GAC and Southern Living clearly now where to tailgate. The two have teamed up for an hour-long special called "Southern Living Tailgate Playbook" which visits our own Grove and Alabama's Quad for a look at tailgating done right. The show debuts tonight at 9 p.m. CT on GAC. Re-air times are listed below along with a preview.
Former Ole Miss women's golfer and All-American
Dori Carter will keep her LPGA card for the 2013 season after a top-20 finish
at the 2012 Navistar LPGA Championship over the weekend.
Carter, who needed to record a top-20 finish to avoid having to go back to qualifying school, finished in a tie for 14th with a 67-67-73-70 (277).
"Finishing in the top-20 at the Navistar LPGA Classic and keeping my tour card for next
year is incredible," Carter said. "It is also a huge relief. I have been through Q school before, so I know exactly what this means. I am so happy to have finished the year strong. I am also very thankful to have great family and friends who have supported through the thick and thin. Good luck to the Ole Miss women's golf team this year!"
With her tie for 14th, she finished 99th on the 2012 LPGA money list. Last month, Carter turned in what was then her highest LPGA finish with a tie for 19th at the Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola.
If you weren't watching Saturday's game against Texas, you missed one of the greatest kick returns these eyes have ever seen. But never fear, we've got you covered here on the blog.
Rebel freshman Jaylen Walton broke tackles, weaved around UT defenders and made a stunning move along the sideline on his way to pay dirt. The rookie continues to impress in the few times he's touched the ball this season (11 touches and 3 touchdowns already).
His 100-yard return made #1 on the SEC's top five plays of the week here.
For his efforts, he was named the National Kickoff Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards and the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week by SouthernPigskin.com.
Another game in the books, more great feedback and a few changes coming this week. The stadium atmosphere has been electric the first two weeks and when 8:15pm Saturday arrives, The Vaught will be the loudest place on earth.
We appreciate everyone's patience as we continue to take advantage of the SEC's new change in band amplification rules. Overall, the customer reviews on band amplification were extremely positive, but we will be improving the experience for those customers in lower rows seated directly in front of the speaker stacks.
Please continue to note the service of our Vaught-Hemingway Stadium staff. Each staff member is wearing a badge that looks similar to this:
If you experience great service (or service that needs to be improved), please make a note of the letter and number combination. Then visit rebs.ms/VHSFeedback and tell us about it.
South End Zone Sound
Our customers in the south end zone continue to experience issues with sound clarity, especially from videos and the announcer. We are bringing in one of the country's leading stadium audio experts to monitor the audio in the south end zone as well as other parts of the stadium. He will be able to assess and make changes during sound check at noon as well as in game when the stadium is full.
Kickoff video - Thanks to our amazing creative and production teams for making the type of videos that get Vaught-Hemingway on its feet. The fans have been asking for us to post some of the videos, so yesterday we posted the video played before kickoff. Click the link to watch: http://rebs.ms/rebkickoff
Ross Bjork's message to the fans - Today, this video from Ross will be emailed out to Rebel Nation: http://rebs.ms/rossvaught
Ole Miss script logo at midfield has received a fresh coat of red paint.
There is a lot going on this weekend as the Texas Longhorns come to Oxford. Miss America, Brittney Reese and the 1962 national title team are all among the notables returning to campus. Also on the docket is Generald Wilson, a retired Navy officer and national recording artist. If that name doesn't ring a bell, perhaps you remember this performance from last year's World Series.
One of the main reasons we continue to have the best gameday atmosphere in the country is our desire to constantly improve. Fan feedback is essential to improving in the right areas and we thank all of our fans for their feedback - both positive and negative. As we head into week 2 of the football season, here are some changes we've implemented based on fan feedback from week 1:
1. The video board will include a nearly permanent scoreboard-like area at the top with score, down and distance, and more.
2. The sponsor logos on video board instant replays will be reduced in size.
3. The band amplification (which is available this year through a new change in SEC policy) will be done using multiple speakers spaced strategically on the sidelines.
4. A complete sound check was performed on Thursday and all speakers were confirmed to be in working order. The sound in some areas is still not where we want it to be, and we will be upgrading some equipment in the short-term to bring satisfaction levels up.
5. Videos are being adjusted to maximize the clarity of voices.
6. In addition to selling programs outside the stadium, game programs will be sold inside the stadium from 3 "program stands" - one stand in the south end zone, west concourse and east concourse.
One of the areas we received so much positive feedback about was our staff - ticket takers, parking attendants, concessions workers, security, etc. We are ecstatic about the impact that a new operations group and great training had on these critical frontline representatives for the Ole Miss brand. We'd like reward those staff members that make a positive impression on our customers, but need your help in identifying them. Each staff member is wearing a name tag that contains a letter followed 1-3 numbers. If you'd like us to know about great service (or service that needs to be improved), please note that "badge number" and go to http://rebs.ms/VHSFeedback to tell us about it.
Thank you for your continued support of the Ole Miss Rebels and we'll see you in Vaught-Hemingway on Saturday!
Former Ole Miss All-American Jonathan Randolph picked up his
second win in three weeks on the Hooters/NGA Tour, after he carded an 8-under
64 in the final round of the Woodcreek Classic sponsored by Cigna on Sunday.
Randolph posted a 25-under total of 263 over four rounds to best David Skinns
and Chris Ewrin by one shot.
"I'm just trying to soak it all in," said Randolph, who
earned $28,000 in the victory, to NGATour.com. "It's been a long year, and to
get wins in the last few weeks is a lot to take in. But I'm just really happy
that my game is starting to come together. This is a big win for me heading
The former Rebel birdied the 16th hole to take the outright
lead and posted pars on the final two holes of regulation to best Erwin and
Skinns by a single stroke. Randolph finished the event with just three bogeys.
Very awesome to hear Dori!! I am a very fortunate to be able to caddie in Portland's Safeway Classic every year and this year had caddied for a good friend of yours (Lacey) and met you. I see great things in your future Dori. Keep up the good work