Wednesday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Wednesday morning …

It’s Georgia tonight in a very important home game for Ole Miss. The Bulldogs have been a good road team anyway, and tonight may not seem like much of a difficult environment if most Ole Miss fans can’t get to the game.

The Rebels are on the road Saturday at LSU. Last night the Tigers dominated Auburn on the road, a complete turnaround from the under-achieving LSU team that lost at home to Auburn three weeks ago.

The LSU postgame voices immediately turned their attention to the Ole Miss game calling on all LSU fans to turn out for Senior Day against the Rebels.

“Team is the operative word for them. They play together and everybody knows their role,” said LSU color analyst Ricky Blanton, a star on Dale Brown’s teams in the 80s. …

It looks like the Pac-12 and Big 10 may be pushing for freshman ineligibility. A “year of readiness” they call it. It’s an interesting concept, one that had its day 40 years ago. College sports moved on from there and discovered individual teams could offer a year of readiness to athletes as they saw fit. It’s called the redshirt year.

I can’t see this happening. TV won’t let it, and TV money drives decisions. Sometimes the best players are freshmen. Look at Kentucky basketball. Everyone doesn’t have multiple freshmen going pro after one year, but almost every team in any given season can have an impact freshman.

If the Year of Readiness gets off the ground he’ll be an impact sophomore.

I don’t think it will happen, not when TV execs say advertisers won’t continues to support a college football product that isn’t the best it can possibly be. …

Free throw struggles for Florida last night in a 64-52 loss to Missouri. Gators were 9-for-23 from the free throw line. It’s hard to be that bad on purpose.

For the record, I once hit five consecutive free throws in semi-legitimate competition, a media basketball game at Northeast Louisiana University.

Missouri improved to 8-20 with the win. Here’s the box.

ESPN has suspended Keith Olbermann after his bizarre exchange with Penn State students celebrating their success with a fund-raiser for pediatric cancer. …

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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