2009 Ole Miss Rebels football team

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2009 Ole Miss Rebels football
UMRebels logo (script).png
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #21
AP #20
2009 record 9–4 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Houston Nutt (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Kent Austin (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Multiple; Pro Style, WildRebel
Defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix (2nd year)
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
(Capacity: 60,580)
Seasons
« 2008 2010 »
2009 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#3 Florida x   8 0         13 1  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Kentucky   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Alabama x   8 0         14 0  
#17 LSU   5 3         9 4  
#20 Ole Miss   4 4         9 4  
Arkansas   3 5         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         5 7  
Championship: #2 Alabama 32, #1 Florida 13
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Ole Miss Rebels football team represented the University of Mississippi during the 2009 college football season. The team was led by Houston Nutt, who was in his second season as the Rebels' head coach. Ole Miss has been a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) since the league's inception in 1932, and has participated in that conference's Western Division since its formation in 1992. The Rebels played their seven home games in 2009 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi, which has been Ole Miss football's home since 1915. The Rebels finished the season 9–4, 4–4 in SEC play and won their second straight Cotton Bowl Classic 21–7 against Oklahoma State.

Previous season[edit]

First year head coach Houston Nutt led the team from four straight losing seasons to an 9–4 record and a 5–3 mark in conference play. The improvement from 2007–2008 was the best single-season improvement for an Ole Miss team since 1947, when Johnny Vaught debuted as coach. The Rebels' second- place finish in the SEC Western Division was their second best finish in the division since its inception in 1992. The 2008 squad concluded the season by defeating Texas Tech 47–34 in the 2009 Cotton Bowl.

Key losses from the 2008 season team[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP #8 #6 #5t* #4 #21 #20 -- -- #24 -- -- -- #20 -- -- -- #20
Coaches #10 #8 #6 #5 #18 #16 -- #25 #22 -- -- -- #25 -- -- -- #21
Harris Not released #18 #18 -- -- #23 -- -- -- #25 -- -- --
BCS Not released -- #25 -- -- -- #25 -- -- --

Ranking sources:

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 2:30 p.m. at Memphis* #8 Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN ESPN W 45–14   45,207[1]
September 19 6:30 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana* #5 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS CSS W 52–6   58,119[2]
September 24 6:30 p.m. at South Carolina #4 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN L 10–16   74,724[3]
October 3 6:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt #21 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN (Rivalry) ESPNU W 23–7   39,625[4]
October 10 2:30 p.m. #3 Alabama #20 Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS (Rivalry) CBS L 3–22   62,657‡[5]
October 17 6:00 p.m. UAB*dagger Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS SECRN W 48–13   47,612[6]
October 24 11:21 a.m. Arkansas Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS (Rivalry) SECN W 30–17   60,622[7]
October 31 11:21 a.m. at Auburn #24 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL SECN L 20–33   84,756[8]
November 7 6:30 p.m. Northern Arizona* Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS CSS W 38–14   38,184[9]
November 14 11:00 a.m. Tennessee Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS CBS W 42–17   61,422[10]
November 21 2:30 p.m. #10 LSU Vaught–Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS (Magnolia Bowl) CBS W 25–23   61,752[11]
November 28 11:21 a.m. at Mississippi State #20 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS (Egg Bowl) SECN L 27–41   55,365[12]
January 2 1:00 p.m. vs. #21 Oklahoma State* Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) FOX W 21–7   77,928[13]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Schedule source: OleMissSports.com

Schedule notes[edit]

  • The 2009 Ole Miss Football Schedule was officially released on March 17, 2009.[14]
  • ESPN.com tabbed Ole Miss' 2009 non-conference schedule as the 3rd softest in the country.[15]
  • The week one game against Memphis was played on Sunday, September 6 and was nationally televised on ESPN.[16]
  • The week four game against South Carolina was played on Thursday, September 24, as part of the ESPN College Football Thursday Primetime package.[17]
  • The 2009 season marked the first time Ole Miss has ever played Southeastern Louisiana, UAB and Northern Arizona in football.[14]
  • ‡ New Vaught-Hemingway Stadium attendance record.

2009 season highlights[edit]

On July 7, 2009, the Ole Miss athletic department announced that the 2009 training camp and team would be the subject of a reality television show called Gridiron U, which will air on TruTV (formerly known as Court TV). Filming was scheduled to begin in early August and end September 6. The camera crew came in June to interview players and coaches as well as to film key locations on campus.[18][19] However, head coach Houston Nutt canceled the team's participation in the new show.[20]

Ole Miss was on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the August 17, 2009 issue. SI's preseason rankings has the Rebels ranked at #6.[21][22]

In late August 2009, the Ole Miss Athletic Department announced that season tickets were sold out for what is believed to be the first time in school history.[23]

In the third week of the season, on September 20, 2009, Ole Miss was ranked #4 in the AP poll and #5 in the Coaches Poll, the highest the Rebels have been ranked since the Archie Manning-lead, and John Vaught-coached, team of 1970 which also made it to #4. Ole Miss' highest ranking ever was #1 in 1964.[24]

Ole Miss set a school record with four straight games, going back to the 2008 season, of scoring forty or more points after defeating Southeastern Louisiana 52–6 on September 19, 2009. Also as of the Southeastern Louisiana win, the Rebels had the second longest winning streak in the nation, having won eight straight games dating back to the 2008 season. The national champion Florida team had the first longest winning streak after Utah lost.[25]

Ole Miss' defeat of Tennessee on November 14, 2009 was the first time Tennessee had ever lost in Ole Miss' home stadium. Tennessee now holds a 5–1 mark against Ole Miss in Ole Miss' home stadium.

Ole Miss' defeat of LSU on November 21, 2009 was the Rebels first win at home against LSU since 1998.

Game notes[edit]

Memphis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Ole Miss 10 7 0 28 45
Memphis 0 7 0 7 14
  • Location: Memphis, TN
  • Game start: 2:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 45,207
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy, 82, Wind: S @ 6 mph
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • Television network: ESPN


Southeastern Louisiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
S'eastern Louisiana 0 0 3 3 6
#5t Ole Miss 7 17 14 14 52
  • Location: Oxford, MS
  • Game start: 6:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 58,119
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy, 77, Wind: E @ 3 mph
  • Referee: Matt Moore
  • Television network: CSS


South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Ole Miss 3 0 0 7 10
South Carolina 0 6 10 0 16
  • Location: Columbia, SC
  • Game start: 7:45 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 74,724
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy, 87, Wind: S @ 3 mph
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Craig James and Jesse Palmer (color), Erin Andrews (sideline)


Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Ole Miss 3 14 6 0 23
Vanderbilt 0 0 7 0 7
  • Location: Nashville, TN
  • Game start: 6:06 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 39,625
  • Game weather: Fair, 67, Wind: WSW @ 11 mph
  • Referee: Steve Shaw
  • Television network: ESPNU


Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Alabama 3 13 3 3 22
#20 Ole Miss 0 0 3 0 3
  • Location: Oxford, MS
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:27
  • Game attendance:
    62,657 (record set)
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 54, Wind: S @ 6 mph
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (color)


UAB[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UAB 0 0 0 13 13
Ole Miss 7 20 14 7 48
  • Location: Oxford, MS
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 47,612
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 52, Wind: N @ 6 mph
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • Television network: FSN


Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0 7 10 0 17
Ole Miss 14 3 7 6 30
  • Location: Oxford, MS
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 60,622
  • Game weather: Fair, 52, Wind: NW @ 8 mph
  • Referee: Matt Moore
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color), Cara Capuano (sideline)


Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Ole Miss 7 0 13 0 20
Auburn 3 7 23 0 33
  • Location: Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:35
  • Game attendance: 84,756
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 57, Wind: NW @ 10mph
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color), Cara Capuano (sideline)


Northern Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
N Arizona 0 14 0 0 14
Ole Miss 7 24 7 0 38
  • Location: Oxford, MS
  • Game start: 6:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 38,184
  • Game weather: Clear, 61, Wind: calm
  • Referee: Jeff Hilyer
  • Television network: CSS


Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 7 7 3 0 17
Ole Miss 14 7 7 14 42
  • Location: Oxford, MS
  • Game start: 11:11 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 61,422
  • Game weather: Fair, 61, Wind: SW @ 7 mph
  • Referee: Steve Shaw
  • TV announcers (CBS): Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (color)


Louisiana State[edit]

Magnolia Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
#10 LSU 14 3 0 6 23
Ole Miss 6 9 0 10 25
  • Location: Oxford, MS
  • Game start: 2:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:36
  • Game attendance: 61,752
  • Game weather: Fair, 63 , Wind: SW @ 5 mph
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)


Mississippi State[edit]

Egg Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Ole Miss 3 10 0 14 27
MSU 0 10 17 14 41
  • Location: Starkville, MS
  • Game start: 11:21 a.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 55,365
  • Game weather: Sunny and Clear, 51 , Wind: WNW @ 5 mph
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color), Cara Capuano (sideline)


Oklahoma State[edit]

2010 Cotton Bowl Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
Oklahoma State 0 0 7 0 7
Ole Miss 0 7 0 14 21
  • Location: Arlington, TX
  • Game start: 1:15 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:32
  • Game attendance: 77,928
  • Game weather: Indoor game
  • Referee: Jack Childress (ACC)
  • TV announcers (FOX): Pat Summerall (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston - (analyst), Krista Voda - (host), Shepard Smith - (sideline reporter)


Coaching staff[edit]

Name Responsibility Position Group Year Alma Mater
Houston Nutt Head Coach 2nd Oklahoma State University (1981)
Kent Austin Offensive Coordinator Quarterbacks 2nd University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) (1986)
Tyrone Nix Defensive Coordinator Linebackers 2nd University of Southern Mississippi (1995)
Kim Dameron Safeties 2nd University of Arkansas (1983)
Ron Dickerson Jr. Wide Receivers 2nd University of Arkansas (1996)
Mike Markuson Running Game Coordinator Offensive line 2nd Hamline University (1983)
Derrick Nix Running Backs 2nd University of Southern Mississippi (2002)
Terry Price Defensive line 1st Texas A&M University (1992)
James Shibest Special Teams Coordinator Tight Ends 2nd University of Arkansas (1988)
Chris Vaughn Recruiting Coordinator Cornerbacks 2nd Murray State University (1998)
Andy Commer Coordinator of Video Services 2nd Arkansas State University (1987)
Mike Beaumont Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations 2nd Arkansas State University (1992)
Don Decker Head Football Strength Coach 2nd Evangel College (1988)
Tim Mullins Head Athletic Trainer 12th University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) (1991)
Clifton Ealy Assistant Athletics Director for Community Relations 2nd University of Central Arkansas (1982)
Danny Nutt Assistant Athletics Director for Player Development 2nd University of Arkansas (1985)
Ken Crain Head Equipment Manager 11th University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) (1996)
Lanier Goethie Graduate Assistant Coach 1st University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) (2003)

[26]

Staff notes[edit]

  • On January 16, Terry Price began his second stint with the Ole Miss Rebels football staff. He coached defensive ends for the Rebels from 1995-98. He then went on to be the defensive line coach at Auburn from 1999 to 2008.[27]
  • On January 20, former Rebel football player Lanier Goethie signed on as a graduate assistant. In his four years playing Linebacker for Ole Miss (1999 to 2002), he had a total of 178 tackles and served as a team co-captain as a senior. He was also the 2002 Chucky Mullins Courage Award recipient.[28]

NFL prospects[edit]

Twelve Ole Miss players who ended their career at Ole Miss this year were either taken in the 2010 NFL Draft or signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams. Dexter McCluster (Kansas City Chiefs; 2nd round; 36th overall pick), OL John Jerry (Miami Dolphins; 3rd round; 73rd overall pick), S Kendrick Lewis (Kansas City Chiefs; 5th round; 136th overall pick) and DE Greg Hardy (Carolina Panthers; 6th round; 175th overall pick) were drafted while QB Jevan Snead (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), RB Cordera Eason (Cincinnati Bengals), TE Gerald Harris (Tennessee Titans), LB Patrick Trahan (Tennessee Titans), WR Shay Hodge (San Francisco 49ers), CB Marshay Green (Arizona Cardinals), CB Cassius Vaughn (Denver Broncos) and DE Emmanuel Stephens (Atlanta Falcons) signed free agent contracts.[29][30]

References[edit]

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