The Rebels were out at SMU today. Beautiful campus tucked away in a nice neighborhood. You walk the halls of the stadium and see lots of photos of their glory days in the old Southwest Conference. Death penalty really tore them up.
May be a goofy question, but you have been around quite a few of these bowl games. Nutt has been talked about a good bit lately for his up and down bowl record. I know it is just the first day to really get out with the team – Are there some differences you see in the way this team is preparing under Nutt compared to maybe what you have seen with other past teams?
I didn’t see anything really different from today’s practice. It look typical to me. The tempo was good, but there was some rust. I thought the players were paying attention, though with all the people around there were distractions. Nutt talked about his bowl record in the presser and said it was something he and the staff were really focused on trying to improve. He says it’s hard to get players back up after a layoff, and you play some pretty good teams in bowl games. He wasn’t trying to make excuses, I didn’t think, just stating his assessment of things.
Am headed out on Wednesday. The wife and I haven’t had a chance to get away from the kids in a while – so we are taking a few days out there. Her folks live in Houston – so she gets to see them also for a day. Some buddies of mine are coming out for the game. Will be about 6 of us. Wish I was out there today 🙂
pa one article i read about mike wallace sounded like he was a little miffed that everyone was raving about tech’s passing game but no one was giving our guys much credit. do you think that our guys think they have something to prove?
PA, a lot of people asleep at 9:15 lol. About to get real stormy here in North MS. Hope you and the guys are having a good time. Thanks for doing what you do.
Do you think Greg Hardy’s gone to the draft? I noticed today that Roger Goddell said today that the rookie salary cap for the NFL wouldn’t change until the end of the 2010 season, which wouldn’t affect Greg Hardy if he decided to stay at Ole Miss. Greg’s a hard guy to read, but my gut says he’s gone. I’ve bene wrong before, but I just wanted your vibe on the situation.
Tripper, I don’t know about that. I think the DBs want to prove they can play, but I question whether they’ll be able to hang in man coverage. They don’t have to make all the plays, but they need to make some. They’ve gotten better in zone coverage over the back half of the season, but the key to Ole Miss success will be pass rush.
TCfan, I’m hearing Greg may be leaning to coming back but that’s not confirmed, and he certainly sheds no light on things when asking that qauestion.
Yea – I heard from several out that way that the parade is a pretty cool thing. Hate to run, but am preparing for work tomorrow. Sunday is the day pastor’s do have to work 🙂
Have fun out there p.a. – save some fun & food for us. Thanks again for all the info & time you put in.
Thanks, PA. What do you think about the upcoming recruiting class for Ole Miss? People always underestimate Houston Nutt and his recruiting classes, but the guy’s done pretty solid I believe.
If you average up the stars for the offensive starters and role players currently by the ‘heralded’ recruits that O left, it averages up to be 3.14 on Rivals and 3.28 on Scout, which tells me that it takes a couple of four star skill players (Snead, Eason) and solid role players. Houston Nutt has also done a good job, such as with Jason Jones and Melvin Harris, of getting hidden gems.
Sorry to ramble, just wanted your opinion. I think Ole Miss can also get Patterson and Cotton which would help as well.
Dandy Don Meredith an old SMU and Dallas QB ABC’s Monday Night Football Commentator. One of his saying was when a team had gotten near their game’s defeat was” “Turn Out The Lights The Party is Over”.
So, I believe I hear this in some of the Ole Miss Fans before the game is played. Turn out the light turn Texas Tech has beat us. For Me, I will not turn out the lights on the Rebs in this game until the final whistle has blown, in win or in defeat.
I can understand this uncertainity and confusion in many of the Ole Miss Fans, because lots of them have never seen an Ole Miss winning team.
This Ole Miss Team are battlers, they have beaten the No 1 team in the nation, they almost beat another team rated #1, they went into the Tigers den at LSU and came away with a victory, and humiliated Miss A&M 45-0. So what more can they do to make you see that they are winners.
Rebels, I will not “turn of the light until the game is over” and after you have beaten Texas Tech in the 2009 Cotton Bowl.
PA, Thanks for your updates, sorry I am too late, but if you do see this tomorrow–tcfan mentions Jason Jones above, he was also mentioned earlier by the UPtexan. I read last week that some of the older players were really talking up a freshman LB, I assume now that was Jones. Is he a MLB, and what’s being said about him?
Also, what’s being said about Melvin Harris the RS Fresh. WR?
Have a great time in Dallas!
PA, have been down with the flu for a few days but have recovered in time for the Cotton Bowl!! Go figure, hope you and the family had a great Christmas. Look for ward to reading your updates this week. Thanks!! Larry
David, I’ve spoken to a few players who have a genunie excitement about being in a bowl game for the game itself, not necessarily for the events of the week. We’ll see how that holds up.
Rebelfan, the players have no special event tonight. Monday they’re going to a Dallas Stars (NHL) game, and Tuesday they can choose between a Mavericks (NBA) game or a Texas theme party, which I’m told is pretty popular among the teams that visit.
On Monday there is the “Beef Bowl” for Ole Miss. Texas Tech will go on Tuesday. A local restaurant serves the food, and the “champion” is determined by amount of beef consumed.
There’s a children’s hospital visit at some point, and there’s also free time (the most dangerous activity).
The parade is Jan. 1. It starts near downtown and ends at the American Airlines Center, where the Mavs and Stars play, with pep rallies for both teams.
On recruiting, I like the way it’s shaping up. Nutt will get busted in some quarters for bringing in Jamar Hornsby after his brush with the law at Florida. I don’t mind a second chance as long as the player is on a short leash and the staff puts in the effort of watching him.
I also look at freshmen being redshirted this season like Jason Jones, Lekenwic Haynes and Gerald Rivers, and I see a plan. I see talent being accumulated and coached, and these guys were not knock-out 4-star prospects.
Now, it always helps to have those guys, and most of the time they have those recruiting stars for good reason.
But where Ed was taken with stars, Houston isn’t, and from what I see there’s some young talent coming. They haven’t been in a game yet, and sometimes that changes things for players, but I think they’ve got some SEC athletes. Time will tell.
I don’t know of anything other than the parade and pep rally, except for a list of alumni sponsored events that Matt posted on a previous comment. I’ve reposted those below.
FAN EVENTS FOR THE 2009 COTTON BOWL
Cotton Bowl Ole Miss Radio Broadcast
December 29 – January 1
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Lobby
Join Rebel fans in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl as they gather for a nightly radio broadcast that spotlights Ole Miss Football. The show will be hosted by Voice of the Rebels, David Kellum and will feature Ole Miss coaches, administrators and players. Fans of all ages are welcome to attend.
Comerica Bank New Year’s Parade
January 1, 2009
2:30 p.m. (opening ceremonies begin at 2 p.m.)
Downtown Dallas – Ross Avenue from Harwood to Lamar, to Houston, ending at All Star Way next to the American Airlines Center. A pep rally outside the American Airlines Center will immediately follow the parade. This Cotton Bowl pep rally will feature the Pride of the South Band as well as Ole Miss Cheerleaders and Rebelettes.
Ole Miss Alumni Association New Year’s Day Bowl Watching Headquarters
January 1, 2009
11 a.m. – until
Dick’s Last Resort
2211 North Lamar Street
Dick’s Last Resort has agreed to be the Rebels’ headquarters on New Year’s Day for those who want to watch bowl games. Enjoy black-eyed peas and a Bloody Mary bar. Dick’s will also offer happy hour prices all day and half price appetizers. Dick’s Last Resort is on the Comerica Bank New Year’s Day Parade route and three short blocks from the pep rally at Victory Plaza (American Airlines Center).
I thought the Dallas Chapter of the Alumni Assoc. was putting on a dinner/dance thing for New Years Eve. Last time it was at some place called the Ranch or Jerry Jones Rib Ranch(not really). It was a great time. I got to see all the front row Baptist from our church drinkin’ and smokin’ like the rest of us. Does anybody know when and where this years dance thing is going to be? I thought there was an earlier post that told where it was?
I think that the Rebels will win this game. They are ready. I really don’t even consider them an underdog really. K, maybe a little, but still, they are pumped, and we’ve got the best D-line that they’ve ever played against!
Were going to win.
Has anyone talked about the dramatic improvement by the dbs over the last part of the season. They don’t look like the bunch who started the season! Turning and finding the ball so much better! Boys been coached up! I dont believe this is the mismatch that most have said it will be. Refering to their receivers and our dbs.
Ronny, I’ve talked to the DBs for a story that will appear in our game day tab. They think they’ve gotten better. I’ve seen the improvement too. Much of it is attributable to two things — 1, pass rush, 2 the improvement of Kendrick Lewis.
The secondary has been better in zone coverage, but this is still a very bad matchup. They’re going to have to play man up at some point, and they just haven’t faced this type of offense over the course of this 5-game win streak.