Watch the University of Mississippi football games online for some great Southern-style gridiron action. In fact, the university is known by its nickname, Ole Miss, and the football team has been called the Rebels. But did you know that the original name for the football team was the “Flood?” Fans greeted the football team running onto the field yelling,” Here comes the Mississippi Flood.”
When the University joined the Southeastern Conference in 1935, the nickname was changed to the Rebels. The school adopted the colors of cardinal red and navy blue imitating both Yale and Harvard. But, he Ole Miss trek into football history began way back in 1890. This is when a former dean of the graduate school, A. L. Bondurant, formed an athletic association to champion the interests of school sports such as football, baseball and tennis. The football team actually had its inaugural season in 1893 with Bondurant as the first coach.
Ole Miss has experienced many ups and downs throughout the years. However, under the guidance of Johnny Vaught, the team earned a national championship in the postseason polls of 1960. Recent success came off the rifle arm of the son of a former legend, Archie Manning. His son, Eli, led the team to an SEC Western division co-championship. He also led the rebels to a 2003 Cotton Bowl victory. Eli Manning remains one of the most outstanding alums having guided the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories.
The stadium on the campus of Ole Miss had its groundbreaking in 1912 but did not officially open until October 1, 1915. It was originally named the Hemingway Stadium. However, in 1982 the name was changed to Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium.
Like many older stadiums, this one has gone through some serious facelifts throughout time including the installation of lights for night play in 1990.