Wednesday Morning Update

About to begin the third day of helping administer justice in Lee County. To borrow a line from Forrest Gump, “That’s all I go to say about that.”

I have been fairly consumed with my surroundings and haven’t wandered off the path much.

I have kept an eye on the James Franklin, Penn State thing, which seems to be developing.

CBS’ Bruce Feldman says Franklin has emerged as the leading candidate:

Feldman later said Penn State officials expect to have a coach within a few days.

USA Today believes Franklin will take the Penn State job if it’s offered. …

One of my jury mates yesterday told me he’d heard that Johnny Manziel would remain in college, a bit of breaking news that surprised me and I’m sure many others in college football. That sent me scurrying to the internet during our next break where it’s being reported that Manziel has selected a firm to represent him. ESPN is reporting that Manziel will make an announcement today. …

The Ole Miss football program picked up a couple of impressive additions when UCLA transfer offensive lineman Christian Morris and Meridian true freshman defensive back C.J. Hampton began winter classes Tuesday.

From Media Relations

OXFORD – Winter intersession classes are underway at Ole Miss and have brought a couple of new faces to the Rebel football program, as mid-year signees C.J. Hampton and Christian Morris have arrived on campus.

Hampton is enrolling early after graduating from Meridian High School, and he will be a true freshman in 2014 with five years to play four for the Rebels. Morris, an offensive lineman who transferred to Ole Miss from UCLA, was previously announced as a member of the Rebel squad in December.

Hampton, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety from Meridian, Miss., was a U.S. Army All-American this season. A consensus four-star recruit and the No. 59 prospect nationally according to 247Sports.com, Hampton is listed as one of the country’s top 10 safeties by 247, Scout.com and ESPN.com. He was an all-state selection and the Region 3-6A Defensive Player of the Year after a senior season that saw him register 111 tackles and four interceptions while helping Meridian High to the 6A state semifinals. The Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen selection chose the Rebels over Alabama, Arkansas and Florida State.

Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy will meet with local media, except me, this afternoon to discuss the beginning of SEC play. The Rebels open at home Thursday night at 6 against Auburn then travel to Mississippi State on Saturday. Both games will be played without Marshall Henderson as part of his suspension which was announced prior to the beginning of the season.

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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