June 2012 Archives

Oh Canada!

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Competing in the Canadian Women's Tour event in Niagara Falls, Ontario, former Rebel Natalie Gleadall fired the low round of the day, Wednesday, a 6-under 66 to finish with a 4-under 140, good enough for third place.  Gleadall finished as the low amateur, just one shot off the pace.  After opening with a 74, Gleadall carded six birdies and no bogeys to jump up in the standings.


Frizzell Blog #1

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Starting this summer and continuing throughout the season, women's basketball redshirt freshman Gracie Frizzell (Little Rock, Ark.) will be writing a blog letting fans and family members know about Ole Miss women's basketball and life in Oxford and at Ole Miss. Below is her first entry. Future entries will be posted on OleMissSports.com and can be found by clicking here.

Hotty Toddy Rebel Fans,

The first session of summer school is drawing to a close, but with that comes understanding that the first day of practice is drawing nearer...

"It's great to be a Rebel." Ever since I showed up here a year ago for my first experience of being at Ole Miss, I have heard how great it is to be a Rebel. It was really hard for me last year to get the full gist of how great it really was with my knee injury, but going through summer workouts and enduring preparation for what's to come is proving to me that I am lucky to be where I am.

Summer school is always a lot of fun, not only because classes are only two hours a day, but also because I have a lot of time to be able to get in the gym, workout, AND go shopping and hit the pool. Coach D, (Randall Dorvin) our strength coach, has really stepped up in teaching not only technique and agility, but also the mentality of what it takes to be an Ole Miss Rebel.

As a team, we are thankful for what is to come. It's not going to be easy...but what's the point of doing something if it's too easy? We thrive off of competition and the willingness to succeed.

In July, we get to meet our new teammates! We are excited to extend open arms to the newest members of our Rebel family. This team has always been close...like a sisterhood. We support each other on and off the court, and we will treat these newcomers the exact same way.

It's such a blessed opportunity to be here at Ole Miss. To be able to play basketball and get an education is the dream of many...it's great to be a student-athlete, and it's great to be a Rebel.

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Fox Sports paid a visit to the Ole Miss campus during spring drills for an inside look at the football team for the SportSouth program "Under The Lights." It premiered in May to rave reviews on Twitter, but if you missed it, here is the show, broken into four segments.

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Britton Wins 1st Pro Title

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They say there's a first time for everything.   Three years of hard work finally paid off for former Rebel men's tennis standout Devin Britton who captured his first pro title, the $15,000 Sacramento Futures, on Sunday.  In a battle of former NCAA Champions, Britton saved two match points to defeat Jeff Dadamo (Texas A&M) 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2.

Britton had won eight doubles titles, but was still searching for that elusive singles title until Sunday's triumph.  Click here to read an account of the match, including Britton's comments, from veteran journalist Paul Bauman

You'll note in the picture with the story that Britton, the youngest ever NCAA Singles Champion, is wearing an Ole Miss cap.  Once a Rebel, always a Rebel!

A Special Place Called Swayze

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When you step into Oxford University Stadium/ Swayze Field you can almost immediately tell that there is something different about this place. The first time I was able to walk through the stadium was in 2003, as a student manager. For two years I came to work everyday at Swayze field. I was lucky enough to come back to Ole Miss Athletics in 2008 and see that Swayze had not only grown in popularity, but also  in size. As a manager, I remember the detail Coach Bianco always showed when it came to aspects of the program, a characteristic he still has today. Even though the field is named after legendary coach Tom Swayze I believe the case could be made that Coach Bianco is the legal guardian. As a manager you begin to meet all types of people that love Ole Miss and in particular Ole Miss baseball. I remember the first time I met the late Ernie LaBarge, founder and long-time operator of the bullpen club. His love for Ole Miss baseball was unparalleled. The things he did for the baseball program are still shining through today. As the program continues to grow, so does the luster and aura of Swayze field.

Grand Slam Birthday

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Bhupathi_Mirza_2012FO.jpgFormer Ole Miss NCAA Champion Mahesh Bhupathi celebrated his 38th birthday in style Thursday, capturing the French Open Mixed Doubles title with compatriot Sania Mirza.  Bhupathi hoisted his 12th Grand Slam trophy including eighth mixed doubles.

Bhupathi and Mirza defeated the Mexican-Polish pair of Santiago Gonzalez and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik in straight sets (7-6, 6-1).

Afterwards, the crowd sang Happy Birthday to the champion.  Bhupathi was elated to win his first Grand Slam as a father. "This is my first Grand Slam title after I became a father, my 4-month old daughter will be watching this and this is for her."

The win marked the second grand slam title for the Indian duo, as they also captured the 2009 Australian Open title. 

While at Ole Miss, Bhupathi led the Rebels to the NCAA team finals.  He became the first Rebel tennis player to win an NCAA title when he teamed with Ali Hamadeh to capture the Doubles Championship in 1995 and ended the year as the No. 1 doubles team in the nation. In addition, Bhupathi was an All-American, 1995 SEC Singles Champion and SEC Player of the Year.

Greene_Allen.JPGDanny White isn't the only UMAA Foundation staff member headed to the University at Buffalo, as UB announced today that Allen Greene has been hired as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration. He joins Danny who has named the Bulls' AD last month. Everyone at Ole Miss wishes the very best for Allen, and below are some excerpts from the announcement.

Greene spent three years with the UMAA Foundation, the fundraising arm of Ole Miss Athletics, where he oversaw all aspects of football, basketball and baseball priority seating drives and ticket sales, which were the main revenue streams for the UMAA Foundation. In addition to creating new ways to generate revenue from priority seating, Greene was also responsible for major gift fundraising.

"I would like to thank the Ole Miss community for embracing me and my family during our time in Oxford," Greene said. "It was a pleasure representing the University of Mississippi."

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Schiavone Looking For New Life

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Ole Miss women's golf recently announced the addition of transfer Stani Schiavone.  For head coach Michele Drinkard, it's a second chance, and for Schiavone, it's a fresh start.  Drinkard recruited Schiavone out of Bangor, Pa., and it came down to the Rebels and Baylor.  Schiavone chose Baylor, but quickly found out it wasn't the right fit for her.  She elected to transfer and after receiving her release, chose Ole Miss.  Check out this story on Schiavone in the Lehigh Valley Morning Call.

Former Rebel To Tee It Up With The Best

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The top golfers from the United States and around the world will be at the famed Olympic Club in San Francisco next weekend for the United States Open.  Former Rebel All-American Brian Rowell will be right along side them.  A total of 58 spots in the field were available Monday at 11 sites across the country where the USGA held Sectional qualifying.  Rowell, won a playoff at one of those sites in Houston, a little more than an hour up the road from where he grew up (Alvin, Texas).  Check out this story on Rowell, who now lives in Lafayette, La.

Rowell lettered four years for the Rebels in the middle 90s, and had his best season in 1995, earning honorable mention All-America honors. He qualified for the NCAA East Regional and just missed making the NCAA Championships. Rowell, an All-SEC first-team selection, won one title and had seven top-five finishes that year while closing with a 72.52 stroke average. He followed up the '95 campaign with his second consecutive trip to the NCAA East Regional, concluding the season with five top-10 and seven top-20 finishes. Rowell earned All-SEC honors for the second year in a row after finishing as the runner-up at the SEC Championships.

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    Rod Taylor said:

    Rumor has it that Paul Dongieux will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this fall. The Rebels would be wise to study his legacy. Heart of a lion and a will to win against any odds. I can still hear the thousands chanting his name after his murderous tackle beat LSU in 69.

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