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Ole Miss To Face Louisville In 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Rebels Return To Atlanta For Kickoff Game

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss will face off against Louisville in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in what will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The game will be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. An exact date, kick time and television network will be finalized at a later date.

The Rebels are no strangers to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, making their second appearance in the game after knocking off Boise State 35-21 to open the 2014 season. The Cardinals are also making their second trip to the Atlanta after falling to Auburn 31-24 in 2015.… Read more...

Matt Luke Weekly Press Conference (With Video)

Luke Recaps Cal Game, Talks Bye Week

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Matt Luke met with the media Monday to recap the Cal game, and look ahead to bye week preparations.

Opening Statement…
“After reviewing the tape, I’m really disappointed in the self-inflicted penalties. Looking back at it, that was the telltale sign, especially on offense. Just too many self-inflicted penalties. Injury wise, Sean Rawlings has a very bad ankle sprain. He’s having surgery today on it to hopefully get him back a little quicker. A.J. Brown has a strained MCL, probably out one to two weeks. Markell Pack (needs) probably a week.… Read more...

REBEL NATION REWIND – The Cal Game

By Jason Scarborough
Contributing Writer

The Ole Miss Rebels suffered their first loss of the season Saturday night on the West Coast to a California Bears team that took every gift the Rebels were willing to give them.

Ole Miss fell to Cal 27-16 late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. The Rebels offense lost their super sophomore WR AJ Brown for the game. Sophomore starting center Sean Rawlings left with an ankle injury that he’ll now have surgery to repair. Junior defensive end Victor Evans has a strained MCL and may not be back for the Alabama game on the 30th, and even kicker Gary Wunderlich had to leave the game with an injury.… Read more...

OLE MISS at CAL – Game Notes

GAME 3
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Time: 9:30 p.m. CT
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Venue: California Memorial Stadium (62,467)
     Surface: FieldTurf
Series: First meeting
     In Berkeley: First meeting
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB
Television: ESPN
Bob Wischusen, Play-by-Play
Brock Huard, Analyst
Allison Williams, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83, XM 83

WHAT TO WATCH FOR …

• Ole Miss looks to improve to 3-0 under first-year head coach Matt Luke … The Rebels have started the season 3-0 in three of the last four years … Ole Miss boasts an all-time record of 662-511-35 (.563 winning percentage).

• This marks the first-ever meeting between the Rebels and the Bears, and Ole Miss has never faced a current member of the Pac-12 Conference … UM is making just its second-ever trip to the state of California after traveling to Fresno State in 2011.… Read more...

Luke, Rebels Continue Preparation for Cal

Ole Miss Gets Ready For Road Test at Cal

By Brian Scott Rippee, OleMissSports.com

Oxford, Miss – Matt Luke returned to practice on Wednesday as Ole Miss prepares to jet across the country to face a 2-0 Cal team that defeated North Carolina on the road in the first week of the season.

Luke’s absence was brief, but he was pleased with what he came back to.

“We had a really good day, a lot of energy,” Luke said. “This is a really big game for us going on the road for the first time with a young team. We’ve just talked about enjoying this time together and going out on the west coast.… Read more...

Rebels Aim to Spark Run Game Against Cal

Ole Miss Hopes to Bolster Its Rushing Attack This Week

By Brian Scott Rippee, OleMissSports.com

Oxford, Miss – Shea Patterson knows what it is like to play on the road. His debut came in front of over 100,000 people on the road against Texas A&M at Kyle Field, one of the rowdiest venues in college football.

“Any type of SEC play is going to boost your confidence,” Patterson said. “It lets you gain that experience, which makes you feel more comfortable. I feel very comfortable going on the road.”

Ole Miss will travel over 2,000 miles for its first road bout of the season against a Cal team that is also 2-0.… Read more...

Ole Miss Prepares For Road Test at Cal

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Rebels Turn Attention to Cal

By Brian Scott Rippee, OleMissSports.com 

Oxford, Miss – Pushing any and all outside distractions aside, Ole Miss is in the process of preparing for its first road test of the 2017 season, and a long one at that. The Rebels will travel across the country to take on a Cal team that is also 2-0.

You never begrudge a win, but you certainly have to look at some of the missed opportunities and plays in that game,” defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff said. “We’re looking forward to going out and correcting those issues and going on the road to play against a good football team in Cal-Berkeley, which is also 2-0.… Read more...

Patterson Named SEC Offensive Player Of The Week

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine

Sophomore Set Ole Miss Passing Record in Win Over UT Martin

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss sophomore Shea Patterson has been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week following his record-breaking performance in the win over UT Martin, the league office announced Monday.

Patterson completed 32 of 43 attempts for 489 yards, breaking Chad Kelly’s school record of 465 yards set versus Auburn last season. The 489 yards passing is the 13th-most in SEC history just behind Tim Couch and Peyton Manning, who each threw for 492 yards. The sophomore also tossed a career-best five touchdowns against the Skyhawks, finishing the game one shy of Eli Manning’s Ole Miss record of six, set versus Arkansas in 2001.… Read more...

REBEL NATION REWIND – The UT-Martin Game

By Jason Scarborough – Contributing Writer
Photos by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine

They typically say that a football team makes their biggest adjustments from week one to week two. If you’re an Ole Miss fan and watching the game Saturday between UT-Martin and Ole Miss, you struggled to find what those adjustments were-especially on the defensive side of the ball. But the Rebs sputtered offensively to start the game too. The slow start put pressure on an already struggling defense still trying to find their identity in a new system with a new defensive coordinator.

For much of the 1st half, the Rebels offense wasn’t clicking like the Ferrari we expect to see featuring speedy receivers Brown, Lodge, Metcalf and the sensational craftiness of Patterson.… Read more...

Ole Miss-Texas Matchup to Appear on ESPN2

2018 BIG 12/SEC Challenge Television Schedule Set

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Ole Miss men’s basketball team will battle the Texas Longhorns at 1 p.m. CT, Jan. 27, 2018, on ESPN2 as part of the Big12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic. ESPN announced the television network designations and start times for all 10 games of the fifth annual competition Wednesday afternoon.

The non-conference matchup became the second Ole Miss game announced with a television designation for the 2017-18 season. Wrapping up the MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas (Nov. 22), the Rebels will play on either ESPNU or ESPN2.

Four of the Big12/SEC Challenge’s 10 games will be televised on ESPN, four on ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU.… Read more...

Ole Miss Game 2 – NOTES (UT-Martin)

Ole Miss (1-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. UT Martin (1-0, 0-0 OVC)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
Surface: Natural grass
Series: Ole Miss leads 1-0
     In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 1-0
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB
Television: SEC Network Alt.
Mike Morgan, Play-by-Play
Barrett Jones, Analyst
Richard Cross, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 138, XM 191

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

• Ole Miss looks to improve to 2-0 under first under head coach Matt Luke … The Rebels have started the season 2-0 in four of the last five years … Ole Miss boasts an all-time record of 661-511-35 (.563 winning percentage).… Read more...

Matt Luke Weekly Press Conference

Luke Recaps South Alabama Game, Previews UT Martin

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Matt Luke met with the media on Monday recapping the season-opening win over South Alabama, and looking forward to Saturday’s matchup with UT Martin (11 a.m., SEC Network Alternate).

Opening Statement…
“Thanks to everybody for coming. After reviewing the tape of last week’s game, offensively we were very pleased with the 80 percent completion percentage. I thought that was really good. We had 180 yards passing off RPO (run/pass option) calls. I thought that was really efficient and I liked that. II don’t think we panicked at halftime and I think we came out really well in the third quarter.… Read more...

Patterson Eager to Throw to Rebel Receivers

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Shea Patterson Ready to Take Control of Offense

By Brian Scott Rippee, OleMissSports.com

Oxford, Miss. – When Shea Patterson and his teammates tap the Chucky Mullins bust on their way out to the field Saturday afternoon, emotions will be plentiful. Above all else, he thinks there will be a sense of relief.

“I think it’s a huge relief for us,” Patterson said. “All that we’ve gone through in the offseason and all the work we’ve put in, we’re ready to show everybody what we have to offer. Just really excited to play.”

Patterson knows it is his team now.… Read more...

Ole Miss Game 1 – NOTES

Ole Miss Rebels (0-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. South Alabama Jaguars (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)|
     Surface: Natural grass
Series: First meeting
     In Oxford: First meeting
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB
Television: ESPU
Anish Shroff, Play-by-Play
Ahmad Brooks, Analyst
Roddy Jones, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 112, XM 191

WHAT TO WATCH FOR …

• This game will kick off the 123rd season of football at Ole Miss and the first under head coach Matt Luke … The Rebels boast an all-time record of 660-511-35 (.562 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...

Matt Luke Weekly Press Conference

Photo by Angie Ledbetter

Luke Meets with Media for First Weekly Presser of 2017 Season

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Matt Luke met with the media on Monday recapping the preseason, and looking forward to Saturday’sseason opener versus South Alabama (6:30 p.m., ESPNU).

Opening statement…
“Appreciate all you guys coming out this morning. I’m excited about our first game week. A lot of energy in the building. We had a great mock scrimmage on Saturday, got a chance to go out in Vaught-Hemingway with the lights on. All the players are really excited. They’re ready to hit someone else other than themselves.… Read more...

Luke, Rebels Look Ahead to South Alabama

Ole Miss Football vs Georgia on September 24th, 2016 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, MS. – Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss Turns Attention to South Alabama

By Brian Scott Rippee, OleMissSports.com

Matt Luke is unsure of exactly how he will be able to control his emotions Saturday leading up to his first career game as a head coach, but it is something that’s been on his mind for quite a while.

“This is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Luke said. “I’m just excited. I’m excited for the opportunity, excited for walking through The Grove and representing my university and putting a team on the field that everybody’s proud of.… Read more...

A Sneak Peek at the September/October Issue

The September/October issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™ is in production and will mail out to subscribers later this month and hit stores the week of September 4. Here’s a taste of what you can expect! Don’t miss it! It’s ALL Ole Miss from Cover to Cover!

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

Leading the Way – Fiorenzo earned unanimous captain role by overcoming adversity

By John Davis – Oxford Citizen

If you want to be the best, you have to train like it. For Ole Miss goalie Marnie Merritt and the rest of the Rebels; work put in during the spring and summer is what determines how the 2017 season will go.… Read more...

2017 Meet The Rebels A Success

Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

Photo Gallery

Fans Enjoy Opportunity to Mingle with Ole Miss Teams
By Brian Scott Rippee, OleMissSports.com

OXFORD, Miss. – Fans flooded into the Manning Center on Saturday for Meet the Rebels Day, a chance for to interact with the Ole Miss football, soccer, volleyball and rifle teams as well as the spirit squads.

A long, winding line of Rebel fans waited to get an autograph from new head coach Matt Luke and offer their support. Luke greeted many members of Rebel Nation and posed for photos.

“These fans that show up are true Ole Miss Rebel fans,” Luke said.… Read more...

New Leadership for Ole Miss Spirit Squads 

Coordinator for Cheerleaders Ryan O’Connor

O’Connor Hired to Lead Cheerleaders, Levetzow to Coordinate Rebelettes

OXFORD, Miss. – With a new sports season upon us, Ole Miss Athletics is excited to announce Ryan O’Connor as the new spirit squad coordinator for the cheerleaders and Rachel Levetzow as spirit squad coordinator for the Rebelettes.

O’Connor comes to Ole Miss from UAB, where she served the previous three years as spirit coordinator for all aspects of the spirit program including cheerleaders, dance team, mascots, camps, competitions, and recruitment.

Prior to her appointment at UAB, O’Connor spent the 2013-14 year as director of media relations for ACE Cheer Company and worked at Varsity Brands as a member of their social media team from 2010-2014.… Read more...

Bicknell Named Ole Miss Offensive Line Coach

DAVIE, FL – Dan Campbell introduces black jerseys to the Miami Dolphins practice at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility in Davie , FL on October 23, 2015. (Peter McMahon/Miami Dolphins)

Jack Bicknell Jr. Brings 31 Years of Coaching Experience between College Football and the NFL

OXFORD, Miss. – Head coach Matt Luke made his first hire since taking the reins of the Ole Miss Football program, naming Jack Bicknell Jr. offensive line coach Friday afternoon. Bicknell comes to Oxford with 31 years of coaching experience, including 24 years in college and most recently seven seasons in the National Football League.

Bicknell spent eight seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech (1999-2006), where his 43 victories are still the third-most in school history.… Read more...

Ole Miss and New York Jets Great Larry Grantham Passes Away

Won Two Sugar Bowls as a Rebel and a Super Bowl with the Jets

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss and the State of Mississippi lost another sports legend Saturday, June 17, 2017, with the passing of football star Larry Grantham, 78, who was also a member of the Super Bowl III champion New York Jets.
Stringer Funeral Home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, is in charge of the service, which will be held Wednesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Stringer Funeral Home.
Grantham played linebacker and end for legendary Ole Miss coach John Vaught from 1957-1959, earning three letters, and helped lead the Rebels to a 28-4-1 record, including Sugar Bowl victories over Texas and LSU and a win over Florida in the Gator Bowl.… Read more...

Patrick Willis Makes College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

One of 75 Former College Standouts on List

IRVING, Texas – Patrick Willis, who starred as an Ole Miss linebacker a decade ago, is among 75 former FBS standouts named Thursday to the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot by the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame.

In addition, six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks were named to the ballot.

Willis, the 11th overall selection of the 2007 NFL draft, is one of the most decorated defensive players in Ole Miss football history and was a consensus All-American in 2006 when he won the Butkus Award and Lambert Trophy as the nation’s best linebacker. … Read more...

Ole Miss Basketball Announces SEC Opponents For 2018

Rebels Play 18 Conference Games Next Year

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss Basketball’s Southeastern Conference opponents are set for the upcoming season, as the league office announced the matchups Thursday.

The Rebels will have home-and-home series against Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri and Tennessee as part of the 18-game league slate. In addition, Ole Miss will host SEC foes Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt at The Pavilion next season, while traveling to Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and Texas A&M.

Times, dates and television information will be announced by the league office at a later date.

Season tickets for Ole Miss Basketball will go on sale June 29.… Read more...

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Ken Cooper Passes Away

Led Rebels to Win over 1977 National Champion Notre Dame

OXFORD, Miss. — Ken Cooper, 80, who led Ole Miss to one of its most memorable football upsets, a 20-13 victory over eventual 1977 national champion Notre Dame, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, at Hodgson Chapel, located at 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, Georgia, with Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors in charge.

Cooper served as head coach of the Rebels for four seasons (1974-77), taking over the position from Ole Miss legendary coach John Vaught, who had come out of retirement when a 1-2 start of the 1973 season resulted in the firing of head coach Billy Kinard.… Read more...

Three Ole Miss Football Game Times Announced

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

ESPN Unveils Ole Miss Kickoff Times vs. South Alabama, California, Mississippi State

OXFORD, Miss. – Kickoff times and TV assignments for 2017 Ole Miss football games against South Alabama, California and Mississippi State were announced Wednesday.

The Rebels’ Sept. 2 season opener at home against the South Alabama Jaguars will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT and be shown on ESPNU.

A Sept. 16 road trip to play the Pac-12’s California Golden Bears will feature a 9:30 p.m. CT kickoff on ESPN.

The annual Battle for the Golden Egg against the Mississippi State Bulldogs will be played Nov.… Read more...

Rebels’ Thornberry Captures NCAA National Championship

SUGAR GROVE, IL – MAY 29: Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss wins the individual title during the Division I Men’s Golf Individual Championship held at Rich Harvest Farms on May 29, 2017 in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Thornberry won the individual national title with a -11 score. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Wins Ole Miss’ First Golf National Championship

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – National champion. Ole Miss Rebel.

Sophomore Braden Thornberry fired a final round 1-under 71 to capture the NCAA Arnold Palmer Individual National Championship at the Rich Farms Harvest Golf Club Monday. Thornberry cruised to a four shot victory over Arkansas’ Mason Overstreet with a four round total of 11-under par.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Haynes Makes Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

One of 42 Top Defensive Players up for Annual Award

2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss senior defensive end Marquis Haynes has been selected to the watch list for the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation recently announced.

Haynes is one of 42 of the nation’s top defensive players on the watch list, including 17 linebackers, 14 defensive linemen, and 11 defensive backs. To date, the Lott IMPACT Trophy has donated more than $1.3 million for various charities throughout the country, including more than $500,000 to universities.

The winner of the 14th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy will be announced at a banquet Dec.… Read more...

A Sneak Peek Inside the May/June Issue Coming Soon

The May/June issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™ is in production and will mail out to subscribers later this month and hit stores the week of May 1st. Here’s a taste of what you can expect! Don’t miss it! It’s ALL Ole Miss from Cover to Cover!

Photo by Angie Ledbetter for Rebel Nation Magazine™

Freeze Approach – A Model for College Athletics

By Special Guest Columnist, Mike Biggs of Norman, OK via Jackson, MS  – Ole Miss Class of ‘81

These days, the wide world of sports is often fraught more with controversy and political drama than with events on the field.… Read more...

STOREY WAS THE STORY: Ole Miss vs. Notre Dame 1977

James Storey scores on a 9-yard pass from Bobby Garner just before the end of the first half to give Ole Miss a 10-7 lead en route to a 20-13 upset of Notre Dame in Jackson – Ole Miss File Photo

The Ripley Native Helped Lift Ole Miss to One of Its Biggest Victories in Program History

By Jeff Roberson
As published in the July/August 2016 Football Preview
Photos courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

Back in the fall of 1977, almost four decades ago now, Ole Miss beat Notre Dame 20-13 in football. The headliner was in Jackson, Miss., because that was back in the era when Ole Miss played most of its biggest games away from campus, either in the capital city or nearby Memphis, Tenn.… Read more...

The Right Choice for Evan Engram

©2016 Rebel Nation Magazine – Photo by Greg Pevey

Passing on the 2016 NFL Draft paid huge dividends for Engram and the Rebels

By Parrish Alford – Daily Journal
As published in the November/December Issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™
Photos by Greg Pevey

Evan Engram announced his presence when he twisted his upper body to make a catch over the middle at Vanderbilt three years ago.

There were many in the Ole Miss signing class of 2013 that didn’t need to announce their presence. Their reputations arrived ahead of them, guys like Robert Nkemdiche, Laquon Treadwell, and Laremy Tunsil.

Engram was a three-star signee from Powder Springs, Georgia, attracting attention from the service academics, the MAC and some FCS schools, but there was scant notice from SEC schools or other FBS programs.… Read more...

THE OXFORD BOOM! – Can the City Keep Its “Small Town” Charm?

The Courthouse on the Square.

By Collin Brister,
Featured Writer
– As published in the Sept/Oct. 2016 Issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™
Photos by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Oxford, for good or bad, isn’t what it once was. It never will be again. This cozy town filled with William Faulkner’s house, the historic square and one of the most beautiful universities in the nation has changed over the past 20 years. It’s changed over the past ten years. It’s changed over the past one.

Take a drive down Jackson Avenue on a Thursday during football season for a home game.… Read more...

Coach Derrick Nix Is A Survivor

With the help of his brother, Coach Derrick Nix is still in the Game

BY COLLIN BRISTER
Contributing Writer
Photos by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics
(As published in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™)

Derrick Nix was going to play football in the NFL until he didn’t. Derrick Nix was going to be a high NFL draft pick until he wasn’t.

Nix, now the running backs coach at Ole Miss heading into his ninth season in Oxford, spent his college years at Southern Mississippi,

“It was a great time. I got an opportunity to play with a lot of great players there.… Read more...

Who Is Ole Miss’ True Rival?

Tigers star running back Leonard Fournette had a decent day with 108 yards rushing on 25 carries, but his presence was mostly neutralized after LSU fell into an early hole and had to throw to try to score points quickly. Photo by Angie Ledbetter, Rebel Nation Magazine™

A rivalry that dates back to 1894, the Ole Miss vs. LSU match-up has always BEEN THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON

By Acey Roberts,
Contributing Writer
(As published in the current Sept/Oct issue)

Today’s college football fans are certainly spoiled. There are usually more bowl games than eligible teams; there are more televised games than you could watch and every game is a “rivalry” game.… Read more...

PETE BOONE: IT WAS A DIFFERENT ERA

Photo Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

BY JOHN DAVIS
Contributing Writer – The Oxford Citizen
Photos COURTESY OLE MISS ATHLETICS

As published in the May/June 2016 Issue of Rebel Nation Magazine™

There was a time when money didn’t flow like a river at Ole Miss. Pete Boone, the athletics director during two different tenures, knows that as well as anyone. If he wanted to get something built, he had to raise all the money for the project first. That was a rule Chancellor Robert Khayat wanted him to follow.

“There was no money during those 15 years, with a four-year break in between,” Boone said.… Read more...

Staring Down a Different Opponent

Ole Miss Men’s Tennis vs Texas A&M on March 13, 2016 in Oxford, MS.
Photo by Ellen O’Nan/Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss Men’s Tennis Junior Ricardo Jorge Confronts Scoliosis Head on

By Kim Ling,
Associate Athletics Media Relations Director

OXFORD, Miss. — Junior Ole Miss men’s tennis player Ricardo Jorge grew up playing tennis in Portugal and always envisioned playing professionally one day. He was a national champion twice already at the age of 14 when suddenly his life changed.

Ranked No. 1 in Portugal at the time, Jorge was training in Lisbon, nearly three hours away from his hometown of Tavira.… Read more...

Throwback Thursday / EVAN ENGRAM: A New Attitude

Evan Engram – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

As published in the Sept/Oct 2015 Issue
By John Davis – Oxford Citizen
Contributing Writer

It takes a lot for CJ Johnson to be impressed. The Philadelphia native has dealt with his share of injuries, and change during his Ole Miss career. He’s seen a lot, more than most players do, as he gets ready to play his fifth year in Oxford.

So when Johnson praises a teammate for their work ethic, and overall ability, it should be noted. He’s seen a lot of good, and he’s seen a lot of not so good.… 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...