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Gleadall Earns Top-25 Finish

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Former Ole Miss women's golfer Natalie Gleadall worked her way into the Symetra Tour's Credit Union Classic last weekend and played very well in her first tournament en route to finishing in a tie for 23rd.

Played in Syracuse, N.Y., at the Drumlins Country Club, East Course (par 71 - 6,057 yards), Gleadall shot a 2-over-par, 73, in the first round, followed by back-to-back rounds of even par to finish at 2-over.

The Stratford, Ontario, native has played primarily on the SunCoast Ladies Tour this year. Gleadall's appearance at the Credit Union Classic was her first Symetra Tour tournament of her young career.

Among her best SunCoast Ladies Tour finishes, Gleadall finished tied for 11th at Orange Tree Country Club, tied for seventh at Timacuan, eighth at the LPGA International Champions, and third at the Harmony Golf Preserve.

Gleadall graduated from Ole Miss following the 2011-12 season.
Preseason camp is rapidly approaching for the Rebel football program. Players report on Thursday, August 1, and the press will put them under the spotlight the following day at Rebel Media Day. Friday's 2 p.m. press conference will be streamed live on RebelVision, and our resident blogger Austin Miller will be all over the day's festivities so keep your browser on OleMissSports.com. As we mentioned in today's announcement of Meet The Rebels Day, one practice per day will be open to fans August 5-10, and below is the schedule of times. Of note, Tuesday, August 6 expects to be the first day in full pads. Fans should make their plans to return to campus on August 17 for Meet The Rebels Day. We're expecting our biggest crowd ever.

Monday, August 5, 9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, August 6, 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, August 7, 9:45 a.m.
Thursday, August 8, 10 a.m.
Friday, August 9, 9:45 a.m.
Saturday, August 10, 12:15 p.m.

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Ole Miss Football 2012 Highlights from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.

Ole Miss' 2012 season highlight video, which you can see above, was named FBS video of the year by FootballScoop.com. The six finalists were evaluated by a voting panel consisting of Andy Staples (Sports Illustrated), Adam Kramer (Bleacher Report), Chris Brown (Smart Football) and Brian Floyd (SB Nation), and you can read their comments on the video in the linked FootballScoop.com story.

Chris Buttgen, Ole Miss' assistant director of sports video, produced the video in collaboration with the Ole Miss Sports Production staff, led by Micah Ginn, director of creative services. 

Buttgen said his job primarily is to do the creative side of things, the post-production work for football, such as promotion videos, recruiting videos, motivational videos, position videos and even wedding videos. He also shot this Vine of head coach Hugh Freeze and the Ladies' Football Forum Locking The Vaught this past Saturday.

"Since I have more access to football I shoot a lot of stuff here in-house that a lot of people wouldn't see like meeting, and I'll mic up the coaches, and stuff like that," Butthgen said. "And on game day, we have another one of our staff members that shoot on the sideline, and I shoot the sideline and inside the coaches' box.

"I have full access to the locker room. I'm flying with the team, riding with the team, so I'll shoot some hotel stuff. Then Rebel Vision, the job they do and the equipment they have, between the cameras and the great shots, we combine our resources. You'll see my shot in their videos, and you'll see their shot in my videos."

Buttgen said they never got to watch the video as a team but have seen it on Twitter, and they love seeing it. Buttgen also said they showed it on their recruiting weekend and continue to show it to recruits. Rebel Vision released its most recent video, "More," on July 10, and Buttgen said they have some great videos on the way.

"We have done some green-screen stuff, and Micah has done some shoots," he said. "The preseason is when they really shine. They do a lot of preseason videos with ticket promotions and everything. The 'More' video that came out, we have several other kinds of videos that will be hitting the airwaves soon.

"The intro video this year for Vaught-Hemingway is going to be amazing, from what I can tell. I can't even see all of it yet because a lot of it was green screen. It's going to be real cool. I plan on taking my pregame motivations to a whole nother level. I got some new equipment coming in and I got some new ideas I heard about this year."

Incoming Ole Miss freshman Sebastian Saiz has represented his native Spain in two international competitions this summer, the FIBA Under-19 World Championships in the Czech Republic, then the FIBA Under-20 European Championships in Estonia.

It was his fifth game of the tournament scoring in double figures and first game rebounding in double figures, with previous highs of 11 points (vs. France, Greece) and 10 rebounds (vs. Russia). 

He averaged 7.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game. He was 29-of-51 (56.9 percent) from the field and 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) from the free-throw line. He also averaged 0.8 blocks, which ranked 14th, including a highlight block of Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), the 15th-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Earlier this summer, Saiz helped Spain to a fifth-place finish at the FIBA Under-19 Word Championship in the Czech Republic. He recorded four double-doubles in the tournament, including a tournament-high 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 72-68 win against Canada, as Spain claimed fifth place. He was also 7-of-9 from the field, his best shooting performance of the tournament.

In an earlier consolation game, he posted a double-double with 16 points and a tournament-high 16 rebounds in a 75-64 win against Croatia. He pulled down 10 offensive rebounds in that game and averaged 4.3 offensive rebounds, which ranked second in the tournament.

He nearly averaged a double-double with 9.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game. His 9.4 rebounds per game ranked sixth in the tournament. He was 31-of-58 (53.4 percent) from the field and 24-of-36 (66.7 percent) from the free-throw line.

Here's a story from FIBA, and what others are saying about Saiz, a teammate of fellow signee Janari Joesaar at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas:
Ole Miss head man Hugh Freeze will be at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday for the annual SEC "Car Wash". Other coaches making the trip that day include James Franklin (Vanderbilt), Les Miles (LSU), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), Mark Richt (Georgia), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Nick Saban (Alabama), while the rest of the league's coaches will be at the World Wide Leader on Tuesday. A total of 50 college football head coaches from the ACC (July 29-30), Big Ten (July 31-August 1), Pac-12 (July 24-25) and SEC (July 22-23) will make the rounds in the coming weeks to discuss topics across multiple ESPN programs and platforms in a few hours. Below is a look at Freeze's tentative schedule for Monday. Make your plans to tune in.

10:00am    College GameDay
10:25am    Podcast-ESPNU CFB with Ivan Maisel
11:00am    GameDay Radio
11:15am    CFB Insider with Travis Haney
11:40am    SportsCenter
12:00pm    ESPN.com chat
12:20pm    Recruiting Nation
1:40pm    College Football Live
2:00pm    ITK/ Front Row
2:15pm    SVP & Russillo Radio Show
2:25pm    SportsCenter Tonight

Programs are live, and times are central.

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Left-handed pitcher Matt Denny and right-handed pitcher Scott Weathersby both represented Ole Miss in collegiate summer baseball league all-star games Wednesday night. They are among several members of the Rebel baseball team participating in summer league ball during the offseason before returning to Ole Miss in the fall.

Weathersby plays for the Southern California Catch of the California Collegiate League. He was named to the South Division All-Star team and picked up the win, as the South All-Stars defeated the North All-Stars, 3-2. Weathersby worked a perfect fifth inning with a strikeout.

The junior right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He also has 23 strikeouts against six walks in 24.1 innings over seven games as both a starter and reliever. His best outing came against the Academy Barons on July 8 when he allowed just one hit with no walks and six strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

Denny plays for the Baltimore Redbirds of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. He was named to the North Division All-Star team but did not appear in the game.

The sophomore left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA, which included a 16-inning scoreless streak. He also has 21 strikeouts against eight walks in 23.2 innings over five starts. His best outing came against the Herndon Braves on June 29 when he worked six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Another Ole Miss player who has impressed this summer has been junior right-hander Chris Ellis, who plays for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League. He ranks ninth in the league in opponents' batting average and 10th in earned run average.

Ellis is 2-2 with a 2.05 ERA. He also has 20 strikeouts against nine walks in 30.2 innings over six starts, while limiting opposing hitters to a .212 batting average. Among the six starts, he tossed six shutout innings on three separate occasions.

In his best outing, the junior right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Harwich Mariners on June 21, allowing just one unearned run on one hit with two walks and three strikeouts.

A League Of Their Own

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Gleadall Gets Taste For Caddying

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Thumbnail image for Gleadall_Natalie040712d_RKJ.JPGFormer Ole Miss women's golfer Natalie Gleadall is used to hitting golf balls, not carrying golf bags. After missing out on qualifying for the LPGA Manulife Financial Classic on July 8, Gleadall bumped into friend Laura Diaz, a 15-year veteran on the LPGA Tour. Diaz then asked Gleadall to be her caddy for the week at the tournament. What followed would be an inspiring and exciting experience Gleadall won't forget.

Diaz joined the LPGA in 1999 and has won more than $5 million and two LPGA tournaments throughout her career. She has played on four U.S. Solheim Cup teams, and will serve as an assistant captain at this year's event in Parker, Colo.

Gleadall met Diaz last summer and the two kept in touch via email. Having never caddied before at an LPGA event, Gleadall had to think about the decision to caddy for a little bit before finally agreeing.

Diaz teed off just after noon Thursday with Katie Futcher and Lauren Doughtie, whose caddy, Chad Smalley, just happened to be a good family friend of Gleadall's. Diaz carded a 1-under-par 70 in the first round, and an even-par 71 in the second round, missing the cut by two strokes.

While Diaz and Gleadall didn't make it to the weekend, Gleadall said she learned a lot about staying calm and patient on the course, playing to her strengths, and the importance of being comfortable in her shots. Diaz showed in her round, Gleadall said, that you can never give up in golf because you never know when you will get on a roll.

"I walk away from this week feeling so inspired and ready to get back to work," Gleadall said. "I am so excited to see what the future has in store."

Gleadall has played primarily on the SunCoast Ladies Tour this year. In 16 events (38 rounds), Gleadall has a stroke average of 73.65 and has earned more than $16,000.

Among her best SunCoast Ladies Tour finishes, Gleadall finished tied for 11th at Orange Tree Country Club, tied for seventh at Timacuan, eighth at the LPGA International Champions, and third at the Harmony Golf Preserve.

On the Canadian Women's Tour, Gleadall finished tied for sixth at Beach Grove Golf Club, 10th at Ambassador Golf Club, and tied for seventh at the PGA of Canada Women's Championship.

Gleadall graduated from Ole Miss following the 2011-12 season.

There was a lot of excitement surrounding the Ole Miss football contingent at SEC Media Days Tuesday. Coming off a 7-6 season followed by a top-five recruiting class, a lot was said about expectations for this upcoming season.

"The expectations that are coming now with our program, I'm very careful," head coach Hugh Freeze said. "I told every group that I went to this spring, I tell our team quite often, unrealistic expectations, always produce frustration. I don't care in what area of life that you're in, if you have an unreal expectation and it does not come to pass, you get very frustrated."

"Our task in year two is to maintain the enthusiasm and energy from both our fans and our players and everyone that is involved in our program, as we continue to strive to be relevant in the SEC West. We have made strides. But, again, those young men we've recruited to help us with our depth issues, they're 18-year-old kids. How quick they'll adjust to this game and this league, you really don't know."

Speaking about the excitement surrounding the top-five recruiting class, Freeze said other teams in the Southeastern Conference have had that for five years, and those are the teams they are competing against. One class, Freeze said, is not the answer by itself, but just part of the process.

"Spring revealed to us that we're still not an SEC depth chart," Freeze said. "We went from being a decent football team to a less-than-average one when you had a few key injuries. Last year, we were so fortunate to not have any injuries.

"I look at our depth chart now, we have made improvements, but improvements with really young kids. How will they respond to this league? I don't know. I think we're a year away from being able to look at a depth chart and say 'we're pretty good there.'"

The number one area of concern in depth, Freeze said, is the offensive line, adding that players returning from injuries and offseason surgeries are also of concern. Freeze also mentioned defensive end, corner and safety as positions where the Rebels are thin.

"We feel like everybody is pretty well on track," Freeze said. "We have a physical summer with our strength coaches, and it has created some new things here and there, and exactly where we'll be in a few weeks when we start camp is kind of hard to tell.

"We know there will be some who will be limited when we start, but we sure hope by two weeks into fall camp that we will have all our critical members of our team to start getting ready for Vanderbilt."

Wallace Right On Track

Junior quarterback Bo Wallace had clavicle surgery in January, and he said he's participating in seven-on-seven workouts and expects to be ready for the start of fall camp.

"I'm in the last two weeks of the rehab," Wallace said. "Now, I'm just getting to throw every day to get ready for fall camp. It feels good -- I have all the confidence in the world in it. I'm just ready to get back out there and compete with my team."

Freeze said they also feel good about Wallace's recovery.

"He feels very good about where he's at in his progress," he said. "They've released him about four weeks ago to start tossing. Last week he began throwing full go. He's had some soreness, of course. But everything seems to be moving along very nicely."

Wallace completed 235 of 368 passes for 2,994 yards and 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last season, adding 390 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Freeze said to have an experienced quarterback in the SEC is "invaluable," but also said he expects Wallace to cut down on his turnovers.

"He kind of plays the game a little bit too free for me at times with the football," he said. "He'll be the first to tell you that. That's probably the biggest negative of him not going through spring practice, was the fact he didn't get quality reps against a live defense.

"I know that he understands and knows that. So now it's a matter of us, through fall camp, getting him prepared to take care of the football."

Wallace participated in the Manning Passing Academy last weekend, and he said he talked to Eli Manning about making better decisions with his feet and protecting the ball batter.

"We both said sliding is awkward as a quarterback, but I have to pick my spots," he said. "I don't want to go through another injury like this. I think I help the team more being out there healthy than trying to pick up one or two more yard and getting banged up.

"At the same time, I'm going to compete my tail off like I always do, and if I don't slide, I'm just trying to compete."

Looking Ahead To The Season Opener

Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are two of the SEC's hottest teams entering 2013. The Commodores were 9-4 in 2012, their most wins in a season since 1915. Head coach James Franklin has also led Vanderbilt to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history.

"That game in Nashville in August is going to be a difficult task because of the job that Coach Franklin and his staff have done at Vanderbilt," Freeze said. "They're returning quite a few guys. They're going to be a mature football team.

"They understand quite clearly what this game means. Our kids will, too. Am I crazy about opening with a conference opponent? That's probably not what you would always desire, but an opportunity to put us on national TV is something that I'm always in favor of."

Players report for fall camp on Aug. 1, and so begins year two of the journey for Freeze and the Rebels.

A Winning Combination

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Thumbnail image for Boxx_Guthrie_Egypt.jpgA little over a year since they teamed up to post a final collegiate tennis ranking of No.6 in the nation, Rebel alums Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie secured their first pro title as a duo, winning the F26 Futures title in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Saturday at the Jolie Ville Golf Resort on the coast.  The All-American duo entered the field as the No. 2 seed, and defeated the top seeded team of Anna Morgina (Russia) and Naomi Totka (Hungary) 6-1, 6-2, for the title.  Boxx and Guthrie were quite familiar with one half of their opponent, as Morgina played collegiate tennis at the University of South Carolina.

Boxx and Guthrie advanced to the final with a come from behind win in the semifinals.  After dropping the first set 7-5, to the unseeded pair from Greece and France, respectively, Boxx and Guthrie won a second set tiebreak 7-6(5) before wrapping up the match 10-3 in the final set.  That would be the only trouble the Reb duo faced the entire week, as they only dropped 12 games total in winning the other matches in straight sets.

Boxx and Guthrie will continue their stay in Egypt, playing another Futures event at the same site next week.  Current Rebel Mai El Kamash, who hails from Cairo, watched her fellow Rebels from the stands this week.  She has competed in singles and doubles of several prior Futures at this resort, but took the week off. 

A two-time All American in both singles and doubles for the Rebels, Boxx became the second player in Ole Miss history to achieve 200 wins combined in singles and doubles and became the second player in program history to earn All-SEC first team honors all four years.  

Guthrie also helped lead the Rebels to four straight NCAA tournament appearances.  She finished her senior year ranked No. 15 in the Southern Region in singles, while earning All-SEC honors.

Boxx graduated from Ole Miss in 2012, and Guthrie finished up her degree this past spring while also serving as a student assistant for the Rebels.

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Spread the word and help former Ole Miss baseball player Rick Carone in his fight against cancer. Rick is currently battling stage IV pancreatic cancer. Rick is a single father of two. 

You can visit, "like" and share the Team Carone Facebook page to show support for Rick, whether it's through a post, a private message or donation. When you purchase a Hard Core Fighter Shirt, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Rick to aid in his fight against cancer.

Rick played on the 1993 Ole Miss baseball team, then was taken in the 19th round of the 1993 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He played four years of professional baseball in the White Sox organization. Rick was roommates with David Dellucci for a time and is also good friends with Mickey Callway, both baseball standouts at Ole Miss. 

The circus known as SEC Football Media Days is here again, and with seven straight national titles in our collective pockets, I'm sure it will be bigger than ever. Festivities will be Tuesday through Thursday (July 16-18) at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham, and Ole Miss is part of Tuesday's opening-day lineup along with Florida, Missouri and South Carolina. The Rebels and Gamecocks are the evening pairing from 3:50 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Commissioner Mike Slive will open Media Days at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Texas A&M, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas are on Wednesday and LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Vanderbilt on Thursday. SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw will also speak on Wednesday.

Joining Coach Hugh Freeze in the Ole Miss contingency will be LB Mike Marry, WR Donte Moncrief and QB Bo Wallace. It was a very tough decision for us. We enjoy the luxury of having a number of student-athletes that represent our program well with the media. In particular, DB Charles Sawyer attended SEC Media Days last year and did an outstanding job, and he will continue to represent our program in a lot of other ways. Denzel Nkemdiche is an All-SEC LB that also handles himself very well with the media. It was close, but I am excited about the three we settled on.

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