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Focused, Motivated, Prepared

Rewind: Ole Miss 38, Pittsburgh 17   Much is made, rightfully so, of Nick Saban’s ability to prepare his football team when given the big layoff that a bowl game – particularly the national championship game – provides. That attention

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BBVA Compass Bowl Coverage

From the mother ship: Rebels complete turnaround season with bowl win Run game thrives Defense thrives against the run      

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Feeding Moncrief

Pittsburgh kept Donte Moncrief from going off the way he did against LSU and Mississippi State. It wasn’t that the Rebels didn’t try to get him the ball. They were unable to do so downfield. Moncrief finished with six catches,

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Game Day: Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh

Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala., (71,594) Kickoff: 12 p.m. Television: ESPN Radio: Ole Miss Network; ESPN Radio Records: Ole Miss 6-6, 3-5 SEC; Pittsburgh 6-6, 3-4 Big East Series: First meeting. Coaches: Pitt – Paul Chryst, 6-6, first season at

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Finally, it’s here …

Some notes here from the BBVA Compass Bowl “trophy” presser at Legion Field. Pitt spoke first, then Hugh Freeze and his players arrived, and he and Pitt coach Paul Chryst posed with the BBVA Compass Bowl trophy. A setting like

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Nkemdiche update; Compass coverage

Our man Brandon Speck is in Orlando and filed this report on Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s top recruit. …. From Birmingham, the Rebels concluded the heavy lifting of their Compass Bowl preparations. They will have a walk-through at Legion Field

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Elston excited to be home in Alabama

There are 10 Ole Miss players from Alabama including freshman safety Trae Elston from Oxford roughly 45 miles east on I-20. Elston is excited to play a bowl game in his home state. “It always feels good playing in the

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Thursday Compass Notebook

The last official football practice of the 2012 season is in the books. Hugh Freeze opened it up for all periods to view, an act of kindness that probably also serves to confirm what we already know: The hay is

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A different day

Freshman defensive back Trae Elston, glad to be playing a bowl game not far from his hometown, talks about his suspension here and how things have changed for defensive backs. Elston says the one game he sat out courtesy of

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Developing the young guys

The new year will be almost five days old and the bowl season practically complete when Ole Miss and Pittsburgh finish up Saturday afternoon. Kickoff for the BBVA Compass Bowl is noon. The late date gave Ole Miss coach Hugh

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Rebels Arrive

Video here of Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels arriving at the Sheraton near the Civic Center in Birmingham. [youtube] Hotel workers and bowl officials were on hand to greet the buses as the pulled up along

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Pena at tight end? He’d love to have the ball

From the mother ship this morning, our account of senior defensive tackle Gilbert Pena. Great story, great guy. Pena would like to get some snaps on offense in the bowl game. Hugh Freeze didn’t really discuss that other than to

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Offensive timing

With 42 days between games timing can be an issue on offense — both offenses — as Ole Miss and Pittsburgh meet in Birmingham Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner reminds us that if

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