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Key Spring Dates

The spring athletics season has official kicked off, and here are a few key dates that won't show up on the usual team schedules. You will be hearing tons more about these events in the coming weeks, but consider this your save the date.

March 5 - Football spring practice starts
March 31 - Rebels Choice Awards
April 5 (AM) - 25th Annual Chucky Mullins Courage Award Ceremony Presented by the M-Club
April 5 - Grove Bowl
April 13-18 - BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip



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RRT12: Media Blitz

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We expected the Rebel Road Trip to generate a concentrated burst of media coverage, and it did not disappoint. We confirmed at least 45 examples of earned media from 36 different outlets, including 18 newspapers and 14 TV stations. Here are some of the more notable clips from the coverage.

Daily Mississippian: Rebel Road Trip off and running

Ole Miss Spirit: Rebels On The Road

Hattiesburg American: Ole Miss football coach delights area Rebel fans

Sun Herald: Rebel Visit Rallies Fans

Meridian Star: Rebel Road Trip Rolls into Meridian

WDAM: Freeze, Bjork of Ole Miss stop in Waynesboro

WAPT 16: Rebel Road Tour rolls into Jackson

Clarion Ledger: Redemption Road

ABC 33/40: Rebel Road Trip: Hugh Freeze Visits Birmingham

CBS 42: Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze in Town

Daily Journal: Ole Miss hierarchy spreads message in Tupelo

WTVA: Rebel Road Trip stops in Tupelo

Vicksburg Post: Bjork has big plans for Ole Miss

Commercial Dispatch: Fans ready to support Freeze, Bjork, Rebels

Enterprise-Journal: Making 'it' happen: Freeze, Ole Miss officials appear at Fernwood C.C.

Desoto Times Tribune: Freeze revs up Rebel fans

Clarksdale Press Register: Freeze speaks to Rebel Club

Commercial Appeal: Ole Miss' athletic leaders take message of unity on road

 

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RRT12: Capacity Crowds

IMG2368-XL.jpgCrowds on the 16 events of the Rebel Road Trip exceeded our expectations at practically at every stop. Attendance ranged from 110 for the morning meeting in McComb to 680 for the evening event in Jackson.  Not including the thousands on hand at Double Decker, total fans for the 15 stops were 3,241 (216.0 per event). Below are the average attendance numbers per time of day and those stops that reached capacity at their venue.

Morning average: 151.2
Middday average: 154.0
Evening average: 343.0

Jackson-680
Tupelo-300
Corinth-240 (turned away 100)
Nashville-240
West Point-145
Birmingham-115

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RRT12: Staff Shoutouts

A lot of people had a hand in making Rebel Road Trip 2012 a reality. From the two advanced teams that prepped each venue to the folks back in Oxford, here are some of the individuals that deserve credit for making the inaugural RRT a success. We apologize for anyone not mentioned.

Speakers Group
Dan Jones, Chancellor
Ross Bjork, Athletics
Hugh Freeze, Football
Tim Walsh, Alumni Association
Kyle Campbell, Athletics
Keith Carter, UMAA Foundation
Tom Eppes, University
Richard Noble, Alumni Association
Scott Noss, University
Ben Burns, Volunteer (and more!)

Advanced Team 1
Port Kaigler, Alumni Association (leader)
Paris Buchanan, Athletics
Sheila Dossett, Alumni Association
Daniel Morrow, Alumni Association
Matt Mossberg, UMAA Foundation
Steve Mullen, Alumni Association
Jim Urbanek, Alumni Association

Advanced Team 2
Brandon Hudspeth, Athletics (leader)
Clay Cavett, Alumni Association
Ken Edwards, Athletics
Julian Gilner, Alumni Association
Eric Gross, UMAA Foundation
Sarah Kathryn Hickman, Alumni Association
Scott Thompson, Alumni Association

Others
Joseph Baumbaugh, Alumni Association
Jordan Dillon-Maginnis, Alumni Association
Micah Ginn, Athletics
Greg Gray, Athletics
Dan Pellegrino, Athletics
Michael Thompson, Athletics
Lee Tyner, University
Danny White, UMAA Foundation
Rusty Woods, Alumni Association

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