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Call signing day creepy, call it a premature celebration of kids who haven’t done anything yet, call it just another farce in the ongoing fruitless attempt by an embarrassment of an organization to prove that “amateurism” means anything and that they have anything resembling the best interests of college kids in mind… but don’t you dare call it boring. And, per usual, there was plenty of action today, for better and worse. After the jump, we take a look at what went down (hint: that guy above had a good day).
Signing Day Madness, Pt. 1: Robert Nkemdiche, The Nation’s Top Player, Picks Ole Miss And Holy Crap What A Class They Have
It’s football signing day – the first day high school football recruits can sign binding letters of intent with the colleges of their choice (and virtually all of them sign today) – a.k.a. Christmas morning for recruiting fanatics a.k.a. the creepiest day of the sports year. And while it’s early, it’s tough to imagine any school having a better day today than Ole Miss.
Fox News host Shep Smith is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi, and routinely references his undying support of Rebels football on air. Such staunch fanship wins you bonus points with us — any time you end a report on your alma mater’s new mascot by saying, “It’s a bear, and it’s cool,” you get the thumbs up — but can also leave you vulnerable. Like when one of your guests starts taunting you about your team’s terrible season.
Ole Miss receiver Donte Moncrief has the catch of this fine football Saturday. It’s a good thing, too, because quarterback Randall Mackey needed some bailing out after throwing one into a mess of Kentucky and Mississippi jerseys.
Alabama did its part to stay at the forefront of the national championship picture today, crushing Ole Miss 52-7. One of the main reasons they were able to do that: running back Trent Richardson, who piled up 183 yards and four touchdowns on just 17 carries. But there was one run that you’re going to hear the most about.
CJ Johnson is one of the nation’s top recruits, and he’ll be playing for Ole Miss in the Fall. But before the season starts, his new school shut down his Twitter account, because he just wouldn’t stop talking about Becky.
Whenever as much attention is devoted to the whims of teens as it is on signing day, some wackiness is bound to ensue. But the strangest story we’ve heard today comes not via one of the players themselves, but a player’s mother.
You’d seen him throw, you’d seen him run all over teams. But you hadn’t seen Auburn quarterbacking sensation Cam Newton catch a touchdown pass…you can see where this is going.
Yesterday we wrote on the selection of Ole Miss’ new mascot, Rebel Black Bear. While we viewed it as a solid if unspectacular choice, Fox News anchor – and Ole Miss grad – Shepard Smith seems downright delighted with the selection.