A surprisingly busy week in Oxford, given that it's, y'know, mid-April. To help you keep up, we're introducing a new weekly series that'll count down the biggest stories in Ole Miss sports from the week. This time around, Rod Taylor turns in a boneheaded showing at the grocery store, Chad Kelly goes under the knife and the Diamondbears make some much-needed changes to the weekend rotation.
1. Rod Taylor got arrested for "stealing" charcoal.
Taylor, an offensive lineman who may be in line to replace Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, was arrested earlier this week on charges of shoplifting, though a source told The Clarion-Ledger that Taylor accidentally walked out of a grocery cart with bags of charcoal on the undercarriage of his cart. Whatever you want to believe, the fact of the matter is that self-checkouts on the whole are cumbersome, needless conveniences. It's easy enough to trust that Taylor simply forgot to scan and pay for the charcoal, just as it's easy enough to be skeptical of that explanation. That he was in fact arrested may betray a more sinister circumstance than plumb forgetfulness, but anyway, it appears that once Rod pays the $40 he owes the grocer this should all quietly fade away. Hopefully.
2. Chad Kelly's spring is done.
News broke abruptly on Monday that Swag underwent unscheduled surgery to repair a sports hernia, which will sideline him for the remainder of spring practice. This is pretty much fine, if not ideal, because Swag is built with the resilience of an Alabama shithouse. The news certainly came out of nowhere, but sports hernias are one of those things that can just sorta happen. He'll be back -- whatever that means in April -- in three weeks, though, so don't fret. In the mean time, Shea Patterson and Jason Pellerin, who are competing for the backup job, get valuable reps.
3. Mike Bianco is shuffling his weekend lineup.
DOES BIANCO READ RED CUP REBELLION? After RCR's Zach Berry wrote last week about how a weekend rotation shuffle could look and improve things, Ole Miss has moved sophomore David Parkinson into the Saturday starter spot. Brady Bramlett will stay in the Friday role and Sunday is TBA. Could Sunday end up being star closer Wyatt Short?
The Rebs have lost back-to-back weekend series, with Saturday and Sunday starters Chad Smith and Sean Johnson struggling big time. Another loss this weekend against the struggling but talented Razorbacks could put the Rebs in an SEC West hole they can't climb out of.
4. Oh cool, Vandy hired Bryce Drew.
Does anyone remember this?
That there is Bryce Drew, who was announced as Vanderbilt's new head men's basketball coach on Monday, draining a three from the corner as time expires in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
VALPO HITTING A THREE OVER OLE MISS 1998 STOCK FOOTAGE FINISH YOUR BEER— jim lohmar (@jimlohmar) March 15, 2016
5. Ole Miss baseball took down Southern Miss in Pearl.
How about a nifty 6-2 midweek W over Southern Miss to get you through humpday? Errol Robinson had his second straight multi-hit game (which is big for a guy who dipped below a .200 season average last weekend), freshman Ryan Olenek went 3-for-4 with two RBI and freshman starter James McArthur struck out six while giving up just four hits over a career-long six innings as the Rebs stayed undefeated in midweek games this season. It's easy to scoff at that, particularly given the recent struggles on the weekends, but these wins add up come tournament seeding time.