Archives for 2017

Ole Miss and New York Jets Great Larry Grantham Passes Away

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

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

Patrick Willis Makes College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

One of 75 Former College Standouts on List

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

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

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

Ole Miss Basketball Announces SEC Opponents For 2018

Rebels Play 18 Conference Games Next Year

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

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

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

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

Former Ole Miss Head Football Coach Ken Cooper Passes Away

Led Rebels to Win over 1977 National Champion Notre Dame

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

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

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

Three Ole Miss Football Game Times Announced

Photo by Greg Pevey, Rebel Nation Magazine™

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

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

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

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

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

Rebels’ Thornberry Captures NCAA National Championship

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

Wins Ole Miss’ First Golf National Championship

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

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

Ole Miss’ Haynes Makes Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

One of 42 Top Defensive Players up for Annual Award

2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List

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

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

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

A Sneak Peek Inside the May/June Issue Coming Soon

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

Photo by Angie Ledbetter for Rebel Nation Magazine™

Freeze Approach – A Model for College Athletics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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