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WR Grandy Out At UM… Again

In February, he left the Ole Miss football program.  In May, he returned.  But yesterday Houston Nutt announced that receiver Jesse Grandy will not be on the Rebels’ roster this fall after all:


“We had a very high standard of things he had to do to get back, and the seniors attempted to get him back with some things that had been put in place.  He didn’t follow through with all of that, and I think deep down inside he wanted to get back closer to home.”


Nutt said that the receiver — he caught 20 passes and played in all 12 games last season — will likely transfer closer to his home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas due to an illness in his family.

Grandy was expected to be Ole Miss’ top kick returner this fall.  Last season he returned 31 punts for a 7-yard average and 30 kickoffs for a 20.9-yard average.  He returned one punt for a touchdown.

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The Expectations Have Changed At Arkansas

Last season, Bobby Petrino led Arkansas to a 10-win season and a #12 national ranking.  Even without star quarterback Ryan Mallett leading the way in 2011, Petrino wants his Razorbacks to keep improving.

“I was taught that if you have a goal and you can’t verbalize it, then you’ll never achieve it,” Petrino said in an ArkansasSports360.com season preview.  “So we talk about it.  We want to win a national championship.  That’s what our goal is.  That’s what drives us.”

Receiver Jarius Wright says a lot has changed since Petrino arrived three seasons ago:


“It’s just different the way people talk about Arkansas now.  When I first came in we didn’t make a bowl game.  Now we’re talking about national championships.  A lot has changed in three years.”


During the Houston Nutt years, Arkansas would step forward — and then backward — in two-year cycles.  Nine-win seasons would drop off to five-win campaigns.  Then four-win seasons would birth 10-win years.

If Petrino can keep the Hogs moving forward this season — without Mallett at QB — it would signal a step toward true consistency.  And that might lead more people outside of the Ozarks to mention “Arkansas” and “national championship” in the same breath.

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Nutt Says New 25-Man Cap

It seems someone needs to define “disadvantage” for Houston Nutt.  In comments yesterday he said that the SEC’s new 25-man “soft” cap on signees is “a very, very big disadvantage.”  Actually, it means Nutt and Ole Miss have less of an advantage on non-SEC schools, but the Rebels  will not be at a disadvantage.  There’s a difference.

It’s interesting that on the same day — across the conference — Mark Richt was pointing out how SEC schools could still sign 25, even if they only had room for 15 (for example) signees.  And that’s a disadvantage in Nutt’s view?

So how will the new rule impact coaches like Nutt:


“It will be tougher to jump out on that limb, and you probably won’t with that guy who lacks a little bit of character.  ‘He’s not a bad kid, coach.  All he needs is you, coach.’  That’s what you hear a lot.”


Well, hell, when he puts it that way, we see his point.  Who doesn’t want their school going out on a limb to sign guys who lack a little bit of character?

Perhaps if Nutt is so dedicated to helping the troubled youth of America he should get out of the coaching business and open his own halfway house.  He might not make $2 mil a year, but no one will stop him from reaching out to kids who lack a little bit of character.

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SEC Headlines – 6/1/11 Part Four

1.  Here’s a lengthy chat with Mark Richt regarding oversigning.  Good stuff.

2.  Still more on oversigning can be found here.

3.  Houston Nutt wants the league to stick with 28 signees per class.  (We’d be okay with that, too… if all other loopholes are closed and the cut-off is 28 — period — per calendar year.)

4.  Kentucky’s Terrence Jones — who passed on a chance to enter the NBA — is bypassing a tryout for Team USA in order to stay in Lexington for summer school.  (Stick that in your pipe, Bobby Knight.)

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Dooley Not As Opposed To Oversigning Changes As Thought

Yesterday we learned that Mississippi State might not be as opposed to new “roster management” regulations as most had thought.  This morning, the same might be said for Derek Dooley and Tennessee.

While the Vols’ coach told CBSSports.com that the league must not overreact to the “public outcry or public frenzy” against oversigning, he also made it clear that some of the tweaks proposed by Mike Slive and the league office this week would be — in his view — good tweaks:


“Most of the complaints have been fair.  They’ve been because of some things that have happened that are not common.  We addressed one of them (Houston Nutt’s 37-man class of 2009), which is bringing that down to 28 (signees per year).  What did that do?  It eliminated the excessive oversigning.  Well, there are still a lot of loopholes out there that we didn’t address.  Those have led to even more complaints, which is fair.  It’s a fair criticism.

There’s legislation out there to close the loopholes.  For example, there is legislation to make them count when they come in for the summer.  That’s a good rule.  There’s legislation to count the midyear guys.  It’s my belief that when they come on your campus and enroll in school, they should count.  It’s pretty simple.  By doing that, it’ll close all the loopholes and it still allows for a little overage to account for the academic risk — the attrition that’s unexpected — the guy that swings on signing day.”

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Report: Nutt Boots Arrested Players

Last Friday morning, Ole Miss football players Delvin Jones and Clarence Jackson were arrested for public intoxication.  Both were suspended indefinitely, though Houston Nutt said the incident — which wasn’t the first for either player — “probably (means) they’re going to be removed from the team.”

Moments ago, David Brandt of the Associated Press tweeted that both players have officially been dismissed from the Rebel squad.

For all the guff Nutt takes over his multiple roster moves, the coach is putting discipline first in this case.  Jackson — thanks to a knee injury to DT Shackelford this spring — was expected to claim a starting linebacker slot on the Rebel defense.

Jackson was suspended for four games last year when a television and DVD player belonging to the UM math department — gotta love that — were allegedly found in his possession.

Jones served as a reserve defensive lineman this spring.  He was suspended for two games last season for the dreaded “unspecified violation of team rules.”

Both players were sophomores.

On Friday, Nutt said, “We’ve had a really good January, February, March, April, this May.  We’ve got two selfish guys that just make a wrong, terrible decision that embarrasses the 98% that do it right, that’s what makes you so mad.  These guys have been talked to repeatedly.  That’s what bothers me.”

Apparently they won’t be bothering the coach anymore.

UPDATE — Here’s a statement from Nutt that UM released regarding the dismissals:


Clarence Jackson and Delvin Jones have been dismissed from the Ole Miss football program for violation of team rules.  I believe in trying to make a difference in a young man’s life, and second chances are a part of that.  However, you reach a point where you can’t through to them, and as a team, we have to move on.  We wish them the absolute best and hope they are able to get their lives in order.

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SEC Headlines – 4/26/11 Part Three

 

 

SEC Headlines – 4/22/11 Part One

1.  Some Ole Miss fans are still whining and crying and pouting about the demise of their long dead mascot, Colonel Reb.  If you’re an adult worried about the stuffed suit a glorified cheerleader wears… it’s time to grow up.

2.  Houston Nutt thinks UM’s defense will be better this year. 

3.  Dan Mullen refuses to talk about his players’ injuries.  Which is why the media should ask him to refute every nonsensical injury rumor on the web until he’s maroon in the face.  What a ridiculous policy for a football coach to implement.

4.  Here’s a look at MSU’s post-spring special teams depth chart.

5.  Any list that includes State’s Chris Relf as a potential Heisman winner is a goofy, frickin’ list.  (Relf improved last year.  But the Heisman?  Mullen’s not even willing to name him his starter yet.)

6.  A self-reported rules violation cost Florida’s basketball program two recruiting visits during the 2010-11 academic year.

7.  Are Florida State fans more excited about football than Florida fans?  Or is this blog post simply designed to fill space and kill time?

8.  Mark Richt is happy with the hire of new offensive line coach Will Friend.  (Sidenote… came thisclose to missing a typo that put a J where the N in “new” belongs.  Guessing I’d have really gotten some ugly comments/emails over that one.  Glad I caught it.)

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SEC Headlines – 4/20/11 Part Two

 

 

Arkansas Leads The SEC In “Milestone Seasons”

The folks at Rivals.com have thumbed through the SEC’s media guides and tallied up the total number of “milestone” seasons for players at each school from 2000 through 2010.

And what is a milestone season?  That would a year in which a player rushed for 1,000 yards… or passed for 3,000 yards… or racked up 1,000 receiving yards.

You can go here to find all of the milestone seasons across the country, but below are those recorded by SEC players over the last 11 years.


School
1,000-yard Rushers
Arkansas
10
Auburn
8
Tennessee
7
Alabama
5
Miss. State
5
Georgia
4
Kentucky
4
LSU
4
Ole Miss
3
S. Carolina
3
Florida
2
Vanderbilt
0



School
1,000-yard receivers
Florida
4
Alabama
3
Kentucky
3
LSU
3
S. Carolina
3
Tennessee
3
Vanderbilt
2
Georgia
1
Ole Miss
1
Arkansas
0
Auburn
0
Miss. State
0



School
3,000-yard Passers
Florida
4
Kentucky
3
Arkansas
2
Georgia
2
LSU
2
Ole Miss
2
S. Carolina
1
Tennessee
1
Vanderbilt
1
Alabama
0
Auburn
0
Miss. State
0



No one had more “milestone seasons” than Arkansas in the SEC over the last 11 seasons.  The Hogs recorded 12 such years with 10 coming from 1,000-yard rushers.  See, Arky fans, Houston Nutt’s offense wasn’t all bad.

Vanderbilt — shocking, I know — was the least productive offense.  The Commodores had just 3 “milestone seasons” from 2000 to 2010. 

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