Daily Wrap 3.17.14: Coaches, bad refs and da plane

Wrapping up the day that was from DJournal.com and elsewhere.

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Hot Clicks

Rebels left on sidelines – The most-clicked story today was the Ole Miss basketball season obit, which underscored the end of Marshall Henderson‘s collegiate career. One has to wonder if Andy Kennedy‘s time in Oxford is also nearing an end. That seat has to be warm after failing to make the postseason, and there are other opportunities out there.

Stansbury ‘unlikely’ for Auburn vacancy – And the No. 2 story today is this one about former MSU coach Rick Stansbury, whose name has surfaced as a possible replacement for the fired Tony Barbee. Stansbury has been very quiet since retiring two years ago, but I can’t imagine him staying away from the game too much longer. Besides, another fan base should have the experience of Meo Stansbury cheering during games.

Brandon Speck: Two gold balls and more to remember from title week – Sports rule the day! Speck’s look back at the state tournament recaps things nicely, including his breakdown of two apparently horrible calls that hurt Baldwyn’s chances to win a Class 2A title. Mississippi high school officials have a well-earned reputation of being substandard. I remember a football game I covered in the late 90s in which Water Valley was given FIVE downs inside Bruce’s 10-yard line in the waning moments. Fortunately for the officials, Bruce’s defense held to preserve victory.

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Developments

Fulton man (allegedly) does bad things – Hey, meth is bad. As are all the other things this dude got charged with.

Hotel upgrades – Tupelo’s Hilton Garden Inn, which is barely seven years old, is already getting some renovation work done. They will be minor improvements – something like this, maybe?

Criminal justice overhaul imminent – All that’s left is for Gov. Phil Bryant to sign the proposal, and the state’s criminal justice and corrections system will start seeing changes.

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Nation/World Highlights

Take that, Russia – The U.S. and Europe have both imposed sanctions on that naughty man Vladimir Putin and his country. As usual, Journal sports editor John L. Pitts had a witty take on the situation.

Malaysian plane: Still missing – This story continues to transfix the world, and authorities seem no closer to locating the plan than they were the day it vanished. By the way – and you knew this would happen – there is now at least one Twitter account related to the plane.

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Best of the Blogs

C Spire wins award (Biz Buzz) – Hey, Dennis Seid is back from vacation and filling up his blog with good stuff, including this bit on C Spire’s PERCS program winning some award we’ve never heard of, but hey, good PR.

Pine Grove coach speaks (NeMiss Preps) – Katie Bates‘ team came up just short of a state title, but she wouldn’t want to be coaching any other group. We’ve got video.

Mitchell honored (Inside MSU Sports) – MSU’s Ross Mitchell, who last year was a stalwart long reliever, tossed a complete game at Georgia and was named the SEC pitcher of the week Monday. The kid is 19-1 for his career. … 19-1. … I said, 19-1. Not a typo.

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Talk It Out

• Hey, how was spring break? There’s some good feedback on our Facebook page about people’s craziest and/or coolest spring break moment from last week. Please do weigh in.

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