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Ole Miss Rebels
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Established in 1844
Names
Ole Miss Rebels
Other Nicknames
Rebs, Landsharks
Conference
Southeastern Conference
Location
Oxford, Mississippi
Colors
Red, Navy Blue, Powder Blue, and White
Head Coach
Matthew Bless (2018-Present)
Stadium
Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
National Championships
3 1959, 1960, 1962
College Football Playoff Appearances
0 None
Conference Championships
6 1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, 1963

The University of Mississippi (colloquially known as Ole Miss) is a public research university in Oxford, Mississippi. Including the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, it is the state's largest university by enrollment. The university was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature on February 24, 1844, and four years later admitted its first enrollment of 80 students. The university is classified as an "R1: Doctoral University—Highest Research Activity" by the Carnegie Foundation and has an annual research and development budget of $121.6 million. The university ranked 145 in the 2018 edition of the US News Rankings of Best National Universities.

Across all its campuses, the university comprises some 23,800 students. In addition to the main campus in Oxford and the medical school in Jackson, the university also has campuses in Tupelo, Booneville, Grenada, and Southaven. About 55 percent of its undergraduates and 60 percent overall come from Mississippi, and 23 percent are minorities; international students respectively represent 90 different nations. It is one of the 33 colleges and universities participating in the National Sea Grant Program and a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.

Ole Miss was a center of activity during the American civil rights movement when a race riot erupted in 1962 following the attempted admission of James Meredith, an African-American, to the segregated campus. While the university was successfully integrated that year, the use of Confederate symbols and motifs has remained a controversial aspect of the school's identity and culture. In response the university has attempted to take proactive measures to rebrand its image, including effectively banning the display of Confederate flags in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 1997, officially abandoning the Colonel Reb mascot in 2003, and removing "Dixie" from the Pride of the South marching band's repertoire in 2016. In 2018, following a racially charged rant on Social Media by an alum and academic building namesake, former Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter reaffirmed the university's commitment to "honest and open dialogue about its history", and in making its campuses "more welcoming and inclusive".

The Ole Miss Rebels football program represents the University of Mississippi, also known as "Ole Miss". The Rebels compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Fake Collegiate Athletic Association (NFCAA) 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 Rebels posted their 600th win on September 27, 2008 when they defeated the Florida Gators 31–30.

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 titles (1959, 1960, 1962). The team is currently coached by Matt Luke, who was interim head coach in 2017 and led the Rebels to a 6-6 record, including an Egg Bowl win over Mississippi State. In 2017, the Rebels announced a one-year self-imposed bowl-ban after it was revealed the program violated NCAA recruitment rules under former coach Hugh Freeze.

Traditions[edit]

  • Hotty Toddy - Universities have cheers. Ole Miss has Hotty Toddy. It's a feeling, ideal, fight song, prayer, verbal handshake and way of life, all rolled into one. Like that revered statue imploring us to "never quit," Hotty Toddy encapsulates the spirit of Ole Miss. Whether yelled on the way to a stadium before a game, or said to someone wearing an Ole Miss shirt as you pass them in the airport. If institutions and traditions make up the fabric of Ole Miss, the thread of Hotty Toddy holds them together. And you don't have to hear it to get it. Chucky had it. Those future Rebels buzzing The Grove stage before games have it. All our-student athletes live it. High schoolers aspire to it. Our Faculty and staff perfect it. At Ole Miss, we're constantly asking ourselves if we're ready, even though we already know the answer- a resounding yes. But where's the fun in keeping it to ourselves? So yell it. Feel it. And above all, live it. Hotty Toddy.
  • The Grove - Described as "the Holy Grail of tailgating sites" by Sporting News, The Grove comes to life for Ole Miss Rebels football home games with as many as 100,000 fans. Fans arrive often around noon the day before the game (campus rule is no one allowed to "stake their claim" before 7:30 pm, which is strictly enforced by campus police) to grab their spot in The Grove. This usually serene area of campus becomes a sea of red, white and blue tents. However, most of the tents are set up by professional tailgate vendors and not the students or families themselves. Ole Miss students generally dress in their Sunday best: Men wear slacks, button-up shirts, bow ties, Sperry Top Siders, and coats while women wear cocktail dresses or brightly colored sundresses and high heel shoes. Some older fans also dress in this style.

Rivalry Games[edit]

  • The Egg Bowl - The Battle for the Golden Egg (nicknamed the Egg Bowl) is the Rebels biggest game of the year against in-state SEC rival Mississippi State University (MSU) Bulldogs. While the 2 teams have played each other since 1901, with 2003 being the year in which the 2 teams had played each other 100 times and now having played each other a total of 114 times, the first game officially known as "The Battle of the Golden Egg" was in 1927. While it is called a "Bowl", the game is not a postseason bowl game, but rather a regular season Southeastern Conference (SEC) game. Ole Miss leads the series with 62 wins to MSU's 46 wins. There have been 6 ties. The Egg Bowl has not been as much in the spotlight as other college football rivalries, but as of late, the game has gained more national attention.
  • Magnolia Bowl - Ole Miss first played LSU on December 3, 1894 winning 26–6 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Throughout the fifties and sixties, games between the two schools featured highly ranked squads on both sides and seemingly every contest had conference, and at times national title implications – a tradition recently renewed, as the 2003 matchup decided the SEC Western Division Champion, and helped propel LSU to a national championship.
  • Arkansas-Ole Miss Rivalry - Ole Miss first played Arkansas in 1908, with Arkansas winning that game 33–0. They would play each other many times, though sporadically, over the next several decades, including two meetings in the Sugar Bowl in 1963 and 1970; Ole Miss won both Sugar Bowl matchups.
  • Alabama-Ole Miss Rivalry - The Alabama–Ole Miss football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Alabama Crimson Tide football team of the University of Alabama and Ole Miss Rebels football team of the University of Mississippi. Both universities are founding members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and both have competed in the SEC Western Division since the 1992 season.
  • Ole Miss-Vanderbilt Rivalry - Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have played annually since 1942. When the SEC split into divisions in 1992, the Commodores and Rebels were selected as permanent cross-division rivals. Though Vanderbilt won the first 18 games in the rivalry, Ole Miss leads the all-time series 50–39–2. As of late, this rivalry hasn't gotten as much attention as other rivalries in the SEC as the Rebels have won 16 of the last 24, nine of which were won by double digits. However, the rivalry continues to grow following Vanderbilt's surprising blow-out victory over the Rebels in 2016.
  • Mid-South Rivalry - The Ole Miss–Memphis football rivalry has also been a far less competitive rivalry series. The Rebels hold a 48–11–2 advantage over the Tigers in the series. The two schools have met 60 times from 1921 to 2014.
  • Ole Miss-Tulane Rivalry - Ole Miss and Tulane were rivals from the time that Tulane was an SEC member. Ole Miss leads the series 42-29.

Coaching History[edit]

Matthew Bless

  • Coaching Record  : 8-6
  • Rivalry Record  : 2-2
  • Bowl Record : 0-1

Records[edit]

Overall Record: 8-6

Bowl Record: 0-1

Home Record: 4-2

Away Record: 4-2

Consecutive Home Wins: 4

2019 Fake Schedule[edit]

Week Loc Opp Score
1 vs. Toledo Rockets
2 @ Kentucky Wildcats
3 @ LSU Tigers
4 vs. Memphis Tigers
5 @ Alabama Crimson Tide
6 vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
7 @ Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
8 vs. Auburn Tigers
9 vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
10 vs. Texas A&M Aggies
11 @ Virginia Cavaliers
12 @ Mississippi State Bulldogs

2018 Fake Schedule[edit]

Week Loc Opp Score
1 @ Temple Owls W 34-23
2 vs. Toledo Rockets L 31-30
3 vs. Troy Trojans W 38-35
4 @ Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders W 41-28
5 @ Florida Gators W 45-34
6 vs. South Carolina Gamecocks W 56-28
7 vs. LSU Tigers W 28-21
8 @ Texas A&M Aggies W 56-38
9 @ Arkansas Razorbacks L 38-41
10 @ Auburn Tigers L 24-29
11 vs. Alabama Crimson Tide W 34-16
12 vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs L 20-24
SEC Championship Game @ Missouri Tigers L 21-34
Allstate Sugar Bowl @ Oklahoma State Cowboys L 38-42

Football Roster[edit]

Starters

Offense

Num Name Pos Year
2 Matt Corral QB SO
22 Scottie Phillips RB SR
13 Braylon Sanders WR JR
1 A.J. Brown WR SR
6 Miles Battle WR SO
9 Dawson Knox TE SR
74 Gregory Little LT SR
71 Bryce Matthews LG Jr
61 Eli Johnson OC JR
55 Ben Brown RG SO
67 Alex Givens RT SR


Defense

Num Name Pos Year
89 Ryder Anderson DE JR
40 Josiah Coatney DT SR
95 Benito Jones NT SR
97 Qaadir Sheppard DE SR
17 Willie Hibbler OLB SR
46 Mohamed Sanogo MLB JR
3 Vernon Dasher OLB SR
26 Jalen Julius CB SR
8 C.J. Miller SS JR
15 Miles Hartsfield FS SR
20 Keidron Smith CB SO