Ole Miss Rebels News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
The Daily Mississippian: Ole Miss looks to shift as ticket sales continue to fall
One of the biggest challenges most college football programs face today is the fall of season ticket purchases. Ole Miss is no stranger to this issue.
With a few exceptions, both season tickets and student season ticket sales are down all across the country, and it's not surprising considering the increased coverage on television and streaming apps making it possible to follow every snap of every team you want over the season.
Football ticket sales consistently account for around 20 percent of the Ole Miss Athletics revenue, so it's one of the biggest issues surrounding the program with new Interim Athletic Director Keith Carter.
The Daily Mississippian: Ashford, Abrams-Draine rounds out strong June recruiting push
Matt Luke and his new coaching staff have been hot on the recruiting trail early in this recruiting cycle. Ole Miss has added 15 recruits to the class of 2020 all in the month of June, giving them 20 total commitments from rising high school seniors.
Headlining these strong early commitments is dual-threat quarterback Robby Ashford out of Hoover, Alabama. The four-star passer listed at 6'2 and 204 pounds chose Ole Miss over Auburn, Florida and Florida State on Monday after a campus visit last week. Ashford will also play baseball for Ole Miss, but Rebel fans should be extremely excited to see what he can do in Rich Rodriguez's offense.
Red Cup Rebellion: 4-star WR Kris Abrams-Draine commits to Ole Miss over Tennessee
After snagging a commitment last week from three-star Tupelo product Jaycob Horn, wide receivers coach Jacob Peeler and the rest of the staff are off on a much-needed vacation while the dead period is going on.
Well, that "dead" period didn't last long due to four-star quarterback Robby Ashford declaring on Monday. And now the nWo is getting in on the dead period action with another commitment now that Kris Abrams-Draine has decided he wants to flash the belt in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for the next three-to-four years.
The four-star wideout has verbally committed to the Rebels over the Tennessee Vols, joining Matt Luke's #SHARKSEA20N movement with his in-state buddy Ashford.
Fansided: Ole Miss Football: Rebels are in Critical Condition and need To Wake Up!
Ole Miss and especially Ole Miss football is at a crossroads. With the recent departure of Athletics Director Ross Bjork, all the leaders involved in the recent NCAA mess are now gone. Former Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze, Chancellor Jeff Vitter and now Ross Bjork have departed Oxford.
Don't get me wrong. Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks and Interim AD Keith Carter are doing good jobs and keeping the ship afloat in troubled waters, but Ole Miss is in trouble and needs a strong leader to take the helm as Chancellor at Ole Miss. The "Titanic" known as Ole Miss is heading straight towards an iceberg and if we aren't careful.
Red Cup Rebellion: 3-star ATH De'Rickey Wright flips from Alabama to Ole Miss
The June run of commitments is still going.
Ole Miss recruiting has been on fire this month and the flame is borderline eternal, now that the Rebels have received a commitment from former Alabama outside linebacker De'Rickey Wright. The three-star athlete from Gadsen City was committed to the Crimson Tide for almost four months before unofficially visiting Oxford with his mother earlier this month and re-thinking things.
The No. 26 athlete in the country is a two-way player in high school but will be in linebackers coach Jeff Koonz's room as an outside linebacker in Ole Miss' 3-4 system that has been implemented by Mike MacIntyre.
Red Cup Rebellion: 3-star DeSanto Rollins commits to Ole Miss over Tennessee
On the heels of four-star safety prospect Eric Reed Jr. declaring verbally to the Ole Miss Rebels, another Louisiana prospect decided it was time to commit as well.
Three-star defensive tackle prospect DeSanto Rollins has also jumped into the proverbial boat and is now a part of the 2020 class, too, pushing Matt Luke's #SHARKSEA20N class to 16th in 247Sports team rankings.
The Baton Rouge, La. native picked the Rebels over early offers from Boston College, Colorado, Colorado State, Houston, Tennessee, and Virginia, among others and is the 16th commit for Ole Miss' class this cycle.
Red Cup Rebellion: Ole Miss football recruiting: Matt Luke is sticking to his process. One that has proven lucrative elsewhere
We've talked about the similarities between how Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney started things off at Clemson and how Matt Luke could potentially follow in his footsteps with how he handles his program, his hires, and his recruiting, most importantly.
Mind you, we're not in any way saying that Ole Miss will be able to rattle off a 10-4 season and a berth in the Orange Bowl in year three. But, Swinney's program got a nice boost after year three when he made a change at a coordinator spot and his recruiting started to take off, thanks to his staff sticking to their guns and doing it their way.
Fansided: Ole Miss Football: Matt Luke and Rebels add another commit
While the jury may still be out on the quality of the 2020 Ole Miss football recruiting class, there is no doubt it has heated up for head coach Matt Luke. In the span of less than two weeks the Rebels have added ten commitments to the 2020 class and may just be getting started. The latest commitment came Saturday.
Saturdays commitment puts the 2020 recruiting class at 14 future Rebels and ranks No.20 nationally. The class also ranks No.9 in the SEC. Saturdays commitment marks the sixth defensive commitment and shows head coach Matt Luke and defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre are looking to build in the new 3-4 defense.
Red Cup Rebellion: Friday Question: One of ramifications
We have asked the esteemed experts here at Red Cup Rebellion in our world famous Matt Slack Channel how we think the Ole Miss football team will fare in 2019 and folks, the taeks are hot!
Here is our Ole Miss football 2019 season predictions panel and the corresponding results:
"I think we maybe beat Vandy, lose to Cal, and win the other non-con. I think Ole Miss is gonna suck asshole this year."
"Ole Miss beats Memphis, Arkansas, SELA, Vandy, and New Mexico State. Unless Matt Corral is way higher-percentage than he looked last year.
Fansided: Ole Miss Football: A look at the 2019 Rebels, Tight Ends
The 2019 Ole Miss football season kicks off August 31 on the road against Memphis. The 2019 edition of Ole Miss football appears to have the makings of a great team and Ole Miss fans are getting ready to see exactly what the Rebels will look like on the gridiron. We were able to see a brief look at the Rebels in the 2019 Grove Bowl. OHT is taking a closer look at each position group.
Naturally, both sides of the ball will be important for the Ole Miss Rebels in 2019. With two new coordinators, Mike MacIntyre on defense and Rich Rodriguez on offense, there will be a new look on each side.
Fansided: Ole Miss Football: Rebels recruiting keeps adding up
While many Ole Miss fans have been focused on baseball over the past few months, coach Matt Luke and Ole Miss football have been focused on the 2020 Ole Miss recruiting class. Over the past couple of weeks the numbers of commitments for Luke and the Rebels have been adding up and starting to make waves.
As of this release the Rebels have added 8 commitments in 8 days which brought the 2020 recruiting class total to 13 commits. Currently the 2020 Ole Miss recruiting class ranks 20th in the nation and 8th in the SEC and Matt Luke and his staff are just getting cranked up.
Red Cup Rebellion: Podcast Rebellion: Here are our super, duper early Ole Miss football predictions for 2019
It's officially the summer now that baseball is over. So what better way to kick off the vacation than by looking at the 2019 Ole Miss football season and picking winners game-by-game?
Juco All-American is here to give his picks for how he thinks the Rebels will finish this season, giving insight on how, what, and why he makes his picks. We discuss trap games against Memphis and Cal and pick a few weird ones while we're at it.
If you like New Orleans-inspired cuisine go see Kelly English and his crew in Memphis at Second Line or Restaurant Iris for some fantastic food.
Red Cup Rebellion: 3-star OL Robert Scott commits to Ole Miss over Arkansas
After three commits on Sunday and Kahlil Benson making the call Monday evening, Ole Miss is adding yet another commit to the 2020 class with the addition of Robert Scott. The three-star offensive tackle from Conway, Ark. chose the Rebels over a bevy of offers Monday night and is offensive line coach Jack Bicknell's third commit in this class.
The nation's No. 54 tackle prospect out of the Natural State is Bicknell's second tackle commitment from SEC West enemy territory going back to the 2019 class when the Rebels signed four-star tackle Darius Thomas.
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Red Cup Rebellion: 3-star DL Luke Shouse commits to Ole Miss
After adding two commits earlier in the week, the Rebels are back at it again on the weekend now that three-star strong-side defensive end Luke Shouse has announced via Twitter that he has verbally committed to Ole Miss.
The Brentwood, Tenn. native camped in Oxford over the weekend, received an offer from the coaching staff, and clearly couldn't wait any longer to make his decision. The Ravenwood High School product is the nation's No. 99 strong-side defensive end in the country was the third-leading tackler for a Raptors team that went 11-3 in 2018.
Shouse made 53 total tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, and one interception.
Red Cup Rebellion: 3-star RB Kentrel Bullock commits to Ole Miss
Ole Miss dodged the MLB Draft bullet a few weeks ago and five-star running back Jerrion Ealy will be in the red and blue this fall. Now, Matt Luke and Co. have added yet another running back to the 2020 class with the in-state addition of Kentrel Bullock.
The running back from Columbia, Miss. chose the Rebels over early offers from Alcorn State, Jackson State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Troy, UAB, and a bevy of MACJC offers. He is still a relatively unknown commodity on the recruiting trail but he did enough at Ole Miss' Elite Camp to earn an offer from running backs coach Derrick Nix.