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The Tuscaloosa News' Aaron Suttles reports that while Alabama HC Nick Saban is "pushing" for former Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze to join his staff, there are some in the program who are not in favor of the move.

Freeze reportedly visited Alabama earlier this week, with the thought at the time being that he would be in play to serve as offensive coordinator. The coordinator gig no longer appears to be on the table -- that's said to be going to WR coach Mike Locksley -- but Saban would still like Freeze on staff in some on-field capacity. That's apparently not a consensus opinion in the program. Beyond that, Suttles is reporting that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is not in favor of Freeze taking on an on-field position. This is a developing story and we'll pass along updates as they become available.
Jan 17 - 4:54 PM

The Tuscaloosa News reports that former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is meeting to discuss the opening for offensive coordinator at Alabama.

Freeze would replace Brian Daboll, who is leaving to become the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL. Freeze was essentially forced out from Ole Miss unceremoniously after the discovery that he made a call to an escort service from a university-issued phone. He has a combined record of 49-28 over his seven seasons with Ole Miss and Arkansas State. If hired, Freeze would also be the fourth offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide in the last two years.
Jan 15 - 9:02 PM

Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman reports that Les Miles would have interest in making Hugh Freeze his offensive coordinator if he was to get a head coaching job.

Feldman adds that he has not talked to Miles specifically about the open Arizona coaching gig. Freeze resigned from the Ole Miss job this summer after the discovery of a phone call to an escort service from a university-issued phone, and it was widely reported that he would have been fired with cause had he not chosen to resign. The 48-year old has a combined record of 49-28 over his seven years at Ole Miss and Arkansas State.
Jan 4 - 5:59 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Ole Miss has hired Oregon DB coach Charles Clark to serve in the same capacity.

Clark began his coaching career as a defensive analyst intern at Duke in 2008. Since then, he has served as defensive backs coach for San Diego State (2010-12) and Colorado (2013-2016) before linking up with Oregon prior to the start of the 2017 campaign.
Jan 4 - 4:50 PM

Ole Miss redshirt senior RB Jordan Wilkins received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Wilkins (6'1/215) wrapped the current season having rushed for a career-best 1,011 yards (6.5 YPC) and nine touchdowns. He is not the most fleet a-foot back in the college landscape -- NFLDraftScout.com sees him running the 40-yard dash in the upper 4.5's. Outlet analyst Dane Brugler calls Wilkins a "poor man's Ryan Matthews" and sees him as a potential late-round selection depending on how his evaluating process plays out.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Ole Miss redshirt junior DT Breeland Speaks will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Speaks (6'3/313) posted 61 tackles (8.0 for loss) and seven sacks this season, closing out his collegiate career on a statistical high note. He offers a nice blend of strength off the snap coupled with serviceable speed and overall athleticism. He should see some interest on Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) of the draft and could draw particular interest from teams running a 4-3 scheme.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 01:20:00 PM

Ole Miss signed uncommitted four-star 2018 DT Jalen Cunningham.

Cunningham (6'4/335) has upside as either an offensive lineman or defensive lineman. He had been planning to sign in February, but decided no-time-like-the-present due to his strong relationships on HC Matt Luke's staff. Rivals ranks the Odenville, Alabama, native as the No. 15 defensive tackle prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:27:00 PM

Ole Miss signed 2018 four-star WR Elijah Moore, previously a Georgia verbal commitment.

Moore picks the Rebels over offers from (of course) Georgia, Miami, and many other high-profile schools. He's rated the 24th best receiver by ESPN.com, and ranks in the top 200 recruits on Scout. While he doesn't have ideal size (5'11/168), reports say that Moore has "home run" speed, and can make defenders miss once the ball is in his hands. It sounds like he could be an immediate impact on special teams, and could see targets as a receiver early as well. Ole Miss's class is closing very strong.
Source: 247 Sports
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 01:09:00 PM

Ole Miss senior edge rusher Marquis Haynes accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Haynes (6'3/220) has been among the best pass rushers in the SEC over his four years at Mississippi; tying for the all-time lead in secs in the conference with former Tennessee star Derek Barnett. He doesn't have prototypical size, but his production and motor will likely see him go either at the end of day two or the beginning of day three.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 08:44:00 PM

Ole Miss announced Friday that they will file an appeal on the bowl pan they received from the NCAA Infractions Committee.

The school had a self-imposed bowl ban for 2017, and will now appeal for the chance to play in a bowl -- assuming the Rebels qualify -- in 2018. The postseason ban comes after the Infractions Committee found that Mississippi committed 21 rules violations. The school also received a loss of scholarships, and former coach Hugh Freeze will have to serve a two-game conference ban if he returns to coaching.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 02:58:00 PM

Four-star 2018 QB Matt Corral flipped his commitment from Florida to Ole Miss.

In late October, Corral tweeted that "nothing is changing this class," after Jim McElwain was fired. Something changed. Corral will now be the quarterback of the future in Oxford, not Gainesville. Scout.com currently ranks him as the third best quarterback in the country, and 60th overall. Scourting reports rave about his arm strength and ability to improvise. Florida will need to look elsewhere for another future signal-caller.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 01:07:00 PM

Ole Miss sophomore WR A.J. Brown announced he is staying at the school rather than transferring.

Brown is not draft-eligible, but it is safe to say a number of Ole Miss players are considering transferring after the program was ruled ineligible for a bowl following the 2018 season. Brown is the school's go-to receiver, recording 75 catches for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
Source: A.J. Brown
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 10:17:00 AM

The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions ruled Friday that Ole Miss' postseason ban will go through next season, and the Rebels also received scholarship reductions.

After the dust had finally settled on the NCAA's five-year investigation into Ole Miss, the Rebels stood accused of 15 Level I violations, including the dreaded lack of institutional control. The NCAA also levied financial penalties and a probationary period, but the biggest news here involves scholarships and the 2018 bowl ban, which allows Ole Miss seniors-to-be the opportunity to transfer without restriction. That means that star QB Shea Patterson (a junior-to-be) can't transfer without sitting out a season, but backup QB Jordan Ta'amu, who flashed after Patterson went down this year, can. The NCAA docked Ole Miss an additional 13 scholarships, which will be added to the 11 scholarship cuts the school had previously self-imposed on itself. Ole Miss has a handful of attractive seniors on its roster. You can almost hear the vultures beginning to circle over Oxford.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 11:51:00 AM

Ole Miss removed the "interim" label from Matt Luke's title and named him head coach.

Ole Miss is in a difficult spot, but Luke held the ship together on short notice when Hugh Freeze was let go following NCAA turmoil this offseason. There will be trickle down and ramifications and sanctions in the coming years, but Luke, the former offensive line coach, is well respected by current and former players. Ole Miss closed their season at 6-6.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Mississippi junior QB Jordan Ta'amu (throat) completed 10-of-22 passes for 247 yards and two scores with one interception in a 31-28 victory over Ole Miss on Thursday.

Ta'amu wasn't at his best, but he didn't have to be with Mississippi State unable to make plays until the game was essentially in hand. Both of his touchdowns were of the long variety; a 77-yard bomb to A.J. Brown, and a 63-yarder to D.K. Metcalf. Ta'amu should be given the chance to battle for the starting job this spring, but he'll have to be more accurate with his short and intermediate throws if he's going to be the signal-caller for the Rebels in 2018.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 11:29:00 PM


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