Change at top for Ole Miss golf

From media relations

OXFORD – Ole Miss will begin the search for a new men’s golf head coach, as Ernest Ross will not return as the Rebels’ head coach, as announced by Director of Athletics Ross Bjork Thursday.

“Ernest has provided steady and successful leadership of our golf program for a long time, and we appreciate both of his stints as our head coach,” Bjork said. “As a member of our M-Club Hall of Fame, Ernest has made tremendous contributions to our program, and we wish him and his family the best as they move forward.”

In 17 seasons at Ole Miss over two tenures, Ross led the Rebels to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, although the last berth came in 2010. Ross’ Rebels posted a fourth-place NCAA finish in 1985 and captured the 1984 SEC Championship and 27 regular-season tournament titles. He also earned two SEC Coach of the Year awards in 1982 and 1984.

“As we evaluated the current state of the program and our vision for the future, we felt a change was needed to give us the best chance to regain a competitive position in the SEC and NCAA landscape,” said Bjork. “We have great facilities with the Ole Miss Golf Course, Herrington Golf Center, an excellent driving range and a practice putting surface soon to be completed. All of these assets provide a nationally competitive and teachable platform for golf success. This is an attractive job because of the tremendous momentum at Ole Miss, and we will begin a national search immediately.”

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

    Another successful Ole miss coach leaving the program, guess Black Bears are not interested in the game of Golf.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Bad move BJORK!!! Should’ve fired the football coach and the mediocre basketball coach. Bianco has done a decent job…this year and should he given a one year contract.

    • a name

      I’m sure Bork will listen to the advice of a south 40 fan, Drivel. By the way, hows that win/loss record going for your new basketball coach. I bet you think he’s a lock for the final 4 next year…

      • Nigel Gruff

        My basketball coach? The last coach I played for is long since past. However he did lead us to the State championship game, which we lost to Myrtle Beach High School…76 to 73…never have forgotten that game or Coach Lindy Conard…thanks for the trip down memory lane.

        • a name

          Glad you had that opportunity, karl. Too bad your bullpups won’t ever have that chance…

      • Nigel Gruff

        The championship game pitted Myrtle Beach High against my Palmetto Panthers. They were undefeated and we were 25 and 2, with both losses to our rival Oakmont….anyway, it was a great game. Back then, they actually fouled players out of the games, which I did in the 2nd half,with 3 minutes left. My best friend, Tommy Price was point guard and he could shoot the eyes out of the bucket. Well he had been hacked all night long by M.B.H.S. ‘s point guard Lafonso Deterial and they never did call one foul on Deterial..well it was a great game, even though we lost.

        • a name

          You really should go try out for Ray’s team. You would fit right in. His players can’t remember where the basket is and you can’t remember your old names on here…

  • Nigel Gruff

    If Bjork fires Freeze now, the NCAA will show mercy when it hands down the punishment.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Wow! Anime, your cheese fell off the cracker a long time ago, huh. Tell all your alter egos, Nigel says high?

    • a name

      Why only drivel? Your alter ego karl and cid not friendly? You can tell them that a name says gthmsu. They’ll know what I mean…

  • Nigel Gruff

    With such crappy players, how did Ricky Ray’s bunch beat the black bears? I will tell…OVERRATED!!! Didn’t even get to the NIT!! The bkack bears might as well gone winless

    • a name

      Ray listened to mullet. Like mullit, he thinks the only important game is against THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI. Our coaches understand that the season is much more than one game. But a msu grad wouldn’t understand that, especially one who can’t remember that he was karl 2 weeks ago.

  • Nigel Gruff

    My eligibility has run out…I don’t think Mississippi State needs a 68 year old power forward.

    • a name

      At the rate Ray runs players off, you will soon be all he can get, drivel.

  • howdy55

    Yeh, Poopdog, oh I mean Cid, oh me I mean Nigel, I think you must have squatted and fell back in it, to make such a statement. You are undoubtedly not 68 years old. No one could be 68 and be so dumb.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Okay…It’s so obvious that howdy55, cid, Karl, anime, Mary spitune and bulldog loser are all the same….good grief, dude…move on..grab one name and stick with it.

    • a name

      I absolutely agree. So you’re going to stick with drivel grifter? I’ve got one for you, drivel. If you’re 68 tell us what gas prices were when you started driving? You have 2 minutes to respond or be exposed as the fraud you are. I know because I am within just a few years of that age. I know you’re going to wait 10 minutes to reply so you can look it up. But thats okay, you will have confirmed what we already know. Just a blowhard msu kid…

  • Nigel Gruff

    I’ve been around…that’s why JB and myself think alike for the most part. I’m above your name calling.

  • Nigel Gruff

    I served this country and deserve more respect than your young a$$ is giving. Your parents should have whipped your legs with a willow switch…JB knows what I’m talkin about.

    • a name

      Served? Where and when? What was your draft status? How about your MOS? And what is it about your service if you did serve that entitles you to make unfounded accusations about the Ole Miss staff? Like to talk about others but can’t take the heat, eh? There is a good way to EARN respect. Thats by using fact, not opinion. Pretty sure you don’t have a clue what that means. I’ll stay here and respond until I wear you down. And you want to talk service? If you never walked the ho chi minh trail don’t bs about it. Those of us who did deserve better than to have you bring that crap up in a web blog.

      • Nigel Gruff

        Yeah right..ho chi Minh…you won’t wear this old man down. I was in Laos, when nobody else knew it…39 th parallel meant nothing to my group. We were back water brigade…up tight and outta sight…I had no rank, no uniform…no taggers.

  • Nigel Gruff

    A knotted plow line will get your attention, too! That’s why young people today have no respect for anything or anyone.

  • Nigel Gruff

    I spent my summer days chasing behind the ice wagon…just hoping the driver would give a chunk to me, so I could cool off.

  • Nigel Gruff

    13 cents…sometimes they’d have gas wars and prices would go as low as 5 cents..

    • a name

      13 cents? Lol. My dad who is 90 doesnt even remember that cheap. If you were going to wait that long to answer, why didn’t you just look it up? In 1966 when I started driving it was 38 cents. Fraud Exposed!

  • Nigel Gruff

    I’m watchin the draft you sniveling little shat!!! Manziel goes to Browns!!! Now you have 2 minutes to admit your gay…if you don’t respond in 2 minutes…you’re gay.

    • a name

      Typical 12 year old response when you get caught being wrong. I feel ashamed that someone thinks sports is so important he has to impersonate a soldier. Maybe someday your parents will explain what sacrifice for your country means. Hint: it is something you do out of duty, not so you can boast about it. Let me know if you ever grow up.

      • Nigel Gruff

        Huh?? You are just a weird dude. I’m not bragging. You asked me if I served…I served. You don’t have to wear the camo to serve. Laos was a bad place. I don’t believe a word you submit. You have no idea what I saw and to question me like you have…in my day I would take you to the rack!!!!!!!

        • a name

          Makes us even. Nothing you have ever posted in any of your multiple posting names has ever come to fruition and likely never will. You are a child, and act like a petulant one who can’t stand when he doesn’t get his way. And that service? You were the one stated “I served this country and deserve…”. Thats boasting, and shows your true character. Typical cow college mentality.

  • Nigel Gruff

    I was 24 when we dropped in country…river rats, we were unseen, unheard and unknown. Mike Alpha Tango Hotel India Sierra…is my name. Affirm?

  • Nigel Gruff

    Did your dad live in rural South Carolina?

  • Nigel Gruff

    Did your dad buy his gas where my dad bought his? Jerrys truck stop highway 52, just about 15 miles southeast of Darlington, South Carolina in the year 1959? You’re the fraud.

  • Nigel Gruff

    I wished you’d be quiet…New England is making their pick.

  • Nigel Gruff

    Patriots got a Gator!!! Easley!!! Belichik is a genius.

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