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1. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016
- Monday, January 02, 2017
Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.
2. SEC Grades: ‘A’ for Alabama; UT, Ole Miss Should Be Grounded
- Friday, December 02, 2016
Even as the Ole Miss football program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that gained momentum on the night of the NFL Draft when a former player said he received money from a staff member, optimism about the season ahead was still high.
3. Fuente Succeeding at Va. Tech, Norvell Keeping it Rolling at Memphis
- Monday, November 28, 2016
With a thrilling 48-44 victory over then-No. 20 Houston the day after Thanksgiving, Mike Norvell became the only first-year University of Memphis coach to win eight games.
Interestingly, his eighth victory came as Tom Herman coached his last game at Houston. Herman is the new coach at Texas, succeeding Charlie Strong. The coaching ladder in the American Athletic Conference can definitely reach into the Power Five.
4. SEC Dominance Firmly Planted in the West
- Friday, October 28, 2016
Based on the eye test as well as what has transpired on the field, I think it’s pretty safe to say Alabama is the best team in the SEC.
Who’s No. 2? I’ll take Texas A&M, which actually led the Crimson Tide 14-13 early in the second half last weekend before ultimately falling 33-14.
5. Real Life Can Wait: Former Tiger Alan Cross Walks On in the NFL
- Friday, October 14, 2016
The Cross family’s living room in Millington is something of a mini-museum. A living testament, really, to what can happen when someone lives out the clichés – keep trying, never quit, believe in yourself – and decides the best way to deal with doubters is to figuratively head-butt them.
6. Tigers Fall to No. 16 Ole Miss 48-28
- Saturday, October 01, 2016
Although No. 16 Ole Miss was able to pull away late and put up a convincing 48-28 score in its victory over the University of Memphis Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Rebels coach Hugh Freeze issued what amounted to a warning for the rest of the American Athletic Conference.
7. Can Tigers Duplicate Their 2015 Upset of Ole Miss?
- Friday, September 30, 2016
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, predictably, is saying that he won’t use revenge as a main motivator.
8. Memphis Running Game Must Improve, Ole Miss Seeks 3rd Win Over Bama
- Wednesday, September 14, 2016
On the plus side, the University of Memphis was not upset and the 35-17 victory over Southeast Missouri State was never in doubt. There was never that moment when one feared this would become what happened to Mississippi State (losing to South Alabama the opening weekend) or almost happened to Tennessee (pushed to overtime by Appalachian State).
9. Once QB Country, SEC Now Has Only A Few Proven Players at the Position
- Friday, August 26, 2016
At SEC Media Days this summer in Hoover, Ala., the 14 head coaches brought along more starting offensive linemen (5) than starting quarterbacks (3). Such is the state of the most high profile position in the Southeastern Conference at the beginning of the 2016 college football season.
10. Rule Change Has Coaches Debating How Often to Retweet
- Friday, August 12, 2016
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A new NCAA rule change is catching some recruits by surprise while causing coaches to debate how much time they should spend on social media.
Under the change that took effect last week, athletic department staff members are allowed to retweet or show their approval of social media posts made by recruits. The policy change has been nicknamed "Click, Don't Type" because coaches still aren't allowed to add any sort of comment to a recruit's post.
11. Safe to Scorching: SEC Coaches Feel the Burn
- Friday, August 12, 2016
There are two kinds of football coaches in the Southeastern Conference: those that have gotten fired and those that haven’t gotten fired – yet.
This is a conference in a constant state of flux for football. The average tenure at their current schools of the 14 SEC coaches is 3.57 years. That’s right: Just making it through a full four-year recruiting cycle is tough.
12. No Rest for No. 12 Rebels: Season Starts Tough, Stays Tough
- Friday, August 12, 2016
By the time Ole Miss meets the University of Memphis in Week 5 of the college football season in Oxford, the Rebels should have a good handle on whether they are in the midst of a very special season or already trying to hit the reset button.
13. Freeze: If Ole Miss Did Wrong the Football Program Should Be Held Accountable
- Tuesday, July 19, 2016
HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss was getting top-tier recruits. Opponents and their fans were raising eyebrows or flat out making accusations against coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels for cheating.
14. Last Word: Baton Rouge Again, Identifying The Memphis Movement & Early Voting
- Monday, July 18, 2016
It is becoming more and more difficult to keep the danger to police officers from extremists and the danger of police training and policies that are used to justify questionable police shootings in the same frame.
15. Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days
- Saturday, July 16, 2016
HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.
16. Freeze: If Ole Miss Did Wrong the Football Program Should be Accountable
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss was getting top-tier recruits. Opponents and their fans were raising eyebrows or flat out making accusations against coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels for cheating.
17. Summitt’s Story Recalls Love of the Game
- Friday, July 01, 2016
Somehow it seems fitting that as the NBA prepares to throw around Monopoly money in what promises to be the most insane summer of free agency to date, we are also looking back at how Pat Summitt got started coaching women’s basketball at the University of Tennessee.
18. ‘Prevent’ Defenses: Freeze, Briles Look to Protect Themselves
- Friday, June 03, 2016
It’s safe to say in pretty much every college football program in America that players are made to pay some penalty for the basic infraction of being late to a practice or a team meeting.
Sometimes they are suspended for a quarter. Other times for a half or an entire game against some non-competitive directional school. Sometimes, the players even have a semi-legitimate excuse for being late.
19. Ole Miss Coach Was 'Shocked' By Tunsil Comments at NFL Draft
- Friday, May 06, 2016
Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was surprised by former Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil's statement at the NFL draft that he accepted money from a coach while at the school.
20. Mississippi's Freeze Earns Raise, 1-year Contract Extension
- Friday, January 08, 2016
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has received a one-year contract extension and raise that will push his salary to $5 million per year by 2018.
21. College Football Notebook: Bielema High on the Hog
- Wednesday, November 18, 2015
After a 1-3 start, Arkansas has won five of its last six games and last weekend handled then-No. 9 Louisiana State with relative ease in Baton Rouge, winning 31-14.
The victory moved the Razorbacks to 6-4 overall, 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference, and coach Bret Bielema had some things to say about that. Of course he did.
22. Ole Miss Removes State Flag that Features Confederate Emblem
- Wednesday, October 28, 2015
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi's interim chancellor watched on a rainy morning as three Ole Miss police officers lowered the Mississippi state flag — which shows the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left-hand corner — for the last time.
23. Serving Notice: Memphis Football a National Story Now
- Saturday, October 17, 2015
They were down 14-0 not six minutes into the game. And they had given up a 68-yard touchdown on a trick play when star Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell threw a pass.
In the stands, this cued some horrifying Memphis football flashbacks built up over decades of suffering.
24. With Both Teams Ranked, Ole Miss-Memphis Matchup is High-Stakes Game
- Thursday, October 15, 2015
Not only did University of Memphis athletics director Tom Bowen lead the charge to hand out doughnuts to Tigers students waiting in line for Ole Miss game tickets, he offered them the opportunity to buy extra tickets so as to expand the student section at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
25. College Football Notebook: Memphis Tigers Crack Top 25
- Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Yes, it would have been great fun to have both Ole Miss and the University of Memphis undefeated for their Oct. 17 game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, especially since the 11 a.m. game will be carried on ABC.
26. College Football Notebook: Vols Fans Thirsty For a Victory, Memphis Remains Unranked
- Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Arkansas and Tennessee meet at Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 3, in what could be dubbed the Unmet Expectations Bowl.
Remember how the Vols were the trendy pick to challenge for the title in the SEC East?
27. Ole Miss Rebels Prove Their Worth, Rewarded With Rankings Boost
- Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Underdogs sometimes receive great pre-game speeches. But in the Ole Miss locker room Saturday, Sept. 18, at Bryant-Denny Stadium, there was no sense that the Rebels were about to try and make a miracle, or that it would take one to beat then-No. 2-ranked Alabama.
28. Ole Miss, Alabama Face Rematch
- Thursday, September 17, 2015
A year ago, Ole Miss put up 13 fourth-quarter points to rally and defeat Alabama 23-17 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The victory wasn’t secure until 37 seconds were left in the game and Senquez Golson intercepted a Blake Sims pass in the end zone with an acrobatic catch that required an official’s review to be ruled valid.
29. College Football Notebook: SEC Fumbles in Week 2 Action
- Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The chant “S-E-C, S-E-C!” still lives. In, you know, a mocking way.
Last weekend No. 18 Arkansas was upset 16-12 by Toledo, No. 6 Auburn needed overtime to dispense with FCS program Jacksonville State, and No. 23 Tennessee blew a 17-0 lead over then-No. 19 Oklahoma and fell 31-24 in double overtime.
30. College Football Notebook: Rebels to Trade Turf for Grass in 2016
- Wednesday, September 09, 2015
The Ole Miss Rebels obviously didn’t have any trouble running up and down the artificial surface at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium last Saturday in a 76-3 blasting of Tennessee-Martin.
But as athletics director Ross Bjork had announced just a few days before the season opener, the Rebels will return to playing on natural grass in 2016.
31. Is Chad Kelly Ole Miss’ Long-Term QB Solution?
- Friday, September 04, 2015
OXFORD, Miss. – Like a lot of places around the SEC this summer – Alabama, Georgia, LSU – the preseason conversation here has been all about quarterbacks. Which explains why five days before Ole Miss was to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Tennessee-Martin, junior center Robert Conyers was asked to weigh in on the topic.
- Monday, August 24, 2015
Memphis Coalition for Insure Tennessee, in partnership with the Tennessee Justice Center and Tennessee Health Care Campaign, will host a “Counting the Cost for Tennessee Communities” meeting Monday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The coalition will provide background information on Insure Tennessee and collect information on how the legislation’s failure affects individuals. Visit tnjustice.org.
- Friday, August 21, 2015
Saint Thomas Health, a nonprofit Middle Tennessee health care system, will host a clinical recruitment fair Friday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5795 Poplar Ave. Visit sths.com.
- Thursday, August 20, 2015
Page Robbins Adult Day Center will host a “Wine & Unwind” event with attorney J. Anthony Bradley on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. at Page Robbins, 1961 S. Houston Levee Road. Bradley will discuss VA Aid and Attendance benefits for veterans and their spouses. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-854-1200.
35. Memphis Touchdown Club Scores With 2015 Speaker Lineup
- Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Often, the lineup of speakers for the Touchdown Club of Memphis includes one or more coaches on the hot seat. But this season, University of Memphis coach Justin Fuente, Tennessee coach Butch Jones, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen all are coming off strong seasons.
36. Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze Favors Changing Mississippi State Flag
- Thursday, July 16, 2015
HOOVER, Ala. – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said during his appearance at SEC Football Media Days on Thursday, July 16, he is favor of removing the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s state flag, but was less emphatic when asked about the team nickname “Rebels.”
37. Bass Pro Announces Opening Week Lineup
- Friday, April 17, 2015
Bass Pro Shops has unveiled the celebrity lineup and schedule for its opening festivities, kicking off with a free Evening for Conservation event Wednesday, April 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Here is the press release from Bass Pro:
38. Tigers Moving Quickly on Fuente Contract
- Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The slogan before the University of Memphis football season started was “Wait Til This Year.”
Now, after third-year coach Justin Fuente has led the Tigers to a 9-3 record and at least a share of the American Athletic Conference title, the school’s administration is taking a similar attitude toward Fuente’s contract. They’re not waiting.
39. Ole Miss Stays Focused With Heartache Nearby
- Friday, November 07, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – There wasn’t a good place to watch that fateful play near game’s end. Whether on the sideline, in the stands, or following on TV, the result was going to be the same and for all members of Rebel Nation it was going to hurt like hell.
40. SEC Finds Dominance at Top of Associated Press Poll
- Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Another week, another first in the Associated Press college football poll. For the first time, one conference – yes, the SEC – has placed four teams in the top five. Mississippi State remained No. 1 after its bye week. Florida State of the ACC stayed No. 2 after defeating Notre Dame. Ole Miss held at No. 3 after beating Tennessee, Alabama moved up three spots to No. 4 after blasting Texas A&M 59-0, and Auburn moved up a spot to fifth after its bye week.
41. Mississippi State Finds Itself in Historic Times
- Wednesday, October 15, 2014
In the 78-year history of the Associated Press college football poll, it had never happened. A team that was unranked at season’s start had never ascended to the top spot.
Now, Mississippi State has made that history as the Bulldogs climbed to No. 1, leaping from being tied at No. 3 with Ole Miss to go in front of former No. 1 Florida State. This was the reward after beating then-No. 2 Auburn 38-23 last Saturday.
42. Football Dreams
- Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Call the doctor, the sports doctor. Because the collective temperature of Mid-South college football fans is at unsafe levels.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss are undefeated and tied for third in the Associated Press poll. The historically downtrodden University of Memphis football program just blasted preseason American Athletic Conference favorite Cincinnati on the road and hung with both Ole Miss and UCLA.
43. Presenting the Wild, Wild SEC West
- Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Historic stuff. Unbelievable stuff. That’s the short description for Ole Miss and Mississippi State sharing the No. 3 ranking in this week’s Associated Press poll and the top spot, with Auburn, in the SEC West standings.
44. Ole Miss, Memphis Move on to Next Hurdles
- Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Before they played the game, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze suggested it amounted to the “Super Bowl” for the University of Memphis. But in many respects it was more of a Blooper Bowl for both teams.
45. ‘Super Bowl’ Bound
- Wednesday, September 24, 2014
For years, fans have been leaving University of Memphis football games early. Home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium were a kind of cruel test for the diehard fans.
How long could they sit there while their team was getting pummeled yet again?
46. Tigers Hope to ‘Grind’ Win Against MTSU
- Friday, September 19, 2014
It’s a big game. Big enough that the University of Memphis got the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen – “The Grindfather” – to do a short video urging fans to come out for the football game this Saturday, Sept. 20, against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
47. South Carolina Back in SEC East Race
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The South Carolina defense still has improvement to make, but in beating Georgia 38-35 last Saturday the Gamecocks made a fourth-quarter goal-line stand and reasserted their presence in the SEC East Division.
48. High-Flying Vols Can’t Overlook Arkansas State
- Saturday, September 06, 2014
KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.
One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.
49. Bigger, Better, Louder
- Saturday, August 16, 2014
“When it comes to college football, the South has no equal, because the Southeastern Conference has no equal. Find me a conference with a better commissioner, better players, better head coaches, better staffs, better game-day atmospheres, better-looking coeds – better anything.”
50. Shouldering the Load
- Monday, July 21, 2014
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace enters his senior season with a chance to make history, a chance for his name to have the kind of staying power that would have Rebels fans tossing the name “Bo” around The Grove for generations, the way they do with names like Archie and Eli.
51. SEC Media Days Notebook: July 17
- Friday, July 18, 2014
HOOVER, Ala. – As usual, there was a large contingent of Alabama fans gathered in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham that cheered upon first sight of coach Nick Saban.
But once Saban reached the podium at SEC Media Days, he wasn’t talking about battling complacency after winning that last national championship – or the last two national championships.
52. Baseball Gives Rebels Realistic Championship Shot
- Friday, June 13, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – With breakthrough success comes the luxury of laughter, and the breathing room that allows Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco to say that reaching the College World Series took longer than he imagined.
53. College Football Notebook: November 22, 2013
- Friday, November 22, 2013
For the East Division-leading Missouri Tigers (9-1, 5-1), the last road test of the SEC season comes this Saturday in Oxford against No. 24 Ole Miss (7-3, 3-3), which is on a four-game winning streak. The No. 8 Tigers need to win out to ensure a trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship game. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is trying to push even the idea of pressure to the fringes.
54. College Football Notebook: November 8, 2013
- Friday, November 08, 2013
The television show “60 Minutes” profiled Alabama coach Nick Saban last week. It was a well-done piece and captured Saban’s perfectionism – his dedication to “The Process” – and his intensity.
55. Alabama, Parity Dominating SEC Football This Season
- Friday, October 25, 2013
The Southeastern Conference’s dominance is well known – seven consecutive national championships, the last two by Alabama. That dominance also has had depth. Last season, the SEC had six of the top 10 teams in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
56. College Football Notebook: October 11, 2013
- Friday, October 11, 2013
With back-to-back losses to No. 1 Alabama and an improved Auburn team, Ole Miss has fallen from the national rankings and is sitting at 3-2, 1-2 in the SEC.
“Obviously, we’re not happy with where we are,” said Rebels coach Hugh Freeze. “But we thank God we’re not where we used to be.”
57. History Not on Side of Ole Miss
- Friday, September 27, 2013
They are two Top-25 college football teams with undefeated records. Top-ranked Alabama and No. 21 Ole Miss, each 3-0 and 1-0 in the SEC, have that much in common. But not much else.
While the Rebels are the league’s hot story – they went into Texas and routed the Longhorns and are considered to have “a shot” at the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa – the two-time defending national champions seem to be under attack.
58. Tigers Work to Close Fourth Quarter
- Friday, September 20, 2013
So far, the University of Memphis football team has been in the game come the fourth quarter. But, so far, they’ve been unable to take advantage of that situation in a 28-14 loss here to Duke and in a 17-15 defeat last week at Middle Tennessee State.
59. SEC Gaining Reputation as QB Factory
- Friday, September 13, 2013
When No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M clash in College Station this Saturday, much of the pre-game hype will fall on the starting quarterbacks. Forget, for a moment, the off-the-field stuff with the Aggies’ Johnny Manziel. Just think about on the field, him running around and making plays, him winning the Heisman Trophy last season as a freshman.
60. Spotlight on SEC Entering Week 3
- Thursday, September 12, 2013
Whether the rest of the country wants to admit it or not, the SEC has survived early and notable non-conference losses. In fact, the league is front and center for Week 3 of the college football season.
61. Mean Streets
- Saturday, August 31, 2013
Alabama’s Nick Saban can walk anywhere he wants in the Southeastern Conference – college football’s roughest neighborhood – and no one can lay a finger on him.
His teams have won the national championship in three of the last four years. Overall, SEC teams have won the title seven consecutive years and the league is a dream destination for head coaches – until it turns into a grinding, weekly nightmare.
62. Area Teams Set Sights on Dream Seasons
- Friday, August 23, 2013
When last we saw the University of Memphis football team, the Tigers were finishing Justin Fuente’s first season on an inspiring three-game winning streak. They checked out of Conference USA with a 4-4 league record. They provided hope as they start play this season in the new American Athletic Conference.
63. SEC Seeks to Prolong Football Dominance
- Friday, July 19, 2013
HOOVER, Ala. – There is no effort at denial. Nor should there be or could there be. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive began his annual address at football media days by mentioning his “annual brag bag” and then spilled the entire contents while barely taking a breath:
64. Chaos Reigns as Bowl Championship Series Picture Unfolds
- Thursday, November 22, 2012
Chaos. That’s the word, apparently the only word, to describe the current state of the Bowl Championship Series. I know this because last Sunday, after a bloody Saturday in which No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both lost, I performed the ultimate modern-day “scientific” test: I Googled “BCS” and “chaos” and got 3,620,000 results.
65. Back to the Gridiron
- Monday, August 27, 2012
It was the last day before fall practice would begin. First-year University of Memphis football coach Justin Fuente couldn’t wait to get started.
“This is the longest day of the year,” he said.
66. Fuente Looks to Turn Tigers Around
- Friday, December 09, 2011
The next phase of University of Memphis football officially began Thursday, Dec. 8. That’s when 35-year-old Justin Fuente, co-offensive coordinator at Texas Christian University, told media and fans gathered at an on-campus press conference, “This is going to be Memphis’ team. … I don’t care what school you went to, you live in the city, I want this to be your team.”
67. Fuente Looks to Turn Tigers Around
- Thursday, December 08, 2011
The next phase of University of Memphis football officially began Thursday, Dec. 8.
That’s when 35-year-old Justin Fuente, co-offensive coordinator at Texas Christian University, told media and fans gathered at an on-campus press conference, “This is going to be Memphis’ team. … I don’t care what school you went to, you live in the city, I want this to be your team.”
68. AP Source: Freeze Agrees to Take Ole Miss Job
- Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Arkansas State's Hugh Freeze has agreed to take the Mississippi job, according to a person familiar to the coaching search.
69. Archived Article: Events
- Wednesday, June 22, 2005
The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in the Skyway at the Peabody, 149 Union Ave
The Kiwanis Club of Memphis meets at noon today in the Skyway at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Hugh Freeze, assistant athletic director at the University of...