Archives for 2014

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...

COMMENTARY: It’s OK to Yell!

By Greg Pevey
Publisher, Rebel Nation Magazine™
Photos and artwork by Rebel Nation Magazine™

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 – First of all, I love the emotion of college football. I’m not the biggest stat guy or someone who can breakdown an offensive or defensive scheme. I enjoy the pageantry and atmosphere that I get to witness on campus on a fall day in Oxford. This weekend tens of thousands of you will make the trek to Oxford to watch the 10th Ranked Ole Miss Rebels take on the University of Memphis. I can hardly wait myself.

The motto over the past 2-3 years that’s caught on at Ole Miss is the phrase “Lock The Vaught.”

So, what does that actually mean?… 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...

REBEL LEGENDS: John Fourcade

BY MARK STOWERS
Contributing Writer
Photos courtesy Ole Miss Media Relations

John Fourcade is one of those players who would thrive in any era of football. He chose Ole Miss after his high school career at Arch Bishop Shaw High School in Louisiana because the bigger schools said he’d have to ride the bench. This was in the late 1970s before 24-hour sports channels, social media and digital recordings. Before kids put college hats on a table and performed the three card Monty with their college selection on National Signing Day. Fourcade, like many, actually signed late. He was being chased by Notre Dame, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama and a long list of other Division 1 schools to work under center.… Read more...

Year One vs. Year Two Under Hugh Freeze: Stats that Matter

Here’s a sample of what you’re missing in Rebel Nation Magazine™

As published in the Jan/Feb 2014 Issue
BY SEPH ANDERSON, Contributing Writer
Photos Greg Pevey

In his second year leading the Ole Miss Rebels enterprise, Head Coach Hugh Freeze continued to move the program in the right direction. The Rebels improved upon a six-win regular season in 2012 to a seven-win regular season in 2013. Further, the Rebels went bowling in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2009 and 2010 Cotton Bowls. Sure, there were a couple of games that the Rebel faithful feel slipped away this year.… Read more...

How high should expectations be in Oxford?

By Dr. SEC – www.DrSec.org
Special to Mississippi Sports Magazine
March 30, 2014
Photos by Bobby McDuffie

The talent pool Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze inherited when he arrived in Oxford wasn’t considered deep or even comparable with the top schools in the Southeastern Conference. Three years of signing high-profile recruiting classes, however, has brought the Rebels closer to the elite rosters in college football.

In addition to successful recruiting, Freeze has quickly built a reputation as one of the top young coaches in college football. Despite taking over a team that finished 2-10 the year before, he led the Rebels to seven wins in his first season, including blowout victories in both the Egg Bowl and the Compass Bowl.… Read more...

THE JOURNEY: Season Two

By Seph Anderson
Contributing Writer
As printed in the Jan/Feb 2014 Issue

Year Two vs. Year One under Freeze: Stats That Matter

In his second year leading the Ole Miss Rebels enterprise, Head Coach Hugh Freeze continued to move the program in the right direction. The Rebels improved upon a six-win regular season in 2012 to a seven-win regular season in 2013. Further, the Rebels went bowling in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2009 and 2010 Cotton Bowls. Sure, there were a couple of games that the Rebel faithful feel slipped away this year. But as Freeze would tell you himself, this team is still “ahead of schedule.”

While there were certainly high points during the season, from RB Jeff Scott’s 75-yard, game-winning touchdown jaunt against Vandy to the unexpected upset of a then No.… Read more...

Rebel Fans, it’s Time for you to Open Your Wallets

By Steven Godfrey
Featured Columnist
As printed in the Jan/Feb 2014 Issue

There’s a long held story around the SEC about South Carolina. In the time before the Southeastern Conference expanded with Texas A&M and Missouri, fans would armchair the decision to add Arkansas and the Gamecocks back in 1992 and ask why exactly the league took historically moribund USC.

The story goes that, even amidst a wicked two year conference losing streak (1998-’99: 1-21 overall, 0-16 SEC), the Gamecocks sold out every single home game they had. It’s technically true – thanks to season ticket sales figures and not actual head counts – and long before Steve Spurrier elevated USC to a perennial SEC East power, it was that story alone that other SEC fans relied on to accept South Carolina as one of their own.… Read more...