Monday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Monday morning …

Will UAB’s near-miss against Marshall be enough to save the program? …

Western Carolina coach Mark Speir got all over Kirk Herbstreit for the analyst’s negative comments regarding the SEC teams playing FCS games. There were lots of those this weekend. Looks like the Rebels could have used another one. I am a proponent of the FCS game. I think it could be done differently. If you have good relationships in state it would be good to play an in-state FCS school. For Ole Miss, the Presbyterian game was a chance to rest injured players. It came at a strategic time on the schedule with an open date the following week. Against the SEC schedule you need that kind of break late in the year. …

With an eye on next spring’s quarterback battle, here’s what could be considered an endorsement:

I’ll say this about the looming quarterback battle. Nothing was decided Saturday. Nobody gained an edge. It was good to see Hugh Freeze white flag it in the fourth quarter to let Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade get some reps. Ole Miss wasn’t about to come back from 27-0 in a quarter. Had Bo Wallace thrown a touchdown there and not a pick six I think they had a shot with a 20-7 deficit late in the third. Realistically not much of one but still a shot.

The Arkansas defensive front was dominating the Ole Miss offensive line. It was a difficult spot for the young quarterbacks and not an accurate picture of what they can become. Ole Miss will be lacking in quarterback experience next year, but whoever wins the job will have the benefit of a better offensive line. It’s quite likely that the Rebels are headed for a two-quarterback system, not a 50-50 split in snaps but a role for both Buchanan and Kincade.

The hits just keep coming for Jameis Winston. Or the shoves. Fox Sports writes that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner should have been ejected for shoving an official against Boston College. …

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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  • CHARLES VINSON

    NEVER HAVE I SEEN AN OLE MISS PLAY SO BAD.IT WAS DISGUSTING TO WATCH THEM PLAY.IF I WAS THIS TEAM I WOULD SO AND STICK MY HEAD IN SAND AND NOT PLAY THIS WEEK.

    • Parrish Alford

      Charles, I think you’ve been watching Ole Miss longer than I’ve been covering. I bet you’ve seen worse games. Arkansas was bad, but it was complicated by the high expectations for this team. Now that loss has created a sense of doubt as the most important week of the season begins.

    • Concerned

      We are fortunate they aren’t you. Remember the Orgeron years? The last 2 Nutt years ? Those teams would have done what you suggest. You prob think Bo sucks too. How many games you think we would have won the last 2 years without him?


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