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Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes vs. Memphis

Ole Miss (5-2, 0-0 SEC) vs. Memphis (6-1, 0-0 CUSA)
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network Plus
Richard Cross, play-by-play
Gerald Glass, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Memphis leads 27-13
In Oxford: OM leads 8-6
Streak: OM, W2
Last Meeting: OM, W 85-79 (12/18/15)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss hosts Memphis Saturday as the Rebels conclude a three-game homestand this weekend. Ole Miss has won two in-a-row over the Tigers including a 85-79 victory in Memphis last season.… Read more...

Honors Keep Rolling In for Evan Engram: SEC Community Service Team

Evan Engram takes it in for six vs. Alabama. Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™


Engram Makes SEC Community Service Team for Second Time

Senior Tight End Regularly Spends Time with Special Needs Children and Adults

OXFORD, Miss. – Not only is Evan Engram the best college football player in Mississippi, he’s also a role model and tireless volunteer in his community.

For the second straight year, Engram has been recognized as a member of the Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team for his exemplary efforts off the field.

The Ole Miss senior, who leads all tight ends nationally with 5.9 catches per game and 84.2 receiving yards per outing this season, has also shown a special passion for physically and mentally handicapped people during his time in Oxford.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes vs. Middle Tennessee

Ole Miss (5-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. Middle Tennessee (5-1, 0-0 CUSA)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network Plus
Richard Cross, play-by-play
Gerald Glass, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Middle Tennessee leads 4-3
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 2-1
Last Meeting: OM W, 72-63 (12/14/13)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss hosts Middle Tennessee Wednesday as the Rebels continue a three-game homestand this week. Ole Miss has won eight-straight games at The Pavilion dating back to last season.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes vs. Montana (FREE ADMISSION)

Ole Miss (4-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. Montana (1-4, 0-0 Big Sky) 

Date: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network Plus
Will Kollmeyer, play-by-play
Gerald Glass, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: First Meeting

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss returns home to host Montana Thanksgiving Day as part of a three-game homestead. The Grizzlies also participated in the Paradise Jam, but did not face the Rebels. Ole Miss posted a 2-1 mark at the Paradise Jam in St.… Read more...

Important Fan Info For Egg Bowl Weekend

General Admission Tickets Available at OleMissTix.com

OXFORD, Miss. – As Ole Miss welcomes rival Mississippi State to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday, fans should be aware of tailgating and existing stadium policies that will help make for an exciting gameday atmosphere.

Kickoff of the Egg Bowl, which is televised by SEC Network, is set for 2:30 p.m. CT, and the official fan color of the game is navy. The Rebels’ traditional walk through The Grove will be at 12:30 p.m., and stadium games will open at that time.

For parking, traffic and all gameday information, visit www.OleMissFB.com.

TICKETS AVAILABLE

General admission tickets for the game are on sale for $50.… Read more...

EGG BOWL: Game Notes

Ole Miss Rebels (5-6, 2-5 SEC) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-7, 2-5 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
Surface: Natural grass
Ole Miss Rankings: NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
MSU Rankings: NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Series: Ole Miss leads 63-43-6
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 23-11-3
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: SEC Network
Brent Musburger, Play-by-Play
Jesse Palmer, Analyst
Kaylee Hartung, Sideline
Sports USA National Radio
Wayne Randazzo, Play-by-Play
Doug Plank, Analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145, XM 192

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    A win over Mississippi State would make Ole Miss bowl eligible for the fifth straight season under Hugh Freeze … The last time the Rebels made five straight bowl appearances was when they earned a berth in a then-national best 15 straight seasons from 1957-71.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Engram Invited to Senior Bowl

Ole Miss TE Among Nation’s Top Seniors to Participate in All-Star Game

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram will be among the participants in the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl, as he has accepted an invitation to the postseason all-star game that features many of the nation’s top NFL prospects.

As of Monday, there are 29 accepted invitees to the Senior Bowl. In the coming weeks, the top 110 seniors and fourth-year junior graduates in the nation will form the rosters for the North and South squads. They will begin practices on Jan. 23 and play the 68th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl game on Jan.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (Nov. 21)

Freeze Recaps Vanderbilt Game, Previews Saturday’s Egg Bowl

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping last Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt, and previewed this Saturday’s Egg Bowl (2:30 p.m., SEC Network).

Opening Statement…
“It’s Egg Bowl week. That should be enough motivation for our players and coaches to prepare accordingly. It’s a game that means an extraordinary amount to this university, to our fan base and to theirs. It’s going to be a great challenge. We’ve had obviously a lot of adversity throughout the course of this year. To prepare to try to get a sixth win and gain bowl eligibility against your in-state rival, these games are always quite interesting, regardless of records.… Read more...

2017 REGIONS BANK GROVE BOWL SET FOR APRIL 8

Ole Miss will host 2017 Regions Bank Grove Bowl festivities on April 8 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Game time is set for 11 a.m. CT, and admission is free. It will also be aired live on SEC Network.

During the Grove Bowl, Ole Miss will officially unveil the new Jake Gibbs Letterwinner Walk, which will permanently display the names of every letterwinner in a varsity sport in Ole Miss Athletics history, just outside the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The Rebel baseball team hosts Alabama that weekend, including a 4 p.m. first pitch on that Saturday. For information on baseball season tickets, click here.… Read more...

Saiz Earns SEC Player of the Week Honors

Senior Posted Two Double-Doubles Last Week

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss senior Sebastian Saiz has been named the SEC Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

A 6-9 forward from Madrid, Spain, Saiz averaged 19.7 points and 12.3 rebounds a game last week as Ole Miss posted a perfect 3-0 record. He recorded his 11th career double-double with a career-high 26 points and 12 rebounds in the Rebels’ win over Saint Joseph’s to advance to the Paradise Jam championship game Sunday. Saiz knocked down 9 of 13 from the field and was 6 of 8 from the line against Saint Joe’s and hauled in 11 points and added six rebounds in Ole Miss’ come-from-behind win over Oral Roberts in the opening round of the Paradise Jam.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes vs. Creighton

PARADISE JAM

Ole Miss (4-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. No. 22/20 Creighton (4-0, 0-0 Big East)
Date: Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Arena: UVI Sports and Fitness Center (4,000)
Television: CBS Sports Network
Darren Goldwater, play-by-play
Kevin Lehman, analyst
Monyka Johnigan, sideline
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Cabell Phillpot, play-by-play
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: FloHoops.com
Series: OM leads 1-0
In Neutral: OM leads 1-0
Streak: OM, W1
Last Meeting: OM, W 75-68 (11/28/14)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss faces Creighton in the championship game of the Paradise Jam Monday. The Rebels knocked off Saint Joseph’s in the semifinals and are 21-8 in regular-season tournaments under Andy Kennedy.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes vs. Saint Joseph’s

PARADISE JAM

Ole Miss (3-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. Saint Joseph’s (3-0, 0-0 A-10)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. CT
Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Arena: UVI Sports and Fitness Center (4,000)
Television: CBS Sports Network
Darren Goldwater, play-by-play
Kevin Lehman, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Cabell Phillpot, play-by-play
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: FloHoops.com
Series: OM leads 2-0
In Neutral: OM leads 2-0
Streak: OM, W2
Last Meeting: OM, W 66-61 (12/21/98)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss faces Saint Joseph’s in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam Sunday. The Rebels knocked off Oral Roberts in the opening round and are 20-8 in regular-season tournament under Andy Kennedy.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes vs. Oral Roberts

PARADISE JAM
Ole Miss (2-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. Oral Roberts (1-1, 0-0 Summit)
Date: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.. CT
Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Arena: UVI Sports and Fitness Center (4,000)
Television: CBS Sports Network
     Darren Goldwater, play-by-play
Kevin Lehman, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
     Cabell Phillpot, play-by-play
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: FloHoops.com
Series: OM leads 4-0
     Neutral: First meeting
     Streak: OM, W4
     Last Meeting: OM, W 89-53 (2/11/95)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss travels to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands Friday for the Paradise Jam. The Rebels face Oral Roberts in the opening round and are 19-6 in regular-season tournament under Andy Kennedy.… Read more...

Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Lands One of Nation’s Top Recruiting Classes

Coach Matt Insell – Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

Rebels add Banks, Nixon, Reid and Taylor who will don the Red & Blue in 2017-18 

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team had four players ink National Letters of Intent on the first day of the NCAA early signing period on Wednesday. Day’Neisha Banks (Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault HS), Chyna Nixon (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann Goretti), Milicia “Mimi” Reid (Bronx, NY/The Patrick School) and Promise Taylor (Issaquah, Wash./Sammamish HS) will all join the Ole Miss women’s basketball family for the 2017-18 season. Ole Miss’ class ranks as high as No. 11 nationally according to BlueStar Media and includes three top 100 players nationally.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes – UT Martin

SEASON OPENER
Ole Miss (0-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. UT Martin (0-0, 0-0 OVC)
Date: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m.. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network +
Will Kollmeyer, play-by-play
Gerald Glass, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Eli Savoie, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: OM leads 2-0
In Oxford: OM leads 2-0
Streak: OM, W2
Last Meeting: OM, W 92-61 (12/21/04)

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss opens its 107th season of basketball Friday with the season opener against UT Martin.
• Five Rebels scored in double figures as Ole Miss cruised to a 90-66 exhibition win over Morehouse College last week.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Inks Star-Packed Class

Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy – Photo by Angie Ledbetter

Three High School Standouts Sign with Rebels for 2017-18

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss basketball head coach Andy Kennedy announced the signing of three high school standouts, including a top-100 recruit, to national letters of intent Wednesday.

Jamarko Pickett, Devontae Shuler and Parker Stewart all signed national letters of intent to join the Rebels for the 2017-2018 academic year. The trio has the highest average player rating in school history according to 247 Sports.

“We are very excited about these three young men joining our program,” said Kennedy, the winningest coach in Ole Miss history.… Read more...

What they are saying about Evan Engram

 

“It used to be Laquon Treadwell, now the explosive player on this offense is Evan Engram. You saw it against Florida State, where he went over 100, you saw it against Alabama, where he went over 100.”
– David Pollack, ESPN analyst | October 11, 2016

“I am really impressed with their offensive skill positions. They have great length at the wide receiver position. The tight end, Evan Engram, is a special talent and they do a lot of different things with him.”
– Memphis Head Coach Mike Norvell | September 26, 2016

“As good of a tight end as there is in the country … He’s a mismatch whoever you put against him.”
– Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN analyst | September 24, 2016

“Best tight end in the country, Evan Engram.”
– Greg McElroy, ESPN analyst | September 24, 2016

“He’s talented.… Read more...

GAME 10 NOTES: Ole Miss @ Texas A&M

Ole Miss Rebels (4-5, 1-4 SEC) vs. #10/11 Texas A&M Aggies (7-2, 4-2 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Location: College Station, Texas
Venue: Kyle Field (102,733)
Surface: Natural grass
Ole Miss Rankings: NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
TAMU Rankings: 10 (AP), 11 (Coaches)
Series: Texas A&M leads 6-2
In College Station: Texas A&M leads 2-1
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: SEC Network
Brent Musburger, Play-by-Play
Jesse Palmer, Analyst
Kaylee Hartung, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83, XM 190

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks 15th nationally with 316.4 passing yards per game.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (Nov. 7)

QB Jason Pellerin gets the start this Saturday at Texas A&M. – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine

Freeze Recaps Georgia Southern Game, Previews Texas A&M Matchup

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping last Saturday’s win over Georgia Southern, and previewed Saturday’s game at No. 10 Texas A&M (6:30 p.m., SEC Network).

Opening Statement…
“Excited to win a game. It was a tough one in a lot of ways. Give credit to Georgia Southern. We spent a lot of time working on a lot of their option game and didn’t see an enormous amount of it and we had to make some adjustments, so give them credit for having a good game plan.… 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...

Ole Miss Basketball Game Notes – Morehouse (Exh.)

Ole Miss Men’s Basketball vs South Carolina on January 19, 2016 in Oxford, MS.
Photo by Ellen O’Nan/Ole Miss Athletics

EXHIBITION
Ole Miss (20-12, 10-8 SEC) vs. Morehouse College (15-10, 10-8 SIAC)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
Time: 6:00p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: The Pavilion at Ole Miss (9,051)
Television: SEC Network +
Will Kollmeyer, play-by-play
Gerald Glass, analyst
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: First Meeting

TIP OFF

• Ole Miss opens the 2016-17 season Thursday with an exhibition game against Morehouse College and will tip off its 107th season of basketball at home Nov. 11 against UT Martin.
• Last season, head coach Andy Kennedy moved past MSU’s Rick Stansbury for the fourth-most wins by a head coach in their first 10 years after taking over an SEC program.… Read more...

Lady Rebels Host Basketball Media Day

Coach Matt Insell – Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Head Coach Matt Insell along with players Erika Sisk and Shandricka Sessom met with the local media on Monday discussing the start of the 2016-17 basketball season. The Rebels play an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 4 against Mississippi College at 7 pm at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. 

Head Coach Matt Insell 
Opening Statement…
“It’s a new year and it’s an exciting time for us. We’re about 20 practices into our October camp. We’re into a game week, as we play an exhibition on Friday.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Host Preseason Media Day

Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy – Photo by Angie Ledbetter

Ole Miss Men’s Basketball Head Coach Andy Kennedy met with the media Monday to discuss the start of the 2016-17 season. The Rebels host Morehouse College Thursday, Nov. 3 in an exhibition before opening the season Nov. 11versus UT Martin at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.

On his starting five and how it has changed…

“As we are getting closer, I wouldn’t say we have a concrete starting five. I think it is safe to say as you are filling out your fantasy team, you can put Sebastian Saiz in there.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference

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

Freeze Recaps Defeat to Auburn, Previews Matchup with Georgia Southern

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping last Saturday’s defeat to Auburn, and previewed Saturday’s game versus Georgia Southern (11 a.m., ESPNU).

Opening Statement…

“After meeting yesterday and watching the film, our kids competed and competed against what I think is one of the hotter and more talented football teams in the country right now. You are right there, needed a couple of plays to go our way there at the end that didn’t that resulted in another loss.… Read more...

GAME 9 NOTES: Georgia So. @ Ole Miss

GAME 9

RV Ole Miss Rebels (3-5, 1-4 SEC) vs. Georgia Southern Eagles (4-4, 3-2 Sun Belt)

Date: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
Surface: Natural grass
Ole Miss Rankings: NR (AP), RV (Coaches)
GS Rankings: NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Series: First meeting
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: ESPNU
Eamon McAnaney, Play-by-Play
John Congemi, Analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 192

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    Following the Rebels’ school-record 465 passing yards vs. Auburn, Ole Miss now ranks first in the SEC and 14th nationally with 325.4 passing yards per game.… Read more...

Rebel Nation Magazine Nov/Dec Issue Update

FinsUp! Rebel Nation. I wanted to give you all an update on the status of the November/December issue. Due to our previous printer, who can’t seem to get out of their own way, the issue is being printed by our friends at Service Printers in Flowood.

Rebel Nation Magazine™ will begin printing on Monday, Oct. 31 and will ship for distribution to the stores and mail out to subscribers on Monday, November 7. The issue will hit newsstands on November 15.

There is still time to make the mailing list for the Nov./Dec. issue if you subscribe by SUNDAY, OCT. 30 and have it delivered right to your mailbox.… Read more...

Ole Miss Baseball Set for Annual Pizza Bowl

Tate Blackman – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine

Best-of-Three Series Will Conclude Fall Ball Activities for the Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. – The final week of the fall season for the Ole Miss baseball team is here, which means it’s time to play for pizza. The Diamond Rebels will conclude fall ball with the annual Pizza Bowl, a best-of-three intrasquad series that will have bragging rights and delicious pizza on the line.

The 2016 Pizza Bowl will begin Wednesday, Oct. 26, with a 2 p.m. first pitch. Game two will follow Thursday at 3 p.m. If the series is tied after the first two contests, the deciding third game will take place Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., Oct.… 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...

GAME 8 NOTES: Ole Miss Rebels (3-4, 1-3 SEC) vs. #15/17 Auburn Tigers (5-2, 3-1 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
Time: 6:15 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
    Surface: Natural grass
Ole Miss Rankings: NR (AP), RV (Coaches)
Auburn Rankings: 15 (AP), 17 (Coaches)
Series: Auburn leads 29-11
    In Oxford: Auburn leads 10-3
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: SEC Network
    Brent Musburger, Play-by-Play
    Jesse Palmer, Analyst
    Kaylee Hartung, SidelineTelevision: ESPN
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83, XM 190

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    After consecutive losses, Ole Miss has fallen out of the national rankings for the first time this year.
•    No. 15 Auburn is the Rebels’ sixth top-25 opponent in eight games … Ole Miss is 1-4 against ranked foes this year.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference 10/24/16

Freeze discusses the match-up with LSU, with ESPN sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung, during pregame last Saturday night. – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine

Freeze Recaps Loss to LSU, Previews Saturday’s Matchup with No. 15 Auburn

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping the previous outing with LSU, and previewed Saturday’s game vs. No. 15 Auburn (6:15 p.m., SEC Network).

Opening Statement…
“Obviously not the outcome we wanted Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Such as the life in the SEC West, and it doesn’t get any easier moving forward. Auburn is an outstanding football team, maybe the best defense as far as points per game that we’ve seen.… Read more...

Ross Bjork Named Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics

Photo Courtesy Ole Miss Athletics.

Ole Miss also announces athletics director’s contract extended through 2020

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork has been named vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Mississippi.

In announcing that Bjork had been given the new vice chancellor title, university officials also noted that an agreement was reached this summer to extend the athletics director’s contract to June 30, 2020.

Ole Miss’ request to give Bjork the title of vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics was approved Thursday by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions for Higher Learning.

The new title, as well as the extension of Bjork’s contract to reach the four-year maximum allowed by the state, reflects the university’s appreciation and support of the athletics director’s exemplary work since coming to Ole Miss, Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said.… 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...

PICK 6 Q&A: Steven Godfrey (As published in the Sept/Oct Issue)

STEVEN GODFREY
Senior Reporter for SB Nation and a graduate of Ole Miss

As published in the September/October 2016 Issue: We caught up with Steven Godfrey this summer and asked him a few questions about Ole Miss and College football in general. Here are a few of his thoughts.

RN: Coming off a year where he tied or broke 17 Ole Miss quarterback records (in his first year as a college starter and starting in the SEC for that matter), does Chad Kelly have a legitimate shot at winning the Heisman Trophy in 2015. Does Ole Miss have to go 4-0 to start the season for him to be a real contender?… Read more...

GAME 7 NOTES: #22/23 Ole Miss Rebels (3-3, 1-2 SEC) at #23/25 LSU Tigers (4-2, 2-1 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Baton Rouge, La.
Venue: Tiger Stadium (102,321)
Surface: Natural grass
Ole Miss Rankings: 23 (AP), 22 (Coaches)
LSU Rankings: 25 (AP), 23 (Coaches)
Series: LSU leads 59-41-4
In Baton Rouge: LSU leads 39-24-1
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: ESPN
Brent Musburger, Play-by-Play
Jesse Palmer, Analyst
Kaylee Hartung, SidelineTelevision: ESPN
National Radio: ESPN Radio
Bill Rosinski, Play-by-Play
David Norrie, Analyst
Ian Fitzsimmons, Analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83/81, XM 190/81

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    At No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the coaches poll, Ole Miss is ranked for the 40th time in the last 41 rankings.… Read more...

October 17, 2017 – Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine

Freeze Recaps Arkansas Game, Looks Ahead to Saturday’s Matchup at No. 23 LSU

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping Saturday’s game at Arkansas, and previewed this Saturday’s rivalry game at No. 23 LSU (8 p.m., ESPN).

Opening Statement…
“Another SEC road game week, which is a rival game with LSU down in Baton Rouge. This one I know means a lot to our people. We will educate our young kids on the history of it this week and hopefully get them prepared to go and play in another hostile environment and to play better than we did last week.… Read more...

GAME NOTES: Ole Miss at Arkansas

#12/13 Ole Miss Rebels (3-2, 1-1 SEC) at #22/22 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-2, 0-2 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
Venue: Razorback Stadium (72,000)
 Surface: Synthetic PowerBlade 2.5
Ole Miss Rankings: 12 (AP), 13 (Coaches)
Arkansas Rankings: 22 (AP), 22 (Coaches)
Series: Arkansas leads 33-28-1
    In Fayetteville: Arkansas leads 10-2
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB
Television: ESPN
    Joe Tessitore, Play-by-Play
    Todd Blackledge, Analyst
    Holly Rowe, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83, XM 190

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    At No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 13 in the coaches poll, Ole Miss is ranked for the 39th time in the last 40 rankings.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference: ARKANSAS (*Warning some video included is not for the faint of heart.)

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


Freeze Recaps Bye Week Activities, Previews Saturday’s Matchup with No. 16 Arkansas

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping bye week activities and previewed Saturday’s road test at No. 16 Arkansas (6 p.m., ESPN).

Opening Statement…

“We enjoyed an off week. There is still a lot of work to be done, and when you say off week it’s certainly not that you are off, there’s still a lot of recruiting to be done. Get on the road and visit with some schools and some coaches.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Kris Mangum Named to 2016 SEC Football Legend Class

All-American Tight End in 1996

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Ole Miss All-American tight end Kris Mangum is one of 14 members of the 2016 Southeastern Conference Football Legends class, a collection of former football standouts who will be honored at events surrounding the SEC Football Championship Game in Atlanta in December.

The 2016 Football Legends Class includes 14 former stars who excelled on the gridiron and helped write the rich history of the sport at their respective institutions.  This year’s class includes a Heisman Trophy winner, All-Americans, All-SEC selections and Academic All-Americans as well as NCAA and SEC record holders.  The group represents teams that won National and SEC Championships and are represented in state, school and college football halls of fame.… Read more...

REBEL NATION RECAP: Rebels Head to open date after victory against Memphis

DB Zedrick Woods returned this interception 31yards for a touchdown putting the Rebels up 14-0 with :58 seconds remaining in the 1st quarter. – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

By Jeff Roberson
Featured Writer

August 31, 2019, at the Liberty Bowl. That’s when, according to the Ole Miss official sports website, the Rebels will go for their 50th victory in the long-running series with Memphis. For the next two seasons, the teams won’t play each other.

As for the latest renewal of the Mid-South rivalry, the Rebels won 48-28 with an impressive offensive showing. Through the air, Ole Miss was good.… Read more...

GAME 5 NOTES: Memphis at #16/17 Ole Miss

#16/17 Ole Miss Rebels (2-2, 1-1 SEC) vs. RV/RV Memphis Tigers (3-0, 0-0 American)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
Surface: Natural Grass
Ole Miss Rankings: 16 (AP), 17 (Coaches)
Memphis Rankings: RV (AP), RV (Coaches)
Series: Ole Miss leads 48-11-2
In Oxford: Ole Miss leads 19-2
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: ESPN2, ESPNU or SEC Network alternate
TBA, Play-by-Play
TBA, Analyst
TBA, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 108, XM 191

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    At No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the coaches poll, Ole Miss is ranked for the 37th time in the last 38 rankings.… Read more...

Jordan Sims Named SEC O-Lineman of the Week

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Right Guard Helped Ole Miss to Historic Victory over No. 11 Georgia

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After helping Ole Miss to a 45-14 victory over No. 11 Georgia, sophomore Jordan Sims was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week by the league office Monday.

The Rebels’ starting right guard helped his team record 510 total yards of offense, the Rebels’ second straight game with more than 500 against a nationally ranked SEC foe. Ole Miss converted all four red-zone attempts in the game and have now converted 17 of 18 chances this season. The Rebel line surrendered just one sack against the Bulldogs.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference 9/26/16

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

Freeze Recaps Win Over No. 11 Georgia, Previews Homecoming Matchup with Memphis

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping Saturday’s win over No. 11 Georgia, and previewed Saturday’s Homecoming game versus Memphis (6 p.m., channel TBD).

Opening Statement…
“Sunday for us is always about the truth how we performed and how we measured up to the expectations that we have set in this program. It was good to share a lot of good things with our kids about the way they performed against a top-15 team like Georgia.… Read more...

REBEL NATION RECAP-GEORGIA: What would Lewis have thought?

By Jeff Roberson
Featured Columnist

OXFORD – Back when he was still very much alive, Georgia Bulldog fan Lewis Grizzard made several trips to Oxford for Ole Miss-Georgia football games. A few times he had a book signing at Square Books or performance on stage somewhere in town to bring his unique southern brand of humor, entertainment, and good will to those in attendance.

I recall being upstairs in Square Books during one of those signings. He had it outside on the balcony, probably wanting to take it all in from high above. It was memorable, as were all times when Grizzard showed up.… Read more...

Ole Miss Baseball Releases 2017 Schedule

Right-field at Swayze. Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Regular Season Slate Highlighted by 32 Games at Swayze Field

OXFORD, Miss. – After kicking off fall practice over the weekend, the Ole Miss baseball team released its schedule for the 2017 season Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 20). The 56-game schedule features 32 games at Swayze Field and a trio of games in one of the most prestigious regular season tournaments in college baseball.

The regular season kicks off with East Carolina, led by former Rebel assistant coach Cliff Godwin, coming to Oxford for a three-game series, Feb. 17-19, and culminates when the Rebels hit the road to battle Auburn three months later (May 18-20) in the final contests prior to starting postseason play with the SEC Tournament (May 23-28).… Read more...

GAMES 4 NOTES: Georgia at Ole Miss

#21/23 Ole Miss Rebels (1-2, 0-1 SEC) vs. #11/12 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
Surface: Natural Grass
Ole Miss Rankings: 23 (AP), 21 (Coaches)
Georgia Rankings: 12 (AP), 11 (Coaches)
Series: Georgia leads 32-12-1
In Oxford: Georgia leads 10-5
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: ESPN
Dave Pasch, Play-by-Play
Greg McElroy, Analyst
Tom Luginbill, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 80/108, XM 80/191

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    At No. 21 in the coaches poll and No. 23 in the AP poll, Ole Miss is ranked for the 36th time in the last 37 rankings.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (9/19/16)

Coach Hugh Freeze – Greg Pevey Rebel Nation Magazine™

Freeze Recaps Alabama Game, Looks Ahead to No. 11 Georgia Saturday

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping last Saturday’s game with Alabama, and previewed Saturday’s matchup versus No. 11 Georgia (11 a.m., ESPN).

Opening Statement…
“A lot of great things on the field, but certainly disappointed to let another game get away from us after a lead. There are so many mistakes being made, particularly on the defensive side that we have got to get fixed. There are a lot of good things at times, but we’ve got to get the third downs and explosive plays fixed.… Read more...

Rebels need victory in key home contest Saturday morning

Akeem Judd’s 23-yard run in the 1st quarter gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead at the 13:07 mark. Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

By Jeff Roberson,
Featured Writer

Now it’s on to the most important game of the year so far. That’s not only because Georgia is up next for Ole Miss, it’s also because the Rebels are 1-2 and 0-1. Overall and in the Southeastern Conference, that is.

Saturday’s game, as a 48-43 score in favor of Alabama indicates, was winnable. But it proved even more difficult when mistakes plagued the Rebels, the Crimson Tide ground game was hitting on all cylinders, and questionable video replay overturns by the officials began to haunt the Ole Miss cause.… Read more...

2017 Ole Miss Football Schedule Released

Freshman WR – D.K. Metcalf; Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

OXFORD, Miss. — The 2017 Ole Miss football schedule was unveiled Tuesday night as the Southeastern Conference announced next year’s full league slate on SEC Network.

The Rebels open the season with back-to-back home games, facing South Alabama (Sept. 2) before hosting UT Martin (Sept. 9).  Ole Miss will play seven games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for the 11th consecutive year since the regular season expanded from 11 games to 12.

Three straight road games, along with a bye week, will keep Ole Miss away from Oxford for four weeks.… Read more...

GAME 3 NOTES: #1 Alabama at #17/19 Ole Miss

#17/19 Ole Miss Rebels (1-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. #1/1 Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0, 0-0 SEC)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
Surface: Natural Grass
Ole Miss Rankings: 19 (AP), 17 (Coaches)
Alabama Rankings: 1 (AP), 1 (Coaches)
Series: Alabama leads 47-11-2
In Oxford: Alabama leads 5-4
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 84/112, XM 84/191

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    At No. 17 in the coaches poll and No. 19 in the AP poll, Ole Miss is ranked for the 35th time in the last 36 rankings.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference

Hugh Freeze talks with Richard Cross at the half of the Wofford game on Saturday. Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™.

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Recaps Wofford Game, Looks Ahead to No. 1 Alabama Saturday

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping last Saturday’s win over Wofford, and previewed Saturday’s matchup versus No. 1 Alabama (2:30 p.m., CBS).

Opening Statement…
“To play the number one team in the country at our home, it is an opportunity that I relish. I love the attitude we had yesterday and we are excited about this great challenge.… Read more...

REBEL NATION REWIND: Rebels Dog Terriers (w/ VIDEO)

Freshman WR D.K. Metcalf scores to put Ole Miss up 17-0 in the 2nd QTR. Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

By Jeff Roberson
Featured Writer – Rebel nation Magazine™

Ole Miss got its first win of the season Saturday at newly-expanded Vaught-Hemingway Stadium before the largest crowd in Mississippi football history. Some 64,232 showed up as the Rebels got past Wofford College 38-13.

“Glad to get a win in the home opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field,” said fifth-year head coach Hugh Freeze, his team having fallen to Florida State 45-34 just five nights earlier.

“It was good to get a win on a short week where preparation was difficult,” he continued.… Read more...

Hugh Freeze Weekly Press Conference (w/ Video)

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Addressed the Media Before Practice Wednesday

WATCH: Hugh Freeze and Chad Kelly Interviews

Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Wednesday to discuss Monday night’s game against No. 4 Florida State while looking ahead to Saturday’s home opener versus Wofford (3 p.m. CT, SEC Network).

On how he coaches the team past the FSU game…
Oh gosh, that’s just life and football. Whether you play well and lose or you play bad and lose, how you handle that and how you bounce back is just part of it. You’re not going to win them all, especially if you are playing a schedule like we are playing.… Read more...

GAME 2 NOTES: #18/19 Ole Miss Rebels (0-1, 0-0 SEC) vs. Wofford Terriers (1-0, 0-0 SoCon)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
Time: 3 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
Surface: Natural Grass
Ole Miss Rankings: 19 (AP), 18 (Coaches)
Wofford Rankings: RV (FCS Coaches)
Series: First meeting
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: SEC Network
Tom Hart, Play-by-Play
Andre Ware, Analyst
Cole Cubelic, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83, XM 191

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    At No. 18 in the coaches poll and No. 19 in the AP poll, Ole Miss is ranked for the 34th time in the last 35 rankings.
•    Ole Miss is one of five schools that have made back-to-back New Year’s Six bowls.… Read more...

GAME NOTES: Ole Miss vs. Florida St.

CAMPING WORLD KICKOFF

#11/12 Ole Miss Rebels (0-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. #4/4 Florida State Seminoles (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

Date: Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Orlando, Fla.
Venue: Camping World Stadium (70,000)
Surface: Grass
Ole Miss Rankings: 11 (AP), 12 (Coaches)
Florida State Rankings: 4 (AP), 4 (Coaches)
Series: Ole Miss leads 1-0
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissFB

Television: ESPN
Chris Fowler, Play-by-Play
Kirk Herbstreit, Analyst
Samantha Ponder, Sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius 145, XM 190

WHAT TO WATCH FOR…

•    This game will kick off the 122nd season of football at Ole Miss and the fifth under head coach Hugh Freeze … The Rebels boast an all-time record of 655-504-35 (.563 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 Weekly Press Conference

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix

Ole Miss Head Football Coach Discusses Next Monday’s Matchup with No. 4 Florida State

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Ole Miss Football Head Coach Hugh Freeze met with the media on Monday recapping the preseason and looking forward to next Monday’s matchup versus No. 4 Florida State (7 p.m. CT, ESPN).

Opening Statement…
“It is finally game week. We have a tremendous task. It is a difficult task, but we relish this opportunity. It gives our football team a chance to play on a national stage against one of the top teams in America. That’s the kind of games we want to be in and we have an opportunity to expand our brand at Ole Miss and hopefully go and compete at a high level on that given night.… 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...

GRASS IS BACK AT THE VAUGHT

Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

A Q&A with “SPORTS TURF COMPANY, INC.” – FACTS ABOUT THE NEW NATURAL GRASS TURF IN VHS

As published in the July/August 2016 Football Preview of Rebel Nation Magazine™

There will be a noticeable difference at VHS this season, besides the expansion of the North Endzone, Ole Miss football will be returning to a natural grass playing surface for the 2016 season.

The stadium’s surface made the transition from grass to artificial turf in 2003 when a deal was signed with AstroPlay. The school switched to FieldTurf in 2009.

“It’s the right thing to do for our program on many levels,” Bjork said.… Read more...

Rebels Make Madison Manning Coach for a Day (w/ Video)

Manning is Battling Cystic Fibrosis 

By Dylan Edwards, OleMissSports.com

OXFORD, Miss. – Before Ole Miss could get started with practice on Aug. 13, the Rebels’ guest coach for the day, Madison Manning, made two important decisions: practice would be indoors and without pads.

“The team immediately took a liking to Coach Manning,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said.

Each year, Freeze makes a trip to Batson’s Children Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, to visit with the patients. Typically, the Ole Miss fans gather in the reception area to meet with the Rebels’ head coach. During his most recent trip in July, the first person Freeze met was life-long Rebel fan Madison Manning.… Read more...

Ole Miss Football Documentary Living Water Debuts (Video)

Video Documents the Rebels’ Spring Trip to Haiti

In March, select members of the Ole Miss football program and support staff gave up their spring break for the third year in a row to serve others by doing mission work in Camp Marie, Haiti.

A 28-person group representing Ole Miss made the return trip to Camp Marie to help provide valuable irrigation to the crops of Haitian farmers. In previous trips, the Rebels helped dig a well to provide clean water for the same village.

Head Coach Hugh Freeze emphasized the value this trip has not only for those he’s serving, but also the Ole Miss players and staff.… Read more...

Preseason Football Report 08.16: Ole Miss Hosts Crash Victims’ Children

Photo by Yancy Porter, Ole Miss Spirit

Several Oxford Children Who Lost Parents Join Rebels at Practice

OXFORD, Miss. – Football, in the grand scheme of life, is just a game. It becomes more apparent when a tragedy befalls a community like Oxford experienced this week. However, it also highlights what makes football and sports so great: they provide a temporary escape for those that desperately need them.

The Rebel football team had several special guests on Tuesday in an attempt to provide that escape, as brief as it may be. Some of the Oxford children who lost their parents in theSunday morning plane crash were at the Rebels’ practice.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly Tabbed to Manning Award Watch List

Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly (10) passes against the defense of New Mexico State defensive lineman Kourtland Busby (90) and defensive end Jassavia Reese (8) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

One of Four 2015 Finalists to Make 2016 Watch List

2016 Manning Award Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – Ole Miss senior quarterback Chad Kelly found himself on yet another preseason watch list Monday, this time being named one of 30 quarterbacks on the Manning Award watch list.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.… Read more...

Ole Miss Kicked Off Fall Camp Sunday

Spring Practice 2016 Football Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix

Rebels Begin Fifth Season Under Head Coach Hugh Freeze

OXFORD, Miss. — The 2016 Ole Miss football season is here as the Rebels kicked off fall camp Sunday (August 7). With the season opener in Orlando, Florida just 29 days away, Ole Miss has four weeks to prepare to face the Florida State Seminoles (Sept. 5, 7 p.m. CT, ESPN).

Ole Miss enters the 2016 season with an expectation level that has steadily risen over the tenure of head coach Hugh Freeze.

Freeze begins his fifth season at the helm of the Rebel program this fall and instead of fans hoping the team breaks through to success in the rugged Southeastern Conference Western Division, football fans and pundits now expect Ole Miss to remain one of the best squads in the league.… Read more...

August 13 is Meet The Rebels Day

The 2014 Meet The Rebels event held at the Manning Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Photo courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

Annual Fan Event will be at the Manning Center

OXFORD, Miss. – As summer fades and the anticipation for a big fall sports season builds, Ole Miss fans should make their plans for 2016 Meet the Rebels Day. The annual event will take place Saturday, August 13 at the Manning Center on campus.

Doors will open to Rebel Kids’ Club Members (with up to two parents or guardians) at 12:30 p.m., at the east entrance of the facility, by the Grill at 1810.… Read more...

Fan Attendance Reaches New Heights for Rebel Road Trip

The Rebel Road Trip in Jackson, MS.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
Twitter: @OleMissPix

Record crowd of 825 for Jackson meeting

OXFORD, Miss. – With the momentum surrounding Ole Miss Athletics, fan support is at an all-time high, and that was certainly reflected in this year’s BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the caravan wrapped up last week and established record attendance numbers for the event. Over the 10 fan rallies in April and two last week, the meetings averaged more than 326 fans per stop, which is an RRT indoor record, and reached capacity at many of the venues.… Read more...

Rebel Nation Magazine’s “Way to Early” Defensive MVP for 2016

When we picked our offensive MVP for 2016 last week, we went around the world listing potential nominees. But the Landshark Defense is another story. There is no doubt in my mind that the “Most Valuable Player” on defense this season will be DE Marquis Haynes.

This guy is a complete freak. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week three times, earned 2nd team All-SEC by the SEC coaches, The Associated Press and Phill Steele in 2015. Over the past two season, he ranks fourth in the SEC with 17 1/2 sacks.

Photo by Petre Thomas

At only 6-3 222 lbs.… Read more...

Rebel Nation Magazine’s “Way to Early” Offensive MVP for 2016

We’re going to take a look at who we think will be the glue that holds the Ole Miss offense together in 2016 and name our very own “Way to early” Offensive MVP for the upcoming season.

I’m sure most of you think the obvious pick here is preseason all-everything QB Chad Kelly. I mean how could it not be, right? In our current football preview, we even have a feature story about how Chad can win the Heisman Trophy. Kelly only broke or tied 17 Ole Miss records in 2015 in his debut season behind center. He broke records held by guys name Manning (Archie and Eli), a guy named Bo Wallace and even a guy we’ve probably kind of forgotten Stewart Partridge (completion percentage).… Read more...

Kelly Makes Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List

Chad Kelly will get his first taste of Davis Wade Stadium and the Cowbells on Saturday. – Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine™

Rebel QB Previously Named to Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Watch Lists

New Haven, Conn. – Ole Miss senior QB Chad Kelly is among 40 players named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year preseason watch list, which was released Fridayby the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

The Buffalo, New York, native’s play last season caught the eye of many, as he has been named First-Team SEC by the league media as well as selected to the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Award watch lists this preseason.… Read more...

Five Rebels Named Preseason All-SEC by Media

Photo by Angie Ledbetter

First-Team QB Chad Kelly Highlights Group

2016 Preseason Media Days All-SEC Teams

Birmingham, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference unveiled the 2016 Preseason Media Days All-SEC Teams on Friday, which featured five Rebels across the three teams.

Senior Chad Kelly was selected as the best returning QB in the league by a vote of the league media at the annual SEC Media Days. Only LSU RB Leonard Fournette received more overall votes than the Rebel signal caller. Seniors Evan Engram (TE) and Tony Conner (DB) were named to the second team, while sophomore Javon Patterson (OL) and junior Marquis Haynes (DL) were on the third team.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Raven Saunders Makes U.S. Olympic Team in Shot Put

Ole Miss Track and Field at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, AL.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
@olemisspix

Sensational Sophomore Season Continues for Saunders

FEATURE: Inside the Life of Saunders

EUGENE, Ore. – It’s been her goal all year long, and on a rainy Thursday night at Hayward Field, Raven Saunders accomplished it. The Ole Miss sophomore thrower won a silver medal in the women’s shot put at the U.S. Olympic Trials, punching her ticket to the Rio Olympics as a member of Team USA.

Saunders, who turned 20 years old in May, makes her first Olympic team in her first attempt.… Read more...

Evan Engram Lands on Mackey Award Watch List

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

Ole Miss Record-Breaking Tight End Makes Preseason Watch List for Third Straight Season

2016 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List

NEW YORK, N.Y. – For the third consecutive season, Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram was named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end. The Friends of John Mackey named Engram and 44 other tight ends to the watch list Wednesday morning (July 6).

Heading into his final season as a Rebel, Engram has already etched his name in the Ole Miss Football record book.… Read more...

Reese, Kendricks Make Team USA with Huge Trials Performances

Good Results for Ole Miss Family through First Half of U.S. Olympic Trials

Meet Home | Meet Schedule | Live Results | Broadcast Schedule

EUGENE, Ore. – Two of the best athletes to ever wear an Ole Miss uniform, Sam Kendricks and Brittney Reese, have made their mark on the global track & field world over the past few years. During the first half of the U.S. Olympic Trials at historic Hayward Field, they emphatically qualified for Team USA to compete at the Rio Olympics next month.

On Monday, Kendricks earned a spot on his first Olympic team by setting a U.S.… Read more...

79 Ole Miss Student-Athletes Named to SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll

2016 Spring Graduation at Ole Miss.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A banner year off the fields and courts continued for the Rebels Wednesday, as 79 Ole Miss student-athletes were among a total of 1,240 student-athletes named to the 2016 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll, announced by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.

The 2016 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2015 summer, 2015 fall and 2016 spring terms.

While breaking records and winning NCAA and SEC titles under first-year head coach Connie Price-Smith, the men’s and women’s track and field teams combined to place 35 on the honor roll, including NCAA Shot Put Champion Raven Saunders and first team All-Americans Craig Engels, MJ Erb, Dempsey McGuigan and Ryan Walling.… Read more...

Bruce and Trenia Reynolds get Special Tour of VHS from Ross Bjork

Bruce and Trenia Reynolds – Photo courtesy Bruce Reymolds

I wanted to share this brief story with all of you. I’ve known Bruce and Trenia Reynolds my whole life. They are GREAT Rebels and I’m also proud of Ross Bjork for doing this for them! #HottyToddy! This is one reason why Ole Miss has the BEST A.D. in the Country! #WAOM

From Trenia:
Today I was treated to a personal tour of the Ole Miss athletic facilities by Athletic Director Ross Bjork. The highlight of the tour was a trip through the team tunnel from the Manning Center to Hemingway Stadium.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Raven Saunders Selected Bowerman Award Finalist

Ole Miss Track and Field at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, AL.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
@olemisspix

One of Three Women’s Finalists for Top Award in College Track & Field

NEW ORLEANS – The names of past Bowerman Award finalists represent the most elite recent track & field athletes in not only U.S. colleges, but the world. Ole Miss sophomore Raven Saunders can now count herself among that select company.

On Thursday, Saunders was selected as one of three women’s finalists for the Bowerman Award by the Bowerman Advisory Board.… Read more...

STADIUM EXPANSION TO FEATURE BELL TOWER

Artist rendering of the Lloyd Bell Tower.

Lloyd Family Supports Construction with Additional Gift

Ole Miss football fans are accustomed to the cacophony of sounds in the Grove on game day – the chatter of classmates reuniting, the laughter of children playing catch, the rousing horns and drums of the Pride of the South, the cheers as Rebels parade along the Walk of Champions – but in the 2017 season and beyond, one sound will be heard over all others: chimes.

“Our hope is that the bell tower can be seen and its chimes heard from one end of campus to the other,” said Bob Lloyd of Jackson, Mississippi.… Read more...

BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip Coming to Memphis, Jackson

Fifth-Annual Tour Wraps Up July 18-19

OXFORD, Miss. – Tickets are now on sale for the final two stops of the 2016 BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip in Memphis and Jackson, Miss. Visitwww.rebelroadtrip.com for tickets and full details of each event.

Headlined by Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze, athletics director Ross Bjork and Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter, the fifth-annual caravan wraps up its 12-stop tour of the region with stops at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Monday, July 18 and the Country Club of Jackson on Tuesday, July 19. Both events are set for 5:30 p.m. CT, and food will be served.… Read more...

Rebel Nation Magazine 2016 Ole Miss Football Preview Video Teaser

http://www.rebelnationmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Football-Issue-60-sec-spot.mp4

I’m not a pro at video by any means, but here is a first attempt at making a commercial spot promoting the 2016 Football preview. #FinsUp

*I do not own the rights to this song.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Archie Manning Named 2016 NFF Gold Medal Recipient

Organization Will Present Highest Honor to Manning in December

IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that Archie Manning has been named the 2016 recipient of the NFF Gold Medal in recognition of his exceptional leadership and unblemished reputation. He will be honored for his achievements and contributions to our nation during the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

“Archie Manning became an icon as one of the greatest players to ever set foot on the gridiron, and he subsequently used his standing to become one of the game’s greatest ambassadors,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell.… Read more...

School-Record 13 Rebels Earn All-America Honors

Ole Miss Track and Field at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, AL.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
@olemisspix

Six Ole Miss Athletes Tabbed to First Team after NCAA Championships Performances

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss sent 13 athletes to Eugene, Oregon, last week for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and all 13 came away with All-America honors as announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The total of 13 All-Americans breaks last year’s previous school record of nine.

The USTFCCCA awards first team All-America status to those athletes who finish 1-8 in their events at the national finals, while those who place 9-16 earn second-team accolades.… Read more...

Robinson and Lartigue Taken on Day Two of MLB Draft

Errol Robinson – Photo by Bobby McDuffie for Rebel Nation Magazine

Dodgers Draft Robinson in Sixth Round; Phillies Select Lartigue with First Pick of the Seventh Round

SECAUCUS, N.J. – During the second day of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, two more Rebels heard their names called by professional ballclubs. The Los Angeles Dodgers used the 25th pick of the sixth round to select shortstop Errol Robinson, while catcher Henri Lartigue was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies to begin the seventh round.

Robinson is the highest Ole Miss shortstop drafted since current Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was taken in the second round of the 2007 draft.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Saunders Wins NCAA Shot Put, Shatters Collegiate Record

Ole Miss Track and Field at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, AL.
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
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Sophomore Breaks 33-Year-Old Collegiate Women’s Shot Put Mark

Ole Miss Meet Notes 

Eugene, Ore. – Ole Miss sophomore Raven Saunders defended her NCAA outdoor shot put title Thursday, and she did so in the most impressive way.

On her fifth throw from the rain-soaked Hayward Field shot put ring, Saunders launched the 8.8-pound metal ball such that it seemed to stay in the air forever. It flew over the 60-foot mark, then 61 feet, 62 feet, 63 feet.… Read more...

J.B. Woodman Chosen in Second Round of MLB Draft

May 26, 2016: Ole Miss Rebels outfielder J.B. Woodman (12) scores during the Ole Miss versus Vanderbilt Third Round game of the SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, AL. (Photo by: Bobby McDuffie/Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Outfielder Selected 57th Overall by the Toronto Blue Jays

SECAUCUS, N.J. – Ole Miss Baseball All-American outfielder J.B. Woodman heard his name called in the second round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft Thursday night (June 9) on MLB Network. The Toronto Blue Jays selected the junior Rebel with the 16th pick of the round and the draft’s 57th overall.

Woodman is the highest Rebel chosen in the MLB Draft since Drew Pomeranz was taken in the first round back in 2010.… Read more...

Ole Miss-Wofford Football Kickoff Set for 3 PM

Rebels’ Sept. 10 Home Opener Televised by SEC Network

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Rebels’ 2016 football home opener against Wofford will kick off at 3 p.m. CT and be televised by the SEC Network, it was announced Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference office and ESPN.

Ole Miss now knows game times for its first three contests of the 2016 season.

Monday, Sept. 5 – Florida State – Orlando, Fla. –
7 p.m. CT – ESPN Saturday, Sept. 10 – Wofford – Oxford, Miss. –
3 p.m. CT – SEC Network Saturday, Sept. 17 – Alabama – Oxford, Miss. – 2:30 p.m.… Read more...

Ole Miss Falls to Utah 6-5 in Extra-Inning Regional Battle


The game’s attendance of 10,166 was the eighth-largest crowd in Swayze Field history. – Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine

Rebels will Play No. 2 Seed Tulane Tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT

Box Score 

Ole Miss Postgame Quotes 

Utah Postgame Quotes 

OXFORD, Miss. – In a back and forth matchup in Ole Miss’ opener to the Oxford Regional, the No. 1 seed Rebels (43-18) were unable to get past No. 4 seed Utah as they fell 6-5 in 10 innings.

Despite Will Golsan and Holt Perdzock both picking up two hits apiece, the Rebels managed seven hits over the 10 frames.… Read more...

NCAA Baseball Oxford Regional – Practice/Media Day Quotes

All four teams participating in the Oxford Regional of the 2016 NCAA Baseball Championship practiced Thursday afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Quotes from players and coaches following each team’s practice can be found below and are attached.

OLE MISS

Head Coach Mike Bianco

On hosting a regional…

“I think it is always a great time of the year to be in the postseason, but certainly to play at home. I think it is a great reward, not only for our players but for our fans alike. I heard yesterday they had already sold 6,700 books, so a lot of people are still excited about baseball still being played in Oxford.”

On facing Utah…

“We’re still studying up and still looking.… Read more...

Ole Miss Begins NCAA Regional Against Utah

Complete Notes  | Tournament Central

NCAA TOURNAMENT – OXFORD REGIONAL
Teams: #1 Seed Ole Miss (43-17), #2 Seed Tulane (39-19), #3 Seed Boston College (31-20), #4 Seed Utah (25-27)
Dates: June 3-6, 2016
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Swayze Field
Capacity: 10,323
Television: ESPN3/SECN+
Richard Cross, play-by-play
David Dellucci, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series vs. Utah: First Meeting
Series vs. Tulane: Ole Miss leads 84-37-2
Series vs. Boston College: Never Met

REGIONAL SCHEDULE (All times CT)
Friday, June 3
Game 1: #2 Tulane vs. #3 Boston College, 3:00 p.m.
Game 2: #1 Ole Miss vs.… 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...

Updates Announced for Baseball Renovations

Ed and Jan Trehern Make Major Contribution, CDFL Sports will Serve as the Architect

Project Renderings 

OXFORD, Miss. – In February 2016, Ole Miss Athletics announced plans for a $13 million baseball project that will enhance the student-athlete experience as well as the gameday atmosphere for Rebel fans. There will be multiple phases to the renovations with the goal for entire project be completed by the start of the 2018 season. The project will include the construction of a team performance center, dugout club and rooftop plaza on the first base side of the stadium.

Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects (CDFL Sports) has been chosen as the architect for the project.… Read more...

2016 Rebels’ Choice Awards a Success (with Video)

Sixth annual student-athlete award show held in brand new Pavilion at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss athletic department celebrated the accomplishments of its student athletes at the 2016 Rebels’ Choice Awards held at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Monday night. Women’s soccer and football were the big winners as each team took home multiple awards.

The semi-formal event took place at The Pavilion at Ole Miss and was hosted by Richard Cross and for the first time featured football’s Derrick Jones as a co-host and DJ Babi Mac provided music for the event. The event also featured a red carpet for student-athletes and Ole Miss athletic department staff prior to the start of the awards show.… Read more...

Spring Update 04.05: Ole Miss Reloading at Receiver 

WR Coach Grant Heard – Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

Depth at the Position a Strength for the Rebels

OXFORD, Miss. – Despite losing all-time receptions leader Laquon Treadwell as well as Cody Core from last season, Ole Miss still has a bevy of depth at the wide receiver position through spring practice and into next season.

“Every year you’re going to lose somebody,” Ole Miss receivers coach Grant Heard said. “I don’t know how much it has really changed my room … I think the guys we have here, we can get the same stuff done.”

Senior Quincy Adeboyejo in particular is stepping into a leadership role among the extremely talented, yet young group.… Read more...

Spring Update 03.29: Rebels Focus on Competition and Depth

Dan Werner – Photo courtesy Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss Gaining Experience Throughout the Spring

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss football team returned to the practice field on Tuesday as it continued to work towards replacing the players that participated in the program’s pro day the day before.

“Our guys have bought into our system,” Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner said. “We’re getting better every day. The young guys, we’ve been harping on them, you guys have to be ready to go. You think we have all spring, all summer, all fall, but it happens fast.”

The Rebel defense has been gaining more confidence with each spring practice, as some new faces that will be counted on this upcoming season are getting more comfortable with their roles in the scheme.… Read more...

Spring Update 03.21: Rebels Getting Valuable Reps as Practice Continues

Spring Practice 2016 Football Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics @olemisspix

Offense shines in first practice after Spring Break

OXFORD, Miss.— The Ole Miss football team hit the field inside the Manning Center Monday afternoon after a week off for the Spring Break holiday.

If you ask head coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebel offense won the first practice back.

“Before we broke for Spring Break it was a dominant practice by the defense, and today it was a dominant practice by the offense,” Freeze said. “I’d love to see some of those 16-play competitions be 9-7 instead of 10-6 or worse in some cases.”

“I felt like it still looked like we were on Spring Break a little bit as far as the conditioning,” he added.… 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...

Moody Named To AP All-SEC First Team

Photo by Josh McCoy – Ole Miss Athletics – @OleMissPix

Second-Straight Season To Earn First-Team Honors From Media

OXFORD, Miss. – Senior Stefan Moody was named to the All-SEC first team by the Associated Press Monday. It is the second-straight season Moody has earned first-team honors from the league’s media.

Moody, who was also named to the All-SEC first team by the league’s coaches last week, is the first player since Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins in 2011 and 2012 to earn consensus (Associated Press and coaches) first team All-SEC honors in consecutive seasons.

The Kissimmee, Florida native is the first Rebel since Ansu Sesay in 1997 and 1998 to earn back-to-back first-team honors.… Read more...

Moody Earns First Team All-SEC Honors             

Photo – CBSSports.com

First Rebel To Earn Back-To-Back First Team Honors Since Ansu Sesay

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss senior guard Stefan Moody has been named to the All-SEC first team by the league’s coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.

It is the second straight first-team nod for the Kissimmee, Florida native and he is first Rebel since Ansu Sesay in 1997-98 to earn back-to-back first-team honors. The 2016 C Spire Howell Trophy winner, as the best men’s collegiate player in Mississippi, is the 15th All-SEC honoree under head coach Andy Kennedy, which is the third most in the league over the last 10 years trailing only Kentucky and Florida.… Read more...

Ole Miss Football Spring Update – March 7

Issac Gross pressures Bama QB Blake Simms – Photo by Rebel Nation Magazine

Jeremy Liggins at Left Tackle; Issac Gross Healing

OXFORD, Miss. — With spring football practice fully underway, head coach Hugh Freeze’s Rebels took repetitions in full pads for just the second time Monday afternoon. Due to construction, the team was inside the Manning Center for the two-hour practice session.

“It’s very hard, when you don’t have pads, to tell anything,” Freeze said. “We’ve only had pads one day, and that wasSaturday. It was typical spring first day of pads.

The story of the day was the work of, what will be, a new-look offensive line.… Read more...

Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze Spring Press Conference Transcript

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

Freeze Met with Media at the Start of 2016 Spring Drills

Opening Statement…

“We are extremely excited about getting year five going here at Ole Miss. I can’t believe it is actually the fifth year already. I was talking to (strength) coach (Paul) Jackson on the practice field the other day, and it has gone by so fast. We are excited about spring ball. With our signing class this year, we are excited to have early enrollees here that come in that we need. We need that depth in certain spots, and we get to look at them.… Read more...

Rebels Hit the Road for First Time This Weekend

Ole Miss Pitcher Wyatt Short / Photo by Angie Ledbetter, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Baseball will Face Three Teams in the Chanticleer Classic, March 4-6

CHANTICLEER CLASSIC
Teams: No. 13 Ole Miss (7-1), No. 18 Coastal Carolina (5-3), Ball State (3-5), Cincinnati (0-7)
Dates: March 4-6, 2016
Location: Conway, S.C.
Venue: Springs Brooks Stadium
Capacity: 2,500
Television: None
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Eli Savoie, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series vs. Ball State: First Meeting
Series vs. Coastal Carolina: First Meeting
Series vs. Cincinnati: First Meeting

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (All Times CT)
Friday, March 4
Ole Miss vs.… 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 Returning to Haiti over Spring Break

Photo from the Rebels’ 2015 Haiti trip (Christian Russell, Chad Kelly, Hugh Freeze and Jeremy Liggins)

Members of Rebel Team and Staff Back in Haiti for Mission Work for Third Straight Year

OXFORD, Miss. – For the third straight Ole Miss spring break, members of the Rebel football program will spend their precious week off from class, workouts, practice and film sessions doing mission work in Haiti.

A 28-person group will take the trip from Oxford to Camp Marie, Haiti, to continue their work to create a sustainable community for Haitians in need. Now that the village of 10,000 Haitians has access to clean water (which the Ole Miss team helped to start last year), there is a need to further the water into their crop areas.… Read more...

No. 13 Rebels Wrap Up Homestand with Memphis

First Pitch Between Ole Miss (6-1) and Memphis (4-2) set for 3 p.m.

MIDWEEK GAME
Matchup: Ole Miss (6-1) vs. Memphis (4-2)
Date: March 2, 2016
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Swayze Field
Capacity: 10,323
Television: SEC Network+
Will Kollmeyer, play-by-play
David Dellucci, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Eli Savoie, play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: Ole Miss leads 91-52

Last Series: March 31/April 22, 2015
Series split, 1-1
Memphis, Tenn./Oxford, Miss.

PROMOTIONS
Kids Night! Kids 12 and under get in FREE
$1 Hot Dog Night

QUICK HITS
– The Rebels enter this week with a 6-1 record after taking two-of-three from No.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes vs. Mississippi State

Ole Miss (18-11, 8-8 SEC) vs. Mississippi State (13-15, 6-10 SEC)

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 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 83, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: MSU leads 142-111
In Oxford: OM leads 81-43
Streak: MSU, W1
Last Meeting: OM, L 77-83 (1/23/16)\

TIP OFF
• Ole Miss returns home to host rival Mississippi State Wednesday. The Rebels have won four of the last five meet ings against the Bulldogs.… Read more...

Moody Named C Spire Howell Trophy Finalist

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Has Won The Award Three Years Straight

OXFORD, Miss. – Senior guard Stefan Moody has been named one of three finalists for the C Spire Howell Trophy the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday.

Moody took home the C Spire Howell Trophy last season and an Ole Miss player has won the award each of the last three seasons. Presented to the most outstanding men’s collegiate basketball player in Mississippi, the trophy is named for the great Bailey Howell. The trophy will be presented Monday, March 7, at an 11:30 a.m.… Read more...

Ole Miss’ Shandricka Sessom Gillom Trophy Finalist 

Ole Miss Women’s Basketball vs #6 Tennessee on february 12th, 2015 in Oxford, MS. – Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

Award given annually to best collegiate women’s basketball player in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. – Ole Miss sophomore guard Shandricka Sessom (Byhalia. Miss) has been announced as a finalist for the C Spire Gillom Trophy presented annually to the top collegiate women’s basketball player in the state of Mississippi. Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians and Delta State’s Chelsey Rhodes join Sessom as finalists.

The award is named after former Ole Miss great Peggie Gillom-Granderson. Gillom’s name is etched in the Ole Miss record books as she still stands as Ole Miss’ top scorer and rebounder.… Read more...

No. 21 Ole Miss Takes Series over No. 2 Louisville (Video)

The 4-2 Victory Gave the Rebels Their Third-Straight Winning Series Against a Top-2 Team

OXFORD, Miss. – On a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon at Swayze Field, the No. 21 Ole Miss baseball team claimed the weekend series over No. 2 Louisville with a 4-2 victory in the rubber match. The Rebels (6-1) used a three-run rally, courtesy of four straight hits and a sacrifice fly, in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead and keep it for the remainder of the contest.

The win over the Cardinals (5-2) marks the third straight time Ole Miss has emerged with a series over a top-two team.… Read more...

Schedule Set for BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip

Fifth-Annual Tour Kicks Off April 17 in Atlanta

OXFORD, Miss. – The schedule is set and tickets on sale for the 2016 BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip, Ole Miss’ fifth annual tour of the state and surrounding areas. Visit www.rebelroadtrip.com for tickets and full details of each event.

Headlined by Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze and athletics director Ross Bjork, the BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip (#RRT16) will feature 12 fan meetings across the region beginning Sunday, April 17 in Atlanta at the College Football Hall of Fame. Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and other Rebel coaches will also speak at select stops.… Read more...

Ole Miss Hoops Game Notes: vs. Georgia

Ole Miss (18-10, 8-7 SEC) at Georgia (14-12, 7-8 SEC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Stegman Coliseum (10,523)
Television: SEC Network
Paul Sunderland, play-by-play
Kyle Macy, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum, play-by-play
Keith Carter, analyst
Satellite Radio: Sirius 83, XM 190
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Live Video: WatchESPN.com
Series: Georgia leads series 70-42
In Athens: Georgia leads 39-12
Streak: OM, W1
Last Meeting: OM, W 72-71 (1/09/16)

TIP OFF
• Ole Miss hits the road Saturday riding a two-game winning streak to face the Georgia Bulldogs. The Rebels are looking for their first season sweep of the ‘Dogs since 1989.… Read more...

#21 Ole Miss Baseball Notes: vs. #2 Louisville

No. 21 Ole Miss Hosts No. 2 Louisville for Weekend Series

Rebels Welcome an Undefeated, Top-Ranked Team to Swayze Field for a Three-Game Set

WEEKEND SERIES
Matchup: No. 21 Ole Miss (4-0) vs. No. 2 Louisville (4-0)
Date: Feb. 26-28, 2016
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Venue: Swayze Field
Capacity: 10,323
Television: SEC Network+
Richard Cross (Fri., Sat.)/Will Kollmeyer (Sun.), play-by-play
David Dellucci, analyst
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
David Kellum (Sun.)/Eli Savoie (Fri., Sat.), play-by-play
Keith Kessinger, analyst
Live Audio: OleMissSports.com
Series: Ole Miss leads 6-5
Last Series: March 10-11, 2015
Midweek series split, 1-1
Louisville, Ky.

PROMOTIONS
Friday, Feb. 26: Brady Bramlett Poster Giveaway
Sunday, Feb.… Read more...

Ole Miss Sweeps FIU with 16-5 Series Finale Win (w/ Video)

Box Score  | Photo Gallery

OXFORD, Miss. – The bats remained on fire for the No. 24 Ole Miss baseball team as the Rebels scored nine runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 16-5 win over Florida International Sunday afternoon. The victory secured the Rebels (3-0) a three-game sweep to begin the season.

Ole Miss is off to a 3-0 start for the fourth time in the past six seasons, and ninth overall under head coach Mike Bianco.

Every Rebel in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit at the plate. Ole Miss scored 16 runs on 12 hits, led Tate Blackman, Will Golsan and J.B.… Read more...

Rebel Baseball Breaks Season Ticket Record

Photo by Angie Ledbetter for Rebel Nation Magazine™

Ole Miss Baseball Season Ticket Holders at 5,725 and Counting

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss Ticket Office is pleased to announce that a record number of season tickets have been sold for the 2016 Ole Miss baseball season. Selling 5,725 season tickets and counting, the mark breaks the previous record of 5,709 sold during the 2013 season.

“On behalf of the Ole Miss baseball program, I want to thank all of our season ticket holders for helping set a new record as we begin the 2016 season,” said Ole Miss Baseball Head Coach Mike Bianco.… Read more...

Neumann Named SEC Basketball Legend

Former All-American To Be Honored At The SEC Tournament

OXFORD, Miss. – Former Ole Miss Basketball All-American Johnny Neumann has been named to the 2016 SEC Legends class, the conference office announced Friday.

One of the most exciting players in college basketball history, Neumann electrified crowds in Oxford and across the Southeast in his one season at with the Rebels and left his marks in the record books that might never be touched. Neumann led the nation in scoring as a sophomore at 40.1 points per game and was named to several 1971 All-America squads. The SEC Player of the Year, Neumann holds the Ole Miss single-season scoring record with 923 points.… Read more...

SEC Coaches Tab Robinson Preseason All-SEC

Photo by Bobby McDuffie for Rebel Nation Magazine

Rebels Projected to Finish Fifth in SEC West

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ole Miss junior shortstop Errol Robinson was named preseason All-Southeastern Conference Second Team, the league announced Thursday morning. The preseason All-SEC teams were chosen by the conference’s 14 head coaches.

The All-SEC honor adds another preseason accolade for Robinson. Ole Miss’ third-year starting shortstop already collected preseason All-America honors from Baseball America and D1Baseball.com. Major League Baseball scouts tabbed Robinson as the best shortstop in the country heading into the season, earning him a spot on Baseball America’s Preseason All-America First Team.… Read more...

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...

The March/April issue is Coming Soon!

It’s like a second Christmas in Oxford this time of year! Signing Day has come and gone 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...