Thursday Morning Update

I have a drive back from Meridian this morning with a Tupelo pit stop to grab a few things and then get on the road to Nashville.

The Ole Miss football equipment is already on the road:

Players are responsible for their own transportation to bowl sites after a Christmas break, and the team will gather today in Nashville for a closed practice later this evening, their first since last Friday in Oxford.

Rebels coach Hugh Freeze has talked repeatedly of the need to run the ball successfully. That’s the focus of a piece for Friday’s Daily Journal.

Here, Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee says the Rebels will miss that run game against Tech, and the Jackets will walk through a door left open by Bo Wallace …

ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low raises an eyebrow not only at Wallace but the entire Ole Miss offense. Wallace last week said the Rebels have something to prove in this game and that it’s important for the program moving forward.

I’m buying that theory. Freeze probably doesn’t get enough credit outside of Mississippi for last year’ 7-6 season. Yes, this season’s schedule was unusually challenging with all the road games up front, yes the injuries changed this team for the second half of the season, but a loss to Tech would leave the Rebels 7-6 again and make it hard to claim progress in the journey discussion.

Here’s Low.

Elsewhere …

Remember when there was internet buzz for Mike Leach to be the next Ole Miss coach? Interesting read here from former Dallas Cowboys exec Gil Brandt on five guys Texas should consider to fill its vacancy.

Staying with the Texas theme, Sports Illustrated had an interesting “Field of 64” to come up with its top four candidates. …

In case you missed it during the break, Florida has named a new offensive coordinator. Kurt Roper has been with David Cutcliffe for a long time, but now he’s stepping out.

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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