Former and Current Bulldogs Nominated for ESPY Awards

Mississippi State University is going to be well represented at the 2017 ESPY Awards. Current and former Bulldogs are up for recognition during the program, which airs on ABC on Wednesday, July 12. ESPN holds the ESPY Awards each year on the one day that none of the four major sports—football, baseball, basketball and hockey—are played in the United States. That date always falls the day after the All-Star Game in MLB. Major sports stars from all over the world will be at the ESPYs, and Peyton Manning is hosting this year. Continue Reading

Saints Injuries

Injuries hit nearly every NFL team in the preseason or regular season. Sometimes making the playoffs depends on when the injuries happen and if the player returns healthy for a playoff push. Injuries have hit the New Orleans Saints before the start of their conditioning programs, and voluntary and mandatory organized team activities. New Orleans offensive center Max Unger suffered a foot injury late last season and even missed the week-16 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During the offseason, Unger underwent foot surgery to have a screw inserted. Continue Reading

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Louisville Punishment a Look into Rebels’ Future?

 

If you missed the penalties that the NCAA handed to the University of Louisville, they’re worth checking out. The story itself is sensational, involving strippers, sex and star basketball recruits, but that’s not why it should be important to fans of the University of Mississippi. The significance becomes clear once you look at the last three decisions that the NCAA Committee on Infractions has made. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino joins Southern Methodist University head coach Larry Brown and Syracuse University Jim Boeheim in receiving a suspension. In all three cases, the NCAA used bylaw 11.1.2.1, which places the responsibility to monitor a program squarely on the shoulders of the head coach. Continue Reading

Prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy

This is a verbatim release from the Mississippi MEMA regarding Tropical Storm Cindy:

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring  Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico.  MEMA wants to remind everyone that now is a good time to review your family emergency plan and listen to the advice of your local officials. “Even though Mississippi is not expected to experience dangerous winds from Cindy, we are definitely going to see widespread and heavy rainfall,” says MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. “Intense flooding, and possible storm surge are our main concerns, so we want the residents of South Mississippi to start planning ahead now to make sure that they are ready for what this system will bring.”

Here is the latest information on Tropical Storm Cindy from the National Weather Service:

Tropical Storm Cindy should make landfall in western Louisiana Thursday morning. Greatest threat is heavy rainfall and flooding on the east side of the storm which will inundate Mississippi. Rainfall of 4 to 8 inches, and 10-15 inches possible in some areas of south Mississippi. Continue Reading

Mississippi in the 2017 MLB Draft

No sports draft gets the hype and hoopla of the NFL Draft. It is a major event with both ESPN and the NFL Network broadcasting all seven rounds. The NBA Draft, which takes place Thursday, June 22, this year, has plenty of hype but not at the level of the NFL Draft. It also has coverage two networks, with NBA TV and ESPN showing the event. Last week, MLB held its draft of high school and college players, but didn’t receive the wall-to-wall coverage of its counterparts in other sports. Continue Reading

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Things Could Get Wild in the ‘Hex’

Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in CONCACAF will be a four-match sprint this September. The fifth round of qualifying, often called the Hexagonal or Hex, is in a home-and-away double round-robin format. The top three soccer teams in the group will advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The team that finishes in fourth place advances to an inter-confederation playoff against the fifth-place team from the AFC. Currently, Mexico is in the best shape, leading the group with 14 points and the best goal differential at +7, and it’s also the only team in the group without a loss. Continue Reading

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Rebels’ NCAA Football Case Provides New Twists

It might be worth being a proverbial fly on the wall when the University of Mississippi sits down with the Committee of Infractions arm of the NCAA. The university has admitted to some wrong-doing alleged in the NCAA investigation but is fighting others. In this instance, the university is going to the wall for current head coach Hugh Freeze. The biggest charge UM is fighting against is the lack of institutional control leveled at Freeze. Another dispute between the university and the NCAA is an allegation that a recruit received $10,000 in cash. Continue Reading