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Grant Heard is turning Ole Miss into “Wide Receiver U.”

Ole Miss Receivers Coach – Grant Heard

By John Davis – Oxford Citizen
Featured Writer – Rebel Nation Magazine
As Published in the September/October 2015 Issue
Photos Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

Grant Heard called his return to coach the wide receivers at his alma mater as a “blessing.” For Heard, who played for the Rebels in the late 1990s under Tommy Tuberville and David Cutcliffe, there isn’t another school he would choose to coach at other than Ole Miss.

“Having played here, it’s really just a blessing to be able to come back and help the team out to the point where we can be competitive and be relevant in the SEC,” he said.… Read more...

Baseball Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale

Photo by Angie Ledbetter for Rebel Nation Magazine™

Rebel Fans can Purchase Non-Conference Tickets on OleMissTix.com

OXFORD, Miss. – The 2016 Ole Miss Baseball season is just around the corner, and single-game tickets are now on sale for non-conference games at Swayze Field. Tickets start at only $5 and can be purchased at OleMissTix.com.

Fresh off their 13th NCAA Regional appearance in the last 15 seasons, the Rebels will play 17 non-conference matchups at the friendly confines of Swayze Field. The non-conference slate features a pair of three-game series against two teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year. No. 24 Ole Miss will open up the season with a weekend series versus Florida International, beginning Feb.… Read more...

Ole Miss Football Signs Highest-Rated Class in Program History

Ranked as High as Fourth Nationally by ESPN.com

Signing Day Central | 2016 Signees | Press Conference (Video) | Press Conference Transcript

Ole Miss QB signee, Shae Patterson, has already enrolled at Ole Miss and will participate in Spring drills.

OXFORD, Miss. – Strong relationships built with recruits and their families, first-class academic and training facilities and a winning product on the field have helped Ole Miss significantly raise the level of talent within the football program since head coach Hugh Freeze arrived in 2012.

The Rebels took another step forward Wednesday by signing their highest-rated class on record, one Freeze characterizes as the “deepest” since he’s been the head coach.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes @ Missouri

Ole Miss (13-8, 3-5 SEC) vs. Missouri (8-13, 1-7 SEC)

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Arena: Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Television: SECN
     Dave Neal, play-by-play
     Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, play-by-play
     Keith Kessigner, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 191
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Ole Miss Leads Series 4-1
     In Columbia: Tied 1-1
     Streak: OM, W3
     Last Meeting: OM, W 64-47 (1/31/15)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss continues its two-game road trip Wednesday when the Rebels travel to Columbia to face the Missouri Tigers. Ole Miss is 4-1 all time against the Tigers and has won the last three meetings. … Read more...

Ole Miss Game Notes at Kansas State (Big-12/SEC Challenge)

Ole Miss (13-7, 3-5 SEC) at Kansas State (12-8, 2-6 Big 12)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Arena: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Television: ESPNU
     Jason Benetti, play-by-play
     Reid Gettys, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, play-by-play
     Keith Kessigner, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 199
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Ole Miss Leads Series 3-1
     In Manhattan: Tied 1-1
     Streak: KSU, W1
     Last Meeting: KSU, W 58-61 (12/05/13)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss steps out of conference and travels to Kansas State Saturday for the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Rebels are 10-2 in non-conference games this year and are 3-1 all-time against the Wildcats. … Read more...

The March/April issue is Coming Soon!

The March/April 2016 Issue.

It’s like a second Christmas in Oxford this time of year! Signing Day is February 3rd and the March/April issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™ is just around the corner hitting stores on March 8 (click here to find a store near you). Football recruiting is the second most important season at Ole Miss as Rebel fans across the country take a quick break from basketball to enjoy in the fruits of Coach Freeze and his staffs labor over the past year. Rebel Nation Magazine™ writer John Davis of the Oxford Citizen will give you the inside scoop on another Top 5 Signing Class in 2016.… Read more...

2016 Ole Miss Football Season Tickets On Sale

Coach Hugh Freeze – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Renew or Order by March 31 Priority Deadline

 OXFORD, Miss. – Football season tickets for the 2016 season are on sale for an Ole Miss football team coming off a 10-3 campaign that featured wins over Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State, as well as a 48-20 triumph over Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The priority deadline for fans to renew or order season tickets has been moved up to March 31. In past years, the deadline was April 30. Annual memberships to the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation are also due by the same deadline to maintain your seats and priority.… Read more...

Errol Robinson Named D1Baseball Preseason All-American

Errol Robison – Photo by Bobby McDuffie for Rebel Nation Magazine™

Rebel Shortstop Tabbed First Team All-American Heading into the 2016 Season

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss shortstop Errol Robinson has been tabbed a preseason first All-American by D1Baseball.com, the baseball publication site announced Monday morning. Robinson’s “elite range, body control and actions” earned him the nod as the nation’s best shortstop heading into the 2016 season.

The All-American accolade adds to the recognition Robinson has received this preseason. D1Baseball also named Robinson the 28th-best prospect heading into 2016. Baseball America tabbed him No. 21 on its list of top prospects, while Perfect Game had the Rebel shortstop at No.… Read more...

Ole Miss Game Notes – Auburn

Ole Miss (12-7, 2-5 SEC) vs. Auburn (9-9, 3-4 SEC)
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network
     Dave Neal, play-by-play
     Daymeon Fishback, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     David Kellum, play-by-play
     Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: AU leads Series 74-55
     In Oxford: OM leads 39-23
     Streak: OM, W6
     Last Meeting: OM, 86-79 W (2/7/15)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss returns home Wednesday to host the Auburn Tigers. The Rebels have won nine of the last 11 meetings against the Tigers, including the last six.… Read more...

Ole Miss Game Notes – South Carolina

Ole Miss (12-5, 2-3 SEC) vs. #24/18 South Carolina (16-1, 3-1 SEC)
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network
John Saunders, play-by-play
Jon Sundvold, analyst
Laura Rutledge, sideline
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134, XM 191
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Ole Miss leads series 18-16
Oxford: OM leads 12-1
Streak: USC, W1
Last Meeting: USC, W 58-60 (3/12/15)

TIP OFF
• Ole Miss continues its two-game homestand Tuesday when the Rebels welcome the No.… Read more...

2015 Rebels Shatter School Records

Coach Hugh Freeze – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Broke or Tied 64 Statistical School Records Among 2015 Achievements

OXFORD, Miss. – The 2015 season was one for the ages for the Ole Miss Rebels.

The culmination of a group of superbly talented players, Hugh Freeze and his staff’s up-tempo style of play, a renewed vigor in the Ole Miss fan base, and the opportunity for the highest levels of success in the Southeastern Conference Western Division produced a hallmark season in Oxford, Mississippi.

Ole Miss’ 48-20 victory over Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl capped the team’s first 10-win season since 2003 and the fourth straight season with a higher win total than the previous year.… Read more...

Diamond Rebels Set for 10 Nationally Televised Games

Pitcher Wyatt Short – Photo by Bobby McDuffie for Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Baseball will Appear 10 Times Across ESPN Networks

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Ole Miss baseball team will play at least 10 games on national television for the upcoming 2016 season. The Rebels will be featured on SEC Network eight times throughout the season, while also appearing on ESPN2 and ESPNU for one game apiece.

People across the country will be able to get a taste of the best atmosphere in college baseball with eight of the 10 nationally televised Ole Miss games airing from Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field, home of the Rebels.… Read more...

Ole Miss Football Cracks Top 10 in Final National Rankings

Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine™

Highest Final National Ranking since 1969

OXFORD, Miss. – The number 10 looks good for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Ole Miss is top 10 in the final national rankings, coming in at No. 9 in the Amway coaches poll and No. 10 in the Associated Press poll. It’s the Rebels’ first top-10 final ranking since the 1969 season (No. 8 AP).

The Rebels won 10 games for the first time since 2003, including major wins over eventual national champion Alabama and SEC West rivals Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State. Hugh Freeze’s squad capped the impressive campaign with a 48-20 win over then-No.… Read more...

David Kellum Named Mississippi Sportscaster of Year for Seventh Time

Awarded by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association

SALISBURY, N.C. – Ole Miss play-by-play voice David Kellum has been named Mississippi Sportscaster of the Year for the seventh time in his career, as announced by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association on Monday.

NSSA members annually elect print and radio/television winners from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Davis Potter of the Oxford Eagle was selected as the Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year for the first time in his career.

Winners will be introduced at the 57th annual NSSA Awards Weekend, June 18-20, in Salisbury, North Carolina.… Read more...

Laremy Tunsil Declares for NFL Draft

Ole Miss Offensive Tackle Among Top Draft Prospects

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil has decided to join his teammates Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche in declaring early for the 2016 NFL Draft, he announced Monday.

Statement from Laremy Tunsil:

“After weighing the decision with my family, I will forgo my senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL, and I’m excited about the challenge in front of me. I will always cherish my time at Ole Miss and the relationships with my teammates, coaches and staff. Those are my brothers, and I will always be a Rebel.… Read more...

Laquon Treadwell Declares for NFL Draft

Laquon Treadwell – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Receiver to Take Talents to Next Level, Forgo Senior Year

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss junior wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is electing to forgo his senior year of college and enter his name for the upcoming 2016 National Football League Draft, he announced Monday.

Statement from Laquon Treadwell:

“After sitting down with my family, we have decided it is time for me to take the next step in my career and enter the 2016 NFL draft. It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I can’t thank my teammates, coaches and our great fans enough for their unbelievable support since the first day I stepped foot on campus.… Read more...

Sweet Victory: Rebels Dominate Oklahoma State in Sugar Bowl

Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine™

NEW ORLEANS – How sweet it was. No. 12 Ole Miss dominated No. 16 Oklahoma State, 48-20, in the 82nd annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

In their first appearance in the Sugar Bowl in 46 years, the Rebels left it all on the field, claiming their first 10-win season since the 2003 campaign.

“It’s hard to express all the feelings and emotions that you have,” head coach Hugh Freeze said. “You put so much into a team, the kids you care about, and you go through the disappointments.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on the Sugar Bowl

Please forgive José for not sharing his thoughts in recent weeks. He has basically spent all of his time since the Egg Bowl bathing in tequila and monitoring his website WhoCouldUseAKidney?.com for the highest bidder in order to accumulate the necessary funds for his inaugural SugarBowlaPalooza. So exactly how much would it cost to Uber from Jackson to New Orleans and back and do they accept kidneys as payment? What about Belk Bowl paraphernalia?

The Egg Bowl was epic. Despite Dan Mullen’s hilarious comment that Mississippi State basically dominated after the first ten minutes, Ole Miss could have practically named the score.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (Dec. 14)

Coach Hugh Freeze – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Head Coach Discusses the Rebels’ Preparations for the Sugar Bowl

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Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media Monday to talk about Rebels preparing to face Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. (7:30 p.m. CT, ESPN).
Opening Statement…
“We’ve been on the road recruiting for the last couple of weeks. I think our guys are doing a really nice job of finding the right kids. I’m excited about where that stands. I am looking forward to seeing our team.… Read more...

Six Rebels Make AP All-SEC Teams

Laquon Treadwell – Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine™

Laquon Treadwell Named to First Team

OXFORD, Miss. – Six Ole Miss Rebels have been named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football first and second teams, the AP announced Monday.

Laquon Treadwell was named a first-team wide receiver, while five Rebels were voted to the second team: quarterback Chad Kelly, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, defensive end Marquis Haynes, defensive back Trae Elston and defensive back Mike Hilton.

The Rebels’ six selections were tied with Florida and Tennessee for second-most among league teams behind SEC Champion Alabama. Ole Miss also had six selections on last year’s AP All-SEC teams.… Read more...

Seven Rebels Earn All-SEC Honors

Laquon Treadwell – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Conference Coaches Place a School-Record Seven Rebels on All-SEC Teams

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With a 2015 regular season that included nine wins, a second-place finish in the Southeastern Conference’s Western division, historic victories and numerous school records broken, the Ole Miss football team landed seven Rebels on All-SEC teams, as voted on by the league’s 14 head coaches.

Senior Trae Elston and junior Laquon Treadwell earned first team All-SEC honors, while five Rebels found a spot on the All-SEC second team: Evan Engram, Marquis Haynes, Mike Hilton, Chad Kelly and Robert Nkemdiche.… Read more...

FedEx and Anonymous Donor Deliver Major Gifts to Ole Miss Athletics

Funds will Enable Facility Expansion to Support Academics for Student-Athletes

OXFORD, Miss. — A gift from FedEx Corporation will help Ole Miss student-athletes succeed in the classroom and beyond.

The company recently donated $2.5 million to the Ole Miss Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to enhance the existing FedEx Student-Athlete Success Center. In addition to the FedEx gift, an anonymous donor has contributed $2.5 million, for a total of $5 million to support the center.

“We are extremely grateful for these major gifts, which will enable us to construct additional one-on-one tutoring rooms, small-group and large-group tutoring rooms, and counselor and student lounges within the FedEx Center,” said Ross Bjork, UM director of athletics.… Read more...

OLE SO SWEET: Rebels Receive Sugar Bowl Invite

Ole Miss Will Face Oklahoma State in the Rebels’ Ninth Sugar Bowl Appearance All-Time

OXFORD, Miss. – For the second straight year, Ole Miss is one of nation’s best college football teams and has been selected to play in a New Year’s Six postseason bowl game.

The Rebels have accepted an invitation to play in the 82nd annual Allstate Sugar Bowl, as Ole Miss continues its rich bowl tradition on Jan. 1 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN.

The 12th-ranked Rebels (9-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) will face No.… Read more...

EGG BOWL GAME NOTES:Ole Miss @ MSU

Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine™

BATTLE FOR THE GOLDEN EGG

#19/19 Ole Miss Rebels (8-3, 5-2 SEC) at #22/23 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
Time: 6:15 p.m. CT
Location: Starkville, Miss.
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium (59,347)
Surface: Grass
Ole Miss Rankings: 19 (AP), 19 (Coaches)
MSU Rankings: 23 (AP), 22 (Coaches)
Series: Ole Miss leads 62-43-6
In Starkville: Ole Miss leads 20-14-3
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: ESPN2
Mark Jones, Play-by-Play
Rod Gilmore, Analyst
Quint Kessenich, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 108

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

Jaylon Walton’s 91-yard run breaks game open.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (November 23)

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Recaps the Magnolia Bowl Victory While Looking Towards the Egg Bowl

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Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media Monday to talk about the Rebels’ 38-17 victory over No. 15 LSU while also looking towards Saturday’s Egg Bowl versus Mississippi State (6:15 p.m. CT, ESPN2).

Opening Statement…
“The LSU game tape showed a lot of great things. As after any game, you look for things that you can correct or need to improve on. We had those also. We left some points out there. We could’ve had some more. Part of it was us trying to control the game after we got up three scores, but I am really happy with the plan that we had.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on LSU

By José Valdez
Columnist – Rebel Nation Magazine™

This too shall pass.

Yes it shall eventually pass. But it’s been just over a week and a half and to this point it has passed in roughly the same manner that a kidney stone does.

There are a few things that José will likely never get over. These include finishing second in the 4th grade spelling bee when he misspelled “potpourri”. (Stupid word anyway.)  His Madre not taking him to see the Harlem Globetrotter’s when he was in 7th grade. (Still bitter). The breakup of Oasis. (Shouldn’t have been surprised in retrospect.) And the ending to “The Crying Game” (No explanation necessary).… Read more...

GAME 11 NOTES: LSU @ Ole Miss

#25/25 Ole Miss Rebels (7-3, 4-2 SEC) vs. #17/17 LSU Tigers (7-2, 4-2 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (59,347)
Surface: FieldTurf
Ole Miss Rankings: 25 (AP), 25 (Coaches)
LSU Rankings: 17 (AP), 17 (Coaches)
Series: LSU leads 59-40-4
In Oxford: LSU leads 9-7-1
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: CBS
Verne Lundquist, Play-by-Play
Gary Danielson, Analyst
Allie LaForce, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134, XM 190

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    Ole Miss is bowl eligible for the fourth straight season under head coach Hugh Freeze.
•    With a 4-2 league record, Ole Miss is in search of a winning SEC ledger for the second straight year.… Read more...

Egg Bowl Set for 6:15 PM Kickoff

Annual Rivalry Game with Mississippi State Will Be Shown on ESPN2

OXFORD, Miss. – The Nov. 28 Battle of the Golden Egg contest between Ole Miss and Mississippi State, better known as the Egg Bowl, will kick off at 6:15 p.m. CT in Starkville.

The game will be televised by ESPN2. It will be the Rebels’ second appearance of the season on that channel, the first since all the way back on Sept. 12 against Fresno State.

The regular-season finale Egg Bowl will mark the 11th straight nationally televised game for the Rebels, including two on CBS, one on ABC, four on ESPN, two on ESPN2, one on ESPNU and one on the SEC Network.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (November 16)

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Discusses This Weekend’s Matchup Against LSU

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Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media Monday to look towards Saturday’s game versus LSU (2:30 p.m. CT, CBS).

Opening Statement…
“We had a good open week. I think after the stretch of games we had, with ten-straight games plus fall camp, it was much needed both mentally and physically for coaches and players. We coaches were able to go on the road and recruit, which is always good. It seemed like it had been a while since we had gotten out.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference – November 9

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Looks Back on Arkansas Game During Rebels’ Bye Week

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Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media Monday to talk about last weekend’s game versus Arkansas as well as look towards the upcoming matchup versus LSU, Nov. 21. The Rebels have a bye week and will not play this weekend.
Opening Statement…
“Well, I never experienced anything quite like what we experienced on Saturday. After watching the film and the effort that was given by both teams and ours, we couldn’t find issues with effort. It was certainly one of those days where the offenses had their way on both sides.… Read more...

José’s Thoughts on Arkansas

By José Valdez
Columnist – Rebel Nation Magazine™

Please forgive José for the delay in sharing his thoughts this week. Unfortunately he has been preoccupied with planning the after party for the Class of 1990 Jackson Prep Pacers 25th reunion. Before you ask, no this is not an “officially sanctioned” event. But neither was the after party for their 20th reunion and hell, everyone knows how that one went. José still occasionally wears a couple of the capes that were left behind. Perhaps you’ve witnessed him do so at Babalu late on a Thursday evening. You can get away with that kind of stuff in Fondren without anyone batting an eye or asking if you’re supposed to be Zorro, which is not the case at 1St Pres.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (November 2)

Freeze Talks about Upcoming Matchup with Arkansas

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Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media Monday to talk about last weekend’s win over Auburn while also looking toward Saturday’s home contest against Arkansas (2:30 p.m. CT, CBS).

Opening Statement…
“I was real proud of our kids and our staff, going out and handling a hostile environment pretty well. I only thought twice in the game we didn’t handle the environment as well as we could have because of some false starts. Defensively, 73 total plays, 66 of those plays we held a very good football team to 170 yards.… Read more...

GAME 10 NOTES: Arkansas @ Ole Miss

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#19/19 Ole Miss Rebels (7-2, 4-1 SEC) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (4-4, 2-2 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (59,347)
Surface: FieldTurf
Ole Miss Rankings: 19 (AP), 19 (Coaches)
Arkansas Rankings: NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Series: Arkansas leads 32-28-1
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 7-4
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: CBS
Carter Blackburn, Play-by-Play
Aaron Taylor, Analyst
Jenny Dell, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145, XM 191

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…
•    Ole Miss is bowl eligible for the fourth straight season under head coach Hugh Freeze.… Read more...

2016 Ole Miss Football Schedule Announced

Ole Miss WR Cody Core. – Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine™

Labor Day Matchup with Florida State in Orlando Kicks Off Season

OXFORD, Miss. – Beginning with a neutral-site season opener against Florida State and featuring key Southeastern Conference home games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the 2016 Ole Miss football schedule is sure to get Rebel fans excited.

The Southeastern Conference announced the football schedules for all 14 SEC schools for the 2016 season Thursday.

The Rebels’ season opener against the ACC heavyweight Seminoles will be played Monday, Sept. 5 in Orlando, Florida.

Home conference games that will be played on Hemingway Field’s new natural grass surface will be Alabama (Sept.… Read more...

CHARLIE CONERLY: THE GOLD STANDARD

Charlie Conerly set the Standard for Quarterbacks in Oxford long before Archie, Eli or any other great Rebel QB’s stepped on Campus

By John Davis – Oxford Citizen
Featured Writer – Rebel Nation Magazine™
Photos Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics
As published in the September/October 2015 Issue

1947 All-America Charlie Conerly – Ole Miss File Photo

Five decades before Eli Manning won two Super Bowls for the New York Giants, Charlie Conerly was the former Rebel signal caller making the headlines in the city that never sleeps. Years before Archie, Eli’s father, was the toast of the college football landscape as the latest in a long line of standout quarterbacks from Ole Miss, Conerly was setting the groundwork as a single-wing tailback who could pass.… Read more...

SEC Nation to Visit The Grove for Arkansas Game

SEC Network’s Traveling Pre-Game Show Heads to Ole Miss on Nov. 7

OXFORD, Miss. – SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show, SEC Nation, will make its first appearance of the year at The Grove prior to the Nov. 7 Ole Miss-Arkansas game, the network announced Wednesday.

The show, which can be described as a Southeastern Conference-themed version of ESPN’s College GameDay, includes host Joe Tessitore, analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears and commentator Paul Finebaum.

SEC Nation runs from 9-11 a.m. CT each Saturday on the SEC Network. No. 19 Ole Miss and Arkansas will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT that Saturday, televised by CBS.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on Auburn 

José Valdez
Columnist – Rebel Nation Magazine™

You want to know what makes José happier than just about anything else in the world? No? You have no interest whatsoever in what makes José happy? Well he is going to tell you anyway. He loves it when fans of another school flood Oxford, walking around the Grove in their school colors (as abysmal as some of them are), enjoying the tailgating and scenery while expecting a victory, only to file out of Vaught-Hemingway early because they are getting their butts kicked. That makes José pretty damn happy and is exactly what went down last Saturday for Texas A&M fans.… Read more...

GAME 9 NOTES: Ole Miss at Auburn

#19/21 Ole Miss Rebels (6-2, 3-1 SEC) at Auburn Tigers (4-3, 1-3 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Location: Auburn, Ala.
Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)
Surface: Grass
Ole Miss Rankings: 19 (AP), 21 (Coaches)
Auburn Rankings: NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Series: Auburn leads 29-10
In Auburn: Auburn leads 14-2
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: ESPN
Dave Pasch, Play-by-Play
Brian Griese, Analyst
Tom Luginbill, Sideline
National Radio: ESPN Radio
Bill Rosinski, Play-by-Play
David Norrie, Analyst
Joe Schad, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 84, XM 84

Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine™

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    Ole Miss is bowl eligible for the fourth straight season under head coach Hugh Freeze.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (Oct. 26)

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Looked Back on Texas A&M Game and Ahead to Matchup at Auburn

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Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media Monday to talk about last weekend’s win over No. 15 Texas A&M while also looking towards Saturday’s contest on the Plains against Auburn (11:00 a.m. CT, ESPN).
Opening Statement…
“I’m proud of our team’s response last week – the staff and the kids. Everyone that’s in this building I thought had really good focus, and we had good practices. It’s always great when the scoreboard validates your efforts. That’s not always the case in life or in football, but this time it validated our efforts and performance.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on Texas A&M 

By José Valdez 
Columnist – Rebel Nation Magazine™ These will not be your favorite thoughts from Jose. Consider yourself forewarned.

First, let José state for the record that since he took over the reins, Hugh Freeze has had the most consistent success of any Ole Miss football coach since Johnny Vaught. That is virtually indisputable. With that comes certain expectations though. Unfortunately two of the past three weeks those expectations have not come close to being met. And as much as it pains José to say it, on his worst day as a Rebel coach, Ed Orgeron didn’t do as much to prevent his team from winning in a single game as Hugh Freeze did last Saturday in Memphis.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference – Memphis Game

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Rags Magazine™

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Answered Questions from the Media Monday Morning

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Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media Monday to address the outcome against No. 22 Memphis while also looking towards Saturday’s contest versus No. 15/16 Texas A&M (6:00 p.m. CT, ESPN).

Opening Statement…
“A disappointing Saturday for sure on a lot of fronts. Our staff hurts for the Ole Miss family. I understand when you love a place and want to give a great joy through the job you’re assigned, it is difficult. It’s disappointing. It’s testing at times.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on Memphis

By José Valdez
Columnist – Rebel Nation Magazine

Please forgive José for providing his thoughts later than he customarily does. Unfortunately, he was detained in the Atlanta airport for an extended period of time. What began on a positive note, being seated in first class for the first time ever, quickly deteriorated into a less than desirable situation. But in José’s defense, what do YOU typically think when someone comes at you with a wet, hot towel? Sponge bath right? Well, let José forewarn you should you ever find yourself in first class on Delta Airlines, that is not what they are intended for.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on New Mexico State

By José Valdez
Featured Columnist

Had you told José before the Florida game that the final score would be 38-10 he would have been very pleased that the Rebels went into the Swamp and took care of business. To think that they would be on the short-end of that score was unfathomable. But José was there. He witnessed it. And as the game progressed it became fathomable. Excruciatingly fathomable. Ole Miss was never in the game and being there to experience is rivaled only by that time José’s Kappa formal date “accidentally” shot him. (Long story. Don’t like to talk about it.)

So what are Ole Miss fans supposed to take away from such a depressing loss?… Read more...

José’s thoughts on Florida

By José Valdez
Featured Columnist

Remember that time when José said that Vanderbilt’s football team sucked and the Rebels should win handily? Well he proved to be about as accurate in that assessment as he was when he stated that Nicholas Cage was an Oscar lock for his performance in Face/Off. No Ole Miss did not play its best game. In fact they didn’t play very well at all. But some of that had to do with Vanderbilt. They are vastly improved from last season (at least José hopes that is the case) and will upset someone this year. The truth is that José was as guilty as anyone in taking this one for granted.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on Vanderbilt

By José Valdez
Message board legend and Featured Columnist for Rebel Nation Magazine™

First let José get something out of the way. Congratulations to Alabama. They fought their guts out and came back time and time again after one would have thought they were finished (as many of their fans who exited early obviously did.) But they hung in there and made the final score respectable. They have a nice little team.

Ole Miss went into Tuscaloosa and put up 43 points on their way to only their second victory ever in Bryant-Denny Stadium. And thanks to OMRebel 78, who provided them with tickets, José V and his brother were there to witness it.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on Alabama

José Valdez – Featured Columnist
Rebel Nation Magazine™

Well we are only two weeks into the season and a disturbing trend has already emerged for the Ole Miss football team. In last Saturday’s contest the Rebels scored three fewer points than they did in the opener. If this trend continues throughout the season you can only expect them to put up 34 points in their 15th game (that would be the national championship game in Atlanta) and José is not certain that will be enough to take home the title. Time will tell.

It was another extremely impressive performance against Fresno State.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on Fresno State

By José Valdez
Message Board Legend and Featured Columnist – Rebel Nation Magazine™

Before commenting on last Saturday’s game José would like to commend the Rebel faithful for their efforts with the white out. It was without question the best showing ever by the fans when requested to wear white. But José does have a suggestion for the future that he believes all of those who sit on the west side will agree with. Rather than designate a color for the home opener, it should just be deemed “clothing optional”. From José’s vantage point in the shade of the east side (because he is “All M”) you people looked pretty miserable.… Read more...

BARNEY FARRAR: Getting off the Farm

Ole Miss Football vs Texas A&M on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 in Oxford, MS. – Photo by Josh McCoy – Ole Miss Athletics

By John Davis – Oxford Citizen
Featured Writer – Rebel Nation Magazine™
As published in the July/August 2015 Football Preview

Barney Farrar knew he wanted to be a football coach and use his abilities to help change lives

Barney Farrar knew his way out of Kossuth would be through football. The most inspirational people in his life growing up were always coaches. They were the ones that showed and told him there was a better way of doing things.… Read more...

Best Day Ever

Hosting ESPN’s College Game Day and Bama Win Changed Ole Miss Football

By David Collier
Contributing Writer – Rebel Nation Magazine™
As published in the July/August 2015 Football Preview

It was a day every Ole Miss fan will remember. It was a day whenever everything went according to plan. It was a day that catapulted Ole Miss into national relevancy and made everyone realize that things in Oxford, Miss., were a bit different than in the past.

That day, of course, was Oct. 4, 2014 when the 11th-ranked Rebels knocked off No. 3 Alabama in front of a sell-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.… Read more...

José’s thoughts on Tennessee-Martin

By José Valdez
Message Board Legend and Featured Columnist – Rebel Nation Magazine

Please accept José’s humble apology for his disappearance these past few months. He would like to make excuses for not sharing his thoughts but he has none to offer. The sad truth is that it has been a long, uneventful summer that José has spent, for the most part, apologetically sober. Sure there were the Northeast Jackson cotillions complete with their usual levels of lasciviousness and ribaldry, but those tend to grow stale after a fortnight and they typically leave José feeling as though he may not be making the most productive use of his time.… Read more...

GAME ONE NOTES: UT-Martin @ Ole Miss

#15/17 Ole Miss Rebels (0-0) vs. UT Martin Skyhawks (0-0)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (59,347)
Surface: FieldTurf
Ole Miss Rankings: 17 (AP), 15 (Coaches)
UT Martin Rankings: RV (FCS Coaches)
Series: First meeting
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: SEC Network Alternate
Mike Couzens, Play-by-Play
Cole Cubelic, Analyst
Kevin Weidl, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 134, XM 190

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    This game will kick off the 121st season of football at Ole Miss and the fourth under head coach Hugh Freeze … The Rebels boast an all-time record of 645-501-35 (.561 winning percentage) … Ole Miss did not field teams in 1897 due to an epidemic of yellow fever, and also in 1943 when football was abolished at all Mississippi state-supported institutions by the Board of Trustees.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze: Week 1 Press Conference

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media Monday to discuss the Rebels’ season opener against UT Martin on Saturday  (11 a.m. CT, SEC Network Alternate).

Head Coach Hugh Freeze

Opening statement…
“It’s good to see all of you. It’s finally real. We are tired of talking and you are all probably tired of asking questions. It is time for us to play. Our program likes to refer to our journeys in chapters and this is chapter four, verse one. It is our first opportunity to show what our DNA will be for this year’s team.… Read more...

Ole Miss Makes Major Announcements

A.D. Ross Bjork – Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Athletics Director Ross Bjork Announced Major Plans Regarding Ole Miss Athletics on Monday

Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced major plans for Ole Miss Athletics while addressing the media during Monday’s press conference. Following is a transcript.

Opening Statement…
“This week, as we get ready to kick off the football season, but also as we have already started the athletic year with soccer and volleyball being undefeated at this point and time, so we are glad to kick things off. We have done a lot this summer that improves our program in many ways.… Read more...

Ole Miss Announces SEC Schedule, Finalizes 2015-16 Slate

Photo by Bobby McDuffie for Rebel Nation Magazine™

First Game in Pavilion at Ole Miss Set for Jan. 7

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss finalized its 2015-16 schedule Wednesday, as the Southeastern Conference office announced the 2015 league slate, including the first game in the Pavilion at Ole Miss.

The Rebels will begin a new era in the $90 million Pavilion at Ole Miss Jan. 7 when they welcome the Alabama Crimson Tide to Oxford (ESPNU, 8 p.m.) as part of the Grand Opening Weekend on campus. Ole Miss will also host Georgia Jan. 9 (SEC Network, 7:30 p.m.) in the Pavilion, while the Rebel women will play Florida Jan.… Read more...

The Celebrity of Hugh Freeze

By Acey Roberts
Contributing Writer
As published in the July/Aug Football Preview

Hugh Freeze: Embraces his SEC Head Coach Celebrity Status.

In many ways, Ole Miss’ Head coach Hugh Freeze is an unlikely success story.

Relatively few private school coaches break through to the college ranks, much less to be a head coach of an SEC school.

He doesn’t have the pedigree of a Lane Kiffin and he can’t fall back on the coaching tree of a famous head coach (He is in the Orgeron coaching tree for goodness sakes).

Freeze has had to force his way into the limelight in virtually every job. … Read more...

First Down! Oleeeeeee Miss! The Voice of VHS Glen Waddle

The Voice of VHS – Glen Waddle; Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine

By Jeff Roberson
Special to Rebel Nation Magazine™ – As published in the July/August 2014 Football Preivew

For the past 15 years (going on 16 now with the 2015 season), Glen Waddle has used his distinctive voice to start a tradition at Ole Miss football games and to become a staple of Rebel sports on the mic

According to Glen Waddle, former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat said Waddle was able to do something a lot of others have attempted but not been able to accomplish.

“It was like 2003 when Eli Manning was a senior.… Read more...

Stan Sandroni: Rebel Radio Icon had his own Brand

Stan interviewing Hugh Freeze before the 2014 Chick-Fil-A game with Boise St. – Photo by Michael Thompson

(Publisher’s Note) – When I first met Stan down on the sidelines as a photographer in 2007, he welcomed me as a friend and we talked frequently. I’ll always remember Stan telling me, “Have fun down here, but don’t get run over. Those guys are big!” We here at Rebel Nation Magazine were honored when Chuck Rounsaville said he’d write a feature in memory of his friendship with Stan Sandroni. So without further ado….

A special to Rebel Nation Magazine™
By Chuck Rounsaville
Guest Writer – Publisher, The Ole Miss Spirit
Published in the January/February 2015 Issue

When we leave this life, we’d all like to think we’ll be remembered in a meaningful way for our oneness, our individuality, in this cookie-cutter world.… Read more...

MIKE DENNIS: An Ole Miss Rebel

Mike Dennis will be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Saturday, August 1, 2015.

By John Davis – Contributing Writer
Oxford Citizen – Photos Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics
As published in the July/August 2014 Football Preview

Coach Vaught had to fend off Alabama’s Bear Bryant, but in the end he got his man.

Football essentially shaped who Mike Dennis is. The former Ole Miss Rebel, and Jackson native, has literally made a living from football. His family was formed while he was a member of the Los Angeles Rams. His toughness and work ethic was set in motion by his high school coach, Jack Carlisle, and then improved through Johnny Vaught.… Read more...

Friendship Keeps Competition in Perspective for Rebel Goalies

2015 Ole Miss Soccer Goalkeepers – Photo courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

Killeen, Merritt Push To Improve, Grab Starting Position For 2015

OXFORD, Miss. – Competition is often said to bring out the best in people.

Usually it’s a phrase used in reference to a primal need to succeed. It describes a drive in people to push past others to achieve success and stake an individual claim to greatness in a profession or sport. It brings out a desire to be the best at all costs.

A pair of young keepers at Ole Miss have found that competition truly can bring out the best in people.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Evan Engram Named to Mackey Award Watch List

Photo by RebelNation Magazine™

Award Honors Nation’s Most Outstanding Tight End

NEW YORK – Ole Miss junior Evan Engram has been recognized as one of the nation’s top returning tight ends, as he was named to the 2015 John Mackey Award preseason watch list Wednesday.

The John Mackey Award has been given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end since 2000. Engram is one of 33 players on this year’s watch list, including six from the Southeastern Conference. He was a semifinalist for the award last year.

A native of Powder Springs, Georgia, Engram has established himself as one of the nation’s top receiving tight ends through his first two years of college with 59 career catches for 930 yards and five touchdowns.… Read more...

REBEL ALLEY: Highly Motivating

Known as the “Official Team Motivational Coordinators” – Rebel Alley has its own style of pumping up the players during the Walk of Champions

By Acey Roberts – Featured Writer
As published in the Nov/Dec 2014 Issue
Photos by Rebel Nation Magazine™

On, October 13, 2007, Alabama was in the Grove.  The Rebel players and fans were mad and ready to fight for a win.  It had been a tough couple of years for Ole Miss and Head Coach Ed Orgeron, but no one wanted to win more or had put in more time and effort than Coach O.

He was a very personable coach that was easily liked and the team adopted his personality. … Read more...

REBEL NATION FLASHBACK: The 1947 Rebels

Dixie Howell (31) runs for positive yards during the 1948 Delta Bowl with Barney Poole (89) leading the way. – Photo Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

By Seph Anderson
Featured Writer
As published in the Mar/Apr 2015 Issue

Throughout the storied history of Ole Miss Football, there have been many special teams.
The 1935 Orange Bowl Team.
The 1952 Team that upset #3 Maryland.
The 1959, 1960 and 1962 National Champions.
The 1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, and 1963 SEC Champions.
The 1971 Rebels.
Brewer’s teams from the early 90’s.
Chucky Mullins’ 1989 Rebels.
Eli’s 2003 Rebels.
The 2008 & 2009 Cotton Bowl Champs.… Read more...

HEAVY HITTER: It’s Time for Trae Elston to Rise Up and be the Leader of the Rebel Secondary

Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine

By PARRISH ALFORD
Contributing Writer – Daily Journal
As published in the March/April Issue

The end of the Cody Prewitt Era brings about a change in leadership among the Ole Miss safeties in the months ahead.

The obvious choice to become the voice on the back end is rising senior Trae Elston.

An off-field issue in January has put Elston off to a slow start in replacing a two-time All-American who had everyone’s attention all the time.

Prewitt broke into the starting lineup as a freshman late in the 2011 season.
As the plays and games rolled on he gained the experience and accepted the roles that go along with a four-year starter.… Read more...

Adidas’ shirt gaffe shows how Bulldogs really feel about Rebels

By John Davis
Contributing Writer – Oxford Citizen

Just when you didn’t think the rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State could get any more heated, the Bulldogs took it to another level. Or Adidas did. Either way, the baseball warmup shirts Mississippi State had on last week prior to Super Bulldog Weekend were over the top. Ole Miss and MSU fans know by now what the shirts had printed on it.

The message of “F—K The School Up North” were tweeted over and over again April 16. The debate about how they got on there and who is responsible was ignited immediately.… Read more...

Sam Smith Is Back On The Mound Again

Photo by Petre Thomas

By John Davis
Contributing Writer – Oxford Citizen

Sam Smith may not have earned a win last week on the mound, but he was finally able to contribute again.

In a senior season that has been more forgettable than not, Smith logged 6.2 innings of work in two appearances against Southern Miss and then No. 1 Vanderbilt. He only gave up two two runs during his time on the mound, far better results than he had posted earlier in the season where he struggled to even get a batter out.

“It felt good to get back out there and help my team.… Read more...

Ole Miss Launches Celebration of First 100 Years of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

Ole Miss’ Football Stadium Opened in 1915

OXFORD, Miss. – Football stadiums witness a lot of things in 100 years. Triumphs, defeats, fashion cycles, rain, snow, sleet, hail, sun, and on and on.

Ole Miss will celebrate the First 100 Years of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this year, including several opportunities for fans to be uniquely involved in the Ole Miss Football experience.

The Rebels’ stadium, known as Hemingway Stadium for much of its existence, began its historic life in 1915 when University of Mississippi students helped in the construction of the first grandstand at the site of the present field. After a three-year construction project, the stadium made its presence felt in the new college sports landscape as a state-of-the-art 24,000-seat venue.… Read more...

JAYLEN WALTON – “THE RUN”

Jaylen Walton’s 91-yard touchdown run in the 2014 Egg Bowl will go down in Rebel lore as one of the top plays of all-time

By Parrish Alford – Contributing Writer
Daily Journal
As published in the Mar/Apr issue

There have been numerous big plays in the 111 football meetings between Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Whatever happens moving forward there’s no doubt that one of the rivalry’s biggest plays has been produced by one of its smallest participants.

Jaylen Walton’s 91-yard touchdown run didn’t seal the deal in the Rebels’ 31-17 win over the Bulldogs. That came later, requiring a halfback pass from Jordan Wilkins and a later goalline stand by the Rebels’ defense.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Stakes Claim As The Best Coach In Mississippi History

Photo by Bobby McDuffie, Rebel Nation Magazine™

By ACEY ROBERTS, Contributing Writer
Rebel Nation Magazine™

In his three years at Ole Miss, Coach Hugh Freeze has amassed 24 wins, increasing his win total each year resulting in a 9 win season in 2014.  His 24 wins put Coach Freeze in some rare company in the State of Mississippi and in the SEC.

In fact, since World War II no one has been able to match Hugh Freeze’s three year win total in this State. Famed Ole Miss Coach Johnny Vaught started at Ole Miss with a bang in 1947 and won 17 games in his first two seasons, but a rebuilding year in 1949 resulted in only 4 wins.… Read more...

Rebel Nation Magazine™ is back!

It’s been another memorable academic year for the Ole Miss Rebels on the fields, and courts of play. The 2014 season saw the Ole Miss football team defeat No. 1 Alabama and reach even greater heights under Hugh Freeze. Andy Kennedy led the men’s basketball team to the NCAA Tournament, while Matt Insell recharged the women’s basketball Rebels. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco took his baseball team to the College World Series for the first time sicne 1972 in 2014, another stellar moment Rebel fans will never forget. Rebel Rags, Inc. was kind enough to be a title sponsor during this journey, and we appreciate Terry Warren’s involvement.… Read more...

Road to Recovery: Treadwell Getting Better Every Day

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Rags Magazine

Fan Favorite, Star Receiver 80 Percent Back from Injury

By Austin Miller, OleMissSports.com

OXFORD, Miss. — Everyone remembers the play.

Dragging a defender, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was hit from behind as he fought his way toward the goal line near the end of the Auburn game last year. He felt it when the injury happened, but he made himself not believe until he tried to stand up.

His outstanding sophomore season came to an abrupt end, and he later underwent surgery to repair a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle.

Amid the devastation, for a player, a team and a community, he had one thought above all else.… Read more...

What A Great Time To Be An Ole Miss Rebel!

Memorable Moments from the 2014 Sports Season

By Seph Anderson – Contributing Writer
As published in the January/February 2015 Issue

What a special year it was to be an Ole Miss Rebel in 2014.

From an epic Saturday in October, to a trip to Omaha, to ground-breaking on the new basketball arena, to celebrating the life of Chucky Mullins on the twenty-fifth anniversary and to crushing the school down south, this past year provided Ole Miss fans with momentous moments to rejoice both what was and what’s to come for Ole Miss Athletics.

A Day to Remember – October 4, 2014
From the moment the 2014 football schedule was released, Rebel fans everywhere began to think, “If we can just beat Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, then we have a real chance to be undefeated going into the Alabama game.” Well, that’s precisely what unfolded ahead of the Crimson Tide’s first trip to Oxford since 2011.… Read more...

Ole Miss, Cal to Play Football in 2017, 2019

Rebels’ First Pac-12 Opponent in Football

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss and Cal will play a home-and-home football series in 2017 and 2019, the schools and ESPN announced Thursday.

The Rebels, who have never played a Pac-12 school in football, will make the roughly 2,150-mile trip to Berkeley, California, on Sept. 16, 2017. It will be the westernmost game in Ole Miss history, surpassing the 2011 trip to Fresno, which was the program’s only other visit to the Golden State.

The Bears will make a return visit to Oxford on Sept. 21, 2019.

Future Ole Miss schedules also include exciting matchups against other “Power Five” schools such as Florida State (2016), Georgia Tech (2022, 2023) and Wake Forest (2024, 2025).… Read more...

Shack Attack: D.T. Shackelford

By Parrish Alford
Contributing Writer – Daily Journal
As published in the Nov/Dec 2014 Rebel Rags Magazine™

It would be easy to paint a mental picture of a slow walk, gentle descent from the top of the whirlpool bath, settling carefully to the bottom and soaking in the warmth and reviving tired muscles.

In truth, there’s some of that with D.T. Shackelford.

As pictures are worth a thousand words, however, the image Shackelford hopes to leave for Ole Miss fans – after receiving a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA – is one of relentless pursuit and big strikes from the middle linebacker position he was recruited to play.… Read more...

HEART & SOUL: Anthony Boone

By John Davis
Contributing Writer – Oxford Citizen
Photos Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics and Univ. of Central Arkansas

There aren’t many numbers retired at Ole Miss. Archie Manning’s number 18 and the late Chucky Mullins number 38 are most well known. Former baseball coach Jake Gibbs had his number 41 retired. But in Tad Smith Coliseum the number 41 also hangs in retirement. Anthony Boone didn’t have the dream career at Ole Miss as knee injuries robbed him of large chunks of playing time but the Arkansas native made the most of the hardwood time he did get. He averaged just over seven points a game and five rebounds but it was the intangible facts that don’t fit in a stat column that put his number up.… Read more...

The Mystique of Oxford and Ole Miss

By Seph Anderson – Contributing Writer
As published in the May/June 2014 Iusse

Way down south lies a town, university and campus that have come together to create one of the most surreal, storybook settings across the entire collegiate landscape. 

It’s through this collective effort that Ole Miss has achieved such an endearing, enduring mystique.

To many graduates like my wife and myself that decided to stay and raise a family in Oxford, there’s something undeniable about the charming small town that just makes it very special. The late Frank E. Everett Jr. described what Ole Miss means to so many as well as words allow:
There is a valid distinction between The University and Ole Miss even though the separate threads are closely interwoven.… Read more...

REBEL FLASHBACK: Billy Ray Adams – Rebel Tough

Photo Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

By Mark Stowers – Contributing Writer
As published in the Nov/Dec Issue

Billy Ray Adams’ Adversity in Life Kept Him On God’s Road

His mother birthed him alone at home, the eleventh of twelve children in a house with no running water, indoor plumbing or electricity. He was the only one of his siblings to finish high school and the only one to go to college. At the age of six he last saw his father. That’s just how life was for Billy Ray Adams. He didn’t know any other way to live. A natural athlete, Adams excelled in any and every sport offered at Lee High School.… Read more...

The Freeze Effect

Freeze Delivering on Promises, Vision Quickly Becoming Reality

By Seph Anderson
As published in the Nov/Dec 2014 Issue

Having survived what seemed like Armageddon at the time, also known as the final two years of the Houston Nutt regime, Rebel Nation was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief when the right reverend was relieved of his duties in late 2011. A collective sigh it may have been, the announcement of Nutt’s successor left some a bit uneasy about the future of the program.

Rebel Nation’s ray of hope in finding the right man to lead the Rebels back to prominence: Archie Manning and Mike Glenn.… Read more...

Top 10 Wins in Ole Miss Football History

By Seph Anderson
Contributing Writer
As published in the July/August 2014 Football Issue
Photos courtesy Langston Rogers

So many games, so many wins. Ole Miss has its share of victories throughout its history, but we’ve come up with our list of the ten we feel put Ole Miss on the college football map.

Dixie Howell (31) runs for positive yards during the 1948 Delta Bowl with Barney Poole (89) leading the way.

#1> 1948 Delta Bowl – Fifty-five years after Dr. A.L. Bondurant led Ole Miss to its first gridiron win in 1893, a 56-0 shellacking of Southwest Baptist University, the red and blue would claim its first bowl game win behind the brilliant mind of first-year head coach John Howard Vaught in 1948.… Read more...

HOW TO LANDSHARK: FinsUp, with Jerrell Powe

As published previously in Rebel Nation Magazine™

A former Ole Miss great talks LandShark and life in the NFL

Jerrell Powe was one of the top nose tackles to ever play at Ole Miss. Not only that, but Powe was also in on the beginning of the phenomenon Ole Miss fans now call the “Landshark.” Now entering his 3rd season with the NFL’s Houston Texans, Powe returns to Oxford frequently during the off-season and remains a fan favorite. With the “Fins Up” movement taking off like it has we thought it would be fun to catch up with Powe and talk Ole Miss, Landsharks and the NFL.… Read more...

What “ALL IN” means for the Fans

Are you “All In?”

Tuesday,September 9, 2014
By Greg Pevey, Publisher
Rebel Nation Magazine™

First of all, let me say as publisher of Rebel Nation Magazine™, that I am not a writer. I handle all the behind-the-scenes things that need to be done to put each issue of this magazine together. Sure, I can put a few small stories together if need be, but normally I let my crew of  talented writers like John Davis, Jeff Roberson, Chase Parham, Parrish Alford, Angie Ledbetter and others handle the features we put in front you in every issue. They are the professionals and are in Oxford and follow Ole Miss sports on a daily basis.… Read more...

A Special Message from Ross Bjork: WE ARE OLE MISS

As published in the July/August 2014 Football Issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™
PUBLISHERS NOTE: We normally don’t publish magazine content on our website. Our goal as a publication is, of course,  to sell copies and subscriptions. When we approached Ross with this column idea I knew at some point we’d have to make this available for everyone across Rebel Nation to read. We hope you enjoy and will share this message with every Rebel fan you know.

By Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork

We are Ole Miss….

As a member of the Ole Miss family, you have surely heard this phrase said in the course of your discussions about anything and everything related to the University of Mississippi.… Read more...