Friday Morning Update | Ole Miss Sports

Spanning the globe on a Friday morning, while trying to get the fence repaired and let Chipper back outside to his kingdom. …

Florida clinched the division in the SEC East wtih its 71-62 win in the SEC Thursday nighter. Georgia, which is trying to play its way into the NCAA tournament, couldn’t hold a first-half lead and momentum. …

If indeed the Rebels play hard and motivated in Saturday’s 3 p.m. tip against Alabama, one of only three remaining regular season games, what can they take from Auburn’s near-upset of the West No. 1 Crimson Tide? The Birmingham News says the Tigers may have provided teams a blueprint for how to defend the Tide.

New LSU offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe says he’s still developing opinions about the players he’s inheriting and how to proceed. …

An Oklahoma City columnist suggests to Sooners fans to lay off the recruiting criticism of Alabama coach Nick Saban and consider the secondary violations recently reported by OU. …

Here’s heat for Bruce Pearl from The Sporting News, where columnist Mike DeCourcy says that additional NCAA violations that have now come to light should result in his multi-year ban from NCAA tournaments – a ban that should begin at three years.

In Lubbock, Texas Tech coach Pat Knight, whose team lost a late lead and a berth in the NIT Final Four to Ole Miss in Oxford last year, is struggling through a 12-16 season. One group of students is ready to pull the plug on Knight and his taken the extra step of assisting in the search for his successor with a Facebook campaign to hire former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie. If the move comes about it will put former SEC coaches at the wheel for both major sports at Tech, which hired former Auburn and Ole Miss football coach Tommy Tuberville last year. …