole lot of sense ... For instance when I was born in Jackson, black Americans and white Americans were not allowed to go to school together. That kind of racial absurdity Faulkner dealt with directly and Eudora Welty did in her way.