It’s no secret that Head Coach Mike Bianco and his Ole Miss Rebels Baseball team have been a disappointment to this point in the season. Ole Miss has gone from preseason favorites to win the SEC to questioning its position in the NCAA Tournament. At this point, it’s almost a broken record for the Rebels, as the fan base earns a lot of preseason excitement to be crushed in the long run.
However, it’s only April 19th, and there’s still about a month remaining in the season, and Ole Miss has the roster to make a run and salvage the 2022 season. With that in mind, Ole Miss has got to figure things out quickly before Mississippi State comes to town on Thursday night for a massive Magnolia State showdown. Yet, Ole Miss did no favors on Tuesday night when the Rebels dropped another embarrassing mid-week game to SEMO. SEMO came into Swayze Field and dominated the Rebels leaving the Ole Miss program on the even rockier ground heading into the matchup with Mississippi State.
So, where does Ole Miss go from here, and how does Mike Bianco save his job and salvage the once-promising season? Ole Miss has no other option than to win the series this weekend against Mississippi State. There’s nothing else at the moment that Ole Miss can do but control what only they can control. Even then, Mike Bianco and his Rebels are not a lock for the NCAA Tournament, and neither is the job security of the current coaching staff.
Considering Mississippi State is the defending National Champions, Ole Miss heads into the series with a massive chip on its shoulder. It has gotten to the point of the season where there’s no more time for excuses or lack of effort. If Ole Miss wants to be successful in the remainder of the season, it all starts and ends this weekend. A series win over Mississippi State would add a much-needed spark to this dying program on life support.
If Ole Miss is embarrassed this weekend at Swayze Field, Head Coach Mike Bianco may or may not make it through the season. Think about it, even if Ole Miss were to win this weekend, could the Rebels make a deep run to the NCAA Tournament? Anything is possible, but Ole Miss has vastly underachieved since the school’s trip to the College World Series in 2014. For the budget and the fan support that Ole Miss gets daily, there’s no excuse worthy enough to explain the lack of success since 2014.
Either way, this season ends up, Ole Miss Baseball faces a crucial point in the tide of the program. It happens, but Ole Miss Baseball is on the verge of losing what could have been the most spectacular season in all of Ole Miss Baseball history.