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Ole Miss Rebels
UMRebels logo (script).png
University University of Mississippi
Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Division I / FBS
Athletics director Pete Boone
Location Oxford, MS
Varsity teams 14
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 Colonel Reb (unofficial)
Nickname Rebels
Previous: the Flood; Red and Blue
Fight song Forward Rebels
Colors Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue (adopted in 1893)[1]



University of Mississippi sports teams, originally known as the "Mississippi Flood" , were re-named the Rebels in 1936[2] and compete in the competitive 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.


Ole Miss made it to their first NCAA tournament in 1981, after winning the SEC tournament that year. Since then, they have participated in the NCAA tournament in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2002. They have participated in the National Invitation Tournament in 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 2000, 2007, and 2008. In 2008, they made it to the Final Four of the NIT. 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 2007, Ole Miss hired Andy Kennedy, and the Rebs tied for first place in the SEC West during the 2006–2007 season. Led by the senior trio of Clarence Sanders, Bam Doyne, and Todd Abernethy, the Ole Miss men finished the year with a 21-13 record, including a 16-1 record at home inside Tad Smith Coliseum. They advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament, before falling at Clemson University. In his debut season with the Rebels, Kennedy was named the 2007 SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press after guiding Ole Miss, a preseason last-place pick in the SEC West, to its first division title and most wins since 2001.

The 2007–2008 team started off the season 13-0, a school record. They would end the season 24-11, including a trip to the NIT Final Four. [5]



The 2008 Lady Rebels finished the season at 14-15 and 10-10 in the SEC.


Ole Miss' major athletic rivals are with the Mississippi State Bulldogs (MSU), the LSU Tigers (see Magnolia Bowl), and the Arkansas Razorbacks. (see Arkansas – Ole Miss rivalry)

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 60–40–6. In the past 60 years, however, Ole Miss has a commanding lead in the series with Mississippi State only managing 17 victories over that time span.

In basketball, MSU leads the series 136–105[6] and has won 14 of the last 18 and 18 of the last 23.[7] [1]

In baseball, according to Ole Miss records, Mississippi State now leads the series 228–195–5 (235–190–5 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. Ole Miss has now won 7 of the last 13 meetings with the Bulldogs on the diamond. Current Ole Miss head baseball coach Mike Bianco is 20–20 against the Bulldogs.

LSU has a 55–39–4 advantage in the all-time football series with Ole Miss.[8]

Songs and cheers

The 1893 Ole Miss baseball team.


The school's fight song is "Forward Rebels."[9] It is played by the Ole Miss "The Pride of the South" marching band at official university sporting events.

The song "Dixie"[10] is an un-official fight song still popular with a large number of fans and alumni. 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 officially dedicated to Ole Miss fans when it was played before the Ole Miss versus LSU football game in 2003, which was at the time, the largest crowd at a football game ever in the State of Mississippi.[9] Sometime in either 2004 or 2005[11], students began chanting "The South will rise again" in place of "His truth is marching on" at the end of the song which, after repeated warnings in 2009 to stop the chant, resulted in the song being officially banned by the University's Chancellor.[12]

A modification of "Dixie" called "Dixie Fanfare"[13] 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


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