A coaching legend’s last lap

Sunday: Grisham thriller

n Cody Grisham, a sophomore shortstop from Booneville by way of ICC, hit his first home run of the season to help Tennessee beat Arkansas 7-6 in 10 innings. That kick-started a five-game tear for Grisham, who went 9-for-18 with seven runs scored and three RBIs through Saturday’s game at MSU.

Monday: Retirement talk

n Arkansas track and cross country coach John McDonnell announced plans to retire after the 2008 outdoor season. He has led the Razorbacks to 42 national titles -more than any other coach in any single-gender program in the history of collegiate athletics.

From 1987 to 1995, his teams won all the league titles in all three disciplines – cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He had 20 such “triple crowns” in his 36-year career.

Tuesday: Rebels on rise

n The Ole Miss men’s tennis team, fresh from winning the SEC title, rose to No. 4 in the latest ITA national rankings. The Rebels will be watching Tuesday as the NCAA tournament seedings are announced at 1 p.m. on ESPNews.

Wednesday: All-SEC golf

n Ole Miss women’s golfer Dori Carter earned All-SEC first-team honors, as voted by league coaches. She tied for fourth at the SEC championships.

Thursday: Hoops signing

n Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy added a sixth signee, 6-foot-9 junior college forward DeAundre Cranston, while announcing that two players – sophomore guard Rodney Jones and junior forward Terrence Watson -have left the program.

n Alabama signed Anthony Brock, an All-American point guard out of Itawamba Community College.

Friday: Top Dawgs

n Georgia is the top Dawg in the NCAA gymnastics world, winning a fourth consecutive NCAA title. The Super Six finals in Athens looked almost like an SEC meet, as Florida (fourth), LSU (fifth) and Alabama (sixth) also made the field.

n Mississippi State’s softball team, ranked No. 23, scored a 2-1 upset of No. 10 Tennessee in the first game of a doubleheader, earning a SEC tournament berth in the process.

Saturday: Feeling the draft

n Six SEC players were taken in the first round of the NFL draft, including four top 10 picks – Arkansas RB Darren McFadden, No. 4 to Oakland; LSU DT Glenn Dorsey, No. 5 to Kansas City; Florida DE Derrick Harvey, No. 8 to Jacksonville and Tennessee LB Jerrod Mayo No. 10 to New England.

n Ole Miss jumper Brittany Reese shook off a minor ankle injury suffered the day before and won the long jump at the Drake Relays in Iowa. The junior from Gulfport is a perfect 9-for-9 in winning long jump titles this year.