Daily Lead 3.26.15: Rebels rally for Jones

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Transparency: A word IHL does not understand.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Transparency: A word IHL does not understand.

About 2,500 people turned out yesterday for a good old-fashioned demonstration at Ole Miss. It was a big show of support for UM Chancellor Dan Jones, who was fired last week by the Institutions of Higher Learning College Board.

It’s not likely to make any difference. There were rumors last night that the board might reverse course on the Jones decision, but nothing came of it. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon about any negotiations that might have happened. If I’m Jones, I’m not sure I’d want to come back with those yahoos still on the board. Read more

Daily Lead 3.24.15: IHL takes a dump on Mississippi

IHL trustee Alan Perry, trying to not sound stupid while explaining Dan Jones' firing. He failed. (AP photo)

IHL trustee Alan Perry, trying to not sound stupid while explaining Dan Jones’ firing. He failed. (AP photo)

Yesterday, over the objections of many people – including nearly every prominent Ole Miss alum you’ve ever heard of – the IHL Board reaffirmed its inexplicable decision to fire Chancellor Dan Jones.

Maybe inexplicable isn’t the right word. The board had its reasons, and voiced those reasons. I mean, it’s mostly cow dung, and they’ll never admit to the real reasons – politically motivated reasons. Read more

Daily Lead 3.23.15: A closer look at Jud Vance

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com Jud Vance has made his mark on the golf course, but he's been a hero on the basketball court, too.

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Jud Vance has made his mark on the golf course, but he’s been a hero on the basketball court, too.

Since becoming online content coordinator, I don’t write as much as I used to. But I had the pleasure of penning today’s Local Folks feature on Jud Vance.

As with most any story, there’s a lot of good material that I had to leave out for the sake of the word count. That’s why we have blogs, and so I’d like to write a little more about Vance, a Tupelo accountant who can still get it done on the golf course.

Vance is good friends with Rick Cleveland, the Mississippi sports writing legend. The two grew up playing golf together, and Rick has also chronicled Jud’s athletic feats. In the story, I wrote about Vance’s heroics on the basketball court and the golf course. Read more

Daily Lead 3.20.15: Follow my lead and get a life

If you’re like me and don’t really have a life, this weekend is the cure. There are all kinds of events happening in Tupelo this weekend, and you have no excuse to just sit around the house, unless you’re really into the NCAA tournament, and I understand that.

I’ll catch some hoops here and there, but I long ago got over my obsession with sports. Tonight I’ll be at the “Passion – A Night of Storytelling” event at the Link Centre. I might even get up and tell a story, so you should come and laugh at me. Read more

Daily Lead 3.19.15: Politicians finally get something right

In a rare display of common sense, the Mississippi House rejected Tate Reeves‘ proposed $555-million tax cut yesterday. This will undoubtedly become a point of emphasis on the campaign trail for GOPers, which was the real purpose of trying to pass this tax cut: Had it gone through, Reeves and others seeking re-election would have touted it as a reason you should keep them in office; with it being blocked, that’s one more bit of mud-covered weaponry in their arsenal. Read more

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