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Ole Miss Cornerback Carlos Davis Suspended For Six Games; University Reaches Settlement In Death Of Former Player

OleMissLogoOle Miss cornerback Carlos Davis is suspended for six games of the 2013 season.  Davis played in six games last season while academically ineligible.

The good news for Ole Miss, though, is that avoided any additional penalties, which could have included vacating the Egg Bowl and BBVA Compass Bowl wins, according the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Ole Miss self-reported the violation in April after the matter was brought to its attention by the NCAA.

Davis recorded seven tackles, all on kickoff coverage last season.  In the spring, he was moved from running back to cornerback.

Separately, Ole Miss and the NCAA have reached a settlement with a family of a player who died in 2010. 

Bennie Abram III was a 20-year old non-scholarship player at Ole Miss when he collapsed in an offseason workout and later died.

The family will receive $50,000 from an insurance company connected to the school and $275,000 from an NCAA insurance policy. The university will also pay for any undergraduate or graduate course work done at Ole Miss by Abram’s mother or his brothers.

After Abram’s death, an autopsy determined that it was caused by complications from sickle cell trait.

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Bo Wallace Set To Start For Ole Miss

Ole Miss has named redshirt sophomore Bo Wallace the starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against Central Arkansas.

Wallace beat out junior Barry Brunetti for the starting position, although both are expected to play on Saturday, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Wallace said earlier this week he will try to stay on the field full time if he wins the starting position.

“I’ve kinda thought about it and if I’m named the starter, I plan on scoring every drive,” Wallace said, according to the Clarion-Ledger. “I think that’s really important, going out there and scoring and not being taken out of the game. If you’re scoring every drive, he’s probably not going to take you out.”

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Ole Miss Adds Two Juco Basketball Prospects

Ole Miss is hoping to receive immediate help in basketball next season from junior college prospects Jason Carter and Marshall Henderson.

Carter, who plays forward at Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, should be able to improve Ole Miss’ outside shooting.

“The thing he does best is shoot the basketball,” Chipola coach Jake Headrick told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. “He can really shoot the basketball to the 3.”

And Headrick believes Henderson, a guard from South Plains (Texas) Junior College, will make a similar impact on the Rebels.

“They’re probably getting two of the top junior college sophomores in the country in those guys,” Headrick said.

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Mississippi State Lands In-state Lineman

Mississippi State continued its strong recruiting run this week by picking up a commitment from defensive tackle Nick James from Long Beach (Miss.) High School.

The decision from James came sooner than expected.

“I can focus on football more,” James said of his decision to commit now.

But his focus will be on more than football. James’ recruiting process will continue despite his commitment to the Bulldogs.

James told Jackson Clarion-Ledger he still plans to visit other schools this fall. Alabama, LSU and Miami are possibilities, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

“I’m still going to take some visits to make sure, but I’m pretty positive I’ll end up at State,” James said.

James is the 16th prospect to commit to Mississippi State for 2012 and the second player to do so in as many days.

The Bulldogs received a commitment from Memphis, Tenn., athlete Will Redmond on Monday. Mississippi State’s coaching staff made the difference in Redmond’s decision to choose the Bulldogs over Tennessee.

“I got real close with those coaches,” Redmond told “It wasn’t just the coach that recruited me. It was the staff, including Coach (Dan) Mullen. I bet we spoke at least once a week.”

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Linebacker Johnson Chooses Ole Miss; Did Facebook Play a Factor?

Ole Miss received good news on Tuesday afternoon when linebacker C.J. Johnson committed to the Rebels.

“I wanted to stay in state, first of all,” Johnson told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Johnson chose Ole Miss over Mississippi State and LSU. Did Johnson, who was once committed to Mississippi State, eliminate the Bulldogs because of Facebook?

It appears that was a factor. Credit Bryan Fischer of (his story can be found here) for discovering an interesting message from Johnson posted on his Facebook profile wall.

Recruiting continues to evolve, and social networking is very much a part of the process now. Many prospects are active on Facebook, Twitter and other sites. This story goes to show that actions of fans can have a direct impact on the recruitment of a prospect.

Johnson is the 27th commitment for Ole Miss for the class of 2011.

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