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Athletics: Athletics is a huge part of the culture.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Ole Miss are a 10/10.

5 College Senior

Athletics: The University of Mississippi spends a lot of money on the athletics department. For most people, this is a great thing, and football does bring in a lot of money to the university. However, some other students who care more about academics than "groving," might say they spend too much money on football.

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Athletics: Saturdays in the Grove are a tradition.

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Athletics: I believe we have the best athletic traditions in the country. I wouldn't want to spend game day anywhere else but in The Grove.


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Ole Miss is all about football and its traditions. Some changes have come over the past few years, though. For example, the former head coach felt that students waving Confederate flags were hindering his recruiting abilities, so the athletic department found a way to keep them out of the stadium without actually banning the flag itself. What most students don’t realize is that the flag wasn’t banned, only the stick that’s attached to it. Another icon that was removed from the stadium was our mascot, Col. Reb. The athletic director said that the image of an old Southern gentleman was also a hindrance to recruiting. It was put to a vote by the student body, and they voted in favor of Col. Reb. Nevertheless, he was banned from the stadium, though he still roams the Grove on game days.

There’s a canopy of trees covering a 10-acre grassy area on campus called the Grove, where students, alumni, and fans set up tents to tailgate on game days. Some families have been “Groving” in the same spot for more than 30 years. The tables in the tents are piled high with food, beverages, and an occasional flower arrangement, and some of the tents actually have chandeliers. Don’t worry that you won't have a tent. Lots of students join organizations that set up tents or find friends with family tents. People in the South, especially Mississippi, are hospitable and want to have all the friends they can.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Red and blue
School Nickname
Colonel Reb
Men Playing Varsity Sports
235 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
145 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 85
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 36
Cross Country/Track: 52
Other Sports: 94
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 67%
Basketball: 67%
Baseball: 20%
Cross Country/Track: 58%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Bass Fishing
  • Cricket
  • Disc golf
  • Fencing
  • Iaido
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Rugby
  • Self Defense
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Fitness Challenge
  • Flag football
  • Football Bowl Challenge
  • Golf
  • Gridiron Challenge
  • Homerun Derby
  • Kickball
  • Ping Pong
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Texas Hold `Em
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Basketball Practice Facility
  • Blackburn-McMurray Outdoor Sports Complex
  • C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum
  • Gillom Sports Center
  • Indoor Practice Facility
  • Ole Miss Soccer Stadium
  • Ole Miss Softball Complex
  • Ole Miss Track & Field Complex
  • Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field
  • Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center
  • Starnes Athletic Training Center
  • Tennis Courts
  • Turner Center
  • University Golf Course
  • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field
Most Popular Sports
Football is king at Ole Miss. Basketball and baseball are also popular.
Most Overlooked Teams
Soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball
School Spirit
Ole Miss is overflowing with school spirit, especially on gameday weekends. During football season, it's a good idea for girls to stock up on red dresses and pearls and guys to buy a bundle of red and blue ties or a red polo shirt to wear to the games. The alumni have an amazing amount of school spirit as well. The crowd is dominated by alumni coming back for football games. Everyone just loves it so much that they can't give it up. As alum Frank E. Everett Jr. once wrote, "The University is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The University gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss."
Getting Tickets
You can purchase season or single-game student football and basketball tickets at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Just be prepared to wait in line! Baseball tickets can be purchased online. Volleyball, softball and soccer tickets can be purchased at the fields one hour prior to game time.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around campus, on Rowan Oak Trail (behind William Faulkner's home) and at Avent Park and Patricia C. Lamar Park.
Did You Know?
  • For three years straight, Ole Miss student athletes had a higher graduation rate than the general student population.
  • In 2009, the No. 25 Ole Miss Rebels defeated the heavily-favored No. 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders to win the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. With Ole Miss winning 47-34, it was the highest-scoring game in Cotton Bowl history.
  • Ole Miss's biggest rivals are the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Louisiana State University Tigers. Each year, Ole Miss faces MSU in the Egg Bowl and LSU in the Magnolia Bowl.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 171 responses

  • 47% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 49% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 171 responses

  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 54% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 30% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 170 responses

  • 41% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 45% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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