Archives for 2015

OLE SO SWEET: Rebels Receive Sugar Bowl Invite

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

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

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

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

CHARLIE CONERLY: THE GOLD STANDARD

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

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

1947 All-America Charlie Conerly – Ole Miss File Photo

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

Best Day Ever

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

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

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

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

The Celebrity of Hugh Freeze

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

Hugh Freeze: Embraces his SEC Head Coach Celebrity Status.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stan Sandroni: Rebel Radio Icon had his own Brand

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

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

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

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

MIKE DENNIS: An Ole Miss Rebel

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

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

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

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

REBEL ALLEY: Highly Motivating

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

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

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

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

REBEL NATION FLASHBACK: The 1947 Rebels

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

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

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

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...