Archive for July 2nd, 2008

FOOTBALL: Dogs take lead in scoreboard race?

July 2, 2008

A few weeks ago the Ole Miss news release said it would have the largest HD board in the SEC.

Now comes this from MSU media relations.

STARKVILLE — Work has begun at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field on one of college football’s largest high definition video boards, MSU Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced Wednesday.

The $6.1 million true HD board, will span the roof of the Leo Seal M-Club Centre in the south end zone at Scott Field, and will be operational by October, 2008. When completed, the new board will measure 152 feet wide by 135 feet, 6 inches tall, with a main HD screen 111 feet wide by 47 feet high. It will be the largest true high definition board in the Southeastern Conference. The board will also contain two vertical HD displays and one horizontal scoreboard display.

— PA

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FOOTBALL: Miller opts for Hogs

July 2, 2008

Ole Miss signee Hunter Miller, a quarterback and defensive back from Sherwood, Ark., will walk-on at the University of Arkansas, his mother told the Springdale newspaper. The report says Houston Nutt said he had not room for Miller on next season’s roster. In situations like this the recruit is generally offered a chance to be a part of the program in some manner, such as a “gray shirt” when the athlete enrolls later and his NCAA eligibility clock starts ticking later.

— PA

FOOTBALL: Winners and losers

July 2, 2008

Interesting read here. Rebels get a mention among the “winners” at the bottom of the column.

— PA

FYI: AutoZone summer tradition alive

July 2, 2008

In honoring a long-standing summer tradition I made it to AutoZone Park last night.

Former LSU standout Nick Stavinhoa had two hits in a Redbirds loss, but that’s such a secondary consideration.

It’s nice to go and see the SEC names or others that I recognize. Maybe Lance Lynn will be up there soon.

But the trip is about the venue. When I got to Tupelo in 1993 there was little that impressed me about Memphis for a city of that size. Since AutoZone Park opened it has transformed the downtown area. It’s truly a major league feel at minor league prices.

I was in a group of seven dads and sons, and we got there early enough to visit Rendezvou. The weather was pleasant, and a good time was had by all.

If you can get past the fact that the players you’re watching won’t be on SportsCenter when you get home — and I can — it’s a A-plus experience.

Some of those guys will be on SportsCenter soon enough.

— PA