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SEC Headlines – 6/29/11 Part Three

1.  This writer says college athletes need to think before they tweet.  (Because college kids are well known for thinking before they act.)

2.  Former Mississippi State mascot Tatonka Gold — better known as Bully XX — was euthanized yesterday.  (Not as much fanfare as when an Uga passes, no?)

3.  Louisiana Tech will pay $300,000 to back out of game with MSU.  That leaves State looking for another FBS foe to add to its 2012 schedule.

3.  Freshman defensive back Senquez Golson will be attending summer school at Ole Miss as promised.

4.  Has the “cycle of mediocrity” runs its course in Oxford?

5.  Looks like former UM quarterback Nathan Stanley — repeatedly pushed aside in favor of transfers — will himself transfer to Southeastern Louisiana.

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UM’s Stanley To Transfer

Ole Miss quarterback Nathan Stanley met with Houston Nutt yesterday and told him that he would be transferring from the Rebel program.  It ends a career of almosts and nearlys for the junior.

At the end of the 2009 season, Stanley was viewed as the man who would replace departing Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead.  He held the job through spring practice and the summer of 2010… right up until Jeremiah Masoli arrived in Oxford and got his clearance from the NCAA.

With Masoli out of the picture in 2011, Stanley figured to have a good shot at finally, actually landing the starting job this spring.  Randall Mackey was back as his main competition.  But then the Rebels signed juco transfer Zack Stoudt, too.  And then Nutt brought in another transfer in Barry Brunetti who was leaving West Virginia.

Quickly, Stanley found himself deep on the quarterback depth chart, getting fewer and fewer reps.  Message received.

“After meeting tonight, Nathan has decided to leave the program,” Nutt said via press release last night.  “We wish him the best and are going to help him find a new school.  I appreciate all he has done for Ole Miss and the type of student-athlete he has been.”

And like that… he’s gone.  (Much like Keyser Soze.)

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Brunetti Is Headed To Ole Miss

Quarterback Barry Brunetti has decided to transfer from West Virginia to Ole Miss.

Brunetti, who signed with West Virginia out of Memphis (Tenn.) University School in February, is transferring to be closer to home and his mother, who has recently dealt with health issues.

Brunetti plans to apply for a transfer waiver from the NCAA so he can play immediately for Ole Miss this fall. The NCAA requires players to sit out a year when they transfer schools.

Brunetti will begin classes at Ole Miss this spring with the chance to compete during spring practice. He will join a crowded group of quarterbacks that includes Nathan Stanley, Randall Mackey and Zach Stoudt, who signed with Ole Miss out of junior college last month.

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UM’s Masoli Still Questionable

Houston Nutt is still waiting for word that quarterback Jeremiah Masoli can play for his Rebels at Tennessee tomorrow.  He hopes that word will come today.

“I’m hoping (the training staff) can say he’s going to be all right.  That’s what I’m hoping.”

Masoli suffered what Nutt called a “mild concussion” early in last Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette.  Masoli “vomited some Sunday” — something I never thought we’d write here — but he’s improved as he week has gone on.

For that reason, folks in the Tennessee camp believe Masoli will play.  Derek Dooley hinted on his radio show this week that there could be a bit of gamesmanship going on in this situation.

“I think Masoli’s the guy we’re going to be defending.  I’d be shocked (otherwise).”

If Masoli can’t go, Nathan Stanley will get the start for the Rebels.

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