Monday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Monday morning …

There’s a tired old coaches’ cliche that says all coaches fit into one of two categories: has been fired or will be fired.

Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, considered a rising star in the business when he left Mississippi State for Austin after the 2010 season, has joined the latter group after the Longhorns gave up almost 700 yards, a whopping 550 on the ground in their 40-21 loss at BYU.

It seems that defense isn’t the only concern for Texas going into the Ole Miss game. The Burnt Orange Nation blog reports on the questionable status of quarterback David Ash here.

While there were some positives to come out last year’s 66-31 Ole Miss loss to Texas, but pass defense wasn’t one of them, nor was secondary play a bright spot for the Rebels in the 31-13 win over Southeast Missouri State which propelled Ole Miss into the national rankings. If the polls are your measure, Ole Miss will be trying to avoid an upset against unranked Texas Saturday night in Austin.

In last year’s game Ash attempted 23 passes. Only four were incomplete, and he added 326 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Speaking of the rankings, it’s Ole Miss’ first visit to the top 25 under Hugh Freeze, and it’s a remarkable accomplishment given the state of the program he inherited.

Freeze’s presser is this afternoon. I’ll have updates on Twitter and more here afterward.

Elsewhere …

Georgia shook off it’s season-opening loss to Clemson with a 41-30 win over South Carolina, a huge Eastern Division win for the Bulldogs. The magnitude of the loss was not lost on these Gamecocks defensive coaches, and this click is a reminder to all on the sideline at a college football game that the cameras are everywhere. …

From AL.com columnist Kevin Scarbinsky doesn’t see Florida as a force to be reckoned with in the SEC after the Gators’ performance at Miami. …

Outside the SEC …

A UCLA player, while walking, was hit by a car and killed Sunday morning. …

USC coach Lane Kiffin reacts to his team’s 10-7 loss to Washington State. …

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    The Gators will be back: They just hit a bump in the road Saturday at coral Gables The defense cannot do it alone Miami’s offense had more
    than 500 yards in the first three games, but finished with 213 yards
    Saturday. A sloppy start to the game by the Gators, Jeff Driskell, Matt Jones and the offense need to get better. Gator OL got to get in better shape.

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