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Ole Miss Agrees on Contract Extension with Hugh Freeze

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of his most successful season at Ole Miss, the university has agreed on a contract extension with head football coach Hugh Freeze.

"Very blessed to be at THE University of Miss & work for and with great people and fans! REBELNATION, say it with me, I AM AN OLE MISS REBEL," Freeze tweeted on Tuesday morning.

"Proud that we have @CoachHughFreeze leading our program & young men for a long time to come. Agreement is in place & future is bright!" Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork tweeted Tuesday morning.

ESPN reports that Freeze's new deal will raise his salary to $4 million per season over the next four seasons.

Freeze was hired prior to the 2012 season, and the team has improved every season since he took over. Ole Miss went 7-6 in 2012, 8-5 in 2013, and now sit at 9-3 so far in 2014. Ole Miss has also defeated two top-five teams in a single season for the first time since 1969.

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(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Louisiana State (LSU) trailed 7-3 in the fourth quarter of a home game against third-ranked Ole Miss on Saturday. A late scoring drive and a defensive stand helped the 24th-rated Tigers pull out a 10-7 win at Tiger Stadium.

In a low-scoring affair, the Ole Miss Rebels (7-1) took the early lead when Bo Wallace found Cody Core for a 15-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. The nation's top offense was heavily slowed by LSU (7-2), unable to score for the remainder of the game. However, the Tigers offense could only muster a field goal in the first half.

The tide turned in the fourth quarter as LSU put together a 95-yard drive, spanning six minutes, that ended with the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, who threw two interceptions in the win, found Logan Stokes from three yards out to put the Tigers ahead 10-7 with five minutes to play.

Ole Miss had a chance to avoid the upset, driving to the LSU 25-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining. Gary Wunderlich was sent out to attempt a game-tying 42-yard field goal, but a delay of game penalty pushed the Rebels back an extra five yards. Head coach Hugh Freeze opted to go for it, with no timeouts, and Wallace had his pass intercepted at the goal line by Ronald Martin.

For head coach Les Miles, it was a very emotional win as it came less than 24 hours after his mother, Martha, passed away.

"After the game I can't tell you the number of young men that threw their arms around me and told me, 'Love you coach'," said Miles, who received the game ball following the win. "It is as touching as anything I have had happen."

The victory also added to Miles' legacy of come-from-behind wins. Since 2005 LSU is 24-23 when trailing in the fourth quarter, an FBS record.

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SEC West Dominates New AP Poll

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the latest Associated Press college football poll, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) reached a new level of dominance. Four of the top five teams in the country all reside in the SEC, the first time a single conference can boast such a feat.

Mississippi State (6-0) remained the number one team in the land while Ole Miss (7-0) remains third. Alabama (6-1) jumped up to fourth in the poll, thanks to a 59-0 rout over then 21st-ranked Texas A&M, with Auburn (5-1) rounding out the top-five.

The lone team not from the SEC in the top-five is Florida State (7-0) of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Seminoles held off Notre Dame on Saturday, which dropped to seventh with the loss.

The Oregon Ducks (6-1) sit at sixth in the nation while the Irish (6-1) dropped two spots to seventh. Michigan State (6-1), Georgia (6-1), and TCU (6-1) finish out the top-10 teams.

Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Stanford all fell from the AP Top-25 Poll after week seven.

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Hugh Freeze: Team Needs to 'Stay in the Moment'

University of Mississippi/Getty Images(OXFORD, MS.) -- Third ranked Ole Miss (6-0) will host the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3) in an SEC matchup on Saturday.

Ole Miss comes into the game 3-0 in their conference and head coach Hugh Freeze doesn't want his team looking past the Volunteers.

Freeze said he wants the team to "stay in the moment [and] prepare for this game Saturday. It's the only one we should be worried or concerned about.  The other ones are in the trash; this is the only one that matters."

Mississippi is averaging 35.7 points per game, but the Tennessee defense is only giving up 19.2 this season.

"They're very active up front," Freeze said. "They're downhill players are very aggressive, they're going to commit people to stopping the run, [which is] very difficult to run the football on."

Tennessee is 0-2 on the road this year and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin is looking forward to the task of handing Ole Miss their first loss.

"[Facing Ole Miss] is definitely a big opportunity," Reeves-Maybin said. "Everyone's been talking about their defense, but we're going to let everybody know that Tennessee's defense is here and we're going to make a statement."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 3/17/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: The Miami Heat (51-14) topped the Toronto Raptors (26-41), 108-91.  Miami extended their winning streak to 22 straight.

The Milwaukee Bucks (33-32) bopped the Orlando Magic (18-49), 115-109.

The Los Angeles Clippers (46-21) popped the New York Knicks (38-26), 93-80.

The Golden State Warriors (38-30) crushed the Houston Rockets (36-31), 108-78.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (23-41) sliced the New Orleans Hornets (22-45), 97-95.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (50-17) trimmed the Dallas Mavericks (31-35), 107-101.

The Atlanta Hawks (37-29) trumped the Brooklyn Nets (38-28), 105-93.

The Los Angeles Lakers (36-32) downed the Sacramento Kings (23-44), 113-102.

NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins (22-8-0, 44 pts) edged the Boston Bruins (19-5-3, 41 pts), 2-1.

The Ottawa Senators (15-8-6, 36 pts) skated past the Winnipeg Jets (15-12-2, 32 pts), 4-1.

The Washington Capitals (12-15-1, 25pts) socked the Buffalo Sabres (10-15-4, 24 pts), 5-3.

The Edmonton Oilers (11-11-6, 28 pts) one up'ed the Nashville Predators (11-12-6, 28 pts), 3-2.

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (9) Miami (27-6) downed North Carolina (24-10), 87-77.  Miami wins the ACC tournament title.

(10) Ohio State (26-7) dropped Wisconsin (23-11), 50-43.  Ohio State wins the Big 10 tournament title.

Ole Miss (26-8) surprised (13) Florida (26-7), 66-63.  Ole Miss wins the Southeastern Conference tournament title.

(16) Saint Louis (27-6) got by (25) Virginia Commonwealth (26-8), 62-56.  Saint Louis wins the Atlantic 10 tournament title.

NASCAR: Kasey Kahne held off Kyle Busch to win his first Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Robert Nkemdiche Commits to Ole Miss

University of Mississippi/Getty Images(LOGANVILLE, Ga.) -- Ole Miss is rolling.  Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 overall recruit in the ESPN 150, kicked off national signing day on Wednesday by committing to Mississippi.

Nkemdiche chose the Rebels over LSU and Florida.  Coming along for the ride will be the nation's No. 1 receiver Laquon Treadwell, No. 1 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, and No. 2 safety Antonio Conner.

"I feel like it's the right place for me," Nkemdiche said after his announcement. "I feel like they can do special things, and they're on the rise. I feel like going to play with my brother [Denzel Nkemdiche] we can do something special."

Mississippi finished 7-6 in 2012 under second-year head coach Hugh Freeze.

"I'm so thankful and blessed that these families have chosen to trust in us," Freeze said. "We'll treat these young men as our own."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 12/5/13

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- NFL Playoffs:  The Houston Texans (13-4) stomped the Cincinnati Bengals (10-7), 19-13 in the AFC Wild-Card game.

The Green Bay Packers (12-5) stuffed the Minnesota Vikings (10-7), 24-10.

NBA:  The Indiana Pacers (20-14) outpaced the Milwaukee Bucks (16-16), 95-80.

The New York Knicks (23-10) dunked the Orlando Magic (12-21), 12-21.

The Boston Celtics (16-17) bounced the Atlanta Hawks (20-12), 89-81.

The Brooklyn Nets (19-15) crowned the Sacramento Kings (13-21), 113-93.

The Houston Rockets (20-14) blasted the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-27), 112-104.

The Portland Trail Blazers (18-15) bullied the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15), 102-97.

The San Antonio Spurs (27-9) lassoed the Philadelphia 76ers (15-20), 109-86.

The New Orleans Hornets (8-25) buzzed the Dallas Mavericks (13-21), 99-96 in OT.

The Denver Nuggets (19-16) silenced the Utah Jazz (17-18), 110-91.

The Los Angeles Clippers (27-8) rolled past the Golden State Warriors (22-11), 115-89.

Men's Top 25 College Basketball:  (1) Duke (14-0) routed Wake Forest (7-6), 82-60.

(3) Arizona (14-0) dispatched Utah (8-6), 60-57.

(10) Gonzaga (15-1) defeated Santa Clara (12-4), 81-74.

(11) Illinois (14-2) rolled past (8) Ohio State (11-3), 74-55.

(12) Missouri (11-2) held off Bucknell (13-3), 66-64.

St. Johns (9-5) one-upped (14) Cincinnati (13-2), 53-52.

Marquette (11-3) stunned (15) Georgetown (10-2). 49-48.

(16) Creighton (14-1) bashed Indiana State (9-5), 79-66.

(17) Butler (12-2) creamed New Orleans (3-10), 57-44.

(18) Michigan State (12-3) overwhelmed Purdue (7-7), 84-61.

(21) Notre Dame (13-1) buried Seton Hall (12-3), 93-74.

(23) NC State (12-2) clawed Boston College (8-6), 78-73.

Rutgers (10-3) chopped (24) Pittsburgh (12-3), 67-62.

(25) Kansas State (12-2) bested (22) Oklahoma State (10-3), 73-67.

College Football BBVA Compass Bowl:  Ole Miss (7-6) turned back Pittsburgh (6-7), 38-17.

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Ole Miss Rocks Pittsburgh 38-17 In The BBVA Compass Bowl 

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(BIRMINGHAM, AL) -- Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes as Ole Miss cruised to a 38-17 victory over Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Ole Miss (7-6) jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead behind a pair of Wallace touchdown passes and never looked back, leading by as much as 28 points. 

I'Tavius Mathers added 96 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Rebels.

Pittsburgh struggled without leading rusher Ray Graham, who was out with a hamstring injury that he suffered in practice this week.

Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri finished his collegiate career with 185 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.  He also fell seven yards shy of tying Dan Marino for second-place on the school's all-time passing yards list, finishing with 8.590 in four years as a starter.

The Panthers wrapped up their final season in the Big East with a 6-7 record.  They are set to start play in the ACC in the Fall.

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Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt Will Resign After Season

Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images(OXFORD, Miss.) -- After compiling a 24-23 record in four seasons, Houston Nutt says he'll resign from Ole Miss at the end of the season.

Ole Miss has now lost 12 consecutive SEC games. Nutt went 18-8 in his first two seasons at Ole Miss, but has gone just 6-15 since.

"I'm grateful to coach Nutt for his commitment to our university and his commitment to our football program," Ole Miss chancellor Dr. Dan Jones said. " I know we're all disappointed in the lack of success over the last two years."

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