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Jeremy is from Louisville, MS & now lives in Carthage, MS with a AA degree from East Central. Being a passionate Ole Miss fan & sports fan in general who usually pulls for the underdog (ole miss & underdog usually go hand & hand) Jeremy is a contributing articles at Makeitrainsports. Enjoys good food, good drinks & traveling. Follow on twitter @GlassFacedScum
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OLE MISS FANS: Do You Really Want Mullen To Fail?

If you ask fans how many games they want their rival to win, a lot would say, “I want them to lose every game”, and that’s putting it in a g-rated version! This isn’t my opinion however, when it comes to my Rebels and their rival Mississippi State.

Let’s face it, Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen isn’t building a powerhouse at State. Mullen, in my opinion, is a mediocre coach that can win 5 to 7 games a year, with the right schedule.  Mullen hasn’t shown he is a great recruiter either, but I do believe he is above average in player development.

All of this leads to a MSU team (and coach) that Ole Miss should beat every year.

Is that “homerish” of me to say? Let’s look at this from another perspective.

Just over a year and half ago, Ole Miss was coming off a disaster of a 2-10 season under Houston Nutt. One thing is for sure, Danny-boy was in Houston Nutt’s head, to say the least. Thankfully, Nutt is gone because there is no telling where the Rebel program would be after another year with Nutt.

I know you State fans got big kicks out of the disaster under Nutt. Well, look at it this way my bully friends, if you had the choice, wouldn’t you change Ole Miss’ 2011 season?

If you bullies are smart you would change a few things.  It would be better for MSU fans if Ole Miss had won an SEC game or two and extended Nutt’s career.  I mean, it’s obvious Nutt wasn’t beating Mullen anytime soon. (OR EVER)

If the Nutt Era continued, Mullen would still be considered a God in the eyes of the Mississippi State faithful.

He probably would have won his 4th Egg bowl and 2nd nine win season and would be in total control of the state.

(I don’t know how the Rebel faithful could endure a four-peat. I for one don’t want to think about that.)

Now, with the upcoming season approaching, it would serve Ole Miss well for State to finish with six wins and lose the Egg Bowl. This scenario would do a lot for the future of Ole Miss if the Rebels got a win over another bowl bound team and it would help build more momentum in recruiting.

More importantly this keeps Dan Mullen around another year with no momentum. I would call the program at a stalemate at that point maybe a decline.

Many Rebels would love to see Mullen get kicked out the door.  I personally don’t think that’s the best scenario for Ole Miss.

Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin is a really smart guy who does his job extremely well, and I have no doubt he would make a really good hire if Mullen doesn’t pan out at Mississippi State.

There are alot of good young coaches that would jump at the chance to coach at State in the SEC. With the new SEC TV deals in place and a chance to coach in the nation’s premiere conference – the Bulldogs have a lot to offer.

A new coach also, breaths new energy and new life into a program. This is not what a Rebel should want.  So, Rebel fans, have I changed your mind?

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More college football win totals posted at 5Dimes

After releasing 19 win totals on Monday5Dimes has added much to its repertoire of gamblin’ fun. It’s June, and we could all use a bit of gamblin’ fun.

Altogether there are now well over 40 teams listed, including Ohio State.  Much like Alabama, perfection is the magic number (with a little juice, of course) for the Buckeyes. The rest of the teams and numbers are listed below.

Alabama

Over 11.5 (+140)
Under 11.5 (-180)

Arizona State

Over 9.5 (+175)
Under 9.5 (-245)

Auburn

Over 6.5 (+120)
Under 6.5 (-160)

Boise State

Over 10.5 (+120)
Under 10.5 (-160)

BYU

Over 8.5 (+100)
Under 8.5 (-140)

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TEXAS A&M WEDDING WINS INTERNET

Texas A&M has proven to be a good fit for the SEC already.

But so far we hadn’t had any Aggie fans doing anything that might be described as crazy. Yeah, we had the student who got the A&M-Bama score tattooed on his butt, and we have Johnny Manziel’s continued shenanigans.

But what about some good old fashioned dyed in the wool crazy fan antics?

I mean, we know Alabama and Texas A&M are playing college football’s biggest regular season game this September.

And we know Alabama fans are crazy as hell.  

But can A&M really give Bama a run in the crazy fan department?

We really haven’t seen much to suggest that the answer is yes.

Until now.

Yes, this Texas A&M wedding really happened.  

Congrats to Harv and Heather! 

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Ole Miss: No recruiting violations in emails; 31 messages not released

Ole Miss didn’t find any evidence of NCAA violations in the 85 emails sent to the school’s compliance department this year after football coach Hugh Freeze encouraged critics to send in their proof of any wrongdoing.

Freeze, sick of hearing critics saying the school was improperly recruiting this past cycle, tweeted in February, “If you have facts about a violation, email compliance@olemiss.edu. If not, please don’t slander the young men.” He would later delete the tweet, but not before generating press for his strong defense of the program’s integrity.

The compliance department received 85 emails after Freeze’s tweet, but the school announced Monday, following The Clarion-Ledger’s public records request, that none were substantiated.

“In the interest of transparency, we can disclose that we have reviewed and considered each of the emails,” Ole Miss general counsel Lee Tyner wrote in a letter to The Clarion-Ledger. “Many of those emails repeat similar, unsubstantiated rumors. None of the emails provide first-hand information and none have led to any findings of violations.”

Ole Miss was one of the biggest stories in college football in February after it landed one of the nation’s top-ranked recruiting classes, headlined by Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s top-ranked prospect, Laremy Tunsil, the nation’s top-ranked offensive lineman, and Laquon Treadwell, the nation’s top-ranked wide receiver. The highly regarded class prompted some to make unsupported claims that the school committed NCAA violations.

Despite declaring none of the emails proved any NCAA violations, the school declined to release all of the messages. Ole Miss previously released 54 emails that “lacked clarity on their face and were intended to harass or entertain.”

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Dudy Noble Field Tops Ranking Of College Baseball Venues

From wire reports: For more Mississippi State information visit hailstate.com

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State’s Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium tops the latest ranking of college baseball facilities as compiled by Paul Swaney for StadiumJourney.com.

“Make this the first stop on your college baseball bucket list for 2014,” said Swaney in summing up his review of the home of MSU’s Diamond Dogs.

Dudy Noble Field nudged out South Carolina’s Carolina Stadium and Arkansas’ Baum Stadium for top honors. The top three college baseball venues and five of the top 10 in StadiumJourney.com’s just-released ranking are from the Southeastern Conference.

Mississippi State hosted a school-record five crowds of 10,000 or better in 2013 en route to record-setting totals in average (8,130) and total (308,967) attendance. The Bulldogs concluded their 2013 campaign with a run to the College World Series Championship Series in Omaha, Neb., and with post-season totals eclipsed the half-million mark (547,266) in total overall attendance in 2013.

Coach John Cohen‘s fifth MSU baseball edition compiled a 51-20 worksheet and attained the program’s highest final national ranking (No. 2) and NCAA finish (national runner-up) in 2013.