Ole Miss Rebels
|Ole Miss Rebels|
|University||University of Mississippi|
|NCAA||Division I / FBS|
|Athletic director||Ross Bjork|
|Football stadium||Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field|
|Basketball arena||C. M. "Tad" Smith
|Baseball stadium||Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field|
|Other arenas||Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center
Ole Miss Soccer Stadium
Ole Miss Track & Field Complex
Ole Miss Softball Complex
Gillom Sports Center (volleyball)
University Golf Course
|Mascot||Rebel Black Bear|
|Fight song||Forward Rebels|
University of Mississippi sports teams, originally known as the "Mississippi Flood", were renamed the Rebels in 1936 and compete in the fourteen-member Southeastern Conference (SEC) of the 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 cardinal red (PMS 186) and navy blue (PMS 281), 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 1995–2004.
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); they also have a claim to three national championships (1959, 1960, 1962).
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 National Invitation Tournament in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2008 and 2010, they 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 1999-2006, Rod Barnes coached the Rebels basketball team, and compiled a record of 141-109 during his tenure. In 2013, Ole Miss basketball won the SEC tournament championship in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Ole Miss Lady Rebels basketball program began in 1974, and have been a fixture in post-season tournaments since that time. The Lady Rebels have appeared in the NCAA Women's Division I 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 Lady Rebel history, guard Armintie Price, joined the program for the 2003-4 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 Lady 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 Lady 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 2008 Lady Rebels finished the season at 14-15 and 10-10 in the SEC.
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. Ole Miss is led by head coach Warren Miconi.
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 60–42–6.
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
The song "Dixie" is an unofficial fight song still popular with a large number of fans and alumni. It is often used to incite the passionate fans to their feet in a defensive stand or celebration of a major play.
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 70,000+ on hand that day. It soon became a staple of the band for many years. During Ole Miss's winning streak of 2003, students and fans alike 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 even proposed to call for the chant to be changed to "To Hell with LSU". When that idea unsurprisingly failed to get traction, the University asked the band to quit playing the song.
A modification of "Dixie" called "Dixie Fanfare" is also played by the band.
The school cheer is entitled Hotty Toddy:
Are you ready?
Hell, yeah! Damn Right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty
Who the hell are we, Hey!
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
OLE MISS BY DAMN!
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- OleMissSports.com: Ole Miss Traditions - School songs
- Listen to "Dixie" as played by the Ole Miss "The Pride of The South" Marching Band
- Associated Press: Ole Miss head wants song halted over South chant
- BREAKING: Chancellor asks band to stop playing 'From Dixie with Love'
- Listen to "Dixie Fanfare" as played by the Ole Miss "The Pride of The South" Marching Band