September 30, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron tried to be Pete Carroll. When he left USC to become Mississippi's head coach in 2005, Orgeron said he attempted "to do everything we did here with Coach Carroll. " It did not go as planned. "Some of them worked and some of them did not," said Orgeron, who compiled a 10-25 record. "I thought about it long and hard, waiting for my shot again. I really evaluated myself. " Orgeron now has an opportunity to show what he learned. On Sunday, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Lane Kiffin and selected Orgeron as the Trojans' interim coach.
September 27, 2013 |
Here's one excuse to goof off on the Web while at work: A Mississippi man found a stolen SUV while browsing photos of his land on Google Earth. A spokeswoman for the George County sheriff in southern Mississippi laid out the odd tale in a phone interview with the Los Angeles Times. "On Monday morning, a local resident came in and said, 'You know, this weekend I was at work, working the night shift, and I decided to check out my hunting land,'" spokeswoman Shonna Pierce said Thursday.
September 12, 2013 |
The Blackshirts are in the hands of greenhorns. Nebraska's defense, long known as the Blackshirts and once the monsters of the Midwest, slipped in recent seasons, then hit a free fall in the opener against Wyoming two weeks ago. A 37-34 survival seminar with Wyoming rolling up 602 yards? It was time to send in the cub scouts. Linebackers Josh Banderas and Nathan Gerry , both first-year freshmen, were rushed into the starting lineup last week. The No. 23 Cornhuskers routed Southern Mississippi, 56-13, holding the Golden Eagles to 284 yards.
September 11, 2013 |
Brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson were raised on Memphis blues, soul, R&B and rock 'n' roll. Their late father, Jim, is an unsung hero of rock 'n' roll who worked with, among others Big Star, the Rolling Stones and the Replacements. (Jim's interviews in the documentary “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” are some of the film's highlights.) For nearly two decades his Grammy-winning sons have explored similar musical terrain while expanding the conversation - no small feat for a music born in these same woods nearly a century earlier.
September 6, 2013 |
Jesmyn Ward's heart-wrenching new memoir, "Men We Reaped," is a brilliant book about beauty and death. The beauty is in the bodies and the voices of the young men she grew up with in the towns of coastal Mississippi, where a kind of de facto segregation persists. There is C.J. Martin, one of her many cousins. "He was small and lean, angled all over with muscle," writes Ward. "His face was shaped like a triangle, and the only things that were dark about him were his eyes, which were so deep in color they were a surprise.
August 30, 2013 |
ATLANTA - What a tremendous break it was that the hotel I checked into did not have cable access to Thursday night's USC game at Hawaii. It meant not having to watch a game most Trojans fans probably turned off. It freed my remote to explore the exciting sights and sounds of Mississippi at Vanderbilt and then, more incredibly, Rutgers at Fresno State. If the first 24 hours of college football is going to be like this, we'll all be on medication by the end of September. You felt sorry for the NFL trying to counterattack with meaningless exhibition games, knowing no one feels sorry for the NFL once the real games start.
July 30, 2013 |
Senior pitcher Aaron Dominguez of Chino Hills has committed to Mississippi State. He throws in the 90s mph. He's one of four Chino Hills players from the class of 2014 who have committed. Cody Sporrer is headed to UC Riverside, Izzy Fuentes to San Diego State and Josh Walker to Grand Canyon. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
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July 24, 2013 |
Willie Louis, a witness to the murder of Emmett Till who testified in court in the case that opened the nation's eyes to the dangerous discrimination facing African Americans in the 1950s, died of intestinal bleeding July 18 at a hospital in a Chicago suburb, his family said. He was 76. After the trial, fearing for his life in the South, Louis fled to Chicago, changed his name and slipped out of the public eye for nearly 50 years. Louis was born June 14, 1937, in Greenwood, Miss., and lived with his grandparents, who worked as sharecroppers, said his wife, Juliet.
June 30, 2013 |
VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Siege of Vicksburg was all about the Mississippi River. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river, and whoever controlled the river was going to win the Civil War. "Vicksburg is the key," said President Lincoln. "This war can never be brought to a close until the key is in our pocket.... " There's a reason Natchez, Miss., an hour and a half south of Vicksburg, has more stately antebellum mansions today than Vicksburg, which has a few lovelies of its own. When Union troops knocked at Natchez's door in the spring of 1862, it practically laid down and rolled over.
June 25, 2013 |
OMAHA -- UCLA baseball, welcome to the crowd. UCLA had won plenty of national championships - 108 in the NCAA, 129 overall - but never one in baseball. Until Tuesday, when the Bruins beat Mississippi State, 8-0, to complete a sweep of five games at the College World Series. It was UCLA's third CWS appearance in four years, and it's clear the Bruins have mastered the new era in college baseball. Fifteen years ago, there were 62 home runs hit by the final eight teams in the NCAA tournament.