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Photo: Ole Miss pulls out the welcome wagon for 5-star RB prospect
Rated as the No. 12 prospect in the country, 2017 running back Cam Akers is a fantastic athlete.
The 5-foot-11, 213-pound rusher is said to run a 4.44 40-yard dash time. Big-time programs from all over are gushing over Mississippi’s top prospect.
Ole Miss is doing everything it can to keep the top in-state running back home. On Sunday, multiple members of the staff paid Akers a visit:
Courtesy of Jason Fraychineaud and to read the rest of this article go to SaturdayDownSouth.com
Rebels Come Up Just Short Against No. 16 West Virginia
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team fought with the No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers but came up a little short in a 66-61 loss in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Sunday. Taylor Manuel (St. Louis, Mo.) led the Rebels with 13 points while Erika Sisk(Oxford, Miss.) added 11. Shequila Joseph (London, England) posted a game-high 11 rebounds.
Ole Miss (6-2) kept itself within striking distance in the fourth quarter, and with the Mountaineers leading 49-45 with 6:10 left in the game, the Rebels went to freshman Shelby Gibson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), who nailed a triple. Gibson’s three, coupled with a three-point play from Sisk, cut the West Virginia lead down to three points with 2:17 left, but Ole Miss couldn’t get a stop to complete the comeback.
The Rebels used momentum from the end of the first half and carried it all the way over, erasing an 11-point Mountaineer lead to tie the game at 28 at the 6:34 mark of the third quarter and took their first lead of the game on a bucket from Shandricka Sessom (Byhalia, Miss.). Ole Miss used a 10-3 run to open the third quarter and held the home team without a bucket for 4:33 before a field goal at the 3:54 mark.
The teams traded buckets and free throws for the remainder of the third quarter before West Virginia closed the period with a 4-2 spurt to take a 43-37 lead at the end of three quarters.
Trailing 14-8 at the end for the first quarter of play, points were hard to come by for both teams in the first part of the second quarter. A pair of free throws from Madinah Muhammad (Chicago, Ill.) midway through the quarter were Ole Miss’ only points until Sisk’s bucket underneath at the 1:38 mark, keeping the Rebels without a field goal for nearly nine minutes dating back to the first half.
Ole Miss got back into the game late in the second quarter. With 1:32 on the clock, Torri Lewis (Olive Branch, Miss.) nailed a pair of free throws and came up with the steal on the other end, leading to a layup by Sisk. Gibson then picked up a second straight steal for Ole Miss, leading to a three by Lewis – the first of the game for the Rebels. That trifecta cut the West Virginia lead, which was one at 11, down to four with 1:11 left. Manuel hit a pair of free throws late as West Virginia took a 26-20 halftime break.
The Rebels had a tough first half from the floor, shooting a season-low 16.7 percent (4-of-24), but they forced 18 West Virginia turnovers and had 11 first-half steals.
Both teams had a slow start to the game, but once one team got started, the other team got going as well. Joseph opened the scoring for the Rebels with a triple from the right side at the 7:27 mark. The teams were tied at 5-5 before the Mountaineers rattled of four unanswered to take a 9-5 lead at the first media timeout. West Virginia used a 9-0 run to keep the Rebels scoreless for 3:53 as they took a 14-5 lead – the largest of the game. Ole Miss was finally able to get in the scorebook just before the end of the first quarter with a triple from Lewis to cut the West Virginia lead to 14-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports
Report: Former Auburn, Ole Miss head coach Tommy Tuberville to step down from same post at Cincinnati
The brutal expectations of leading a Division I college football program appears to have claimed another victim Sunday morning.
Tommy Tuberville, the former head coach at both Auburn and Ole Miss, plans to step down from his duties as the head coach at Cincinnati, according to Football Scoop.
Tuberville was in his fourth season with the Bearcats, leading them to a 4-8 mark with a 1-7 record in the American Athletic Conference in 2016 after going 7-6 last season. He was 18-8 in his first two seasons there, but never led Cincinnati to a bowl victory despite appearing in three.
Courtesy of Nick Kruegger and to read the rest of the article go to SECCountry.com