Rebels and the host discussion

The renovated Swayze Field was built with hosting regionals in mind. Hard to imagine a nicer place.

Amid their struggles the Rebels are still in the conversation to serve as a host according to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game. See the second bullet point.

At the mid-way point of SEC play Vanderbilt and LSU appear to be locks to host, perhaps as national seeds.

Since 2008 the trend has been for the league to have three regional host sites or fewer. Only once in the last five years has the league had more than three. That was 2010 when Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina hosted.

For Ole Miss, the host conversation assumes notable improvement and some big wins along the way.

Behind Vanderbilt and LSU, Arkansas is 9-6 in the league. Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, MSU, Alabama and Ole Miss are all either 8-7 or 7-8.

So the improve and host theory applies to seven other teams. Four of them are a game behind Arkansas. Two more are two games behind.

Here are host sites in the SEC since Ole Miss was a part of a record five host sites in 2004:

LSU, South Carolina and Florida in 2012

South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt in 2011

Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina in 2010

LSU, Florida and Ole Miss in 2009

Georgia and LSU in 2008

Arkansas, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt in 2007

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss in 2006

Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee in 2005

Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and South Carolina in 2004

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    Field of Dreams – Swayze Field? Hollywood in Oxford!!!

    I believe OM can beat Tenn this weekend( maybe 2 0f 3) and Auburn down the road same, but there is an obstacle facing them, that being Miss State, Kentucky and LSU. I think the Gators, Arkansas, and MIssissippi State are the ones with potential at this time. JB

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