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Does Ole Miss Hoopster Holloway Have NFL Future?

Murphy HollowayDoes Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway have a future in the NFL?  Based on some Twitter chatter, it appears he’s least considering that possibility.


Hollloway, who just completed his senior season at Ole Miss and is  listed at 6’7″ and 240 pounds, certainly has the size for it. He wouldn’t be the first to make the transition.  NFL tight ends Antonio Gates,  Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham all played college basketball. (Hat Tip – Red Cup Rebellion)

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After Leading Rebels To NCAA Tournament, Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy Gets Extension And Raise

AndyKennedyA little more than a month ago on the calendar, or approximately the Paleolithic era in Twitter time, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was on the hot seat. After his Rebels started the season 17-2, Kennedy’s Ole Miss team endured a 4-6 stretch that raised questions about the future of the coach.  But his squad caught fire late, won the SEC Tournament, beat Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament,and ended the year with 27 victories, tied for the most in school history.

Friday, Ole Miss rewarded Kennedy with a raise and an extension.  He’ll be paid $1.8 million a year through 2017, making him the league’s seventh-highest paid coach.  Ole Miss also raised the salaries for assistant coaches and support staff by 40 percent.  Kennedy had two years remaining under his old deal which paid him a base salary of $1.3 million. The Rebels lose seniors Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner but return Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer this past season.

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Ole Miss Fans Turn Their Eyes To Memphis’ Black

tarikblackTarik Black was supposed to be all that and a bag of chips for the Memphis basketball program.  Turns out, he never quite lived up to the hype.  Scheduled to graduate this spring, the forward now plans to transfer to another school.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner said he believes Black “wants a little change of scenery.”  As a graduate, he will be eligible to play anywhere this upcoming season without having to sit out as a transfer.  The only roadblock is Memphis’ decision not to allow Black to transfer to any program that’s on the Tigers’ schedule next season.

Now let’s connect some dots.  Ole Miss is losing big men Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner.  Oxford is about an hour and a half from Memphis.  And if the Rebel/Tiger rivalry isn’t kickstarted in 2013-14, Andy Kennedy’s program might provide the perfect fit for Black, and vice versa.

Certainly, Black’s name is already popping up on Rebel messageboards.

Black walked out of practice on Pastner this past season and he saw his role reduced as a result.  After starting 55 games during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Black started just five games as a junior.

Below are the Memphis’ native’s averages during is Memphis career:


  Season   Minutes  FG %   Rebounds   Points
  2012-13   20.8   58.9   4.8   8.1
  2011-12   25.6   68.9   4.9   10.7
  2010-11   22.6   52.8   5.0   9.1


The power forward is listed by as the 60th pick of the 2014 mock draft.

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UM’s Henderson Reacts To NCAA Loss About How You’d Expect Him To

When Ole Miss lost to LaSalle on Sunday night and exited the NCAA Tournament in the second round (it’s not the “third round,” NCAA), Marshall Henderson reacted just as you’d probably expect — by throwing a tantrum.

As the video below shows, first, he kicked a box of Powerade bottles across the floor.  He’s probably not the first basketball player to kick drinks, but he appears to be the only one who did so after Sunday’s game.

Then he threw up a pair of middle fingers at fans in the stands.  An Ole Miss aide rushed to his side and knocked his hands down, trying to cover the dual birds.  Asked about the issue, Henderson said, “When someone yells, ‘Your sister’s a whore, you (expletive) coke head, at at time like that, I’m always the one to react.”  (Booing is heard on the video, but short of some Gene Hackman work a la “The Conversation,” it’s impossible to make out individual yells from the stands.)


Marshall Henderson Ole Miss NCAA 3rd Round 3/24/2013 Flips Off Crowd


This is hardly new stuff for the controversial, emotional, combustible hero of the Magnolia State.  Fans should probably get ready for another year of his taunts and celebrations, too.  As we told you yesterday, his draft stock is nowhere near the NBA first-round level.  And as we told you in this morning’s headlines,’s Gregg Doyel said an Ole Miss source told him Henderson is a 99% lock to return to Oxford for his senior season.

Doyel also suggests that Henderson could be the face of college basketball next year.  With added media scrutiny, added pressure to carry his team with Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner gone, and added attention from opponents, one must wonder if Henderson becoming the face of the sport is a good thing for the sport.  Or for Ole Miss.  Or for Henderson.

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UM’s Henderson Wants To Be A Leader… If He Returns

gfx - they said itControversial Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson says he wants to be a leader for Andy Kennedy’s team if he returns to Oxford next season.  The SEC’s top scorer this past season spoke of his plans after the Rebels’ 76-74 loss to LaSalle in the NCAA Tournament last night:


“I want to be a leader, but who am I to tell someone to do something after the problems I’ve caused.  It’s time for me to take the next step in my leadership especially being an Ole Miss senior next year…

(But with regards to the NBA) I don’t know.  I haven’t explored any options.  I don’t even know it that’s legal.  It’s a crazy world out there.  You never know what might happen.  I’m tired of going to school.”


The NBA draft-centric website ranks Henderson as just the 58th best junior prospect in the country.  With that kind of number, it’s doubtful he would sniff the first-round of this summer’s draft and only first-rounders receive guaranteed contracts.

Mississippi’s big men in the middle — Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner — were seniors this past season.  Ditto guard Nick Williams.  So if Henderson returns for his own senior season, the Rebels will be much more of his team.  There’s no question UM needs his talent back on the floor next year.  But the team chemistry that worked so well this year will definitely need to be watched moving forward… if Henderson returns.

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SEC Headlines 7/8/2012

1. Want to be a head coach in college football?  Become an assistant in the SEC: “Of the 124 current head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision, 34 were once full-time assistants on an SEC staff …”

2. What attracted Dan Mullen to the job at Mississippi State?  “The talent in the state is amazing.”

3. Why MSU officials continue to push a Thanksgiving night Egg Bowl.

4. The preseason publications love the LSU Tigers.

5. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron – championship quarterback or just a cog in Nick Saban’s system?

6. What’s the outlook for Tennessee football? “Barring critical injuries, the Vols should field their most competitive team since the 2007 SEC East champions.”

7. Why Texas A&M defensive lineman Damontre Moore, Jr. is overlooked but not underrated.

8. Georgia at Missouri – a top 10 game on the SEC calendar this fall.

10. Why LSU safety Eric Reid and Mississippi State corner Johnthan Banks are two of the best players in the conference.

11. From BCS to National Championship Series?

12. A trend toward earlier commitments: “A record 57 of the top 100 national players in the 2013 class had verbally committed before June 1 this year. That is almost double the number of players in the 2012 class who committed by June 1 a year ago.”

13. Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway on the future of Andy Kennedy’s team: ”I think we have a lot of pieces that can help us soon, but I think it’ll be more of our returning players that already get it.”

14. Why Auburn’s Tony Barbee is a rarity among coaches.

15. UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi on his transition to Mizzou and working with new teammates:  ”I can tell that they really want to win, and they know I can really help them.”

16. An analysis of where the athletic department money comes from – and where it goes at Missouri.

17. Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin welcomed two newcomers this past week: “They’re officially in the fold.”

18. A sprained ankle likely cost Anthony Davis a spot on the U.S. Olympic basketball team.

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SEC Headlines – 1/24/12 Part Two

1.  Some players may be leaving, but the most important piece to Alabama’s defense — D-coordinator Kirby Smart — is returning.

2.  Gene Chizik isn’t the first coach to kick the tires of new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.

3.  Loeffer’s first order of business is developing a quarterback at Auburn.

4.  Arkansas’ Marvell Waithe is doubtful for Wednesday’s game with a calf injury.

5.  On the plus side, freshman BJ Young appears to okay after being injured on a flagrant foul during the Hogs’ upset of Michigan.

6.  If Johnny O’Bryant’s injured hand is cleared by doctors today, Trent Johnson says he’ll be in the lineup when LSU faces MSU tomorrow.

7.  Ole Miss will need an effective, healthy Murphy Holloway moving forward.

8.  Mississippi State’s Jalen Steele “was blacking out” as he nailed four-straight 3-pointers against Vanderbilt on Saturday.

9.  Renardo Sidney is showing flashes of good play.  (Teammate Arnett Moultrie said, “We’re just glad to finally see change.”)

10.  Receiver Michael Carr has rejoined the Bulldog football team.

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UK And UM Win, Bama Tops LSU Again

Just a quick catch-me-up for those of you who didn’t watch all the SEC roundball action last night…

Kentucky 68, Auburn 53

The final score may look like a rout, but Kentucky wasn’t able to pull away from Auburn until the second half.  In fact, UK trailed 47-45 before finishing on a 23-6 run.

AU’s Tony Barbee was happy that his team hung tough for so long.  “I found a style that I think is going to work for this team.  It is to shorten the games and grind it out.”

John Calipari, well, he wasn’t as enthused.  “They wanted it worse than we did.  They played with desire we didn’t have.”

Reminder: Kentucky won by 15. 

Ole Miss 71, Arkansas 63

Maybe it’s too soon to write the coaching obituary of Andy Kennedy just yet.  Last night his Rebels welcomed back Murphy Holloway the forward responded with 19 points and 14 rebounds.  He had been out for a couple of weeks with a high ankle sprain.

It was Ole Miss second win in its past six games.  “Sometimes you lose four of five games and you think, ‘What’s wrong?’” Kennedy said.  “(Holloway) wasn’t playing.  That’s what was wrong.  Good players make good coaches and when he’s back we dominate the glass.”

The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Arkansas.

Alabama 69, LSU 53

It wasn’t as important as Monday night’s BCS Championship Game, but Alabama notched another win over rival LSU last night.  The Tide cruised for much of the game, using an 18-5 second half run to pull way for good.

“We simply didn’t play well tonight,” LSU’s Trent Johnson said.  “We weren’t able to execute most of our plays.  For some reason, we weren’t able to play like we’re capable of, and that’s my fault.”

Alabama deserves a little credit too.  The Tide hit 50% from the floor and held the Tigers to just 35.8% shooting.  Bama also outrebounded LSU by 10 and blocked five shots on the night.

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SEC Headlines – 1/9/12

Here are some quick headlines from around the league with a flurry of BCS title game coverage to boot:

1.  The SEC has named its Players of the Week.

2.  The conference has thrived under the leadership of Mike Slive.

3.  The last time Auburn finished 8-5 they followed it up with a BCS title the next year.  Can history repeat itself?

4.  ESPN will debut a film on former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson on February 11th. 

5.  Murphy Holloway isn’t 100%, but Ole Miss coaches hope he’ll be ready to face Arkansas on Wednesday.

6.  Rick Stansbury wants to get Brian Bryant and Jalen Steele more involved in MSU’s offense.

7.  Florida is in position to land the #1 signing class in America.

8.  Georgia’s Brandon Boykin has won the Paul Hornung Award for being the nation’s most versatile player.

9.  A pair of future Kentucky basketballers are looking good.  (Big surprise.)

10.  Devin Taylor said today he’ll return for his senior season… and it looks like South Carolina will again be good on defense.

11.  Mid-term enrollee Jarnell Stokes has been cleared to play, but Tennessee likely won’t use him this week. 

12.  Quarterback Patton Robinette has left the University of North Carolina to become a mid-term enrollee at Vanderbilt instead.

And the title talk:

1.  It’ll be “big boy” football in the BCS title game tonight.

2.  Expect more points in tonight’s rematch.  (We agree.)

3.  Three last-minute thoughts on Game of the Century II.

4.  LSU’s tougher schedule could pay dividends.

5.  Last night, the Tide watched “Red Tails” while the Tigers saw “Contraband.”  In case you were wondering.

6.  The Honey Badger is as fierce as they come.

7.  Nick Saban was quite the charmer during yesterday’s media gathering.

8.  Bama has been prepping to stop LSU’s option game.

9.  With a win, LSU could be called the greatest team ever.

10.  There’s a lot of history at stake in tonight’s game.

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UM’s Nelson Arrested After Win Over SMU

The end could be near for Ole Miss’ Andy Kennedy.  The fates seem to be aligned against him.

With his team showing promise midway through its non-conference slate, leading rebounder Murphy Holloway went down with a high ankle sprain.  A three-game losing streak followed.

That streak was snapped on Tuesday night with a 50-48 homecourt win over SMU.  But it’s now been learned that after the game, sophomore Rebel guard Dundrecous Nelson was arrested at his home and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  Nelson is UM’s leading scorer at 11.6 points-per-game.

Kennedy said he learned of the arrest yesterday afternoon and he is currently doing his “due diligence” on the issue.

Minus his leading rebounder and scorer, it’s doubtful Kennedy can rally his team to the point of earning an NCAA Tournament bid.  Heading into the season, the feeling in Oxford was that only an invitation to the Big Dance would save his job.

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