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Friday, February 9, 2018

Volume 106, No. 68

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UM reacts to state’s concealed carry bill

Memorial service held for former student


Since the Mississippi House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill allowing concealed carry in certain places, like college campuses, university leaders are adding to the conversation. The recent conversation first gained traction on campus after an Associated Student Body committee proposed the idea of allowing concealed carry on campus in a January meeting. ASB Sen. Coco McDonnell, chairwoman of the External Affairs Committee, introduced the idea of campus carry at the suggestion of her committee members. However, the proposal will remain just that unless the state Senate passes the bill and with a signature of the governor, it becomes law. “Until something is passed on the state level, there is absolutely nothing I (and other senators) can do to make this happen on campus,” McDonnell said.


The Phi Delta Theta fraternity house mourns the loss of member Davis Cook by putting black ribbons in front of the house.


The Phi Delta Theta fraternity held a memorial service Wednesday night for Davis Cook, a former student who died Sunday. Chance Robinson had been friends with Cook since the summer before their freshman year. The two met at summer school but became closer when they pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity in 2014. Robinson said Cook was the type of person who could connect with anyone. “If he knew you liked music, he would talk to

you about music. If he knew you liked sports, he would talk to you about sports,” Robinson said. “He always knew how to find a common interest with someone. He wanted everyone around him to be happy.” Robinson and a bunch of friends were with Cook minutes before his death. “It was Super Bowl Sunday. We were grilling and watching football at our friends’ house in Oxford,” Robinson said. “I found Davis there. I was a few minutes too late. I told everyone to leave, and we



Alum to get his final wish of seeing The Pavilion today BLAKE ALSUP


“I have one last wish,” he said. “I would just love to see The Pavilion.” University alumnus Wiley Martin will return to campus to do just that Friday. The public is invited to help celebrate at 10 a.m. in The Pavilion. Martin, a former Ole Miss student with cerebral palsy and cancer, made his desire to visit the basketball arena known to his former professor and longtime friend Will Norton during a recent visit. Norton, dean of the Meek


School of Journalism and New Media, wrote a story titled “The Indomitable Wiley Martin” for the most recent edition of the Meek School Magazine. Leslie Westbrook, an adjunct professor at the Meek School, decided she wanted to meet him after reading the article. The two traveled to Hattiesburg and visited with Martin for more than an hour. They were getting ready to leave and say goodbye when he told them seeing The Pavilion was on his bucket list. Norton and Westbrook immediately began brainstorming ways to get him here. The M-Club Alumni chapter


of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, which Martin is a member of, helped work out the details of the trip and will be hosting the event. Clay Cavett, associate director of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, contributed to making Martin’s dream a reality. Martin is now unable to sit up or ride in a regular automobile so special arrangements had to be made in order to get him to campus safely. “We contracted with a company out of Phoenix called Angel Flight,” Cavett said. “They are taking care of all transpor-

Wiley Martin (front) is set to visit The Pavilion on Friday to cross off one of his

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Why Mike Pence is wrong

New Hoka Award unveiled

Double Decker, SAA collaborate




‘Separating men and women in the workplace is not a solution’


Oxford Film Festival’s highest honor got a golden makeover this year

The musical lineup for Double Decker Arts Festival was announced yesterday


On track to success

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Deconstructing the ‘boys will be boys’myth JACQUELINE KNIRNSCHILD


In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein accusations and Larry Nassar case, many people are weighing in on what measures should be taken to combat sexual assault. Vice President Mike Pence suggested that, in order to decrease sexual abuse in the workplace, men should never spend time alone with their women colleagues. Not only is such a suggestion extraordinarily simplistic and binary, but it’s also an insult to men. The origins of his rule date back to 2002, when Pence said he would never dine alone with a woman who is not his wife. Essentially, Pence is saying that he is weak and cannot resist sexual temptation. Because if he was confident in his own sexuality and self-control, he would trust himself to sit across from a woman without letting his hormones get the best of him. My father, who works as a financial analyst in Cleveland,

was appalled by Pence’s rule. He said he was personally insulted because he said he has lunch alone with female colleagues all the time and never feels the urge to sexualize or scandalize a merely platonic meeting. Are men really incapable of sitting at a dinner table across from a woman – whether she is his wife or not – in a public setting without feeling the need to make crude remarks or sexual advances? Some may say Pence’s rule is thoughtful and representative of a healthy marriage because he is avoiding making his wife feel any sentiments of jealousy. However, what would Pence do if a female political leader suggested discussing diplomacy issues over a meal? His job as vice president necessitates communication with men and women, and a meal in a public setting is hardly controversial. Also, a strong marriage revolves around trust – Karen Pence should trust that her husband does not have ulterior motives when dining with a female colleague or friend.


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My mother does not question my father when he grabs a bite to eat at Chipotle with a woman colleague, because she knows he loves her. Pence’s rule falls into the same rhetoric of “boys will be boys,” which contributes to rape culture. The age-old tale claims that, because males have more testosterone, they are “naturally” hornier, which gives them free passes to incessantly pursue sexual encounters. First off, there’s empirical evidence that males and females are more alike than different – in 2005, psychologist Janet Hyde published a paper that used meta-analysis to assess gender differences. She found that 78 percent of gender differences are small or close to zero. In addition, in 1997, social psychologists Sarah Murnen and Mary Stockton analyzed 46 studies in which male and female participants self-reported their level of arousal when presented with sexual stimuli. The overall effect size of d = .31 showed a small- to moderate-sized gender dif-

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tation from the hospice in Hattiesburg to the airport there, flight up here and transportation to The Pavilion and back.” According to Cavett, Martin will arrive at The Pavilion via ambulance and will enter the building through the service entrance because he will be on a gurney. He will be shown the floor area and locker rooms before being brought up to The Pavilion Club, where he will be joined by an estimated 30-50 friends. Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and others are set to make remarks, and some of Martin’s friends will tell stories from when he was involved with the basketball and football teams during the mid-’80s at Ole Miss. Jamie Holder, wide receiver for the Ole Miss football team from 1983 to 1985, also helped coordinate the campus visit for his old friend. “He’s just been a good close friend of mine for a long time,” Holder said. “So we started figuring out ways to get him back up here.” Martin is currently staying at the Ashbury Hospice Home in Hattiesburg. In addition to living with cerebral palsy his whole life, Martin has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years earlier but was told that he didn’t have it any longer. He later received another diagnosis in August 2016, confirming he does have prostate cancer and it spread to his bones. “He told me repeatedly that he was going to beat this cancer,” Norton said. “He’s just so tough minded.” As details about the trip were being worked out and the hospice house approved it, Norton said someone there told Martin he might die on the way there or the way back. Norton said that Martin responded, “I’ll die happy.” Friends of Martin speak highly of his independence and motivation. “He’s just someone who nev-


er gives up,” Norton said. “I was told he wasn’t going to live more than a month or so when they put him in hospice, and he’s been there a year and a half.” Holder recalls Martin’s passion for the Ole Miss football and basketball teams. “He always hung out with us around the football field,” Holder said. “He lived in the athletic dorm because he was the manager for the basketball team and worked with the football team until he graduated.” The M-Club is planning to start a scholarship in Martin’s name and has asked for donations to help cover the trip’s expenses. Cavett said roughly $17,000 has been donated so far to get Martin to The Pavilion. “That has largely been done via word of mouth and his teammates and friends making calls to each other and helping a friend fulfill a wish,” Cavett said. Though he doesn’t know Martin personally, Cavett said he is very touched by what those who know him are doing. “I’ve been blown away with the generosity that Wiley’s friends have shown in this last week or so regarding what has amounted to a dying wish,” Cavett said. “One of Wiley’s friends mentioned to me the other day that ‘In typical Ole Miss fashion, we take care of our family, and Wiley is family.’”

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McDonnell said she would expect varying opinions should the bill come to fruition on campus. “If this is ever to be implemented on campus, I see it having just as much opposition as it does support,” she said. “I feel it would have very mixed opinions from everyone in the Ole Miss and Oxford community.” ASB President Dion Kevin said he believes that no matter which side a student favors, ASB will be “in favor of any measures which enhance the student experience, including safety measures.” Perry Sansing, interim general counsel for the university, said if the bill becomes law, Ole Miss will have to follow the law. “If the bill doesn’t become law, I believe Ole Miss’ current policies (concerning campus carry) would remain in effect,” he said. Sansing said safety is the university’s main focus right now. “The university’s major priority is always going to be attempting to maintain safety and security for students, faculty, staff, and guests,” Sansing said. “That’s always going to be a priority for the


university, regardless of what law is in place.” After the bill passed through the House, Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter released a statement asking state leaders to consider the negative implications this bill could bring. “If this bill were to pass, it would negatively impact the University of Mississippi’s ability to continue to uphold the safety and security for our students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors on all our campuses — the Oxford campus, our regional campuses, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center,” Vitter said in a statement. Right now, the Institution of Higher Learning has a policy prohibiting guns on its campuses, but the bill passed through the House would override that. With the development of House Bill 1083, ASB is planning to discuss a possible resolution at its Senate meeting Tuesday. “Sen. Belle Aspinwall proposed that we support Chancellor Vitter’s statement through a resolution,” Freshman ASB Sen. Katie Dames said. “The resolution itself isn’t changing Ole Miss policies about carrying firearms on campus. … It is showing solidarity with our administration.”


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called OPD.” Dean of Students Melinda Sutton Noss said that although Cook was not currently enrolled at the time of his death, the university wants to offer its support to those grieving during this time and make sure community members are aware of the resources available to them on campus. “Anytime we lose someone in our community, whether they’re currently enrolled or recently enrolled, our hearts and thoughts go out to those individuals,” Noss said. “We want to make sure that those on our campus who knew Davis and were affected by his passing know that help is available.” As of Thursday afternoon, Cook’s death was still under investigation. Cook’s mother posted on her Facebook page that Cook’s family was sponsoring a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in his honor. At the time of publication, the fundraiser has raised more than $21,000.





Film follows the rise and demise of New Orleans band SLADE RAND


Abis Production’s first feature-length film, “Do U Want It?,” is screening in town this weekend as a part of Oxford Film Festival. One of the film’s directors, Josh Freund, will be around to answer audience questions after Friday’s 11:30 a.m. showing at the Malco. “Do U Want It?” tells the story of a band searching for success when it may have been with it from the very beginning. This push for more exposure eventually led to the demise of the band from the inside, which the members are candid about in the documentary’s interviews. Freund co-directed this documentary about New Orleans funk supergroup Papa Grows Funk with his friend, Sam Radutzky. The two met in Chicago as students at Northwestern University and moved to New Orleans after graduation to get closer to the music they loved. “Sam was a big New Orleans music fan,” Freund said. “He pretty much turned me on to New Orleans music, and then I became a big fan.” The “Do U Want It?” project began almost immediately after Freund and Radutzky moved to New Orleans in 2012. Papa Grows Funk announced its indefinite hiatus in January 2013, six months after the filmmakers arrived in town. Freund said the original plan was to film a short


commemorative piece about the band’s legendary – though stinted – career and to honor the fans who kept the band going. “We realized that the story was so much richer than we had ever known, and pretty soon in the process, we decided to shift gears and make a feature film, and that’s what we did,” Freund said. The documentary opens with what most would call the end of the Papa Grows Funk story. It’s the Monday night after Jazz Fest 2013, and a crowd of locals is spilling into the street outside the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street. Most of them have been there and done this before. PGF had played this weekly Monday night gig for the last 13 years but was set to end that run with this, its 13th and final post-Jazz Fest show. Freund said that beginning the story with shots and sounds of Papa Grows Funk fans instead of the band itself was in-

tentional and communicates the essence of the band before the audience even sees it on stage. He said the community that developed from these Maple Leaf shows is an immeasurable but valid representation of success. “The movie kind of begins and ends with similar shots, things about New Orleans and the fans,” Freund said. “The movie goes into a lot about the band looking for success and chasing success and the growth as a band without fully realizing until maybe it was over what they had accomplished at those Monday nights at the Maple Leaf.” Though the documentary is rooted in the Papa Grows Funk culture, packed full of references to the local scene and interviews with everyday fans, Radutzky said the goal was never to make a niche piece accessible only by people who knew the band. He said that during filming, he and

Freund constantly worried about translating this story of a specific band to a wider audience. “We were constantly thinking about relating the band’s story to a greater story about New Orleans at large, New Orleans musical culture at large and just about the very human need to pursue success and the difficulty of defining that sometimes,” Radutzky said. The directing duo agreed that audiences have responded well to this effort at painting a bigger picture. Freund said that at his hometown showing in San Francisco, he was surprised by how many people unfamiliar with the New Orleans jam scene enjoyed the movie and said they related to the band. He said that showing was special to him because so much of his city was able to relate to this music it had never heard before. “It’s been like a huge pleasant surprise how much people feel connected to the movie and moved by the movie despite not having a connection to the band and New Orleans, let alone the Maple Leaf,” Freund said. Despite the film’s energetic crowd footage and grooving concert footage, the aspect that carries the majority of the movie actually came about late in the production process. Colorful and flowing animations tell much of the band’s story in the documentary, cropping up during interviews and serving as transitions between stories and live performances. Radutzky said most au-

diences have clicked with the animations and he feels they bring a new element into the already sensory vibrant movie. Radutzky said the animations were inspired by New Orleans artist Frenchy, whose studio is connected to the Maple Leaf through a back patio. He said Frenchy has painted Papa Grows Funk more than 100 times and has a strong relationship with the band. “We had the idea from getting interviews. There are some kind of pivotal moments that we’ve now explored through the interview that we don’t really have photos or video from, and it’d be great to have some visual elements tied to those moments,” Radutzky said. These animations only further display the band’s colorful and groovy energy that kept its tightknit fans coming back for hundreds of shows. “Do U Want It?” took home the Audience Award for Louisiana Feature at the New Orleans Film Festival, something Radutzky said was an amazing validation of the film’s ability to connect with people on a personal level. Freund said that underneath all the jams and animated segments, the movie is simply asking viewers what success means to them. The film will screen at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Malco Commons at, accompanied by a Q&A session with Freund, and again at noon Saturday at the Oxford Conference Center.

Oxford Film Festival’s Hoka Award gets makeover MADELEINE BECK STAFF WRITER

Before Oxford was home to the Southern-Gothic author William Faulkner and the beloved Ole Miss Rebels, the land belonged to the Chickasaw nation – more specifically, a woman by the name of Hoka, a Chickasaw princess. In her honor, the City of Oxford named the now-retired local Hoka Theatre after her and Oxford Film Festival’s highest honor bears her name. This year, the Hoka Award got a makeover. In 1976, the humble Hoka Theatre was opened. It was a converted cotton warehouse that seated approximately 150 people. Despite its rougharound-the-edges aesthetic, the venue was a sanctuary for the eclectic, the artistic and the cinematic appreciater. A documentary about the theatre is available on Vimeo, and its title, “Sorry, We’re Open,” serves as a testament to its folksy, down-to-earth manner and embrace. When the theatre’s doors closed in 1996, the memory

of Princess Hoka through her namesake seemed lost. That is until 2004 when Bill Beckwith, a former art professor at the University of Mississippi, was hired to design and create the statuettes for the Oxford Film Festival awards. What a better payment of homage to Oxford’s origins and cinema, then to draw inspiration from the the figure of Hoka and her theatre? After 14 years of awarding the much sought-after wooden Chickasaw princess figures, Melanie Addington, the executive director of the Oxford Film Festival, decided it was time for an update. “We wanted to continue with the look of the Hoka, but the materials to make them were getting extremely expensive,” Addington said. “So we began seeking alternative options, including a new artist and new design.” Addington’s search led her down University Avenue and back into the entrance of Ole Miss. Instead of finding the solution in the art department of Meek Hall, where the design originally began, she found herself in the Center for

Manufacturing Excellence, where she met with mechanical engineering students and Ryan Miller, the programs manager and assistant director of the CME. Ryan Miller and Tyler Briggs, the CME’s admissions counselor, presented Addington’s proposal to all of the program’s students this past August. After being approached with the idea, Lauren Kiel, a junior double mechanical engineering and business major, volunteered to help manage the project. “With 3D printing, it gave us the capability to keep the shape of the original award,” said Kiel, which ended up being exactly what Addington wanted. “We had talked to some local artists and while all the ideas were great, we really just loved what Bill Beckwith did originally and wanted to stick a little closer to our roots,” Addington said. “The idea that we could 3D print but keep the original look was very exciting for us.” The CME has been capable of 3D printing for the last five

years, and with technological advances, sophomore


mechanical engineering major Blake Horner was able to test different models by simply scanning the original award for the printer. After some test runs, the authentically wooden figure of Hoka became plastic and more “trophy-esque.” “We presented Melanie with three color options,” Kiel said. “Gold, bronze and copper. We ended up picking gold because it kept the details of the original art. It preserved that carved look.” The Hoka’s makeover was revealed Wednesday night on the Oxford Film Festival’s Instagram page. It indeed looks strikingly similar to the original, with numerous geometric cuts and textured grooves, but she has a slightly more regal air with its new gilded finish – fitting for a princess. The new and improved Hoka Award will be presented to juried filmmakers this year as part of the Oxford Film Festival awards ceremony.



Double Decker announces lineup, SAA partnership DEVNA BOSE



The 2018 Double Decker lineup was unveiled at a press conference Thursday, naming Cold War Kids as its headlining act and announcing Double Decker’s partnership with the University of Mississippi Student Activities Association this year. Director of SAA Bradley Baker and executive director Brady Ruffin approached Double Decker coordinator Lee Ann Stubbs in the fall about a partnership. In lieu of a spring concert in the Grove, SAA will collaborate with Double Decker. “This year, we are extremely excited to collaborate with Double Decker Arts Festival as a stage and headliner music sponsor. With this opportunity, we are showcasing our strong connection with the City of Oxford and Visit Oxford, as well as our strong commitment to providing quality entertainment to all Ole Miss students,” Ruffin said. “We would like to invite all University of Mississippi students to meet us a Double Decker and participate in one of the best weekend Ole Miss and Oxford has to offer.”

Sarah Kathryn Dossett showcases her artwork for this year’s Double Decker Festival. Dossett was commissioned by Visit Oxford to create the piece. University of Mississippi Museum was announced as a presenting sponsor at the press conference, a title gifted by Ole Miss Athletics, which sponsored the festival last year and chose to partner with UM Museum this year to shed light on other campus departments. “We are thrilled and really honored to be the presenting sponsor, given now to the University Museum. We think it’s a great way to talk about collaboration not only on our campus but within our community,” Vice Chancellor of Collegiate Athletics Ross Bjork said. “In Athletics, we feel we have an obligation to be a leader in different areas.”

Robert Saarnio, director of UM Museum, expressed his gratitude to the Athletics DePHOTOS BY: BILLY SCHUERMAN partment for its “exceptional SAA Executive Director Brady Ruffin helps announce the music lineup at this gesture.” Mary Allen Hedges, direc- year’s Double Decker Festival. SAA partnered with Visit Oxford this year to help tor of Visit Oxford, spoke fund the entertainment. Sarah Catherine Dosset of Friday night after Liz Brashabout her excitement to partner with Ole Miss more Studio Whimzy created the er, a Memphis-based soul closely for Double Decker official Double Decker art- act, performs to kick off the work for the 2018 poster, festival. this year. “(Members of SAA) have which was unveiled at the The musical lineup inmade our music headliner press conference. The art- cludes acts like Houndpossible this year, which has work features phone booths, mouth, Tank and the Banreally helped us take the mu- Proud Larry’s and the court- gas, Squirrel Nut Zippers, as sic talent to the next level, house with William Faulkner well as a number of local and and we were able to increase in the window. more widely known artists. Kate Teague, director and the budget significantly “We’re excited about the there,” she said. “And it just producer of Thacker Moun- lineup,” Teague said. “We made sense for the Univer- tain Radio, explained that think it will set a great precesity Museum, who is one of TMR will open on the “Stu- dent for the rest of the weekour great partners, to be- dent Activities Association end.” Stage,” or the main stage, come a part of the festival.”

Red carpet event officially kicks off Oxford Film Fest




TOP RIGHT: (From left to right) Joe LoCicero, Mark Potts, Samir Forghani and Benjamin Crutcher hold up a copy of the poster for their film “Cop Chronicles” on Thursday night at the Oxford Film Festival red carpet. All four star in the film set to premiere at the festival. BOTTOM RIGHT: Director Adam Rifkin (left) and Producer Orlan Williams (right) of “The Last Movie Star” pose on the red carpet during the Oxford Film Festival special screening Thursday. The festival will run through Sunday. LEFT: Director Astin Rocks holds up a poster of her film “Love Soliloquy” while walking along the Oxford Film Festival red carpet. Rocks was chosen to advance to the semifinals in this years competition.



Track and field teams flourishing in new year FLINT CHRISTIAN STAFF WRITER

The Ole Miss men’s and women’s track and field teams spent much of the early season challenging themselves on a national level, and their on-field performances have demonstrated a readiness to compete in the upper echelon of the sport. The women entered the new year ranked eighth in the nation, and they have met all goals early in the season. The Rebels held a record streak of five consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the USTFCCCA Indoor National Computer Rankings, breaking the school record for most weeks in the top 10 in an indoor season. This week was the first week they

dropped out of the top 10, swapping spots with Minnesota and falling to No. 11. Much of the women’s success has fallen on the back of senior Janeah Stewart, a multi-sport athlete whose weight throw distances consistently place her on the podium. Stewart’s throw of 23.83 meters at the Southern Illinois’ Don DeNoon Invite on Tuesday moved her from sixth in NCAA history to fourth and broke a school record in the process. Stewart also throws shot put, where she stands at eighth in the nation and holds the honor of one of three student-athletes ranked in the top eight in both the shotput and weight throw. She has been named SEC Field Athlete of the Week twice in the first three weeks of the season.


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Craig Engels competes at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Engels will compete with the Rebels again in 2018. A sad note on the women’s ished fifth in shot put as the formed well last weekend side was the loss of shot put youngest athlete in the com- at Southern Illinois’ Don DeNoon Invite. He placed star Raven Saunders. The petition. Olympian and four-time For the men’s team, the second and led the men’s national champion stepped distance runners have had team to a fifth-place finish away from collegiate com- an excellent start to the sea- overall. Sophomore sprinter petition this past week, cit- son. All-Americans Robert Alvin Westbrook also coning a need to return to full Domanic and Sean Tobin tributed to the finish, plachealth to pursue her prom- each ran at the Millrose ing second in the 200-meter ising professional career. Games in New York this dash. The Rebels will hope to Saunders burst onto the na- past weekend. Tobin’s pertional scene as a freshman at formance was especially continue their success this Southern Illinois University, impressive as he finished weekend as the long diswhere she won the NCAA fourth in the mile run with tance runners travel to indoor and outdoor titles a time of 3:58.28, topping Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa before winning national ti- his previous school record State Classic. On Friday, the rest of the team heads to tles in each of her two years of 3:59.91. at Ole Miss. At the 2016 Rio All-American shot putter the Music City Challenge in Olympics, Saunders fin- Brian Williams also per- Nashville.


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Rebels head to Baton Rouge for SEC showdown CAROLINE MCCRAY STAFF WRITER

Rebel basketball hits the road Saturday as it heads to Baton Rouge for a bout with the LSU Tigers, Ole Miss’ third match in seven days. The Rebels are in the midst of a four-game winless streak; their last win arriving Jan. 23 against the Crimson Tide. Head coach Andy Kennedy and his team are also still searching for their first road win this season. The Rebels last played Tuesday night against the Missouri Tigers, losing 75-69 despite Terence Davis’ sixth 20-plus point game of the season. The Rebels conceded just four turnovers that night, their lowest this season. The LSU Tigers also suffered a recent loss, dropping a 73-64 game to Florida in Gainesville on Wednesday night. The Tigers led through the first half and outrebounded the Gators 33-30 overall, but a poor second half would ultimately seal LSU’s fate. The Rebels and Tigers have had very similar results throughout the season thus far. Ole Miss holds an overall record of 11-13, while LSU is 13-10. Both teams sit in the bottom half of the SEC with identical 4-7 records in conference play. Last season, the two teams faced off at The Pavilion. The Tigers built a double-digit lead by halftime, but Davis scored a career-high 33 points, spurring an impressive comeback for the Rebels. With the game tied and six minutes left on the clock, a resilient Ole Miss defense allowed the Tigers just four more points through the rest of the game. When the final whistle blew, the score favored Ole Miss 96-76. Through their first 24

Head coach Andy Kennedy yells to his players as the clock ticks down in a home game against Mizzou. Kennedy has been the head coach for 12 consecutive years. games, the Rebels are averaging 77 points per game, while the Tigers have averaged 78 points per game over their first 23. Defensively, Ole Miss has LSU beat in rebounds per game, averaging 37.5 per game to the Tigers’ 33.3. Come Saturday, the Ole Miss defense will need to keep a close eye on LSU guard Tremont Waters. Waters is a regular playmaker on the court, ranking third in the SEC for assists with 135 and averaging 5.9 per game. Waters also contributes 15 points per game and usually knocks down 2.1 3-pointers per game. Duop Reath could also cause problems for Kennedy’s men. Reath averages 13.7 points per game off a threatening 56 percent field-goal percentage. On the other side of the

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court, Terence Guard Breein Tyree takes a shot from close range over a Tiger defender. Ole Miss lost to Mizzou Davis and De75-69 on Tuesday. andre Burnett continue to lead the Rebels offensively. Both players have scored more than 330 points this season. Burnett averages 14.4 points per game, and Davis adds a respectable 13.8 points himself. After scoring 11 points Tuesday night, Rebel shooting guard Markel Crawford is only four points away from reaching 1,000 points in his collegiate career. Crawford also tied his career high in steals Tuesday night with five. Tipoff for the afternoon game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The game will be streamed live on ESPNU.

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Lowest-ranked recruit will turn heads in Oxford GRAYSON WEIR SPORTS EDITOR

After leading Pearl High School to a perfect 16-0 record and a Mississippi 6A state title, Tylan Knight was only a twostar rated athlete heading into Wednesday’s signing day. However, Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke thinks he may be this year’s biggest surprise, even being the lowest-rated signee in the 2018 class. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound dynamo played on both sides of the ball in high school and oozes electricity. Totaling 2,742 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns in his four years, Knight took snaps at quarterback, running back and in the slot as a receiver on offense and accumulated 117 tackles as a senior defensive back. “The steal of the class is Tylan Knight,” Luke said. “Everywhere I went in Mississippi, people said, ‘This is the best player in the state. If we picked the Mississippi/Alabama game over again, this kid would be picked first.’” The No. 68 player in the state may not jump off of the page with his measurables or bigtime offers, but his raw talent shines through the minute he steps foot on the field and on

the film. Originally having committed to Louisiana at Lafayette, Luke visited the Knight household last Thursday and made his pitch. Knight did not deny that it was going to take some convincing to flip him from ULL, upset that Ole Miss had not offered him earlier. As a result, the staff rushed him in to visit Oxford over the weekend, and the rest is history – Knight signed Wednesday. “State champion, MVP of the Mississippi/Alabama football game, he’s just a kid I’m very, very excited about,” Luke said. Knight, who played all over the field throughout his high school career, comes with a sense of positive uncertainty surrounding his position flexibility, and he leaves the coaches scratching their heads on where to play him – in the best way. “Tylan is a versatile athlete that reminds me of Jaylen Walton with his skill set,” running backs coach Derrick Nix said. “He is able to run the ball on the outside on the perimeter, catch the ball out of the backfield and line up as a receiver.” Going so far as to compare him to former Rebel running back Dexter McCluster, Luke said he believes he will be an immediate factor no matter


which position he is best suited. “We’ve looked at him at nickel, at returner, at running back, maybe at some slot,” he said. “I think he’s very versatile, but for his size, he is really physical.” Venturing away from the style of athlete Ole Miss has brought in previously, Knight moves away from the big, physical receiver who can win the one-on-one ball and brings an

element of slipperiness, with a low center of gravity. As a change-of-direction guy, his ability to make defenders miss in a phone booth will provide a new dimension that offensive coordinator Phil Longo has not had in Oxford. “In the return game, potentially some speed sweeps, some shorter sweeps, let (him) get the ball up the field,” Luke said


about how to utilize the Pearl native. “And obviously, the return game is now a chance for a big play, not just a fair catch all the time.” No matter where on the gridiron Knight ends up, his presence will be felt. “The kid can play,” Luke said. “We’ve got him on the bus. Now we’ve just got to find the right seat.”


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