HED:Todd Vinyard: Ole Miss taking good look at plans for facili

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HED:Todd Vinyard: Ole Miss taking good look at plans for facility

2/24

What’s the latest on the Ole Miss athletic facilities?

The question has been on the minds of many Rebel faithful since the November announcement of an almost $30 million athletic facilities improvement plan. The plans include a new athletic administration building and an indoor practice facility.

Ole Miss athletic director John Shafer says he has been looking at several different drawings of the facilities, and a fund-raising effort is in the future.

“We’ve had three different sets of drawings already,” Shafer said. “I’m sure we will go through more before we can bring something back to show the final product. I like what I am seeing so far, but there is more to be done. And I will want to go to Chancellor (Robert) Khayat and get his feedback.”

While Shafer wouldn’t give a time table on the facility construction, he says things are very much under way.

“We’re certainly not sitting on our hands,” Shafer said. “At the same time it’s not something you want to rush.”

Tennis anyone?

When the Ole Miss men’s tennis team finished tied for fifth at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship last Saturday, it kept an impressive streak alive.

The No. 4 ranked Rebels have finished fifth or better at the USTA/ITA National team indoor four of the last five years. The tournament features 16 of the nation’s top teams. Ole Miss went 2-1 at the tourney after beating Harvard 4-3 in the opening round and dropping a close match (4-3) to Illinois in the quarterfinals. Ole Miss finished the tournament with a 5-2 victory over No. 9 South Carolina.

Ole Miss’ men are 6-2 on the season and host Samford March 2 at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

Jones keeping up in SEC

Former Nettleton High School basketball and track standout Teneeshia Jones has had a happy homecoming to Mississippi.

Jones, who spent a year at the University of Alabama-Birmingham before transferring to Ole Miss, made the finals in the 55 meters and the 200 meters of the SEC Indoor Championships last weekend.

Jones ran a personal best time of 6.88 in the 55 meter dash and a career-best 24.39 in the 200 meter. Jones’ time in the 55 meter dash provisionally qualifies her for the NCAAs.

Ole Miss fine on the softball diamond

Ole Miss junior pitcher Amanda Fine has been, well, more than fine for the Lady Rebels softball squad.

Fine threw a one-hit shutout as Ole Miss swept Belmont last Saturday. The Brentwood, Tenn., native extended her scoreless innings streak as a starter to 14 in leading Ole Miss to a 6-0 victory in the second game. Ole Miss won the first game 6-3, and is 5-2 on the season.

The Lady Rebels play Southwest Missouri State and Iowa State in the Southwest Missouri State Classic this weekend.

Ole Miss has a new coach this year. Candi Letts arrives in Oxford from Fort Collins, Colo., where she led Colorado State University to a 51-win season in 1997.

Todd Vinyard covers Ole Miss for the Daily Journal.