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Rebel Roundup - November 5, 2012

Ole Miss Rebel news and notes looks at the Georgia loss, bowlin', Rebel basketball, and more.

Scott Cunningham

Humbled Ole Miss hopes to rebound after blowout loss to Georgia | The Clarion-Ledger
I too worry that Saturday's loss could be pretty deflating for a still-rebuilding Ole Miss football program. I do hope that this team can put the loss behind them, focus on the goal of a bowl berth, and take it to Vanderbilt this Saturday. This goal too is far from a sure thing though, as Vanderbilt...

SEC Bowl Look | College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
... is looking to get to a bowl of their own. Both Ole Miss and Vandy are 5-4 right now, meaning that each team is just one win away from a postseason appearance. With James Franklin and Hugh Freeze both proving to be capable motivators, it should be a hell of a fight between their two teams this Saturday.

Ole Miss has one goal in Kennedy's 7th season: NCAA Tournament | The Clarion-Ledger
For, like, the fourth year in a row or so, this is the season that it's imperative for Andy Kennedy to get over the NIT hump and make it to the NCAA tournament.

Rebels Host Exhibition Tonight |
Andy Kennedy's squad will take on the Montevallo Fightin' Acorns* tonight in a Tad Pad exhibition that you should attend because, c'mon, what else do you have to do? The Rebs begin the 2012-13 season on the 9th against Valley and, yes, there will be a season preview forthcoming, although we might need a bit of crowdsourcing to help with that one. If you're ready, willing, and capable then holler.

Joker Phillips Fired at Kentucky | A Sea of Blue
I can't help but feel a bit for Joker Phillips with this firing. He seems like a really likable guy and, as a native Kentuckian and a Wildcat alumnus, you'd imagine that the UK job was his destination gig. But, when you get shut out and blown out by Vanderbilt in year three of your tenure, a year which was worse than the one preceding it (which itself was worse than the one preceding that), you're not going to keep your job. Not in this conference.

*Yes, I'm too lazy to look this up.