Video Blog: Bianco talks weather, Georgia, rest for Rebels

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen Sports Editor

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco met with the media a day prior to the start of the last home series of the regular season against Georgia Thursday at Oxford-University Stadium.

Rain is forecast for the opener Friday night, and Bianco talked about that issue, as much as he could.

“To be honest with you, I’ve just heard about it. I actually just got here 45 minutes ago because I was out recruiting. The truth is, unless it’s really dangerous, I don’t see us making a move too early to do anything,” Bianco said. “The problem for us this weekend is we have graduation. I’m going to check again today, but we briefly asked if we had to play a doubleheader on Saturday, is that going to be a difficult thing for some kids? The answers I’ve gotten to this point is no.”

The forecast is 80 percent chance of rain and Bianco, based on what he has been told, is that the weather will be bad going into Friday and early Saturday, but then clearing for the afternoon and into Saturday night.

“I don’t see us playing at 1 and I haven’t talked with the administration so I have to be careful of what I say. Certainly there is enough room to play a doubleheader on Saturday,” Bianco said. “The truth of the matter is we really can’t give you anything. If we get rained out, we’ll play a doubleheader on Saturday. That’s all I can really say. Nobody is going to make that decision on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 of what’s going to happen. Maybe there is a clearing, maybe there is a chance you can play at 6:30 and there is three hours of no rain.”

Final exams

Ole Miss players are finishing up exams for the spring semester, which means by the time the series starts, each will be free of academic obligations, at least in bulk. Not having class is welcomed by the players, and Bianco, who liked this time of year for several different reasons.

“It’s big. It’s neat and gives them that feel where it’s almost like professional baseball. It helps their bodies in the sense that they’re not up late studying or writing a paper. They don’t have to get up early to go to a class or a tutor session,” Bianco said. “Rest wise, it can really help their body get rejuvenated even though they continue to play games and continue to practice. It’s certainly the most fun or funnest part of the season, I think. Once you get through finals, there is a lot more pep in their step and those type of things.”

Chance to host

Third baseman Austin Anderson is a veteran, and one of the many players who is keenly aware of where the team is in relation to earning an NCAA regional at home next month.

“Right now we’re looking good as a far as hosting a super regional and being a national seed, which would allow us to host a super regional if we were a national seed. If there is an easy way to get to Omaha, that’s the easiest path, to play at home,” Anderson said. “It’s important to play this weekend, approaching the end, it’s always the best time to play well. Then we go on the road to A&M, who has been playing well lately. In order to host a regional and super regional, we have to finish this weekend and then at A&M.”

The goal each year is to win 40 games in the regular season and host, Anderson said.

“Hosting a regional and a super regional are two of our team goals every year. We try to not look ahead, but with all the media … we see it. Right now, if we started today, I think we would (host) and be a national seed, so it’s important to keep winning,” Anderson said.

Below is a video of shortstop Errol Robinson, who has been very important to the Rebels’ success this season on the diamond.


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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  • escapet04

    oh no no!!! cut the video off at the best part.. we want to know what was the bet he lost that his walk out song is ” think my tractor is sexy” ?????? me and everybody that sits by me at Swayze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nigel Gruff

    Well, it’s Friday morning and word is the NCAA investigators have arrived in Oxford. Could be just a routine check up. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the whole Olive Branch fiasco.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Could have something to do with those new billboards. The NCAA may be upset that Freeze dared them to find something. “See this battery on my shoulder? Go ahead, knock it off, I dare you!”

  • Nigel Gruff

    The Olive Branch deal is a huge ball of yarn with investors from several SEC schools. I’m not sure why they all got together, but went the deal went south, the guy left holding the note said he’d get even.

  • howdy55

    Hey Poopdog, I mean Cid, there I go again, I mean Gruff. What load of crap you are releasing. I mean to reiterate. No one could be that stupid, 68 years old or not. Maybe you could take a nap or clean yourself up you’d feel better.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Well, howdy, cid, Karl, anime, maryspitune, bulldogloser, I’m just giving you the information that came to me Monday morning via text message. I know one thing the real estate deal involved a black bear along with some people out of Memphis and they snookered another black bear,the latter said that he would ” sing like a canary” to the NCAA. Now, I don’t know if that meant he had some incriminating information about something or maybe he was going to whistle a tune for their listening pleasure.

  • Nigel Gruff

    I’ve noticed that you’ve pretty much ditched all your aliases, but anime and howdy…I think your getting over your sickness….congratulations.

  • howdy55

    Hey POOPDOG!! , I mean CID, I mean NIGEL, I just help but wondering how any one person is so full of mindless dribble? A complete loser is my guess, or you need to see a doctor very badly.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Well Howdy, Karl, cid, Mary, anime, bulldogloser,…two things…#1 please find one name and stick with it, and or should I say you all, calling me a loser is a complement considering the fact you use so many names to post on this blog. I wish that you and you and you would refute the suppositions instead of calling me names. PLEASE, I beg you choose a name…whether its Karl, cid, Mary, anime, howdy55 or even a new one.

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