University's nickname - Ole Miss - became part of University
in 1896, when it was selected in a contest held to identify a
new name for the yearbook. The name was suggested by the late
Miss Elma Meek of Oxford. Each succeeding issue of the annual
has been given this copyrighted identity.
The name gradually became synonymous with
the University and is now a treasured segment of University
history. The late Frank E. Everett, Jr., B.A.
'32, LLB '34, put it best when he wrote:
There is a valid distinction between The
University and Ole Miss even though the separate threads are
The University is buildings, trees and
people. Ole Miss is mood, emotion and personality. One is
physical, and the other is spiritual. One is tangible, and the
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.
name Rebels as Ole Miss'
official athletic nickname emerged in 1936. Suggested by Judge
Ben Guider of Vicksburg, it was one of five entries submitted
to Southern sports writers for final selection from a list
totaling more than 200 proposed nicknames. The promotion was a
contest sponsored by The Mississippian, student newspaper. Of
the 42 newsmen contacted, 21 responded. "Rebels" was
the choice of 18. The University Athletic Committee made the
name official with the Committee chairman, the late Judge
William Hemingway, stating: "If 18 sports writers wish to
use 'Rebels', I shall not rebel, so let it go 'Ole Miss
Two years later, the yearbook appeared as
"The Rebel Number" with "Colonel Reb"
making a new entrance as the publication's leading
illustration. "Colonel Rebel" has since become a
near-official University insignia.
Ole Miss Colonel Reb logo
exact origin of Hotty Toddy is not known and appears to be a
cheer developed from the 1930s. It goes:
Are you ready? Hell yes! Damn Right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty
Who in the hell are we - Hey
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
Ole Miss By Damn!
1893, when Ole Miss' first football team was in training for a
five-game season, Dr. A.L. Bondurant, organizer and
manager-coach, later recalled that "The team had much
discussion as to the colors that should be adopted, but it was
finally suggested by the manager that the union of the Crimson
of Harvard and the Navy Blue of Yale would be very harmonious,
and that it was well to have the spirit of both of these good
colleges." These were adopted as the football colors, and
have since been adopted by the University as its athletic
colors. The PMS numbers for the Ole Miss red and blue are as
follows: Red 199, Blue 280 or Reflex Blue.
Ole Miss logo
hours before every home football game, the Ole Miss football
team and coaches walk from the Student Union under the Walk of
Champions arch and through the Grove on their way to their way
to the Starnes Training Center and the game. Cheered by Ole
Miss fans the entire way, it is another experience that adds
to the game day excitement.
Billy Brewer became head football coach at Ole Miss
in 1983, he was searching for a way to allow his
team to experience the atmosphere and pageantry
Rebel fans enjoyed in The Grove while tailgating on
gameday. The Grove is a 10-acre grassy plot of
ground in the center of campus which is heavily
shaded by large oak trees.
Taking a different route two hours before
kickoff each home game Saturday, Brewer would walk with the
team from Kinard Hall, the athletic dormitory, across campus
to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
In 1985, Brewer started going the same
route each Saturday as the team would break The Grove on the
east side of the Student Union and then proceed down a
sidewalk which runs through The Grove. Ole Miss fans fight for
position on both sides of the sidewalk and greet the players
with loud cheers. The braver fans even reach out and touch the
players as they pass before them.
In the fall of 1998, a "Walk of
Champions" arch was erected on the east side of the The
Grove, where the Rebel players begin their walk for every
Saturday home game. The "Walk of Champions" arch was
given to the University by the 1962 Rebel football team, which
is the only squad in Ole Miss football history to finish a
campaign with a perfect record (10-0). The 1962 team won the
SEC title and was also named National Champion by the
What has become a tradition on Ole Miss
football Saturdays continues under Rebel head coach David
The entire Grove experience at Ole Miss
is truly one of the outstanding college football traditions in
the South and nationwide.
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