Wednesday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Wednesday morning. …

Ole Miss will enter the 2015 football season with several advantages. One of them — a very important one — will be stability on defense.

Three years ago Dave Wommack was concluding his first spring as defensive coordinator for the Rebels with Hugh Freeze. Wommack told us then he felt like he had about a half dozen SEC players. Not players he felt like would be All-SEC. Players he thought could start and compete in the SEC.

A lot has changed since then. Freeze and Wommack have added talent to the roster. This season’s unit will have depth at a number of positions and exciting potential at cornerback where starters will be unproven.

It’s an interesting year for defense in the SEC where more than half of the league’s 14 schools will have new coordinators. The most pressure among the newbies falls on LSU’s Kevin Steele, Tony Barnhart says. …

Hey, did you ever sign your name in concrete when your parents expanded the back yard patio? Well, this is a 21st Century version of that:

More on the beam signings at the @OleMissPix Twitter feed. …

This probably happened for reasons beyond the fact that Kansas City just signed Bo Wallace to a free agent contract, but it is interesting for the quarterback as the Rebels’ three-year starter tries to make an NFL roster:

There will be a new head coach in Starkville next year. Dan Mullen will be there, but Jamie Mitchell will not. The Starkville High School head coach is leaving to accept the same position at North Little Rock (Ark.) High School. I was actually a co-worker of Mitchell’s for a while. He was track coach and a football assistant at Tupelo High School when I was newspaper adviser there for three years back in the mid-1990s. …

It’s possible North Little Rock could be needed to fill a bowl slot next year. The NCAA is adding three new games. I know there are many who believe there are too many bowl games. Hard to argue that theory. I will say I watch a lot of these games. Watch may be a strong word, but I do like to have them on in December to provide ambient noise. If you’re OK with the understanding that the game you’re watching is not the highest level of football you can see some exciting plays. Take last year’s Bahamas Bowl for instance.

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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