Weather, can't live with it can't live without it and today
was a prime example of that. All week we've been watching this weather pattern
that was going to bring us some rain today. On Monday it was 65-75 percent
chance of downpour and last night that jumped to 80 percent so right now, we're
in the van and it's raining ... HARD!
Golf is a sport in which you play in the elements and it can
actually really change your game plan. Wet greens, fairways ... water everywhere.
Then add on top of that you have to wear rain gear which is more gear on top of
carrying your bag ... yeah; weather can change a lot in golf.
Speaking of rain gear ... this SID is always prepared for
weather. (I was a Girl Scout, and being prepared was VERY important) I keep
extra shoes, socks, rain gear, umbrellas, everything in my car. You'll never
catch me without the appropriate gear for any type of weather -- until today. I
forgot everything, I mean everything.
It's all back in Oxford sitting in my car at the golf course. Luckily, I
brought lots of socks and change of clothes and I got my first piece of women's
golf gear ... a weatherproof hat! (Thanks Coach Drinkard)
So we've spent some time in the van this morning and here
are some of the gems from our time in the Sprinter:
"We may be Landsharks but we thrive in water" - Alison
"I passed a level"
followed by "I need a life" - EVERYONE, playing Candy Crush
Number of Rain Songs we listened to in the delay: TOO MANY
TO COUNT (Apparently rain is a theme in country music, who knew!)
So finally at Noon, today's round was cancelled. We loaded
the Sprinter back up and went back to the hotel where we were greeted by Rebel
fans, ok so it was our families but they really are most important fans anyways.
Speaking of fans, and support, I will say this team's
support is second to none! Lots of fans have read this blog, liked our pictures
on Facebook and Twitter and have just been amazing supporters of Rebel Women's
Golf. It's been super fun to be a part of all this.
When on any road trip the best part, I think, is team dinners
with parents and families included. You find out lots of good stuff at these
dinners and tonight's dinner at Carraba's was no exception.
Needless to say, we laughed A LOT. We talked about Coach
Drinkard's "classic baby picture", Mr. Rubin and Mr. Shiavone gave me a little
grief for being a Lions fan (I've gotta rep the hometown team) and we talked
about Alison Hovatter's LOVE of all things involving head football coach Hugh Freeze.
Pretty sure she can recite the Egg Bowl speech word-for-word. That my friends,
is Rebel Pride!
Ginn and the Ole Miss video productions team, if you are reading this, we need
to do an episode of "The Season" with the women's golf team. This group would
make GOOD TV. All you need to do is come on a trip with us and you'll have
PLENTY, trust me! #JustSayin
I'm going to close tonight's blog with this little gem:
"I just got a banana to the face" - Joe
See you on the course tomorrow, looking forward to hearing
lots of Hotty Toddy's!
1 Heart, 1 Goal
After a rainout on Friday, the Ole Miss baseball team opened fall practice on Saturday with its first inter-squad scrimmage.
Senior right-hander Aaron Greenwood and junior right-hander Sam Smith got the starts for the Blue team and Red team, respectively, and the 10 pitchers between the two teams combined to allow just two runs.
Scoring for the scrimmage was broken down into three categories -- runs, bunting and energy -- and while the Blue team won the runs part, 2-0, it lost both the bunting and energy parts.
The bunt contest was situational before each half inning, with a batter at the plate and runner at first, and the energy part was based on communication, running on and off the field between half innings, running down to first base and overall energy.
Individually, senior catcher Will Allen and junior first baseman Sikes Orvis delivered back-to-back RBI's for the Blue team in the bottom of the first, and then it was all pitching and defense.
Head coach Mike Bianco was impressed with junior right-hander Hawtin Buchanan, who worked two scoreless innings, and freshman middle infielder Errol Robinson, who showed good range and a strong arm at second base and shortstop.
Another defensive standout was junior outfielder Braxton Lee, a junior college transfer from Pearl River, who threw out a runner at the plate. Behind the plate, Allen threw out a base runner at second. And to close things out, junior right-handers Josh Laxer and Scott Weathersby worked the final two innings for the Blue team and Red team, respectively.
So today was the first round of the Mercedes-Benz
Championship. There was some awesome golf out there. Lots of birdies being
made, some awesome putts but just like a roller coaster ride there are ups and
downs and the team experienced a little bit of that today BUT something that I thought
was neat was the re-grouping after the round. Everyone knew what they needed to
focus on, they practiced it, we got in the Sprinter Van and headed back to the
(Sidenote: You really
can't miss us here in Knoxville. The van
is big and blue and says "Ole Miss" in red letters. If I had a dollar for every
stare I saw from other drivers, we would be in GOOD shape. #WeAreOleMiss)
I'm learning a lot about this group in our travels to and
from the golf course. Abby Newton is the DJ and almost like clockwork there
will be something light to open with, think The Fray or Goo Goo Dolls, but
inevitably, country will be on deck. Although there was a little Nelly, Tail
Feather today that even got the front of the van moving!
This group likes country -- no doubt about that.
This group also likes to sing country. There may or may not
have been some serenading on the way back from dinner ... Alison Hovatter
#JustSayin This group is so into country
that even Maria, all the way from Norway knows the lyrics... she's only been here
about a month and she's got Hunter Hayes DOWN!
In my time at Ole Miss, the word family comes up a lot, in
fact it's one of the main reasons I like it in Oxford so much, everyone really
is like family. I don't have sisters but I definitely feel like I've gained
some this weekend.
See you on the course
tomorrow, bring your rain gear!
1 Heart, 1 Goal
ESPN College Gameday might not be coming to Ole Miss this week, but Ole Miss will be going there, as alumna Melissa King (@Dent4DA) won this week's AT&T #BeTheFan challenge. As the winner, she will receive a VIP trip to this week's ESPN College Gameday in Fargo, N.D., on the campus on North Dakota State.
"I have never been to Fargo, so I get to see a part of the country that I have never seen," King said. "And of course, I get to see the hosts of College Gameday, which is fantastic. I will get to see a behind-the-scenes tour of how everything is set up and how everything works. It's going to be a wonderful experience. And I get to see a different kind of football and a different kind of tailgating from what we're used to in the Grove."
The contest asked participants to submit photos or videos via Instagram, Twitter or Vine showing their game day ritual or superstition. Her winning video is of her dog Jedi, a rescued Maltese Mix, raising his two front paws like the motion for a touchdown.
As part of the VIP trip, she will receive backstage access to meet with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, tickets to the game and the opportunity to represent Ole Miss during the broadcast while holding the Twitter Sign of the Week.
She will also be entered to win the Grand Prize trip to Pasadena, Calif., for the 2014 BCS National Championship game.
"I can't be more proud that I get to represent Ole Miss and our university," she said. "I won this competition because it was Ole Miss that the judges picked, and it's humbling that not only I won, but I also did it while I was also representing Ole Miss.
"And now I get to Fargo and meet people who work in college sports on a national level and get to promote the good that is Ole Miss and be a representative of Rebel Nation and show that we're back in the football game."
King, originally from Madison, Miss., is a 2007 Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College graduate with a degree in Business Administration. She is now a practicing attorney living outside Atlanta, with her own firm specializing in Family Law and Estate Planning.
She went to one Ole Miss game last year and has already made plans to go to the Ole Miss-Auburn game in a few weeks. While she doesn't get to go back to Oxford as much as she would like to, she hopes next season she will be a season ticket holder. She also hopes ESPN College Gameday will soon visit Ole Miss.
"It's a perfect time to go, and if I can get in a good word to get College Gameday to come to the Grove, I will absolutely do it," she said. "I think it's time. They need to be there. I was an Ole Miss ambassador and got plenty of students to come to Ole Miss, so I'm going to do my best to get those guys to see us."
Ole Miss women's golf SID Jessica Poole is serving as a guest blogger
for this weekend's trip to the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
Road trips are a part of life if you're a student-athlete.
In fact, most seasons are like one big road trip with a few home matches or
tournaments sprinkled in, but if you're a support staffer, say an SID, as I am,
road trips take on a different meaning.
I'm new to the Ole Miss family, I've been on the job exactly
49 days so any road trip is going to be a fun new adventure to me, so when the
women's golf team invited me to tag along with them this week to Knoxville, I
was all in! First of all, I'm a closet golf fanatic. I'm talking, I love watching
the Golf Channel and I want to be on the show the Big Break but my golf skills
are not quite up to par (no pun intended :) So getting to golf through them, because
they actually know what they are doing has been so much fun.
For me, the best part about this trip has been getting to
know everyone in a way that is not achieved in my once a month trips to
practice or a team photo shoot. This group has welcomed me with open arms and
even let me get in on the Sock It To Cancer fun socks in support of coach Kim
Evans. We shared lots of laughs today and I know the rest of the weekend will
be the same!
You also learn a lot about teams on road trips especially from
the music and this team has music selection down to a science. We've listened
to Queen, Will Smith, The Fray and Chris Brown to name a few - all good tunes which
resulted in lots of singing!
Another observation that I've made is that this team is
family. Out on the course they have each other's backs, they share in each
other's joys and are battling together to improve each and every hole, every
time out. It's really awesome to be a part of!
They'll be battling together at the Mercedes-Benz
Championship this weekend, so make sure to follow along on GolfStat and also on
Twitter @OleMissWGolf. I tell ya, something special is brewing with this teamJ
1 Heart, 1 Goal
Head coach Hugh Freeze
recaps the day of practice, looks ahead to Alabama and discusses the play of some of the freshmen.
Through three games, Ole Miss ranks fourth in the SEC in total offense (490.0 ypg) and fifth in scoring offense (38.0 ppg). The Rebels also rank second in the SEC, 25th in the nation, averaging 79.3 offensive plays per game. Offensive coordinator Dan Werner discusses quarterback junior Bo Wallace's progress, looks ahead to Alabama and assesses where the tempo has been relative to their expectations.
Ole Miss pitched a second-half shutout in a 44-23 win over Texas. Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack looks back on those halftime adjustments, looks ahead to Alabama and assesses the progress of freshman defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.
Last season, junior quarterback Bo Wallace led the nation by throwing an interception once every 22 passing attempts. Through three games and 87 attempts this season, Wallace has yet to throw an interception, which is tied for the third-most attempts without an interception in the nation.
"I want to keep that going as long as possible," Wallace said of his interception-free streak. "You have freak plays during the game. Those are going to come, but I can't make foolish interceptions like I did last game."
Wallace credits not only his health from undergoing clavicle surgery in January and regaining his arm strength the last week or so, but also his early struggles during fall camp.
"Coach Freeze and Coach Werner being in there with helping me with it," Wallace said. "During fall camp, I had that mindset change where I was struggling at the start, so I think that struggle kind of helped me with the way I'm playing right now."
Despite resting for much of the second game against Southeast Missouri, Wallace ranks 9th in the league in passing (216.0 ypg), 6th in total offense (256.0 ypg) and tied for 3rd in points responsible for (44), and the team also ranks 4th in total offense (490.0 ypg).
"I look at the differences in Bo's and LSU's guy (Zach Mettenberger)," Freeze said of SEC quarterbacks. "Those guys have elevated their game to join guys like (A.J.) McCarron, (Johnny) Manziel and the other ones that were already really good.
"We're putting so much emphasis on quarterback play, functioning and taking care of the ball in the system in which we're asked to run. I know how hard we worked at it, and I'm sure others have done the same. It seems to be that it's been raised to another level."
"When we get up-tempo, as long as we're executing, it's hard to stop, especially if we get rolling on first down and stay on schedule," Wallace said. "People say defenses are going to catch up to it and things like that. Well, we're just going to get better at it. We know we're not where we need to be right now, and we're just going to keep getter better at it, so hopefully they don't catch up to it.
In that same vein, as Freeze said Monday, the game has changed, whether we like it or not.
You look at total offense, where Ole Miss averages 490.0 yards per game on offense, and it ranks 4th in the SEC, but just 33rd in the nation. And defensively, where the Rebels allow 332.7 yards per game, and it also ranks 4th in the SEC and 35th in the nation.
"These offenses are making you defend from sideline to sideline, all 53 yards, on every play, whether it's an inside run play or not, and then you add the tempo and rule changes, the defense can only do certain things," head coach Hugh Freeze said. "It definitely has been advantageous for the offense, and the stats prove that. It's hard to totally stop the offenses you are seeing now.
"The high schools are doing it more and more, and the kids are so athletic, and now they are coming up in these systems. It's hard to defend the 53-yard field that we have when you use it on every play. That's why I love what we do, and it gives us a lot of options."
Different Mentality For Scott
Senior running back Jeff Scott set career highs with 243 all-purpose yards, including 164 yards on 19 carries, to go along with a thrilling 73-yard punt return for a touchdown and was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.
For the season, Scott ranks among the conference leaders in rushing (6th/110.0 ypg), yards from scrimmage (7th/122.0 ypg) and all-purpose yards (5th/151.7 ypg).
"Coach Freeze, he's been on us, and I had to get my priorities right," Scott said. "My junior and senior year, I knew my talent was being limited here. I wanted to be a great player overall, and I wanted people to like me for what I did on the field and off the field. This is my senior year, and this is it for me. I wanted to go out on top.
Schematically, a large part of Scott's success has been the read-option with quarterback Bo Wallace, who has noticed a different mentality this year from Scott.
"Last year, the first thing he's going for is the sideline, and he's going to jump out of bounds," Wallace said. "This year, you're seeing his toughness and him wanting to make big plays. He's become a great blocker for us, and he's becoming a really smart football player."
Making Special Teams Special
Special teams helped turn the tide in Saturday's win over Texas, from senior Andrew Ritter's career-long 52-yard field as time expired in the first half to cut the lead to 23-17, to Scott's 73-yard punt return for a touchdown, which extended the Rebels' lead to 37-23.
In Monday's press conference, Freeze also noted the blocking on that punt return from Scott, particularly redshirt freshman linebacker Temario Strong.
"There were several key blocks on (Jeff Scott's) punt return," Freeze said. Bobby Hill made a good one, which looked like it could be bad at the time, but watching it, it was definitely in the side and not in the back.
"Then, Temario Strong finished a guy off as good as you will ever see. Temario had a phenomenal game on special teams. He was physical and full speed and did a great job. I'm really glad to see him take that next step. We've been pushing him to do that"
Led by Scott, Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks third in the nation in punt return average (29.7 yards per return). The Rebels are also one of just two SEC teams, along with Alabama, and one of 14 teams in the nation with a punt return for a touchdown. Ole Miss also ranks second in the SEC and 25th in the nation in opponents' punt return average (3.75 yards per return).
Ole Miss WNBA Update
The WNBA regular-season concluded on Sunday (September 15)
and with the playoffs starting on Thursday (Sept 20), Ole Miss has ties to two
playoff series. Former Ole Miss player and head coach, Carol Ross will lead the
Los Angeles Sparks into the conference semifinals against the Phoenix Mercury
while former Lady Rebel Armintie Price-Herrington and her Atlanta Dream squad
will open semifinal action against the Washington Mystics. Both series get
underway on Thursday (Sept. 19).
Los Angeles Sparks
Carol Ross' squad met the same Mercury squad to close the regular season on
Sunday (Sept. 15) taking an 89-55 win as the teams split the regular-season
series, 2-2. Los Angeles is the No. 2 seed and hold home
court advantage over the No. 3 seeded Mercury. The Mercury beat the Sparks 97-81 in Phoenix on June 14, and added
a 90-84 victory on July 18. L.A.'s other win in the series, 88-76, was in
Phoenix on July 14. The series schedule is below:
Date Matchup Time
Thurs .Sept. 19 Phoenix
at Los Angeles 10 p.m.
(ET) - ESPN2
Sat. Sept. 21 Los
Angeles at Phoenix 10 p.m.
(ET) - NBATV
Mon., Sept. 23 Phoenix at
Los Angeles* 10
p.m. (ET) - ESPN2
*Game if necessary
Atlanta closed the regular-season on Sunday with a loss to the San Antonio
Silver Stars. The Dream opened the regular-season series going 3-0 against the
Mystics but Washington won the last two meetings, including an 85-80 overtime
win on the road on Aug. 28. The Dream are the No. 2 seed and will have home
court advantage should the series go to a third game. Atlanta's Angel
McCoughtry is averaging 22.0 points per game. Price-Herrington enters the
playoffs averaging 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game but did
not play in the regular-season finale with a shoulder injury. The Dream have
reached the WNBA Finals two of the last three years and are making their fifth
Date Matchup Time
Thurs .Sept. 19 Washington
at Atlanta 8 p.m. (ET) -
Sat. Sept. 21 Atlanta
at Washington 7 p.m.
(ET) - NBATV
Mon., Sept. 23 Washington
at Atlanta* TBA
*Game if necessary
The Ole Miss soccer team completed the weekend sweep, with a 2-1 win over Kennesaw State on Friday, then a 3-0 win over Memphis on Sunday. The Rebels (6-1-1) enter Southeastern Conference play next Friday at No. 25 Arkansas.
"We came together as team," senior Mandy McCalla said of Sunday's win against Memphis. "The chemistry is there, and everyone is connecting. We have confidence from back-to-back wins this weekend, and we're going to take what we have learned in the nonconference into conference play."
"It was a great game for us," head coach Matt Mott said. "Two quality opponents. Memphis is a very good team. I'm really happy with our team to come out and score three goals and finish the shutout. To get a result like that is huge for us."
McCalla, who netted the go-ahead goal against Kennesaw State, did so again Sunday against Memphis, with her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Then, early in the second half, fellow senior Rafaelle Souza added a pair of goals in a one-minute span, her sixth and team-leading seventh goals of the season, as the Rebels extended their lead to 3-0.
"They get a chance (to score), and they have a really good idea of how to score and where to put the ball, and they both scored good goals tonight," Mott said of McCalla and Souza.
On the defensive end, junior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick helped Ole Miss pitch its fourth shutout of the season, as McCormick made four saves, including one on a penalty kick when the game remained scoreless in the first half. The back line also made big plays on defense, including sophomore Maddie Friedmann, who cleared a ball of the line when the Rebels led 1-0 in the first half.
"Memphis has great, international-level forwards," Mott said. Our ability to shut them down and not let them create any goal-scoring chances was great for us. They attacked us some, but we defended them well for most of the game."
Through the first eight nonconference games, Ole Miss has a pair of road wins at UAB and St. Louis and played No. 23 Southern Cal to a 1-1 tie in the Minnesota Gold Classic. Offensively, the Rebels are averaging nearly three goals per game, with 23 goals through eight games, led by seven each from McCalla and Souza.
"We're two minutes away from being undefeated," Mott said of the first eight games. "We have played really well. Our intensity and effort have been good all year long. I'm certainly happy with it. Now, we have to get ready for conference play."
Head coach Hugh Freeze talks Wednesday's practice, an injury update on junior wide receiver Vince Sanders and the opportunity Saturday presents for the program.
Co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner talks about new Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, the Longhorns' personnel and the Rebels' preparation for Saturday.
Sophomore running back Jaylen Walton talks about last year's game against Texas, including his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and looks ahead to Saturday's matchup in Austin.
2013 World Championships,
2016 Summer Olympics,
Alabama Crimson Tide,
Armintie Price Herrington,
BBVA Compass Bowl,
Be The Fan,
Cal Ripken Senior League,
California Collegiate League,
Cape Cod League,
Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge,
Colorado Springs Sky Sox,
Dr. Jamil Northcutt;,
Engineers Without Border,
ESPN College Gameday,
Evan St. Laurent,
Florida State Seminoles,
Florida State Soccer,
From The Vault,
Hard Core Fighter,
Jackson Touchdown Club,
Jeff Scott Hugh Freeze,
Los Angeles Sparks,
Mary Ashton Nall,
mary ashton nall,
Meet The Rebels Day,
NCAA Baseball Tournament,
NCAA Doubles Final Four,
NCAA Tennis Final Four,
NFL Pro Bowl,
North Carolina State,
Ole Miss Athletics,
Ole Miss Athletics Foundation,
Ole Miss Baseball,
Ole Miss Basketball,
Ole Miss Engineering,
Ole Miss Football,
Ole Miss Foundation,
Ole Miss Hoops,
Ole Miss Men's Basketball,
Ole Miss Men's Golf,
Ole Miss Men's Hoops,
Ole Miss Men's Tennis,
Ole Miss Rebels,
Ole Miss Soccer,
Ole Miss Softball,
Ole Miss Tennis,
Ole Miss Track,
Ole Miss Track and Field,
Ole Miss Volleyball,
Ole Miss Women's Basketball,
Ole Miss Women's Golf,
Ole Miss Women's Tennis,
Rebel Media Day,
Rebel Road Trip,
Road To Omaha,
School of Education,
SEC Baseball Tournament,
SEC Media Days,
Spain National Team,
State of Ole Miss Athletics,
Under-19 World Championship,
Under-20 European Championships,
University of Mississippi,
USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships,
USA Track & Field,
Walk Out Songs,
William & Mary,
William Winter Institute,
Women's Basketball; Yolanda Moore,
Coach Freeze is a genuine coach and our players and fans adore him!! in post Vote Freeze For Coach Of The Year
Gary Vaughn said:
It's great to be a Rebel fan. Coach Freeze in post Vote Freeze For Coach Of The Year
Has brought back the excitement
Competitiveness we all so desire. The
fan base and even our doubters are
Paying attention. Even the whole country
Sport tLk shows ect. Are taking notice.
After we upset Alabama this weekend
38-27 we will bolt to a top 12 or better
Ranking. Go Rebels
I am not and never have been an Ole Miss fan. I am however a Coach Freeze fan. I like what he represents in today's world of big time sports and what he stands for in leading young men of today into a more responsible role. He is everything that Ole Miss has never had. I am on his band wagon winning or losing. in post Vote Freeze For Coach Of The Year
Cory Wilson said:
How can I get my hands on one of these? in post 2013 Fall Sports Player Posters
Dave Darnell said:
Gray pants with red and blue stripes on the legs have served Ole Miss football my entire life time. The blue on blue, red on red and white on white are hideous and UGLY! Leave the pants alone.
Dave Darnell in post New Football Uniforms Unveiled
Ole Miss '68
Tiger fan here (LSU) b we now have 3 in the SEC. You guys looked great last year. You looked coached, and the players were up for every game. Good to see you back in the hunt. in post Looking Ahead to 2013 On Gridiron
Brenda Maxie said:
Go Nephew congraulation on your trip to the olympics. Have a good time. in post UPDATE: Rebel. Champion. Olympian. Young's Blog
Go Isiah! Your Rebel family is pulling for you and can't wait to see you on the podium with your medal! in post UPDATE: Rebel. Champion. Olympian. Young's Blog
who will win the most gold medals?
http://www.formvote.com/discuss.php?postid=281510897524932 in post UPDATE: Rebel. Champion. Olympian. Young's Blog
BILL LOTT said:
GREAT JOB THIS YEAR GUYS - WISHING THE REBELS THE VERY BEST IN THE COMPASS BOWL - LETS PICK A FIGHT WITH PITT AND SHOW THEM WHAT OUR REBELS ARE ALL ABOUT. HOTTY-TODDY - GO REBELS. BE BLESSED AND GOOD LUCK! in post Some Notes On Bowl Trip