'Unacceptable'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ole Miss athletics director Pete Boone stood on the sidelines as Vanderbilt finished off a 30-7 win over Ole Miss Saturday. "It's unacceptable," he said.


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Ole Miss athletics director Pete Boone stood at a secluded gate at the northwest corner of Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday afternoon as the last few minutes ticked off a slow-moving clock. At least to Boone and anyone associated with Ole Miss.

The Rebels trailed Vanderbilt 30-0 in embarrassing fashion in the 2011 Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. The Commodores, who ultimately won 30-7 to move to 3-0 on the young season, totally dominated the football game from start to finish.

Boone said this is not Ole Miss football.

"It's unacceptable," he said when reminded the Rebels are now 1-9 in their last 10 SEC football games. "That's not Ole Miss, and we've got to find a way to change that. This is just not the kind of football Ole Miss is supposed to play or is going to play."

Going about the task of changing it may be difficult, especially when a season is only a fourth of the way through and with what most would agree are the more difficult games dead ahead. Georgia is up next on Saturday morning in Oxford to face the Rebels, now 1-2 on the season.

Boone said there will be no emotional reactions to the one-sided loss at Vanderbilt.

"I think about it," he said of whatever his plan of action might be in the days ahead. "I digest it and try to put it in the scope of things. Try to get the emotions out of anything and try to analyze and see if there is anything and what it would be that could help make a difference."

Boone said he doesn't believe the Forward Together campaign to raise $150 million for Ole Miss athletics will suffer in the big picture.

"I certainly think in the short run it can have a negative impact," he said. "But what we're trying to accomplish, the goals, the scope of what we're trying to accomplish is bigger than a game or two or even a season. I do not think in the long run it will have an impact on it."

Coming off a 4-8 season and now with a 1-2 start to this one, instability might become a theme of the program. But Boone said now isn't the time to react like that.

"I think it's way too soon to comment on those things," he said.


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