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Rebel Roundup - May 21, 2012

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Up next? The Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC Baseball tournament.
Up next? The Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC Baseball tournament.

Vanderbilt sweeps Ole Miss, rolls into SEC baseball tournament | The Tennessean
It was embarrassing. What else do you need to know?

UK Opens SEC Tourney with Ole Miss Tuesday |
Did you know that Kentucky has never finished higher than fifth in the SEC Baseball tournament? I just learned that from this link. I am also reminded of Michael Gurrero's walk-off homer against Kentucky in the tournament four years ago. I was there. We were told, over the PA system, to stop dancing on top of the dugout. It was fun.

Numbers game: manufacturing runs (or not) | Ole Miss sports
Hugh Kellenburger's looking at this team's baseball stats to conclude something about this team that could help us better understand its fortunes in this 2012 season, and after parsing through the numbers he's able to conclude what the fans have already guessed - this team is, regarding offense, a boom or a bust. We're either cranking out multiple-run homers or we're grounding into double plays.

Men’s tennis defeats Ole Miss and Ohio State to set up Final Four match against USC | The Daily Bruin
Our number 13-ranked Men's tennis team fought hard in the NCAA tournament, working their way to the Sweet Sixteen, but feel to the mighty UCLA Bruins in Athens this past Saturday. We raise our cup to the tennis team, though, because they're a) nationally ranked and b) were actually participating in the NCAA's postseason. Kudos, gents.

Ole Miss Lands Massive DT Recruit Herbert Moore |
Bud Elliot, SB Nation's recruiting guru, thinks this is a good pickup for our Rebels. Herbert Moore, a gargantuan defensive lineman out of Memphis East committed to Coach Freeze and staff this past weekend. He reportedly holds offers from Clemson, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Purdue and Vanderbilt. Of note here is his listed weight of 325 pounds, which is actually the product of him making a concerted effort to get in shape and lose weight. If Moore keeps losing weight, he could add some agility and quickness to is already strong set of skills. If this and all other commitments hold, and assuming a "can't miss" type of prospect doesn't fall in our lap at the position, this should wind out the coaching staff's recruitment of defensive tackles - pretty impressive, considering that it's not even June.

Rebel recruiting going coast to coast | The Clarion-Ledger
Hugh Freeze's recruiting strategy isn't all that different from Ed Orgeron's: get your name out there early and often to any and every player you're interested in. While he is recruiting the Memphis area and Mississippi very heavily, Freeze is also looking beyond Mississippi and the Deep South in general for his 'croots. His ultimate goal is to strengthen Ole Miss' national image and brand in a way that positively impacts recruiting during his entire tenure as head coach, however long that may be.