Ole Miss. We Can Still Call You That, Right?

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Ole Miss. We Can Still Call You That, Right?
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March 16, 2010

Atlanta, Georgia

 I was born a Rebel.  Down in Dixie, on a Sunday morning.

 One foot in the grave and one foot on the pedal, I was born a Rebel............ Tom Petty

 


Okay Ole Miss fans, what's it gonna be?  Are you the Rebels, the Generals, the Bobcats? Something even lamer? Haven't decided? Well get back to us quickly, we've officially got you on the clock. Some of us have been listening to this for 40+ years and haven't seen the "changes" translate into success on the field as we've heard it would, and we're about over it.  You've changed your colors, your mascot and your bands setlist but not your won/loss percentage. After awhile I would think college educated people would figure out that the "changes" aren't really helping. But what do I know? Before we start talking Spring football, I want to throw in my 2 cents on this (non)issue. Decide who you are, be proud of who you are and if some kids don't want to play at your school because of who you are, screw 'em. The ones who do want to play there because of who you are will play their hearts out for you.

 

Now, let’s talk football.

 

In Houston Nutt’s 3rd season at Ole Miss, the buzz of excitement has gotten progressively louder.  Season tickets sold out in 2009 and there is now a waiting list to get through the turnstiles. We’re not talking about a 95,000 seat stadium but still…

 

Well, I like to get right to the point. Not one for small talk and all that. So here are my four reasons why Ole Miss will have a disappointing season this year;  graduating seniors, difficulty of schedule, inexperienced Quarterback and Offensive Coordinator. Let’s take ‘em one at a time.

 

Graduated Seniors

Cordera Eason

Marshay Green

Greg Hardy

Shay Hodge

John Jerry (my favorite SEC lineman)

Kendrick Lewis

Dexter McCluster

Jevan Snead

Patrick Trahan

Cassius Vaughn

That’s a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and Dexter McCluster is irreplaceable.

 

Difficulty of Schedule

Ole Miss will almost certainly begin the season at 5-0. With home games against Jacksonville State, Vandy, Fresno State and Kentucky and one road game against Tulane, that is virtually a lock. But then… a week off followed by consecutive games with Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU and Mississippi State.  Travel destinations include Tuscaloosa, Fayetteville, Knoxville and Baton Rouge.  That is just bad scheduling.

 

Inexperienced Quarterback

Jevan Snead left a year early and also exposed a recruiting malfunction.

Raymond Cotton –Redshirt freshman, as a high school senior he was rated the #22 QB in the Nation by Scout.com

Nathan Stanley- Sophomore, #61 rated high school QB by Scout.com

Randall Mackey-Junior, 2008 Parade All-American, 2009 NJCCA All-American. I just don’t like JUCO QB’s. Name the last one who worked out. I’m not impressed by this guy the same way I’m not impressed by Cameron Newton and the same way I was not impressed by Brent Schaeffer. Leaders are not made in Junior College.

 

Offensive Coordinator

Dave Rader.  That same Dave Rader who used to call the draw play for Mike Shula at Alabama on 1st and 10 or 3rd and 21. That Dave Rader.

 

We will be getting more in depth in the coming weeks leading up to the Grove Bowl April 17th. Houston Nutt is getting his fingerprints on this program and will eventually have his recruiting in place with the personnel he likes. Right now, he has 24 defensive backs on the roster. I’ll leave you with that.

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