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Plenty of players leaving Ole Miss

Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:58 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this week Jesse Grandy announced that he was leaving Ole Miss to play football closer to home since a member of his family recently became ill. It seems Grandy has started a trend. According to the Clarion-Ledger, there are a few other players who are no longer on the Rebels' roster, and they've found new homes as well.
Later in that note, though, there are a couple of other names mentioned: Dele Junaid and Jared Mitchell. Both were scholarship players who are not on this roster that the school distributed Tuesday night, shortly after the news of Grandy’s departure broke.
But here are four more scholarship players from last year who were missing, as we noted early Wednesday afternoon on Twitter: RB Martez Eastland, OL Terrance Hackney, DE Lekenwic Haynes and DL Alan-Michael Thomas.
Junaid is transferring to a junior college in Texas, Eastland is on his way to Georgia Southern, and the others are all transferring, but haven't found a new destination just yet. So why is there suddenly an exodus from Houston Nutt and Oxford? Well, according to, Ole Miss had 15 open spots on its roster going into 2011. On signing day the Rebels announced a freshman class of 27 newly signed players.

A quick check of the math shows that the Rebels added twelve more players than the team had spots for, and now suddenly a bunch of players are moving on. It's funny how that works, isn't it?

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:23 am

Plenty of players leaving Ole Miss

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Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:00 am

Plenty of players leaving Ole Miss

Thank you, Houston Nutt! You have just added to the long list of TROY DEs! Welcome to Troy, AL, Mr Thomas...

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:26 am

Plenty of players leaving Ole Miss

If a player has a hidden injury then it should just be a loss to the team. He will get what's coming to him either by students or the players themselves trust me. But your scum if you think schools should have extra players ready just in case like it should be for a business.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 6:41 am

Plenty of players leaving Ole Miss

All this crying about programs oversigning & how other conferences that don't practice it are saying it is akin to cheating.  Way I see it, the other conference commissioners need to take it up with the NCAA en force to get the loophole of counting recruits toward last year's or next year's class & make it a set number of scholarships that can be awarded per recruiting cycle.

And if member programs of those conferences have an issue with oversigning, they should take it up with the commissioner of their respective conference to get them to copy & paste the SEC recruiting rule book onto their own to allow for them to do the same if they think it creates that unfair of an advantage.  Personally, i don't think it's as big a deal as people are making it out to be.

Programs lose players for a wide variety of reasons - from off-the-field trouble to grades to not following team rules to being homesick.  This loss of players through attrition is inevitable so I don't see a problem with programs doing CYA work to make up for losses in personnel that are all but guaranteed to happen.  Ole Miss, Bama & Florida seem to abuse the oversigning thing which makes the rest of the SEC programs look bad and/or force them them to follow suit in order to remain competitive but they are the exceptions, no matter what the other conference & their fans might think.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:48 pm

Plenty of players leaving Ole Miss

There are two sides to this coin and both need to be understood before everyone overreacts and starts crying for Argentina.

In a lot of cases, especially when SEC Scholarships worth thousands of dollars are on the line, players, their families and their coaches will hide an old injury.  It won't be discovered until the player shows up for fall camp and they find a deteriorating shoulder or a bum knee that never healed right.

Sometimes guys need to go to an easier school.

Not every off the field incident makes the police blotter or the blogosphere.

Some guys are trouble makers who don't show up to workouts and are late to meetings.

Sometimes fliers are taken out on guys and they just don't develop like they should.

Scholarships are renewable one year agreements for a reason.  This is big boy football worth several million dollars at the SEC level.  Not every player is going to pan out and programs have an out to cut the wheat from the chaff.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Plenty of players leaving Ole Miss

And this is why "over-recruiting" needs to stop. A player is not allowed to transfer whenever he wants (without sitting out a year) but schools can yank away a scholarship whenever they want and force a kid out the door? Coaches can also resign and go coach wherever they want, whenever they want, but that's a rant for a different day.

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