A Fond Farewell

March 5, 2003

Tonight will be the final game in Tad Smith Coliseum for four special individuals. For seniors Derrick Allen, Shaun Holtz, David Sanders and Emmanuel Wade, tonight's game versus LSU will be the final time they will wear the Red & Blue before the home faithful.

But, while it's the last time they will suit up, they will be Rebels forever. They are part of a special family here at Ole Miss. Now, they take time to reflect on their careers and say their goodbyes.

Derrick Allen
"It's been a great experience for me. I love everything about Ole Miss. Everything has been great and what I expected it to be.

"My best memory was last year's Memphis game at home. It was sort of a 'coming-out' game for me. They were really good and ranked in the polls, and I played a pretty good basketball game. That was a special moment for me.

"I don't know what I'll be feeling before the game tonight. I'm sure there will be a lot of emotions and a lot of memories running through my mind. I know it's going to be special.

"I would like to thank the fans for accepting me and supporting me and the team. I would like to tell the fans that I love all of them."

Shaun Holtz
"It's been like a dream for me. Everybody wants the opportunity to play in the SEC. Even though everything hasn't turned out as I had hoped, it's still been fantastic.

"My injuries are something I'll never forget. I'll always remember my first game that I really played in this year. I came out and got a steal. I'll also remember this year's Kentucky and Mississippi State games.

"Before tonight's game, I'll be sad, excited, anxious, ready to play. But, most of all, I'll cherish the opportunity I had to play here for two years.

"I would like to thank the fans for supporting me. Even though I haven't been here all four years, they have shown me love. When I came in, everybody was shaking my hand and telling me that they appreciated that I was here."

David Sanders
"It's been a great experience. I've learned a lot from the people I've been around. The relationships I've made during my time here, I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

"Going to the 'Sweet 16' two years ago was great, and last season, going back to the NCAA Tournament are moments that will stand out. There are a lot of other moments that I will take with me.

"I don't know what feelings will be running through me before tonight's game. I just hope I don't get too emotional.

"I would like to say that our fans really support us through everything. Our fans are not like some others that are not there when you're not doing well. Our fans continue to be there for us, always encouraging us. That means a lot to us."

Emmanuel Wade
"It's been a pretty exciting time for me here at Ole Miss. I tried to do the best I could to help our team win games. I learned a lot from Coach Barnes and the coaching staff. I'm happy with my four years at Ole Miss. The four years were a learning process for me. I'm excited about what I learned during my time here.

"I don't think I'll ever forget my sophomore year with our trip to the 'Sweet 16.' We accomplished a lot as a team. I also played well in my first NCAA Tournament game (19 points vs. Iona). That year will always stick in my mind.

"It's going to be emotional before tonight's game. But, I'm excited about the challenges ahead of me.

"I appreciate all the support from the fans, and the excitement they bring to the games. Without them, we wouldn't be where we are now as a program. I would like to thank them and tell them to keep it up and continue to support the future Rebel teams."

 

 

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