May 2012 Archives

First summer term on the Ole Miss campus began today, which means a group of new Rebels are welcomed to Oxford. Four mid-year transfers joined the football program for the spring semester, and eight more members of the 2012 signing class started classes this week.

Quintavius Burdette
Robert Conyers
Issac Gross
Mike Hilton
I'Tavius Mathers
Ben Still
John Youngblood
Jaylen Walton

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New Ole Miss Coordinator of Basketball Ops

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Miller_Dayton_2011.jpgOle Miss has hired Dayton Miller to serve on Andy Kennedy's staff as Coordinator of Basketball Operations.

Miller, a Birmingham, Ala., native, was a graduate manager for the program during the 2011-12 season. He was a three-year letterman at the University of Montevallo, leading the Falcons to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 2006.

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RRT12: Media Blitz

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We expected the Rebel Road Trip to generate a concentrated burst of media coverage, and it did not disappoint. We confirmed at least 45 examples of earned media from 36 different outlets, including 18 newspapers and 14 TV stations. Here are some of the more notable clips from the coverage.

Daily Mississippian: Rebel Road Trip off and running

Ole Miss Spirit: Rebels On The Road

Hattiesburg American: Ole Miss football coach delights area Rebel fans

Sun Herald: Rebel Visit Rallies Fans

Meridian Star: Rebel Road Trip Rolls into Meridian

WDAM: Freeze, Bjork of Ole Miss stop in Waynesboro

WAPT 16: Rebel Road Tour rolls into Jackson

Clarion Ledger: Redemption Road

ABC 33/40: Rebel Road Trip: Hugh Freeze Visits Birmingham

CBS 42: Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze in Town

Daily Journal: Ole Miss hierarchy spreads message in Tupelo

WTVA: Rebel Road Trip stops in Tupelo

Vicksburg Post: Bjork has big plans for Ole Miss

Commercial Dispatch: Fans ready to support Freeze, Bjork, Rebels

Enterprise-Journal: Making 'it' happen: Freeze, Ole Miss officials appear at Fernwood C.C.

Desoto Times Tribune: Freeze revs up Rebel fans

Clarksdale Press Register: Freeze speaks to Rebel Club

Commercial Appeal: Ole Miss' athletic leaders take message of unity on road


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IMG2368-XL.jpgCrowds on the 16 events of the Rebel Road Trip exceeded our expectations at practically at every stop. Attendance ranged from 110 for the morning meeting in McComb to 680 for the evening event in Jackson.  Not including the thousands on hand at Double Decker, total fans for the 15 stops were 3,241 (216.0 per event). Below are the average attendance numbers per time of day and those stops that reached capacity at their venue.

Morning average: 151.2
Middday average: 154.0
Evening average: 343.0

Corinth-240 (turned away 100)
West Point-145

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A lot of people had a hand in making Rebel Road Trip 2012 a reality. From the two advanced teams that prepped each venue to the folks back in Oxford, here are some of the individuals that deserve credit for making the inaugural RRT a success. We apologize for anyone not mentioned.

Speakers Group
Dan Jones, Chancellor
Ross Bjork, Athletics
Hugh Freeze, Football
Tim Walsh, Alumni Association
Kyle Campbell, Athletics
Keith Carter, UMAA Foundation
Tom Eppes, University
Richard Noble, Alumni Association
Scott Noss, University
Ben Burns, Volunteer (and more!)

Advanced Team 1
Port Kaigler, Alumni Association (leader)
Paris Buchanan, Athletics
Sheila Dossett, Alumni Association
Daniel Morrow, Alumni Association
Matt Mossberg, UMAA Foundation
Steve Mullen, Alumni Association
Jim Urbanek, Alumni Association

Advanced Team 2
Brandon Hudspeth, Athletics (leader)
Clay Cavett, Alumni Association
Ken Edwards, Athletics
Julian Gilner, Alumni Association
Eric Gross, UMAA Foundation
Sarah Kathryn Hickman, Alumni Association
Scott Thompson, Alumni Association

Joseph Baumbaugh, Alumni Association
Jordan Dillon-Maginnis, Alumni Association
Micah Ginn, Athletics
Greg Gray, Athletics
Dan Pellegrino, Athletics
Michael Thompson, Athletics
Lee Tyner, University
Danny White, UMAA Foundation
Rusty Woods, Alumni Association

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If you saw today on the official site, another new face has joined Ole Miss' athletics administration with the announcement of Derek Cowherd as the Senior Associate AD for Academic Support.

Derek continues a youth movement in the senior leadership of Rebel Athletics. Of course, the most notable is Athletics Director Ross Bjork, who, at 39, is the youngest AD among BCS schools. Below are the rest of us 30-somethings that have joined the administration in recent years -- a list that would have been even longer if not for Buffalo plucking our 32-year-old Foundation director Danny White to be their next AD on Tuesday. (congrats Danny!)


Title (Date In Position)

Current Age

Derek Cowherd

Senior Associate AD/Academic Support (May 2012)


Ross Bjork

Director of Athletics (March 2012)


Wesley Owen

Assistant AD/Ticket Operations (August 2011)      


Kyle Campbell

Assistant AD/Media and Public Relations (May 2011)


Matt Ball

Senior Associate AD/Compliance (April 2011)


Michael Thompson

Senior Associate AD/Marketing and Communications (August 2010)


Angela Robinson

Assistant AD/Finance (August 2009)


Jamil Northcutt

Assistant AD/Internal Operations (January 2008)


Shannon Singletary

Senior Associate AD/Sports Medicine, Strength & Conditioning  (January 2005)


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