Ole Miss Rebels
|Ole Miss Rebels|
|University||University of Mississippi|
|Athletic director||Ross Bjork|
|Football stadium||Vaught–Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field|
|Basketball arena||The Pavilion at Ole Miss|
|Baseball stadium||Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field|
|Fight song||Forward Rebels|
|Colors||Cardinal Red and Navy Blue|
The Ole Miss Rebels are the intercollegiate athletic teams officially representing the University of Mississippi. Originally known as the "Mississippi Flood", the teams were renamed the Rebels in 1936 and compete in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I. The only exception is the rifle team, which participates in the Great America Rifle Conference because the SEC does not sponsor that sport. The school's colors are red (PMS 186) and navy blue (PMS 2767), purposely chosen to mirror the school colors of Harvard and Yale, respectively. With a long history in intercollegiate athletics (Ole Miss began football in 1890), the university competes in 18 men's and women's sports. Student-athletes, 630 in all, received all-conference academic honors from 1995 to 2004.
Although a campus committee adopted the Rebel Black Bear as an on-field mascot for sporting events to replace Colonel Reb, the teams retain the name Rebels. On October 6, 2017, Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter announced that the new university mascot would be the Landshark, beginning with the 2018–19 season.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Track & field†||Tennis|
|Track & field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.|
The Ole Miss Rebels football team represents the University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, in the sport of American football. The Rebels compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The football history of Ole Miss includes the formation of the first football team in the state and the 26th team on the list of college football's all-time winning programs. The Ole Miss Rebels posted their 600th win on September 27, 2008 when they defeated the (then ranked No. 4 and future 2008 BCS National Champ) Florida Gators 31–30 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.
Throughout the 115-year history of Ole Miss football, the Rebels have won six Southeastern Conference titles (1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, and 1963) and claim three national championships (1959, 1960, 1962).
Matt Luke was offered the head football coach job (effectively ending his interim status) on November 26, 2017.
The Ole Miss Rebels baseball team represents the University of Mississippi in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the West division of the Southeastern Conference. They are currently coached by head coach Mike Bianco and assistant coaches Carl Lafferty and Matt Mossberg. They are currently the second most populated team in the nation – an achievement reached by keeping extra utility players on the roster. They play home games at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Ole Miss has played in the College World Series five times, most recently in 2014.
The Mississippi Rebels men's basketball represents the University of Mississippi in intercollegiate men's basketball. They have participated in the NCAA Tournament in 1981, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2013 and 2015. In 2008 and 2010, the team made it to the National Invitation Tournament Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The Rebels have won the SEC Western Division in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2007, and 2010. From 1999 to 2006, Rod Barnes coached the Rebels basketball team, and compiled a record of 141-109 during his tenure. In 1981, the Ole Miss basketball team won their first SEC tournament championship in Birmingham, Alabama and earned their second one in 2013 at Nashville, Tennessee.
The Ole Miss women's basketball program began in 1974, and has been a fixture in post-season tournaments since that time. The Rebels have appeared in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship tournament seventeen times, including the inaugural 1982 tournament; they also appeared in the tournament in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, and 2007. They have reached the Sweet Sixteen eight times and the Elite Eight five times (1985, 1986, 1989, 1992, and 2007). They have also appeared in the Women's National Invitation Tournament in 1999, 2001, and 2006. Entering the 2008 season, the program has an all-time win-loss record of 686-353, for a 66% average.
The 1992 team won the SEC with an 11-0 conference record, and finished the season with a final record of 29-3, the most wins in team history.
The program has produced such outstanding players as sisters Peggie Gillom, who still holds the school records for scoring and rebounding, and Jennifer Gillom, an Olympic medalist, Kodak All-American, and SEC Female Athlete of the Year.
Perhaps the most decorated player in the program's history, guard Armintie Price, joined the Rebels for the 2003–2004 season and immediately collected SEC Freshman of the Year honors. In her collegiate career, Price was named to the All-SEC First Team three times and became the first player to be named SEC Defensive Player of the Year twice. With Cheryl Miller she is one of only two players in NCAA history to record 2000 points, 1000 rebounds, 400 assists and 400 steals. As a senior, she was a finalist for the Wooden Award and was named to the Kodak All-American Team; she led her team to their first Elite Eight appearance since 1992. Price was drafted third overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft and went on to an outstanding first season with the Chicago Sky, culminating in Rookie of the Year honors.
Coaching legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Van Chancellor built his legacy with eighteen years as the Rebels' head coach, where he compiled a record of 439 wins and 154 loses. Chancellor's legacy also includes several players-turned-coaches, including Jennifer Gillom, who helped Chancellor coach the US Senior Women's National Team to the 2002 World Championship; head coach Carol Ross, who returned to her alma mater in 2003; and current associate head coach Peggie Gillom.
Carol Ross resigned as head coach on April 26, 2007. During her four-year tenure, the Rebels' posted 77 wins and 50 loses. She was replaced by assistant coach Renee Ladner. Ladner resigned at the end of the 2011–12 season after having gone 70–82 in five seasons. Adrian Wiggins, who had led Fresno State to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, was hired as her replacement. However, Wiggins was fired before the start of the 2012–13 season amid an investigation of potential NCAA recruiting violations. Assistant Brett Frank was named as interim head coach in the wake of Wiggins' firing.
After the 2012–13 season, Ole Miss hired Matt Insell, the son of Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Insell, as permanent head coach. The younger Insell had spent the previous five seasons as an assistant under Matthew Mitchell at Kentucky.
The 2017 Rebels finished the season at 22-14 and 8-10 in the SEC. Entering the inaugural postseason National Invitational Volleyball Championship as an at-large invitee, they lost only one set in five matches en route to winning the tournament.
The term “Landshark” originated in 2008 from a senior linebacker Tony Fein and was adopted by the Ole Miss football team’s defensive unit. Tony Fein was an Army veteran who served in the Iraq War before his football career at the University of Mississippi. Fein also received the Pat Tillman Award by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2008.
On September 18, 2017, the student body announced that Ole Miss students would have the chance to vote on the possibility of a mascot change. Students were able to vote on the platform OrgSync on September 26th through September 29th. The Associated Student Body senate voted, and more than 4100 votes were cast. Of those votes, 81% was in support of the mascot change.
On October 6, 2017, The University of Mississippi’s Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter announced that the university would be making the switch from Rebel the Black Bear and adopting the Landshark as the University’s official mascot. The change was effective immediately.
Notable non-varsity sports
The Ole Miss Men's Lacrosse Club team is a member of the Southeast Lacrosse Conference D1 (SELC) in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA).
Founded in 1974, Ole Miss Rugby Football Club plays college rugby in the Western Division of the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference against its traditional SEC rivals such as Mississippi State. Ole Miss has seen some great crowds at recent matches since 2011.
In football, Ole Miss and MSU close each season with the Egg Bowl, with the victor receiving possession of the Golden Egg Trophy. Ole Miss leads the series 63–43–6.
In basketball, MSU leads the series 138–105 In baseball, according to Ole Miss records, Mississippi State now leads the series 231–196–5 (239–195–5 according to MSU records). However, as recently as 1978, Ole Miss led the series by some six games before Mississippi State became a leader both in the SEC and nationally in baseball. Since 1978, Ole Miss is 52–90 against MSU.
LSU has a 58–40–4 advantage in the all-time football series with Ole Miss.
Songs and cheers
A modification of the Elvis Presley song An American Trilogy, now known as From Dixie with Love or Slow Dixie, was also played during football games, both home and away. The song was first played during the half-time performance at the Ole Miss/LSU game of 1980 in Tiger Stadium. Upon its completion, the band received a standing ovation from more than 70,000 people on hand that day. It soon became a staple of the band for many years. During Ole Miss's winning streak of 2003, audiences began chanting "The South will rise again" in place of "His truth is marching on" at the end of the song. The chant remained a staple for the next several years. In 2009, with Ole Miss in the national spotlight for football success, political pressure mounted to do away with the chant. The Student Body Government proposed to call for the chant to be changed to "To Hell with LSU". When this proposal was not enacted, the university asked the band to quit playing the song.
The band also plays a modification of "Dixie" called "Dixie Fanfare."
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