OXFORD, Miss. - Featuring some of the top athletic competitions in the nation, the 2012-13 Ole Miss track & field schedule will be a challenging one under first-year head coach Brian O'Neal.
The Rebels will face the challenge head-on with a team that includes All-Americans, SEC Champions and an Olympian returning to the fold.
"We have a very attractive schedule that allows us to compete against the best teams in the NCAA," said O'Neal, who is in his first season as head coach after highly successful assistant coaching tenures at Ole Miss and Florida. "We've had a great fall with offseason conditioning and the athletes are looking forward to putting on an Ole Miss jersey representing the Red and Blue while competing at a high level."
The indoor season gets underway Dec. 1 with the Panther Indoor Icebreaker in Birmingham, Ala. Ole Miss will compete two more times at the Birmingham CrossPlex in January before February meets in Blacksburg, Va., Albuquerque and Seattle.
The 2013 SEC Indoor Championships will be held Feb. 22-24 in Fayetteville, Ark., which will also serve host to the NCAA Indoor Championships March 8-9.
The outdoor season features a pair of home meets that will give local fans a chance to see the nationally recognized Rebels in their own backyard. The Ole Miss Invitational will be held Saturday, April 13, followed by the Mississippi Open the next weekend, April 20. Both meets at the Ole Miss Track & Field Complex are free to the public.
"We are looking forward to competing at home on back-to-back weekends in April," O'Neal said. "It gives our fans and the casual observer of the sport an opportunity to come out and watch the team featuring Olympian Isiah Young, who will be competing at home for the final time representing the Rebs."
The outdoor schedule also includes some big-time national meets, highlighted by the Texas Relays (March 30), Pepsi Florida Relays (April 5-6) and Drake Relays (April 25-27).
Ole Miss will participate in the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships May 9-12, hosted by conference newcomer Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
The 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships will get underway with the East Preliminary in Greensboro, N.C. (May 24-25). Those athletes that qualify will advance to Track Town USA for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. (June 5-8).
On the transition as new hitting coach: The transition has been really good. The coaching staff has made it a lot easier on me than what it could be. It's definitely been a whirlwind. On what he knew about Ole... read more
UPDATE: Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.Here are more of Coach Freeze's interviews in Bristol. Scroll down to the earlier post to hear him on Ivan Maisel's podcast. Listen: Freeze on the Paul Finebaum Show Listen: Freeze on the Freddie Coleman ShowListen:... read more
All 14 Southeastern Conference football coaches will travel to ESPN's annual mid-summer football coaches "car wash" - in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day - at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. Ole... read more
Ole Miss took its turn at the annual SEC Media Days on Thursday. Joining head coach Hugh Freeze was senior quarterback Bo Wallace, junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and senior safety Cody Prewitt. Here are a few related SEC Media... read more
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said on day one that his expectations were to make the program relevant in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. With a full allotment of 85 scholarship players and more depth of both sides of... read more
Once overshadowed, Wallace now finds himself more firmly in the spotlight after the departure of seven of the league's eight top passers. The dean of SEC quarterbacks, Wallace is the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing... read more
Before taking his turn at the podium in the main room at SEC Media Days on Thursday, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the Ole Miss local media and addressed a wide variety of topics. Here are some... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Three of SEC Media Days, which featured Steve Shaw (SEC), Justin Connolly (ESPN),... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Two of SEC Media Days, which featured South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas A&M... read more
NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14... read more
Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day 1 of SEC Media Days, which featured SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Auburn, Florida... read more
Former Ole Miss player Zack Cozart, now a member of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the 2014 season. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt selected one player from either league at... read more
The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Bound from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 2: Super Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 3: CWS Games 1 & 2... read more
Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference football programs will participate in SEC Football Media Days, July 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.Ole Miss will take its... read more