Vaught Statue Arrives, Set For Dedication Saturday Morning

OXFORD, Miss. A six-foot statue honoring legendary Ole Miss football coach John Vaught arrived on campus Wednesday and will be dedicated here Saturday in front of the Starnes Athletic Training Center. Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m., and is open to the public.

The scheduled speakers at the dedication include former M-Club Alumni Chapter President Bobby Bailess of Vicksburg, Chancellor Robert Khayat and Athletics Director Pete Boone. Afterwards, Bailess, Khayat, Boone and all other former Vaught players will be asked to help unveil the statue.

The sculpture, commissioned by the M-Club Alumni Chapter and designed by Dr. Kim Sessums of Brookhaven, sits on an elliptical granite base. Jim Eley and Associates of Jackson, along with Harrell Construction, handled the design of the surrounding area.

With the Vaught statue, fans will have the opportunity on gamedays to reflect on the great accomplishments of the winningest football coach in Ole Miss history. After capturing the University’s first conference title in his initial 1947 season, Vaught led the Rebels to additional SEC titles in 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962 and 1963.

Three of his teams, in 1959, 1960, and 1962, won shares of the national championship. Vaught took Ole Miss to 18 bowl games, winning 10 times including five victories in the Sugar Bowl. His overall record with the Rebels was 190-61-12.

The plan for a Vaught statue has been two years in the making and grew into a more than $250,000 project. The M-Club has raised approximately $170,000, and donations of any size are still being accepted.

With a gift of $10,000, the donor will receive a limited edition replica of the statue, measuring 19 inches high on a four-inch wooden base. Several of the only 25 made are still available by contacting Clay Cavett at (662) 915-7375. All donations are tax deductible.


 

 

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