- Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss Rebels University University of Mississippi Conference(s) Southeastern Conference NCAA Division I / FBS Athletics director Pete Boone Location Oxford, MS Varsity teams 18 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 Nickname Rebels Fight song Forward Rebels Colors Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue (adopted in 1893) Homepage OleMissSports.com
University of Mississippi sports teams, originally known as the "Mississippi Flood" , were re-named the Rebels in 1936 and compete in the twelve-member Southeastern Conference of the NCAA's Division I. 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 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.
The 2008 Lady Rebels finished the season at 14-15 and 10-10 in the SEC.
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).
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 60–41–6.
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 55–39–4 advantage in the all-time football series with Ole Miss.
Songs and cheers
The school's fight song is "Forward Rebels." It is played by the Ole Miss "The Pride of the South" marching band at official university sporting events.
The song "Dixie" is an un-official 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 1984 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, unsurprisingly, that idea 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, yes! Damn Right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty
Who the hell are we, Hey!
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
OLE MISS BY DAMN!
- ^ Ole Miss Traditions
- ^ Cleveland, Rick (June 19, 2003). "Colonel not exactly a longtime tradition". The Clarion-Ledger. http://orig.clarionledger.com/news/0306/19/srick.html. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
- ^ "Rebel Black Bear Selected As New On-Field Mascot for Ole Miss Rebels" (Press release). Ole Miss Mascot Selection Committee. October 14, 2010. http://mascot.olemiss.edu/?p=333. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
- ^ http://www.olemisssports.com//pdf1/152266.pdf?&DB_OEM_ID=2600
- ^ "2007-08 Ole Miss Women's Basketball Media Guide". http://www.olemisssports.com//pdf5/99689.pdf?SPSID=99943&SPID=740&DB_OEM_ID=2600. Retrieved 2007-12-11. [dead link]
- ^ 133-105
- ^ MStateAthletics.com
- ^ Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Mississippi Rebels – Box Score – January 09, 2010 – ESPN
- ^ "Mississippi Opponents". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/sec/mississippi/opponents.php. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
- ^ a b 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
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