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Rebel Roundup | January 23, 2012

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Georgia thoroughly outplayed in loss to Ole Miss |
The three-point margin of victory for Ole Miss over the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens is misleading. The game was, until literally the final minute, hardly that close. Georgia's team led a smart, well-executed comeback effort against a lackadaisical, sluggish Ole Miss squad with just under two minutes to go, but the Rebel's lead was, at that point, too much to overcome. There is cause for optimism after this game, though. Ole Miss maintained a double-digit lead over an SEC team on the road for much of the game. They did so by good shot selection, tenacious defense, deliberate offense, and generally things we frankly have not come to expect from an Andy Kennedy coached team on the road. I'm still saying we're a high-seed in the NIT, but stranger things have happened.

Ole Miss' next game is a doozy, with nationally-ranked Florida taking a Thursday night visit to the Tad Pad.

4-star OLB visits Ole Miss | On The Trail Blog - ESPN
Linebacker Khalid Henderson of Austell, Georgia, visited Oxford this weekend and came away impressed.

Ole Miss was nice...I mean, it was very good. I really like the atmosphere there. They are so family oriented. That was very nice. They have good academics and support. I really like the players and the new staff. Ole Miss is just so good all the way around.

Henderson was recently committed to Tennessee, but dropped his Vols commitment before taking more visits. If Ole Miss doesn't get Richie Brown, the linebacker out of Long Beach, Mississippi, Henderson could be the must-get linebacker for this staff.

North Pike's A.J. Jefferson commits to Mississippi State |
Why worry that the Rebs could lose out on Richie Brown? Because AJ Jefferson, a defensive end out of North Pike High School who was being heavily pursued by Hugh Freeze and staff, announced his commitment to Mississippi State via Twitter, saying that he and Brown were both Bulldogs. Brown and family deny this, and he will take his Ole Miss visit. Jefferson, like a true Starkvillian Grinder, has cancelled his Ole Miss visit.

Phil Steele's Projected SEC Returning Starter Tally | Team Speed Kills
Phil Steele projects Ole Miss to return 17 starters, one below Auburn, Florida, and Vanderbilt, and one above Texas A&M in the SEC. Tennessee returns the most starters with 20, while Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Mizzou return the fewest starters with 13. Steele's rankings assume that Randall Mackey will start at quarterback, though, which is unlikely if rumors are to be believed.

Wisconsin picks Markuson as offensive line coach | JSOnline
Considering their scheme and style, this is a good pickup for Wisconsin. Do you want big, fat, strong, yet slow road grader type offensive linemen? Of course you do, Wisconsin, that's kinda your thing, and with the dairy farms and breweries that litter your state, you've got more than enough of a recruiting pool to draw from. I am, in no way, being facetious with this; I actually think Markuson's style of recruiting and coaching will allow Wisconsin to continue doing the whole Wisconsin Badger football thing.

Ole Miss releases AD search committee, finetunes date of Pete Boone’s departure | Hugh Kellenberger
Here are the pertinent details:

  • The committee is the same as the head coaching committee, but with the addition of Cal Mayo, a member of the UMAA Foundation's governing board.
  • Pete Boone will be gone on June 30 at the latest.
  • You're probably going to be disappointed with all of this. WAOM.