Sports / Outdoors – 12/27/2005

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The Panolian: SPORTS – December 27, 2005

  From the 12/27/05 issue of The Panolian        *NEW*


     In a scrimmage game held at Pope last week, Paige Gordon (right) defended Lephaedra Hunt.
     In a boys scrimmage game held at Pope last week, Kendrick Market (left) tries to dodge Steven Flowers.


How a tuba got a Whistle
By William Correrro

My brother-in-law, who worked side judge in the GMAC Bowl, gained notoriety in the same game a few years ago when he flagged a tuba player from one of the bands. They were crowding along the sidelines and actually got on the field and in his way on a play.

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The tuba in question decided he was going to play coach and started dog-cussing him. The game was out of hand score-wise so he figured he’d put a quick end to that: fifteen yards for unsportsmanlike conduct on a team will get any coach’s attention, and the sideline was cleared before the next play.

The incident clinched the Golden Whistle Award for him for that year.

Each year at the pre-season meetings, the award proceedings take place for the most memorable event by one of us. It’s full of other video clips, newspaper photos and articles, and stories on each other from the previous season.

Some past winners were the head linesman who had a security guard thrown out of a game by a Georgia highway patrolman. This guy was getting in the chain crew’s way and started cussing him, so between plays he grabbed a state trooper and told him to get this guy out of the stadium or we’d shut the game down and forfeit it right then.

Needless to say, the rent-a-cop was toast.

One year in a game I was in, a strange thing happened on a punt reception. The ball came down, the receiver sort of got possession and then was plowed under by a covering kicking team player who caused the ball to come loose.

During the discussion on the field, the back judge was in the huddle as the discussion was happening, but he had his eyes cocked up toward the Jumbo Tron at the end of the stadium. He was watching the replays to see if he could get a good look at what happened and save the crew. They got it right, but somebody spilled the beans so he was the winner for that year.

Keep in mind this would have been a reviewable play but it was five years before we got instant replay ? officially. He did a great job of keeping his head down as if looking at the others in the huddle so no one could see him watching the replays.

See why I always say I’d pay them to let me work these games?

Be safe and have a great New Year!

See you next year.

Herring named All-America
Chris Herring, a defensive tackle at Southern Arkansas University, has been named as a defensive lineman on the 2005 All-Division II Third Team Defense.

Herring, a 6′-0", 307-pound senior from Courtland, transferred to Southern Arkansas from Ole Miss after being recruited by Mulerider defensive coordinator Jeff Byrd.

Herring had 40 tackles, 29 solos, 13.5 for 58 yards in lost yardage, 6.5 sacks for minus 37 yards, two pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and a blocked kick last fall for SAU.

UM loses DeLeone and Pittman

Ole Miss head football coach Ed Orgeron announced assistant coach George DeLeone has resigned in order to accept the position of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple University.

DeLeone was completing his first year as running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Ole Miss, having joined Orgeron’s Rebel staff in January of 2005.

"George DeLeone is one of the best assistant football coaches in the country," Orgeron said. "I understand his leaving for personal reasons, and it is in the best interest of his family. We wish him the best of luck."

DeLeone, who has coached 35 years on the collegiate level and one season in the NFL (San Diego, 1997), said "it is with mixed emotions that I am leaving Ole Miss to accept the offensive coordinator job at Temple University. As for those mixed emotions, it is quite obvious that Coach Orgeron is on the verge of building a championship program at Ole Miss, and it would be exciting to continue to be a part of that process.

"On the other hand, my wife’s health will be better served being closer to doctors in the Northeast and Coach (Al) Golden has offered me a tremendous opportunity at the same time to rebuild a championship program at Temple. I am both excited and grateful for the opportunity at Temple.

"It was an honor for me to serve by Coach Orgeron’s side during this past year at Ole Miss. I wish the Ole Miss family all the best."

Orgeron also announced Thursday that running back Jamal Pittman of Columbia will not be returning for his senior year.

"Jamal informed us that he plans to transfer to another school for his final year of eligibility," Orgeron said. "We appreciate Jamal’s contributions to the Ole Miss football program and wish him well in whatever he chooses to do."

Pittman earned three letters during an injury-plagued career at Ole Miss as he played in 18 games, starting four. His career totals included 353 yards rushing on 77 carries, with one touchdown. He also caught 12 passes for 95 yards.

After being redshirted in 2002, Pittman played in five games in 2003, but sustained a season-ending injury when he suffered a significant tear to the ACL and a moderate sprain of the MCL in his left knee in a game against Arkansas State. He underwent successful reconstruction surgery.

He saw action in the final four games of the 2004 season and then played in nine games in 2005.

In the spring of 2003, Pittman suffered a knee injury during a non-contact drill and had to have ACL reconstruction surgery.

Sardis Lake to count Eagles
On Saturday, January 14, Sardis Lake will conduct its 24th Annual Bald Eagle Survey.

Last year, park rangers and volunteers spotted 13 adult and immature eagles around Sardis Lake.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to assist in conducting this year’s survey, please call the Sardis Lake Field Office at (662) 563-4531 for more detailed information.

Volunteers of all ages will be welcomed to join us in this year’s search. Mark your calendars now and see you in January!




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