Ole Miss student, critically injured in beating in Austin prior to Texas football game, returns home to continue recovery

The Associated Press
An Ole Miss student, who was critically injured Sept. 14 in a beating while he was in Austin, Texas, for the Rebels football game, has returned home to Bloomington, Ind., to continue his recovery, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman.

Carson Otter, 21, was placed in a medically-induced coma after the incident and underwent brain surgery… […]

Local Sports

Settlement reached in death of Mississippi player

The family of a Mississippi football player who died following a workout in 2010 has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and the NCAA.

Bennie Abram III, a 20-year-old non-scholarship player from Southaven, collapsed during an offseason workout and later died at a hospital in Oxford. An autopsy determined Abram’s death was caused by complications from sickle cell trait, which can alter red blood cells after strenuous exercise.

According to settlement documents, the family will receive $50,000 from the insurance company for the university’s athletic foundation. The Abrams’ attorney, Gene Egdorf of Houston, Texas, says the family also will receive $275,000 from the NCAA’s insurance policy. […]

National Sports

Mississippi searching for SEC-caliber players

There aren’t many safe starting jobs at Mississippi’s preseason camp.

First-year coach Hugh Freeze certainly appreciates the competition. He’s just not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing.

The Ole Miss football roster is in various stages of disarray after two disastrous seasons. Freeze is confident he can rebuild the team’s depth after a few years of recruiting thanks to his connections around the region, but that’s not going to help this season. […]