Wednesday Morning Update

It’s been such a tough two days of news on the Ole Miss front you wonder what today will bring.

All quiet on the Twitter front since Robert Nkemdiche posted this yesterday:

Much of what’s happened on the law and order front with Ole Miss football can be classified as run of the mill stuff.

That does not apply to the sexual battery charge, a felony, against Bobby Hill.

A $2 million lawsuit against college football players also is not run of the mill.

The incident took place a year ago, but the timing timing of its announcement looks worse because of a disorderly arrest for Denzel Nkemdiche earlier this week that resulted in his indefinite suspension.

Law and order problems have not marked Hugh Freeze’s time as head coach, but he could use a run of good behavior from his players. The last two days will be easy talking points for his critics. …

We are halfway into what had been pegged as a big week for Ole Miss basketball, and it hasn’t gotten off to a good start.

Yes, the Rebels created some drama and got their fans excited with a big comeback last night, but too much damage had been done.

Here’s John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The issues that led to the Rebels’ downfall last night are not new. Andy Kennedy seemed to imply that the next recruiting class will be the next opportunity to fix the problem of lack of toughness among his bigs. He thanked Neal McCready for voicing that topic.

Prior to the recruiting subject Kennedy said, “I realize what the problem is. My problem is I can’t do much about it right now. I’m going to work on that.”

Ole Miss did what it does and that’s force turnovers. That helped the Rebels get back in the game, and that’s what this team needs to do as much as possible.

It’s not that the halfcourt defense is bad, it’s the halfcourt rebounding that’s bad. The Rebels can force a miss on an opponent’s first shot — They did that many times with Kentucky — but the problem becomes getting the basketball after that miss.

In the big picture of the big week, the Kentucky game — not Saturday’s game against No. 2 Florida — was considered the one the Rebels would have the better chance of winning.

The season had this feel a year ago, of the NCAA opportunity slipping away.

The difference was last year’s team under-achieved in some games and had the capability of playing at a much higher level.

This team can play better than it played last night. Perhaps there will be a little better play against teams less talented than Kentucky — and that does not include Saturday’s opponent — but I think what you see is what you’re going to get from the bigs, and that’s not going to be enough to right the ship and make the run that last year’s Rebels made.

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.

Posted in Basketball, Football
  • cid Riley

    Cid Riley told you about the impending doom of the football program! You doubted me? All these recent, embarrassing actions will lead to an increased interest by the NCAA…believe me now!

    • bob

      Cid Riley also told us that he wasn’t ever coming back, so now that you have proven yourself a liar, why should we believe anything you say? These things are the same type of thing that happen at every program.

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