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University of Mississippi students react to Supreme Court ruling BY NICK ANDREWS @nickandrews

Cheers of “DOMA is dead” could be heard in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday in Washington, D.C., when the court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional by a vote of 5-4. President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law in 1996. According to the Associated Press, gay rights activists argued the law improperly denied same-sex spouses the same federal benefits as their herterosexual counterparts. According to Ole Miss Law School graduate Jesse Kelley, Bill Clinton has since said that his intention was never to create two separate kinds of marriage. “I think ( Justice) Ginsberg said that DOMA was trying to make gay marriage like the skim milk marriage and I

think that’s a pretty good way to explain it,” Kelley said. “By ruling DOMA unconstitutional, every right and benefit that heterosexual couples receive in marriage — in a state that recognizes same sex marriage — same sex couples will now receive those same rights.” Adam Blackwell, a senior public policy major at Ole Miss, was in D.C. when the Supreme Court’s ruling came down. “The mood was really exciting and hopeful,” Blackwell said. “To be honest, the ruling was pretty predictable.” Blackwell said to him it seems like younger generations are more accepting of marital rights. “The only thing that’s firm today is DOMA,” Kelley said. “It’s unconstitutional.” “People who were around CHARLES DHARAPAK | The Associated Press


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Eighth annual blues music celebration returns to Waterford BY SUMMER WIGLEY


The North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic will be returning to Waterford this weekend for its eighth annual music festival, catering to North Mississippi blues and its originators. North Mississippi blues was discovered during the mid-‘90s through the recordings of R.L Burnside, Otha Turner and Junior Kimbrough. The festival is unique due to its strict North Mississippi Hill blues lineup and traditional qualities. “It is a picnic sort of like when people used to gather for the weekend, have fun, play music and visit with each other,” said the festival’s event coordinator, who asked to not be named. The picnic carries on the legacy of the North Mississippi blues founders. Through various performances and interpretation, the festival will feature a lineup of artists who have direct relations to the founders. “We have a killer lineup,”

the event coordinator said. “Saturday will actually be Blue Mountain’s last show.” Blue Mountain, which was formed in 1991 by Cary Hudson (guitar and vocals) and Laurie Stirratt (bass and harmony vocals), twin sister of Wilco bass-player John Stirratt, is a country-rock band founded in Oxford in 1991. The band reunited in the summer of 2007 after having been broken up since 2001, thereafter performing at the famed South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, as well as headlining the Double Decker Festival in 2008. The duo announced earlier this year the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic will be their final show and the band will break up after. George McConnell, a wellknown Oxford local and Vicksburg native, will also be performing at the picnic. A former band member of Widespread Panic and present owner of the 512 bed-and-breakfast in Oxford, McConnell will be performing Saturday afternoon

with his band George McConnell and The Nonchalants. For the performers, the festival is an annual homecoming away from tours and busy schedules. “All of these artists are from around this area and while they travel all over the world, they hardly ever get to be together,” the event coordinator said. “It is more like a family reunion for the artists. They don’t just perform their set. They stay for the whole weekend and bring their families.” The picnic will be held in Waterford in Marshall County at Betty Davis’ Ponderosa. Directions are available on the festival’s website. The festival will span June 28 and 29, featuring live music both days starting at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. Saturday. The festival will run until midnight each day. Those interested in attending can either pay $25 Friday and Saturday, or they can pay $25 for a camping pass which can be for one or three nights.




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Syria, the tip of the iceberg

The civil war in Syria is far more than just a conflict between a group of rebels and their government. It is a broader ideological battle in which many parties are involved. When the protesters in three Arab countries toppled their respective governments in just one year, Syrian opposition, who were oppressed by their government too, were inspired to follow suit. Yet the Syrian regime has been obdurate to defeat, and the reason has to do with the fact that there are many other factors being played out in the backstage. The Syrian conflict presents a theme reminiscent of the Cold War, yet with a religious flavor. One indispensable piece of background information in understanding this “cold war” is to know that there are two major sects of Islam: Shiite and Sunni. These sects have been fiercely grappling with each other over political power for years. Bashar Al-Assad, the Syrian regime leader, is an Alawite, which is an offshoot of Shiite Islam. The rebel groups, on the other hand, all belong to Sunni Islam. Take a wild guess who would support Assad’s regime against the Sunni rebels. It has got to be a Shiite power that supports an Alawite regime. I here introduce: Iran. The last thing Iran wants is to see the region’s only other Shiite-led regime, namely the Syrian regime, collapse and be supplanted by Sunni-dominated rebels. The Sunni rebel groups, on the other end, are unsurprisingly backed up by most of the other Sunni Persian Gulf countries, mainly Qatar and Saudi Arabia. These countries by contrast would be happy to see Shiite-led governance diminish in the region. Another intricacy is due to be unraveled here. Iran is already unpopular with the influential West. The Syrian regime too has

recently fallen out favor with most of the world. Together, they constitute presumably the most hated dual political power known today. What they need now is a strong, influential “alpha male” who can provide protection that could square with the international condemnation they face. This alpha male is the second strongest army in the world, Russia. But what’s in it for Russia? The tie between Russia and the Syrian regime is, shall we say, a “friends with benefits” relationship. Russia is as militarily ambitious as the U.S. itself. In order for this ambition to be fulfilled, Russia seeks to have military bases outside of its territory. This is exactly what Syria offers to Russia in exchange for its protection. Suffice it to say that the only Russian military base outside the former Soviet Union is hosted by Syria, in the city and port of Tartous in which Russia has its only naval infrastructure installed. If the Syrian regime were to be overthrown and replaced by a Westfriendly government, Russia’s base in Syria would be in trouble. In addition, Russia is profiting from the Syrian civil war. In 2011 alone it exported $1 billion worth of arms to Syrian regime. Clearly Russia has direct interests in Syria. More vague is why China has taken the same line as Russia. You can, however, draw some conclusions based on some circumstantial evidence in China’s international politicking and trading. First, China is a non-interventionist; it is known for keeping a low profile, and following other countries’ leads, especially when it comes to conflicts as was the case during the Arab Spring. As far as Syria is concerned, China is following the lead of Russia. It may be theorized that China feels closer to Russia who shares a close geographical proximity; a kindred governance structure, economic system, and, more generally, a worldview. Second, it is pos-


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sible that China is afraid of the Syrian uprising catching fire in China. Among many others, Christopher Johnson, a former CIA analyst, is attributing China’s support for the Syrian regime to its fear of the popular influence of the Arab Spring. In other words, it may be in the best interest of the Chinese government to stall any efforts taken to overthrow the Assad Regime. Third is a simple point: the trading volume between China and the Syrian regime is huge. Based on all that, it is no wonder that both China and Russia used their veto power to block the U.N. Security Council’s resolution that threatened sanctions against the Syrian regime unless it halts its atrocities against the Syrian civilians. Where does the United States come into play? You may think that it is an easy decision for the U.S. to intervene by aligning herself with the Syrian rebels. After all, all of the countries on the other side are U.S. rivals: Iran, Russia and China. Then it makes strong sense for the U.S. to intervene, right? Not quite. People collaborate and come to each other’s aid in times of crisis. For the Syrian people, this is a time of crisis. So the “rebels” are comprised of people from all different walks of life; there are Muslims, Christians, liberals, conservatives, men, women, rich, poor and unfortunately, extreme radicals, who ambitiously aspire for sovereignty over the region after the current government has been dismantled. These radical groups are affiliated with AlQaeda and Hezbollah. As different as their ideologies are, both of them have one thing in common — lust for control. So by funding and arming the rebels, the U.S, believe it or not, is supporting its very enemy. So if helping the rebels is risky for the U.S., why not just leave the whole conflict alone? Again, I can only theorize here. The U.S. has an-

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other risk lying in the non-intervention path. If the Syrian regime, backed by Iran, wins the war, that is bad news for Israel, the U.S.’s strongest ally in the region. Ironically, if the rebels win, and the “wrong” people come to power, that is also bad news for Israel. So the U.S. would rather be on top of a potential risk (intervention), and try to dodge it, than be completely distanced from another (non-intervention), and then have to deal with the consequences later. The reason given by the Obama administration for intervening in the conflict is that Syria “crossed the red line” by using chemical weapons against civilians, and therefore intervention has become a must. This reason frankly makes me very skeptical, and it should do you too. Before the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, they had already killed 90,000 innocent civilians. The argument put forth by the Obama administration suggests that the “red line” is the method of murder, rather than the act of murder itself, let alone the number of people murdered! That is why I find this argument facile. The other aspect to point out is the timing of the U.S.’s actual decision to arm the rebels. It is amidst a line of scandals that the U.S. government has to face. A movie like Wag the Dog reveals how a government deflects public attention from a domestic issue by shifting people’s focus to an international crisis. This may be the case here. The bottom line: The Syrian civil war is just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath it, there cold war between the major Eastern and Western powers. This cold war could be the safe haven for terrorism to grow. As for the U.S.’s intervention, it frankly remains nebulous and unconvincing. Ahmed Seif is an English graduate student from Alexandria, Egypt.

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Thank you, Supreme Court

In February, I wrote in this space urging the Supreme Court to strike down the preclearance sections of the Voting Rights Act. The parts in question included Sections 4 and 5, which only applied to a handful of states, districts, or localities in in the nation. Those that were covered by these sections were required to get approval from the Justice Department before any law regarding the voting process could go into effect. These Sections were put in place in response to Jim Crow laws that aimed at decreasing the minority vote through legal or financial hurdles. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court announced their decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, requiring Congress to use modern data if it intends to put specific states or localities under federal oversight. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “In 1965, the states could be divided into two groups: those with a recent history of voting tests and low voter registration and turnout and those without those characteristics. Today the nation is no longer divided along those lines, yet the Voting Rights Act continued to treat it as if it were.” Critics of the decision, including President Obama, argue that the law is still necessary to ensure that minority voters are not discriminated against. However, the Supreme Court pointed to a telling statistic: The Justice Department blocked fewer than 0.1 percent of all laws or policies that were passed under its scrutiny from 1995 to 2004. Essentially, preclearance had become nothing more than an expensive obstacle for states and localities. Many localities claimed that they could not

change anything about the voting process, even the location of a voting precinct to across the street, because the cost of preclearance was more than they could afford. I applaud the court’s decision because it ensures equality among the states, though I believe that it did not go far enough. The court did not strike down Section 5 of the Act, which allows for preclearance measures. However, without Section 4 in effect, Section 5 is null unless Congress does decide to use contemporary data, as the Chief Justice said. This means that the Voting Rights Act could essentially be put back into effect using any data that points to any sort of minority discrimination. For instance, even though the Supreme Court has found in favor of states in voter identification cases, Congress uses voter ID laws, or similar laws, as exam-

ples of discrimination. The 10th Amendment assures that any authority not laid out in the Constitution as authority of the federal government is reserved by the states and the people. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act flies in the face of this amendment, particularly the fact that the burden of proof is on the covered state. Section 5 steals power from certain states to regulate the voting requirements within their respective jurisdictions. Thankfully, it seems unlikely that Congress will pass a new formula for preclearance, rendering Section 5 useless. However, until it is officially stricken from law, every state stands the chance of having power taken by the federal government. Trenton Winford is a public policy leadership major from Madison.

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States promise quick action on election laws ATLANTA (AP) — Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington’s permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination. After the high court announced its momentous ruling Tuesday, officials in Texas and Mississippi pledged to immediately implement laws requiring voters to show photo identification before getting a ballot. North Carolina Republicans promised they would quickly try to adopt a

similar law. Florida now appears free to set its early voting hours however Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP Legislature please. And Georgia’s most populous county likely will use county commission districts that Republican state legislators drew over the objections of local Democrats. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 opinion that struck down as outdated a key provision of the landmark 1965 law credited with ensuring ballot access to millions of black Americans, American Indians and other minorities. Roberts’ opinion gives Congress an opportunity to retool the law’s so-called preclearance sections that give

the U.S. Justice Department veto power over local elections. But the prospects of a quick fix seem uncertain, at best, given stark ideological divides on Capitol Hill on a host of matters. Southern Republicans largely hailed Roberts’ opinion as recognition of racial progress since President Lyndon Johnson signed the law at the apex of the civil rights movement. “Over the last half-century, Georgia has reformed, and our state is a proud symbol of progress,” Gov. Nathan Deal said. “Today’s decision guarantees that Georgia will be treated like every other state — a right we have earned.” In neighboring Alabama, where the case originated, Gov. Robert Bentley said, “We have long lived up to what happened” in the Jim Crow era, “and we have made sure it’s not going to happen again.” Democrats and civil rights attorneys lambasted the ruling as a setback for the very advancement Republicans highlighted, and the dissenters predicted a proliferation of laws designed to curtail minority participation in elections. Rep. John Lewis, an Atlanta Democrat and civil rights activist who was beaten as he advocated for voting rights in the 1960s, called the ruling a “dagger.” President Barack Obama said he was “deeply disappointed” in the court overturning “well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair.” At Obama’s Justice Department, officials opted for caution. They said the agency,

which enforces federal voting laws, has in hand 276 submissions from state and local governments seeking preclearance. The department will issue guidance on those pending laws and procedures in the next few days, they said. For five decades, the law required that certain states and localities with a history of discrimination submit all of their election laws — from new congressional district maps to the precinct locations and voting hours — to Justice Department lawyers for approval. Congress reauthorized the law multiple times, the latest in 2006 with overwhelming bipartisanship capped by a 98-0 Senate vote. Election officials in Alabama’s Shelby County, a suburban enclave nestled between civil rights hot spots Birmingham and Selma, brought suit asking the courts to invalidate Sections 4 and 5, which set preclearance parameters. The Roberts majority, which included conservatives Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, sidestepped whether the advance approval requirement is constitutional, ostensibly leaving Section 5 on the books. But the justices, all appointed by Republican presidents, threw out the Section 4 formula that determined what jurisdictions must have the advance federal oversight. Roberts reasoned that the original formula — extended through reauthorizations — is obsolete because Congress based it on 1960s voter registration and turnout data. The chief justice emphasized,

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when civil rights was a prevalent issue — it’s still fresh to them,” Blackwell said. “I think looking back, a lot of them wish they hadn’t been on the side they were on.” Steff Thomas, a junior journalism major, said this issue reminds her of the civil rights movement as well. “I think this is eye opening,” Thomas said. “Everyone is realizing that people are people and that love is love.” For Thomas, an Indiana native, the ruling hits close to home. “My two best friends and my sister are gay and being in Indiana they can’t get married,” Thomas said. “I know this meant a lot to them and that this is just the first step.” CJ Jenkins, a senior civil engineering and public policy major, said the Supreme Court made the right decision but for the wrong reason. “In the Constitution, congress has no right or jurisdiction over marriage,” Jenkins said. Jenkins said he sees two possible paths for the future of making gay marriage legal. According to him, Congress could amend the United States Constitution to say that the government shall not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. “I think that’s what will most likely happen, though the states should legalize it on their own,” Jenkins said. Blackwell thinks this is just the beginning. “In the years to come there needs to be a grassroots movement, and there needs to be conversations in the home


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about the issues,” Blackwell said. The historical context of the Supreme Court’s decision is not yet clear, but both Kelley and Thomas think this is a historic day and will be read in textbooks in the decades to come. “This is where it will begin for gay rights activists,” Kelley said. “It’s just like the adage about civil rights, ‘You don’t want to be caught on the wrong side of history.’” “Marriage equality is inevitable and it should happen,” Jenkins said. “I don’t think the political climate is right at the moment for a sweep-

ing change, but it will be legal across the board in 30 or 40 years at the most.” In a separate ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down California’s controversial Proposition 8 on the basis that it did not follow procedure on its way to the Supreme Court. According to the Associated Press, same sex marriage licenses can be issued beginning in 25 days. The Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Proposition 8 is not final and the statute can make its way through the system again and eventually end on the Supreme Court’s table once more.

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Oxford Originals: The City Grocery Restaurant Group BY SARA ELIZABETH BAKER

Chef John Currence is a New Orleans native who has made Oxford famous for food. City Grocery, Boure, Snackbar and Big Bad Breakfast make up the City Grocery Restaurant Group and are some of the most popular restaurants in Oxford. City Grocery, located on the Square, has been special to Oxford for 20 years and is one of the longest standing locally owned restaurants in the area, according to 2 year hostess Emily Schultz. Starting with just one item on the menu, shrimp and grits, the restaurant has grown into one of Oxford’s favorites. City Grocery claims creative, French-inspired Southern cuisine and quality service. “We are known for our personal, friendly service,” Schultz said. “All our servers want to get to know our guests and have a hands on experience throughout their visit. We have guests from all over the country, celebrities and writers, come to visit Rowan Oak and eat at City Grocery.” At City Grocery, business people, regulars and families eat some of the most creative dishes, such as black-

eyed pea ravioli, watching the Square life pass by the windows and enjoying the southern hospitality of the staff. As one of Oxford’s most loved and long-standing restaurants, City Grocery is a true Oxford experience. Boure is also located on the Square, in one of its oldest buildings, since November of 2011. The restaurant has been renovated from the Leslie’s Drug Store and Downtown Grill of the past to create a laid-back experience for diners. “Our food is Creole with a Southern twist,” says Director of Operations, Philip Chaney. “We definitely have a casual atmosphere and a rustic industrial look. We also host private events upstairs, like receptions and bridal showers.” When asked why the City Grocery Restaurant Group has been so influential in Oxford, Chaney said, “They are all important because of the culinary aspect they bring to the town and to the South. Boure is a stand out because of the variety of our menu and the atmosphere we have.” Boure’s steaks, Creole specials and grilled fish menu items keep the restaurant crowded on most evenings. The bar and versatile menu,

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A review of ‘World War Z’ BY CASEY HOLLIDAY

Continuing in my series of “whatever I feel like writing about at the moment,” I thought the Ole Miss campus and surrounding Oxford community would benefit from my words of wisdom on one of the summer’s biggest releases, Brad Pitt’s “World War Z.” I was pretty excited to see the movie, which ended up happening because “Monster’s University” was sold out. It was between “World War Z” and “Man of Steel,” which made it a really easy choice. The movie is based on one of my favorite books, “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks. I will discuss the movie from two different perspectives: its merits as a standalone film and how it functions as an adaptation of the book. As an adaptation, it’s awful. The “oral history” part of the subtitle was obvious dropped, as the novel does not have a central perspective. Written from the perspective of many

different people involved in different aspects of the zombie war, called “World War Z,” the novel provides great perspective on what happened, told from different countries and time periods in the war, as well as from the military and civilians. The movie dumps this to make Brad Pitt the central focus, effectively removing the central point of the book and making the film unrecognizable from the novel. I know everyone nowadays complains about how books don’t follow the movies, but when the only thing you take from a work is the fact that it has zombies, what’s the point of even making it an adaptation and not a new franchise? As a film, however, it’s great fun. The production has been mocked by the media due to a complete rewrite and reshoot of the ending (rewritten by Damon Lindelof, co-creator of “Lost”), and it was expected that, appropriately, it would derail the movie. It all worked out in the end. As a zombie film, it’s one of the better ones I’ve seen (probably second only

to “28 Days Later”). These zombies are fast, often faster than the humans running, and the action scenes are choreographed and shot to see all the action with none of the shaky cam that a lot of zombie movies feature. Although I was the only person in my group who seemed to enjoy the movie (shoutout to the friend who was so bored he ordered Chili’s online for pickup after the movie instead of watching it), I still recommend it. Don’t go expecting answers to deep philosophical questions to how humans interact when faced with world changing conditions. Don’t go expecting to see the forerunner of this year’s Academy Awards. Go for the great action scenes and watchable performance by Brad Pitt. The ending may be a bit eye-rolly, but in a movie where zombies use each other as a platform to scale a giant wall, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Casey gives the movie a thumbs up, which is more than enough justification for you to get out there.





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Four Downs The Daily Mississippian’s David Collier, Tyler Bischoff and John Luke McCord take on questions about next year’s Ole Miss sports teams. 1. Is Ole Miss an NCAA Tournament team next year in basketball?

David Collier (@DavidLCollier): It may be too early to tell, but I think they will be right there on the cusp. The backcourt will only be better with virtually everyone returning. However, they will need to get good play from the front court. Aaron Jones and Demarco Cox need to bounce back from injury and play valuable minutes, Anthony Perez needs to put on some weight so he can play both inside and out, and the freshmen (Dwight Coleby and Sebastian Saiz) need to be ready to hit the ground running. Head coach Andy Kennedy will have to play around with the lineup on the floor, but a frontcourt by committee could work for the Rebels. Tyler Bischoff (@Tyler_ RSR): Last year Ole Miss had one of their best players in history, Murphy Holloway, the best shot blocker in school history, Reggie Buckner, the leading scorer in the SEC, Marshall Henderson, and posted the best defensive efficiency rating in Andy Kennedy’s tenure. But they were only a 12 seed, and still lost to South Carolina, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. With Holloway, Buckner and Nick Williams departing, Ole Miss will be hard pressed to duplicate that result. Maybe Aaron Jones, Demarco Cox and the incoming freshman make a splash, and maybe the defense will remain efficient, but next year looks like a step back. John Luke McCord (@ JLgrindin): I do believe Ole Miss is an NCAA tournament team next year. They will be returning a deep backcourt and a long-talented frontcourt. I feel like with the schedule setting up the way it has as far as non-conference the RPI will be there. I also feel like Ole Miss will be more in the public eye, because of coming off of an NCAA tournament birth and the allure of Marshall Henderson. People will watch Ole Miss play all season, not just when the SEC tournament rolls around. I like their chances.

2. How much more pressure is on the baseball team next season after having Mississippi State go to Omaha this year?

Collier: Although some may think it makes an impact, Mississippi State’s success in any sport should not impact what Ole Miss does. There’s no doubt it will only make the fans more vocal in their displeasure with the baseball program, but the athletic department can’t react based on what happens in Starkville. Ole Miss is not trying to just be the best team in the state of Mississippi, but they are trying to win SEC and national championships. They can never get to that level if they are only worried about beating their in-state rival. Bischoff: Fans wise the pressure is amped up. Anything your rival does, you have to do better. But from the administration and coaching angle, it doesn’t add extra pressure. There will already be tremendous pressure on Mike Bianco to impress next year. The fans don’t want to see Mississippi State exceeding Ole Miss, but the people making decisions don’t see it as a detriment. McCord: I think there is

a lot of pressure from within the program right now, as far as the fans and their assessment of Mike Bianco and his contract situation. So the pressure will be there with what MSU has done and could do next season. However, I think more of the pressure is from within. 3. If Ole Miss is successful in football again this season, do you think other schools will begin to gain interest in Freeze and potentially get him to leave?

Collier: People certainly have Hugh Freeze’s name on their radar after a successful first season on the field and a top 5 recruiting class in February, but they will need to see more progression before people come calling. If it does happen, I don’t think Ole Miss fans should be worried. Freeze is from north Mississippi, and I really do believe this is his dream job. Some could say money talks, but Ole Miss has shown in the past they can pay a top 15 (and maybe even top 10) salary. Other schools could certainly offer more, but the Rebels would likely make an offer that would be enough to keep him in Oxford. Bischoff: Absolutely. His

recruiting ability will be a desire for many programs. But would he actually leave? Ole Miss is not a destination job for the majority of coaches. A lot of coaches would use Ole Miss as a stepping stone to a more desirable job. The key for this program is to find a successful coach that really wants to stay in Oxford. Of course Hugh Freeze has said this is his dream job, but how many coaches have said similar things and still bolted? Tuberville anyone? McCord: I think programs could very well come after Freeze if he does well this upcoming season, however, I think the chances that he actually leaves are slim. Many top programs in the SEC seem to be set with their coaches and I think only a top tier SEC program could ever sway him, but even so, he seems comfortable coaching near his hometown. 4. Over/Under Football: 6 wins? Basketball: 20 wins? Baseball: 35 wins?

Collier: Ross Bjork’s first year as athletics director saw a lot of success in the major sports, and I expect that trend to continue in 2013-14. I’ll take the over for football and

basketball, as I predict seven or eight wins for football and basketball will be on the cusp of another NCAA Tournament experience. However, I will take the under for baseball. The incoming recruiting class could certainly come in and make a huge impact and get the Rebels over the 35 win mark, but looking at the roster for next year, it’s too much of a risk to say over. Bischoff: Football – Six wins is a tough number. I’ll take the under. There are games that Ole Miss fans are counting as wins that will be very tough. Vanderbilt, Auburn, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi State are certainly not automatic wins. This team was losing to Central Arkansas at halftime, and never beat a big time opponent. Basketball – If there is one thing Andy Kennedy does it is win 20 games in a season. If we are just looking at the regular season, I’ll take the under. There are no powerhouses on the non conference schedule, but a lot of decent teams. Ole Miss will not be consistent enough to win them all plus a .500 conference record will be about 18 wins. They might get to or over 20 with postseason play though. Baseball – Under again. A ridiculous start to the season and a .500 conference record plus two postseason wins got Ole Miss to 38. Can they start 18-1 again? Doubtful. .500 in the SEC? Possible. The postseason could also get the baseball team over, but for the regular season, under. McCord: Football: over, 8 Basketball: right at Baseball: over, 36


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Isiah Young makes world championships in 200m

DES MOINES, Iowa- Isiah Young is headed back to the international track & field stage. Young, who graduated from Ole Miss last month, captured a silver medal in the men’s 200 meters at the USA Championships on Sunday to propel him to the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia (Aug. 10-18). After shattering most of the school sprinting records during his phenomenal two-plus year Rebel career, Young took it to another level against

the elite American sprinting field at Drake Stadium. Young clocked a personal-best 19.86 to finish second behind Tyson Gay (19.74) and ahead of third-place Curtis Mitchell (19.99). He also beat out threetime USA Champion Wallace Spearmon (20.10), 2013 NCAA Champion Ameer Webb (20.20) and Olympian Maurice Mitchell (20.32). To put Young’s 19.86 in perspective, it was the third-best time in the world as of Sunday afternoon behind Gay and Usain Bolt (19.79). Young now

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Position breakdown: Offensive Line YOUNG,

The Daily Mississippian’s David Collier breaks down the Ole Miss offensive line in part four of an eight-part series that will break down each position of the Rebels’ 2013 football team.

Analysis The overall level of talent at offensive line is not where it needs to be, but with the four talented incoming freshmen, Freeze is well on his way into building an SEC quality unit. The first couple of weeks

should bring some good competition as guys battle for the starting job at right guard, but the main thing that will come from fall camp is building depth at every position. It’s hard to know how big of an impact Tunsil or Golson can make in year one, but midway through the year could give either guy enough time to work their way more into the mix. I do think Tunsil will make a big impact this season and could even become a starter by season’s end. Both Bouldin and Johnson will be solid players eventually, but they need a year to redshirt for making a contribution. Golson is the guy that could go either way. If they feel good about the returning players, they could elect to redshirt him, but Golson will likely play a limited role to give a guy a break or as a result of injury. He will be a

good one. If I had to make a prediction for who starts the year at right guard, I’d go with Justin Bell simply because he seems to be the guy that has been slightly ahead of the rest this past spring. It should be a fun competition to follow. Ole Miss is in OK shape, but no one will really know how much the line has improved until the season starts. The positive thing is they have several options if players don’t take steps forward. The tempo should improve, but I don’t think it will be where Freeze wants it until they get a full unit full of the type of linemen that he wants. It will take a couple of years, but they are on their way. For continuing coverage of Ole Miss football, follow @DavidLCollier and @thedm_sports on Twitter.

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Isiah Young

here today, ran my race once again, got to the final. It was pretty impressive, but Coach (O’Neal) was calling it all year.” Young also made the final of

the 100 meters in Des Moines and placed seventh with a 10.12 on Friday. He clocked a school-record and personalbest 9.93 during the semifinals.

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Assistant Coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line, Matt Luke talks to the Ole Miss offensive line during practice.

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As the beginning of Hugh Freeze’s second season as Ole Miss’ head coach quickly approaches, questions have risen about the tempo at which the Rebel offense will operate this year. The place that will impact that the most is the offensive line. Freeze has said all along that the offensive line will be the last position in the offense to pick up on the tempo, and with a unit that returns four of five starters, they should take great strides into picking up the pace on a consistent basis. Seniors Pierce Burton and Emmanuel McCray return at right and left tackle, respectively, after starting in all 13 games last year. Junior Aaron Morris started all 13 games at left guard and is considered the most talented player on the line. Senior center Evan Swindall started every game as well. While it seems there won’t be much drama on the line in 2013, that is certainly not the case. Ole Miss gave up 34 sacks last season, which was the fourth most in the Southeastern Conference. So although the Rebels return a strong core, they have to find a way to protect the quarterback better. With incoming freshmen like Laremy Tunsil and Austin Golson looking for a spot to contribute immediately in addition to seniors Jared Duke, Patrick Junen and Derrick Wilson, juniors Darone Bailey and Chase Hughes, sophomores Justin Bell, Ethan Hutson and Ben Still and redshirt freshman Robert Conyers, there will be plenty of competition for not only the starting job at right guard but for every spot along the offensive line. Tunsil was the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country by every major recruiting service, and Golson was rated as the No. 3 offensive tackle by So both will have an opportunity to take over a starting spot midway through the year. Daronte Bouldin and Davion Johnson are also incoming freshmen who will look to make an impact in their first year in Oxford.

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