Vaught- Hemingway Stadium is the home of Ole Miss Rebels football program. The venue which was built in 1915 has seen plenty of renovations and expansions including the most recent one that will see the stadium capacity to increase to over 64000 as the venue’s previous amount of seats reaching 60000 would be often exceeded with a record attendance of 62657 spectators in 2009.
If Ole Miss Rebels tickets for football games don’t get your heart going then perhaps watching basketball at The Pavilion at Ole Miss will do the trick.
The brand new multi- purpose arena estimates to he able to hold around 9500 fans and it was opened in January 2016.
University of Mississippi established its football program in 1893 whereas basketball was added in 1908. Currently the university is a member of Western division in SouthEastern Conference, NCAA Division I (FBS for football).
The university’s mascots is costumed bear named The Black Bear that was introduced in 2010. Prior to that the university was represented by Colonel Reb. The Rebels’ colours are navy blue and cardinal red.
Ole Miss has a long list of rivals that includes Mississippi State Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide and Arkansas Razorbacks.
Football programs at University of Mississippi has won three national titles and six conference championships. The best years being the fifties and the sixties.
Ole Miss has an all- time record of 654-504-35 and they took part in 37 Bowl games with a combined record of 24-13. They first appearance was at Orange Bowl in 1935 resulting with a one point loss to Catholic University. The Rebels last Bowl game was a winning one against Oklahoma State at Sugar Bowl in 2015.
Possibly the most known father- son combo of football players comes from Ole Miss as Archie Manning and Eli Manning both attended the University of Minnesota and both left mark in the NFL.
Archie, father of Eli and Peyton, was drafted second in 1971 draft. He played quarterback (as his famous sons) for 16 seasons, most of which he spent with New Orlean Saints. He was chosen to two Pro Bowls but his career was never a winning one as he posted the worst record as a starting quarterback with at least 100 starts that was 35-101-3.
His son Eli, drafted first in 2004 has been playing for the Giants and led them to two Super Bowls being named the MVP of both series. He has been chosen to four Pro Bowls and holds a record of most passing yards in a single postseason with 1219. He’s the Giants franchise leader in many passing relating statistics.
With not a lot of overall success in football the University of Mississippi can’t claim a lot of fame from its basketball programs as to date the Rebels took part in 8 NCAA tournaments with their first appearance there occurring in 1981. The best round the Rebels reached was the Sweet Sixteen in 2001.
University of Mississippi has also been twice the conference tournament champions in their history.
There haven’t been many Rebels among the NBA ranks and Elson Turner is one of few people from Ole Miss that managed to stay in NBA for some prolonged time. He spent the eighties playing in NBA and then few more years mainly in Europe. Soon after retiring he chose career of coach assistant and has been on several teams since 2006 until present day where he coaches Memphis Grizzlies.
Ole Miss is definetaly not a basketball university and football does take priority here, even despite the lack of team success the University produces great amount of athletes who settle in NFL teams.