Archives for 2017

A Sneak Peek at the September/October Issue

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

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

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

By John Davis – Oxford Citizen

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

2017 Meet The Rebels A Success

Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

Photo Gallery

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

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

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

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

New Leadership for Ole Miss Spirit Squads 

Coordinator for Cheerleaders Ryan O’Connor

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

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

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

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

Bicknell Named Ole Miss Offensive Line Coach

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

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

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

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

Ole Miss and New York Jets Great Larry Grantham Passes Away

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

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

Patrick Willis Makes College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

One of 75 Former College Standouts on List

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

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

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

Ole Miss Basketball Announces SEC Opponents For 2018

Rebels Play 18 Conference Games Next Year

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

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

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

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

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Ken Cooper Passes Away

Led Rebels to Win over 1977 National Champion Notre Dame

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

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

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

Three Ole Miss Football Game Times Announced

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

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

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

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

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

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

Rebels’ Thornberry Captures NCAA National Championship

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

Wins Ole Miss’ First Golf National Championship

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

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