Mississippi Rebels is the name given to the sports teams which represent the University of Mississippi. There are eighteen varsity sports teams which play for the University of Mississippi. They adopted the name ‘Rebels’ in 1936, before which they were known as the Mississippi Floods. The Mississippi Rebels compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Located in the Southern region of the United States, the Rebels belong to the South Eastern Conference, which has thirteen other members. The University of Mississippi is also known as the Ole Miss, hence the sports teams are also called the Ole Miss Rebels. In the past the Rebels football and basketball teams have recorded some remarkable successes. Get cheap Mississippi Rebels tickets and watch the Rebels give it their best.
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The University of Mississippi was established in 1848. The university was the first of its kind in Mississippi; a public institution which offered higher learning. It maintained the status of being Mississippi’s only comprehensive university for more than hundred years. It started off with a batch of eighty students and now has over twenty one thousand students enrolled in its learning programs. In the state of Mississippi, Ole Miss is one of the oldest and largest university. The flagship university has been named by Forbes as one of America’s best buy colleges.
The Rebels have participated in the National Invitation Tournament intermittently since 1980. In 2008 and 2010, they went on to qualify for the semifinals, which took place in New York at the Madison Square Gardens. The Mississippi Rebels have had far more success in the SEC Western Division, having it won five times, including two consecutive year wins in 1997 and 1998. Currently their head coach is Andy Kennedy, who took over from Rod Barnes in 2007. Kennedy made considerable improvements in his first year with the Rebels, taking them to a SEC Western Division title win, and ensuring a home record of sixteen wins with only one loss. For his very first season with the Rebels, Kennedy was named the 2007 SEC Coach of the Year.
The Lady Rebels basketball team has appeared many times in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship tournament. They have reached the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight, a total of thirteen times. Some very famous players have emerged from the Lady Rebels teams, such as Jennifer Gillom, who went on to win an Olympic medal.
The Mississippi Rebels and the Lady Rebels basketball teams play all their home games at the Tad Smith Coliseum. It is a multipurpose arena, located on the campus of Ole Miss University. It was constructed in 1965 and for seven years was known as the Rebel Coliseum. Its name was changed in 1972 to Tad Smith Coliseum, to honor the coach and athletic director of the university. The arena gets its name from its circular shape, which has a two hundred and seventy two foot diameter. With a capacity of just over nine thousand, the Coliseum has hosted many concerts as well.
The Ole Miss Rebels support the Yale blue and Harvard red colors. While the home kit is white and blue, their away kit is primarily blue with crimson sides. The kits feature the text “Ole Miss” in red color with the outline in blue. Their mascot is the Rebel Black Bear, who comes out to support the teams when they play their games. Previously the rebel’s mascot was the popular colonel Reb. They play the song “Forward Rebels” at all sporting events, which is played by the marching band, "The Pride of the South". Another familiar cheer heard during their games is the Hotty Todd cheer. Get Mississippi Rebels tickets and come to support the Rebels basketball team, when they play their games at the Tad Smith Coliseum.