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Ole Miss Coach Matt Luke Wants To Put The Focus Back On Rebels' Players

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Eli Manning Helped Matt Luke find New Ole Miss O-line Coach

One of the first objectives for Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke was finding a new offensive line coach. Luke, who had been the offensive line coach before moving into the interim role, didn’t have to look far for help, receiving a tip from a familiar name around the Ole Miss family.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reached out to Luke and suggested Jack Bicknell Jr., who was hired last week. Ole Miss Spirit reported that Manning heaped praise on Bicknell, a former Giants assistant.
Bicknell also has worked as an NFL assistant for Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Miami. He was an assistant at Boston College, his alma mater, and served as head coach at Louisiana Tech from 1999-2006.
“We were fortunate to get a coach of that caliber this late in the ballgame,” Luke said Wednesday during his pre-camp news conference.
Courtesy of Brad Logan and to read the rest of this article go to gridironnow.com.


Ole Miss Coach Matt Luke Wants To Put The Focus Back On Rebels’ Players

Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Luke during Media Day. Photo by Steven Gagliano
It has been a tumultuous offseason for the Ole Miss Rebels, to say the least.
From the surprise scandal and subsequent resignation of coach Hugh Freeze to the lawsuit from former coach Houston Nutt, there have been plenty of negative headlines off the field in Oxford.
Now that the 2017 season is only a month away, though, interim coach Matt Luke wants to make sure the focus is put back on the Rebels’ players, telling ESPN’s Paul Finebaum that it’s time for his players to show what they can do on the field.
Courtesy of Adam Spencer and to read the rest of this article go to saturdaydownsouth.com.


Ole Miss Student-Athletes Participate in Training Program

This summer, several Ole Miss student-athletes got the chance to earn real world experience by participating in the Ole Miss Athletics “Training Program”, which paired student- athletes with local businesses in their desired fields to gain invaluable hands-on experience.
The Ole Miss Athletics Training Program was designed to operate concurrently with the University of Mississippi summer school course schedule. Each student-athlete selected for the program met outlined eligibility requirements to be considered for the training program and were required to spend 20 hours a week at their training site. Additionally, participants attended a weekly professional development meeting and were required to complete a presentation on their experience.
The goals of The Training Program are to provide opportunities for student-athletes to engage in high impact practices and professional development opportunities while enrolled at the University of Mississippi and also to foster positive working relationships with local companies in the Lafayette, Oxford and University communities. At the end of the program student-athletes had a better understanding of customs and practices in the professional environment, participated as a team in a professional environment, applied knowledge obtained while in the professional environment to a task and acquired on-site training that can be applied to future potential employment.
“It has been rewarding to see how our student-athletes have grown from this experiential learning opportunity,” said Jennifer Saxon, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development.
“Following their presentations, it was clear that they each have a better understanding of what is expected of professionals in their respective career fields. We believe that this is just the start of additional opportunities for our department and the ultimate success of our student-athletes post-graduation.”
Student-athletes participating in the program included: Javon Patterson (Football) – Data Analytics at Promatura Group LLC, Alex Schneider (Softball) – Marketing Department at Chick-fil-A, Caroline Adams (Volleyball) – Speech-Learning Pathology Department at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jack Raborn (Football) – Economic Development Foundation/Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce, Mercedes Mattix (Track and Field) – Nursing Department at North Mississippi Regional Center and Brady Feigl (Baseball) – Oxford-University Bank.
The student-athletes and their employers both gained valuable lessons and experiences throughout the program. Adams, a communications sciences and disorders major, had a great experience during her time at the Speech-Learning Pathology Department at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
“I was able to learn so much about Speech-Language Pathology and what a career as a speech-language pathologist looks like throughout the summer training program,” said Adams. “Working in an outpatient hospital setting, I got to observe therapy on a wide variety of individuals and was able to determine my specific area of interest. I am so thankful for Life Skills and Baptist Memorial Hospital as they provided me with such a valuable learning experience as an undergraduate!”
The student-athletes weren’t the only ones who saw the program as beneficial. Shelley Williams, vice president of communications & general counsel of the Promatura Group LLC, thought the program was equally rewarding from the employer standpoint.
“ProMatura was extremely fortunate to have been selected to be part of the Ole Miss Athletics Training Program,” said Williams. “The company benefited greatly from having a high-caliber student athlete like Javon Patterson join our Market Feasibility team. We’re hopeful that we can continue our relationship with the athletic department next summer as well.”
Patterson, who spent his time working with Williams at Promatura Group LLC, found the challenge of the training program rewarding.
“The month of July was interesting not knowing what you’re getting into,” said Patterson. “But as I dove into the work with expertise, things began to clear up and I began to have some fun. The Training Program is a great opportunity to further your experience in a field you’re interested in. I really enjoyed data analytics and want to pursue it after athletics.”
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports


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