OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – A Manning Center crowd of about 5,000 Rebel fans were treated to a bevy of autograph and photo opportunities, children’s games, food, giveaways and merchandise at the 2014 Ole Miss Meet The Rebels Day, presented by Cannon Motors.
Fans met with players and coaches from the preseason nationally ranked football team, as well as the soccer, volleyball, rifle and women’s golf teams. Members of the cheerleading and Rebelette squads also visited with fans during the event.
Football head coach Hugh Freeze addressed the crowd, as did athletics director Ross Bjork and other coaches and administrators.
Many fans got their first glimpses of the renovated Manning Center, which includes a flashy new dining facility called the Grill at 1810, a renovated strength training area, a state-of-the-art team meeting room, and a hallway that pays tribute to the Rebels’ NFL players past and present.
The football team practiced Saturday morning in a workout closed to the public. The Rebels are more than halfway through fall camp in preparation for the 2014 season opener against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome (Thursday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m. CT, ESPN).
The Ole Miss soccer team opens its season this Friday at home against the Georgia Bulldogs at 6 p.m. CT, televised by the new SEC Network. The volleyball team begins the year on the road in a tournament in Buffalo, New York, on Aug. 29. Women’s golf gets going on Sept. 8 at the FedEx Memphis Intercollegiate, and rifle starts Oct. 2 at the Tiger Invitational in Memphis.