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29 June 2008

How we are preceived continued: UConn/ USF

Up next in our series we look at how fans from UConn and South Florida view the Rebels.


First stop: UConn


(1) What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ole Miss?
go to hell ole miss, go to hell!-LSUConnMan

The first thing that I miss is Coach O-
Excalibur33

Rebel Flags-
TRestapalooza

Probably Eli Manning and some highly entertaining game Ole Miss and Alabama played in the rain six or seven years ago. And I've always thought their helmets were ugly.-
Fishy

Archie Manning ... and then the kid from "Blind Side".-
PudgeF

Eli Manning-
CThusky77

archie and eli-
palatine

eli manning-
ibleedhuskyblue

Football/Nice Campus/Eli Manning-
UConnHuskies86

Archie Manning and Eli Manning. -
uconnbill

Consecutive Miss Americas.-
RegisteredUconn

Spanish Moss and used to be good.-
CTHoopster

Ed orgeron shoulda had another year.-
joshuacaleb

(2) What are your feelings about Ole Miss?

I would've happily matriculated there...if only they would have deferred my admission a year since I was stuck in Kuwait.-
LSUConnMan

My sense is that most Ole Miss fans think that their history is more impressive that it is, and that they are one of the "haves" in the college football landscape. Reality is that they've had some good teams, but they aren't regarded as highly on a national basis as their fans think they are.
-
Excalibur33

Not much. Not on TV near as much as other SEC powers (LSU, Florida, Alabama). Got that ugly James Meridith stuff. And, Oxford is supposed to be a great place to see a game.-
PudgeF

Good school-
CThusky77

I like eli-
palatine

none really-
ibleedhuskyblue

Had a fun time when I visited. -
UConnHuskies86

I like Ole Miss as my brother went there and is a huge fan and alumni. So out of all the SEC schools I root for them. By the way they are not cheaters like some other schools cough Alabama, cough LSU....-
uconnbill

Mildly positive - nothing negative.-
CTHoopster

Never going to contend for a championship. -
joshuacaleb

(3) Would you like to play us in football or basketball in the future?

I'd love to see an Ole Miss-Uconn baseball series....aside from that, I think it could be a good away game to introduce people to the concept of college tailgating, as opposed to NFL tailgating.
There's no doubt THe Grove is more exciting than GT was.-LSUConnMan

I'd like to, but I don't see it happening
. -
Excalibur33

We've recently played in hoops, yes to football for the potential road trip.-
TRestapalooza

Of all the teams in hoop and football, if I were to list them in order of preference, it would be a while before I got to Mississippi. There's no compelling reason for the two schools to play.-
Fishy

Why? There is no compelling reason. If we had a chance to meet a good Mississippi team in a good bowl: Of course. That's a huge advance for our football program. I think their basketball has been generally easy for us to beat.-
PudgeF

Football, sure. Basketball, not really-
CThusky77

don't really care-
palatine

Sure, why not? A game with Ole Miss is better than a game with Maine.-
uconnbaseballCWSchamps

basketball- no football- definetly-
ibleedhuskyblue

Heard a rumor a year or so ago that we were trying to get a home and home in football with you but I guess nothing ever came of it. Would prefer to play you in football.-
UConnHuskies86

Yes in both sports. I would enjoy going to the Grove to see UConn play and playing Ole Miss in basketball would help them and let UConn tell players from the deep south they would get to go home.-
uconnbill

Let's play!-
CTHoopster

I'd like to see it in football. -
joshuacaleb

(4)What do you think about the SEC in general?

The SEC is the greatest conference to ever grace the planet!-
LSUConnMan

I don't think anyone can debate that in most years, it's the best and deepest conference. That tends to happen when you're playing by a different set of rules than everyone else. Oh, and SEC fans are ******* crazy
.-
Excalibur33

Players paid somewhat less than the NFL, but more than the CFL.-
TRestapalooza

It's obviously a good conference, but the SEC plays out of an entirely different rule book than most of the other conferences. And by different rule book, I mean they lost it.-
Fishy

Powerful. Cheaters. Their fans arrogantly accept both.-
PudgeF

Best conference in football.-
CThusky77

low ethical standards-
palatine

Ugh-at least they beat up on OSU in the title games.-
uconnbaseballCWSchamps

Great conference. Good regional rivalries. Stable. To me, many SEC fans are a little arrogant toward other conferences. Fail to acknowledge that there are some pretty good teams in the Big East.-
UConnHuskies86
I
like the SEC overall but the fans can be full of themselves and think the SEC is the end all of everything.-
uconnbill

Not 1st on the list of most ethical conferences.-
CTHoopster
I think the SEC as a whole is cocky, although I might be to if I were in that situation. -
joshuacaleb

(5) Have you ever visited Oxford on game day? If yes, what was your experience? If no, what have you heard about our gameday experience?

Never been there on game day, but I have had a great time partying there on a Friday night. ...Who wouldn't love to spend a weekend in a town like Mystic, which doubles as a three day tailgate??-
LSUConnMan

Never been. Heard good things, and if I happened to be there I'd love to check it out.
-
Excalibur33

Heard it's the premium tail gate experience.-
TRestapalooza

Nope and nothing.-
Fishy

If I had a chance ... and was in close proximity, I would absolutely do that.-
PudgeF

Nope, and I haven't heard anything.-
CThusky77

No, and I hear the Grove is a nice place to visit.-
uconnbaseballCWSchamps

i will if we play there, but not yet.-
ibleedhuskyblue

Yes. Was at the Ole Miss/LSU game a few years ago that decided the SEC West champion. Great game. Eli did not play that well that day and iirc the field goal kicker missed a couple. Ole Miss lost (I think the final was 17-14). I had a blast. Liked the grove, walking around campus, etc. The guy I was with, an alum of Ole Miss, showed me the statue on the campus to the "War of Northern Aggression". Don't you have someone famous give a video tribute before every game? Oxford is a pretty little town too. But, if I heard that William Faulkner was buried there one more time, I would have screamed.-
UConnHuskies86

Been to Oxford once but it was for a visit and not a game. I would love to go to the Grove for a
game especially if they were playign say UConn. -uconnbill

Nope. One of a few states I haven't visited.-
CTHoopster

No, I've heard the coeds are gorgeous and the people are classy.-
joshuacaleb

Posters from:

South Florida:

(1) What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ole Miss?

I think of the Rebel and how outdated that mascot is.-el-toro
Colonel Sanders and fried chicken-SOOPUH FLY
Hot & Muggy-LakeBull

The Mannings even though Peyton went to UT.-brolph

Segregation and James Meredithb. Larry Kirk and football-Alfred E
Very nice school, great town square, great authors, and world class ladies.-FulloBull

Egg Bowl-rickydatig

Eli Manning beating the Gators.-frankdepalma

(2) What are your feelings about Ole Miss
?

Ole Miss has never really impressed me much. Pretty much feel that Ole Miss is synonymous with mediocrity. Probably good enough for 6-7 wins most years but barely .500 in SEC ball.-el-toro
good ole southern hospitality-SOOPUH FLY

Traditional SEC School-LakeBull

Mediocre SEC school. Sorry but when was the last time Ole Miss played in the SEC Championship game? Never. It's been a long time since Archie-brolph

I have none, one way or the other.-Alfred E

My two son's graduated after attending on golf scholarships. I love it.-FulloBull

Decent program who has failed to get over the hump for many years.-rickydatig

A program that has all of the tools to be great in the SEC, but just has never gotten over the top consistently in the SEC.-frankdepalma

(3) Would you like to play us in football or basketball in the future?

I think more along the lines of football anyway so I would say yes, any opportunity to play an SEC team should be considered - especially a 1-for-1.-el-toro

absolutely-SOOPUH FLY

Would love to play you.-LakeBull

I would certainly like to play a home and home with Ole Miss. I believe Ole Miss is an SEC charter member and that carries a lot of weight.-brolph

Yes, but only 1 for 1.-Alfred E

Yes, home and away deal.-FulloBull

(4)What do you think about the SEC in general?

I feel the SEC in general is an over-rated league and tends to get way too many "favorable" calls in OOC games. I also feel that the SEC does not play enough OOC road games and this goes for the higher echelon teams like Bama, UF, Tennessee et al.-el-toro

some tough defenses and passionate fans-SOOPUH FLY

Has the talent to beat anyone-LakeBull

I personally hate the SEC because they are overrated. The SEC is a great and difficult football conference but not to the point the media portrays it to be. The SEC powerhouse programs rarely play a tough OOC schedule and rarely play an OOC road game. The SEC gets to claim how tough their schedule is every year because they play each other yet they typically play no one OOC so there is no real way to determine how tough the SEC truly is since they only play each other. The rest is subjective media BS. The next most overrated conference is the Big Ten. The SEC is getting all kinds of love right now because they beat up on an overrated Ohio State team the past two years. Michigan was equal to Ohio State in 2006 (barely lost in Columbus) but was dismantled in the Rose Bowl by USC. In 2007 that Michigan team returned most of their starters and lost at home to a D-1AA school and got absolutely dismantled at home to Oregon. All the credit the SEC has gotten from beating Ohio State the past two years is based on beating an extremely overrated Big 10 champ. It happened because the media loves the Big 10 and the SEC.-brolph

I really don't think about it. -Alfred E

Great football, a little too protective which gives the impression that they are afraid to face real outside competition.-FulloBull

Very tough from top to bottom-rickydatig

Tough conference that does play on a level field with the other conferences due to the amount of money in their programs relative to everyone else. Its like the SEC is the Yankees or Red Sox, and everyone else is the Royals.-frankdepalma

(5) Have you ever visited Oxford on game day? If yes, what was your experience? If no, what have you heard about our gameday experience?

No, I have never been to Oxford but a co-worker of mine (UGA fan) has and he enjoyed it a lot. Said the Ole Miss fans were better to them than most other SEC fans were towards visiting fellow SEC fans.-el-toro

never been to Oxford but would love to experience game day there-SOOPUH FLY

Have not been there, but guess you would be a lot like Auburn and they had some of the greatest fans I have ever come across. Love the traditions of dressing up the the games. You know you are at some place special.-LakeBull

No on both counts-Alfred E

Have not been there and have never met anyone who has been there.-brolph

The grove is what convinced the boys to go there. Every male needs to go there at least once. Hopefully before he is married. Some mentioned that Ole Miss doesn't play SEC football. I watched Ole Miss beat LSU at LSU a couple of years ago. I watched Eli beat Florida home and the away (at the swamp, The first year that LSU won the nation championship the got there because Ole Miss's kicker ( won the award for best kicker in football) missed two makable kicks. Ole Miss lost by less than 3 points.People should realise that Ole Miss plays great ball every 20 years. By the way, will any of the resturants serve Payton is Oxford now, or is he still banned? Also, now that Nutt is there, is it possible for a Mississippi high schooler to get a schollie there? It doesn't appear he recruits them at all.-FulloBull

No, but I do have a Gator friend that says the best SEC road trip is to Oxford, and is the one his family goes to every time the Gators visit Ole Miss.Good luck this year battling the SEC big guns. Go Bulls!!-frankdepalma


Posters are from:

How we are perceived: Big East

Last year the Hotty Toddy Blog ran a series on how others perceive Ole Miss. We interviewed fans from the Big Ten and the PAC 10. This year we are bringing this series back. We will start with the Big East.

This year Ole Miss will receive the most national and international attention since James Meridith enrolled back in 1962. Hopefully the media will show just how far our University has come since those dark days in the 60's. Our national image not only affects how others feel about us but it also can seep into the minds of possible recruits.

The series last year was a bit surprising (both good and bad). How we are perceived varied greatly from state to state. As we start out this series that seems to still hold true.

Let's start out with Pittsburgh and Rutgers. New Jersey and Pennsylvania are border states. However, their view of us is as far apart as the lonely 5 hour drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that separates Pitt from Rutgers.

First stop Pittsburgh:
(1) What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ole Miss?

The Mascot...it cracks me up -jrghoul

Nothing really stands out. I guess either Eli Manning, or the unique sounding name.-Or
iginalEther

Unfortunately for ya'll, the first thing that comes to mind is fans waving Rebel flags.-DreamBackfield


If people referred to you as Mississippi or UMiss then maybe it would be better. A University's primary goal is education and then likely research and I just don't see a sentence like: Did you hear about that Cancer breakthrough at Ole Miss?
The first thing that comes to mind is a guy dressed like Colonel Sanders with that string tie smoking a Cigar dressed in a lab coat. I'm not
trying to be condescending here but there is a lot of value in the name.-mdpitt


Archie Manning and the rebel flag. Not necessarily in that order.-wbrpanther


Hot chicks-NTOP


I rarely think about Ole Miss at all.-handbrew


first thing i think of is that they play in the SEC.-johnwwool


Eli Manning-panther94


Goofy looking Eli Manning-Allegenee


It's hard to think about Ole Miss without thinking of Manning.-Panthe...othead

Rebel Flag-IanZiering

BurghGuy68 postED this picture:
Col. Reb and Ed O. ripping his shirt off-woodshedpanther

Used to think Eli Manning, now I think Michael Oher since I just read "The Blind Side" recently. Be interesting to watch his progress this year and into the NFL draft.-BuckNaked1

Faulkner, Grisham, Manning-geriga

Hot, Humid. Eli, Archie.
-steelcurtain55

The rebel Flag controversy. Then the Mannings.
-GeneParmesan

The logo on the helmet. And, Eli Manning falling on his @$ on 4th down against LSU to lose the SEC west title.-ShadySideUP33

First thing? Thing Grisham's book "A Time For Killing". I think Mssissippi Burning. Seriously
.-WeRNotTheirRivals

I confuse Ole Miss and Mississippi State-dk16000

Manning and if I think back some great teams under Vaught.-
NJBob

Definitely Archie Manning and the memorable seasons he helped produce back in the 60s. William Faulkner is still my favorite author, anywhere. Red beans & rice...as a student I must've eaten a ton of that awesome food! Played a lot of pool down at the Greyhound bus station too. I don't think about the negative racial stuff that is the first thing a lot of people conjure up when thinking about Mississippi as a state. There are rotten people everywhere but I think Mississippi has some excellent citizens that should get as much attention as the losers
portrayed in films..I went to ole Miss for a semester before a death in the family necessitated my return to Pittsburgh. It's a beautiful school/campus and I loved it all but the extreme heat. -PantherMan53

Beautiful southern women, the Rebel Flag and the Mannings.-
sjerzpitt2

(2) What are your feelings about Ole Miss?

Always fighting an uphill battle....especially against some of the big money in SEC land. -jrghoul

Neutral. I follow my in-laws and cheer for Kentucky (after Pitt, of course), so I guess by default I should hate Ole Miss, but since Ole Miss is average at best, there is little reason to love or hate them.-OriginalEther


Usually root for Mississippi St. in the Egg Bowl. See above. Also, I view Ole Miss as a program that could never be successful in the SEC because of the presence of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, etc.-DreamBackfield


As far as sports I think of a school that always has good athletes and a gameday experience that's great. Ole Miss brings emotions of the past instead of moving ahead to the future. That's my ten cents worth of
Market Research.-mdpitt

None at all.-NTOP


No feelings, positive or negative. I know Ole Miss exist that's it.-handbrew


no real feelings. a school we don't play. a school we probably won't play unless the bowl gods align themselves in such a way where it could happen in a bowl game.-johnwwool


I don't know a whole lot about Ole Miss. I guess I have the perception that they are not quite at the level of the higher tiered SEC schools, but they are scrappers. They are the kind of team that will beat you up win or lose.-panther94


Neutral. I feel like they're OK in football. Struggle a bit. Moments of glory. Kinda like us. Know nothing of Ole Miss bball. They must have a team right?-Allegenee


No strong feelings......how is Ole Miss academically ?-goalieman


Good team in a brutal conference. You'd do better playing an easier schedule (but who wouldn't?). Still, it's tough playing those Big Boys year-in-and-year-out.-Panthe...othead


Rebel Flag-IanZiering

Lower tier SEC school that would probably be better off in Conference USA-woodshedpanther

Complete indifference; tend to root for them as I would any underdog-BuckNaked1

Famous old college in a great college town-geriga

I have no feelings good nor bad towards Ole Miss.
-steelcurtain55

I like the old man lo
go and I love the nickname "Ole Miss" for Mississippi (reminds me of "Pitt" vis a vie Pittsburgh) but other than that I've never given Mississippi much thought.-GeneParmesan

I hate Ole Miss because they lose to the SEC schools I hate. But, I continue to root for the underdog. Ya know?-ShadySideUP33

None. Why would I? I do feel that Ole Miss is one of those schools in a big time conference who contributes NOTHING in the national scheme of things while they throw stones at Big East schools and call us "Big Least". Dude, we would pummel you and our football legacy is significant as compared with yours?-
WeRNotTheirRivals

underdog in an impossible conference-dk16000

I root for you against Miss. St. (the oddly named "Egg Bowl"). Fans who bring cow bells to games scare me.-NJBob

One more thing, you guys did David Cutcliffe wrong!
-PantherMan53

No feelings either way for them, as an underdog I would like to see them win a bit more.-sjerzpitt2

(3) Would you like to play us in football or basketball in the future?


Football will never happen....I can;t see you guys playing in the NE and I don't think Pitt would want ot play one and done down there.--jrghoul

Sure. It's always good to play (and beat) an SEC team. Agree with the previous poster that it probably won't
happen, though.-OriginalEther

I would love to play any SEC team in football. SEC basketball doesn't excite me.-DreamBackfield


As far as the SEC, everyone likely feels that it's great at Football and everyone beats up on each other during the season. Much like the Big East in Basketball. I always have the perception that the Conference as a whole cheats at all costs to be successful. That being said, it's likely not true. I think that some folks perceive athletes ( in Football ) find a way to get into school in the SEC where they may not qualify elsewhere.-mdpitt


Sure, 2 at Heinz Field, one at Oxford. In hoops, 3 at our house, 1 at yours.-NTOP


There would be no advantage to us in playing any sport with Ole Miss.-handbrew


I'd have no problems with either. One less game for people that whine about Pitt playing a weak schedule. But for football, I just don't see it happening, since Pitt would insist on a game happening in Pittsburgh, but Ole Miss appears to be one of those schools with an irrational phobia of crossing the Mason-Dixon line-johnwwool


I would like to play Ole Miss in football very much. I think a four game series would be great for both programs.-panther94


Sure for football. Probably would be competitive. Don't really care to play you in basketball. If we're playing someone from that far south, I'd rather play Florida or Texas.-Allegenee


A two game home
and home series would be fine in football.........it might be a good way for your fans and ours to learn more about each other and our schools......would Ole Miss be willing to come to Pittsburgh for a game ?-goalieman

Football, a home 'n home might be fun. Basketball? No way. No offense, but you don't bring enough to the table.-Panthe...othead


No-
IanZiering

Wouldn't mind playing in football because of the perception of the SEC. But we all know that SEC schools refuse to cross the Mason-Dixon line.-
woodshedpanther

No - there is no recruiting benefit to playing Ole Miss in FB or BB. No history - no reason to get excited about that game.-BuckNaked1

Yes, I'd rather travel to Oxford than Buffalo-
geriga

In Football I'd like to play you guys. It would be a great experience for our players who've never gotten a chance to see that part of the country. I almost signed an NIFL deal with the Tupelo team, and the fans and people I met down their were very nice. It would be nice to see you guys come up here instead of the usual Bowling Green's, Akron's, and Toledo's for NC play.. Basketball, I don't think there is any interest at all.-steelcurtain55

Sure, I'd like to go to a game at Ole Miss. I hear that the Grove is something to behold.-GeneParmesan

Nowadays, I don't see the benefit of playing Ole Miss in any sport.-ShadySide
UP33 Not really. Why?-WeRNotTheirRivals

indifferent-dk16000

In FB, on a home-and home basis why not. Not really in hoops.-NJBob

Football? Hell yes! I want Pitt to develop a national OOC schedule. Hoops? No. No real reason, just not interested.-PantherMan53

Yes in football, no in basketball.-
sjerzpitt2


(4)What do you think about the SEC in general?


Best conference in football, but on some levels it has a questionable rep....specifically academics and donor influence. I don't know if the rep is earned, but it's there. You're not the most corrupt conference though, that honor goes to the Big Televen.--jrghoul

It is the stronges
t conference in college football and, while I do hate the South for the most part, I do take pleasure in watching SEC teams beat up on Big 10 teams. Would like to proudly point out that since the raid, the Big East is 7-1 against the SEC (again, I still think the SEC is the strongest conference)-OriginalEther

SEC is unquestionably the best football conference.-DreamBackfield


These are all perceptions not built on facts but a lot of folks may agree. Pitt would love to play you (or any SEC team) but SEC teams do not travel North. That's a fact. I think if more

Northern teams played you these stereotypes would begin to vanish.-mdpitt


FB is tough, BB generally overrated. Lots of cheating in FB.-NTOP


The SEC is good in football, but is far behind the BE in basketball.-handbrew


I think their football is good. I'm impressed with the intensity of their fans. Corrupt? probably, but certainly not any worse than anywhere else.-johnwwool


The SEC is the top conference in football.-panther94


Great for football. Decent in bball.-Allegenee


Very good athletic conference.....whispers of bending the rules.-goalieman


The SEC is a great football conference: from top to bottom, it's the best right now. In basketball it's come a long way. Not too impressed with the SEC's academics; maybe I'm missing something and stuck with the old southern stereotypes?-Panthe...othead


Any league that employs Urban Meyer, Bobby Petrino, and Phil Fulmer is dirtier than a landfill-IanZiering

Dirtiest confere
nce in America and perhaps the most arrogant ... if it weren't for the Big MAC.-woodshedpanther

I think the SEC is a 'win at all costs' conference. But they take a lot of pride in their schools which is admirable; some fans can take it to the point of a cult like addiction.-BuckNaked1

Great league, mainly b/c of its members have no academic standards for athletes-
geriga

Great football and all around sports conference.-steelcurtain55

Excellent conference. Probably the best in college football. However, not nearly as dominant as many of your fans/media would have us believe.-GeneParmesan

The SEC plays almost no challenging OOC road games. They play no cold-weather games. They build their teams to win warm-weather bowl games in their home states. The NCAA caters to the SEC and if it doesn't change, then the SEC will continue its dominance in recruiting and winning. Change would be good for everyone, but southerners don't understand such concepts.-ShadySideUP33

Self absorbed cheaters, win at all costs, who forget these institutions were not built for football programs. -WeRNotTheirRivals

unbelievably deep and talented conference-dk16000

Always a strong conference with a lot of ethical issues in their academics.-NJBob

Even though I am a lifelong Pitt Panther fan & alum, I have always loved SEC football, especially the Tennessee, Bama, LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss teams of the late 1960s and early 70s. The players, the legends and college football heroes were too numerous to count. Tennessee and Alabama is the biggest rivalry in college IMHO. The game between Ole Miss & Bama...Scott Hunter vs Archie, I think the score was 33-32 Bama was, is simply a classic. The first game in 1968 on the Vols' new artificial turf, the 17-17 tie...what a ball game. LSU losin
g at Notre Dame 3-0 and then beating the Irish the next year in Baton Rouge 28-8, great stuff! Today however, as everywhere else it seems the classy & classic nature has gone by the wayside as the pressure to win has created an overall unsavory environment in college football. Fans are a lot more ignorant and vile as well, shoot, I'm guilty of that myself at times. But the memories of the old days will always warm me.-PantherMan53

SEC while slimy with coaches does produce some of the most exciting college football in the toughest conference.-sjerzpitt2


(5) Have you ever visited Oxford on game day? If yes, what was your experience? If no, what have you heard about our gameday experience?

no-jrghoul

I haven't been there. I've heard that it sounds really gay (something about orchids?) but actually is a very cool experience.-OriginalEther


Never been to Ole Miss, but have heard a lot about The Grove.-DreamBackfield


Nope, never been there, heard the tailgating was fancy-schmantzy, but fun. We just drink.-NTOP


The best thing ab
out Oxford is the road leading out of Oxford. Sorry.-handbrew

Nope. No plans to, either. From what I understand, people get dressed up like their going to church or something, that the tailgate scene is a lot more laid back. not that that is a bad thing.-johnwwool


I have never been to Oxford, and have no idea about the traditions of Ole Miss.-panther94


Didn't know they played football in England ;)-Allegenee


Never visited Oxford, Mississippi.......I've heard of the Grove and that you have a very good game day experience....tell us more.-goalieman

Never been there, and don't see myself ever coming down, unless it was for a bowl-related experience. I know you have great tradition, along with most schools in the South.-Panthe...othead

I'm not setting foot in a place that is more likely to have a Klan rally than a good football game.-IanZiering

No, but I've heard it's a great gameday experience largely due to the hot, drunken and slutty ole miss coeds.-woodshedpanther

Never visited, would love to. Have heard its a very traditional Southern town with a great game day atmospher
e-BuckNaked1

No, but Oxford is a great place to visit.-geriga

never been on Ole Miss's campus before.-
steelcurtain55

No, I have never visited Oxford. However a close friend of mine attended Ole Miss and he is still trying to get me to come down for a game. Says that the girls are unbelievable and that the Grove is incredible. If Pitt were to play Ole Miss I would definitely make that trip (as I would if Pitt were to play a home and home with any SEC school).-
GeneParmesan

Oxford? Is that in England?-ShadySideUP33

No. Hot poon everywhere.-
WeRNotTheirRivals

no, have heard nothing- dk16000

No, but a close friend got his law degree at Ole Miss back in the early '70s. Had a lot of good things to say about the game-day atmosphere for FB. Fans treat visitors pretty well.-NJBob

Yes and it was great! I will always be a John Vaught fan as well. The Grove, the coeds....all classic Southern f
ootball stuff every fan should experience at least once in their lifetime.-PantherMan53

Never been to Oxford on gameday but wouldn't mind seeing it. -
sjerzpitt2

Posters are from
Pittsburgh Panther Football (Scout)
Pittsburgh Lair (Rivals)

On to Rutgers:
(1) What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ole Miss?

Archie Manning and very dark blue uniforms-
dizzle22

The Girls-
RuRuuuu

Dixie song and confederate flag -
westcoastqb

Both Mannings, for sure, but since I've been watching college football since the early 1950's I remember Jimmy Patton (standout DB for the Giants for many years), the great teams that Johnny Vaught coached and other outstanding players such as Charlie Flowers, who I think played in the late 50's-
RUpumped

Colonel Rebel-
50804742

SEC team tons of history but seem to underachieve in the modern SEC. -
Chuch Wilder
The Confederate flag. The school had to ban it being waved in the stadium about 10 years ago, which prompted an increase of Confederate flag waving outside the stadium.-Doctor Worm

The first thing I think of when I hear Ole Miss are the first black students at the university and the Civil Rights movement-
PatrickRU92

The grove. Supposed to be tremendous tailgating. -
keav8447

I think all RU fans should send a big thank you to Ole Miss for allowing us to get Coach Chris Rippon! He is going to make such a huge difference on our Special Teams this year it is going to be scary-
ScarletChop18

The SEC.-
Brunswick23Beast

First thing I think of when I hear "Ole Miss", is why do they call it "Ole Miss" instead of "Mississippi". I think the name is especially poor, because it conjures up images of "Old" Mississippi from 40 years ago and earlier. And those images are mostly images of racism and bigotry.-
Upstream

Eli Manning-
RUFBFAN

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ole Miss?
a good ol' Southern University -
BuffKnight99

Eli Manning and Patrick Willis-
RCLEO1

Eli Manning-
RoadCrewFuzz

Coach Orgeron doing the hulk in front of his players.-
RutgersLifeR

The Mannings, William Faulkner and Johnny Vaught -
RAA-1

Eli Manning and the book Meat Market by Bruce Feldman.-
Aerosmith

Colonel Reb & the Confederate flag.-RUJohnny99


Confederate Flag-RUfanS...derson


Deep south/southern plantations, and like Upstream, why Ole Miss is used with every reference (except in formal situations, I suppose)-RUnTeX


I like the name "Ole Miss" ..an earthy name not overly formal. Not a fan of the Confederate Flag...although i try not to be too judgmental about it.-Ru2bnj


James Meredith being barred from admission. Followed by Archie and Eli Manning. Go Giants.-srru86


Eli Manning-goldb80


First thing that comes to mind - probably the Grove.-RUtrumpet92


Ole Miss and Miss State game.-fbc1866



(2) What are your feelings about Ole Miss?

Thanks for our SB MVP Eli-
dizzle22

Same as dizzle-
RuRuuuu

Beautiful campus,great college town and beautiful coeds-
westcoastqb

Very pretty campus with a small-town atmosphere. I keep waiting for Ole Miss to break out after a lot of very average seasons. Coach Orgeron came close but couldn't quite get it done.

Let's see what Ken Hatfield can do-
RUpumped

Love It-
50804742

Love the Uniforms, tradition, etc. -
Chuch Wilder

The same feelings I have for the Confederate flag -- and they are not positive. Now I am not saying that is fair. For all I know, the school may now be a shining light of progressive thought, and may have renounced its racist past. But old stereotypes are hard to break.-
Doctor Worm

I also love Ole Miss' uniforms and colors-
PatrickRU92

Southern. Both the good & the bad that comes with that.-
keav8447

Have always found myself rooting for Ole Miss.-
Brunswick23Beast

My feelings about Ole Miss are tinged by stereotypes of racism from Mississippi's history.
Although I hope that is no longer the case, I really don't know.-
Upstream

I feel they have great tradition but not great teams anymore.
-RUFBFAN

loved my visit so i have nothing bad to say-
BuffKnight99

SEC school that should be better than its rival Miss. St.-
RCLEO1

I don't think about Ole Miss-
RoadCrewFuzz

Ole Miss seems like a decent institution with a beautiful campus.-
RutgersLifeR

Very nice campus and your Lyceum is a lot like the Old Queens building is to Rutgers-
RAA-1

Very tough place to win given the strength of the SEC and poor Mississippi schools.-
Aerosmith

A really nice school, if you're one of the preferred class.-RUJohnny99


Ambivalent-RUfanS...derson


Don't really have feelings one way or the other-RUnTeX


I like the football team's uniform scheme. It seems like a great place to watch a game. -Ru2bnj


Not much different than other large southern public university.-srru86


No feelings good or bad-goldb80


One, I can't see you ever winning the SEC. The in-state talent pool can't compete with the rest of the SEC without drawing from neighboring states, and I imagine the best players in Alabama, Louisiana, etc will prefer to play for LSU, Alabama, or Auburn. If you couldn't win it with Eli, you won't without him.
Two, I've wondered (ever since first arriving at Tech) how you convince some black athletes to attend when the Rebel flag has been prominently featured in the stands for quite some time - plus the mascot evokes images of plantations. I know that image might not reflect the changing reality at Ole Miss. Three, I like the uniforms, and don't mind rooting for you at all. Some of that is my tendency to root for the underdogs. I like the name Ole Miss more than if you called yourselves Mississippi.-RUtrumpet92

Deep South School with alot of tradition (both good and bad). Wondered why they have not been a power player in the SEC the last few years.-fbc1866



(3) Would you like to play us in football or basketball in the future?

I played your bball team when I was in college-
dizzle22

Id love for rutgers to play ole miss in football-
RuRuuuu

YES-
westcoastqb

Yes, for sure. I think it would be a great home-and-home series-
RUpumped

Be great-
50804742

Love to do a home and home -
Chuch Wilder

Not really.-
Doctor Worm

I would love a home and home series with Ole Miss in both fball and bball, and that goes for
every SEC team except Vanderbilt. I want RU to play it's peers, meaning large state universities.-
PatrickRU92

I would love to play Ole Miss in anything.-
keav8447

I would like a home-and-home against Ole Miss, would definitely make the road trip if it weren't too cost-prohibitive.-
Brunswick23Beast

Mississippi is not one of the schools I think of when Rutgers talks about toughening its schedule. Mississippi has won 14 games in the past 4 seasons, and finished ranked 80 in last season's Sagarin rankings. Unless Mississippi turns it around, they are not a school which would help Rutgers' strength of schedule.-
Upstream

I would love to play Ole Miss in Football.-
RUFBFAN
sure-BuffKnight99

Would really enjoy a one for one against Ole Miss in football-
RCLEO1
Sure if you don't wuss out like every other SEC team when it comes to playing the Big East-RoadCrewFuzz

I think a lot of us RU fans would LOVE playing you guys in football.-
RutgersLifeR

Yes in football-
RAA-1

Yes. Ole Miss is comparable in talent-
Aerosmith

In a home & home, sure.-RUJohnny99


Sure-RUfanS...derson


Wouldn't mind a home & home in football; rather not in hoops-RUnTeX


I would like to see RU have a home & home with Ole Miss.-Ru2bnj


Sure, why not, but not at the top of my list of schools/places I'd like to play. I would like to periodically get to SEC towns/stadiums but not at the cost of a one and done. With the realities of modern scheduling I'm not so sure it will happen. -srru86


I would like to play you in football-goldb80


Only in a home and home. Definitely would like it in football - winnable (not a gimme, mind you, but competitive), respectable opponent at a site I could easily drive to the game.-RUtrumpet92


I think it would be a good game in Piscataway. I remember the refs during the Women's game need to play in Piscataway.-fbc1866


(4)What do you think about the SEC in general?

I think the top 5 (ufa, bama, lsu, UGA and Auburn)teams are really good, but the other 7 are no greater than other conferences middle of the road teams-
dizzle22

Strongest conference out there and hope one day rutgers can be held in the same standard as some of their top teams-
RuRuuuu

Best football conference in the land.Crazed loyal fans.-
westcoastqb

The SEC is the strongest college football conference in the country, by far. Their fans are very hospitable as well. I've been to Rutgers road games at Tennessee, Alabama and Florida, and we were well-treated at every place-
RUpumped

A true fan, having grown up in Vandy country.-50804742

SEC great conference great rivalries. Entertaining games. Top Notch-
Chuch Wilder

I rarely think of the SEC.-
Doctor Worm

Err keeping it real here, my opinion of the SEC is not that glowing. The SEC is the best conference in football but I find many of the schools and their coaches highly sleazy, and I think there are a lot of under the table payments made to the student athletes. This is not exclusive to the SEC, but IMHO it's most common in the SEC. Not that my opinion means that much to you, but I doubt Ole Miss is one of the prime offenders. To be frank, I find most SEC fans to be unbelievably arrogant about the conference. Yes it's the best, but it's not on some completely different level as many SEC fans would like everyone else to believe. To illustrate, there was a thread last year on the Ole MIss board in which most fans agreed that if the Rebels were in the BE they would win it. Not trying to accuse you personally, 220521, but that is way off base.-
PatrickRU92

SEC is a tremendous conference, but it gets a positive slant as much as the Big East gets a negative slant. -
keav8447

Great football conference, by far and away the nations best.-
Brunswick23Beast

I think the SEC is a very tough football league, and the toughest league out there. However, it is not as tough as SEC coaches and fans claim it is. I think SEC coaches and fans have confused being number one by a small margin with being number one by a huge margin. The ego of the SEC has probably been stroked by the fact that SEC schools got to play a vastly overrated Ohio State for the last two BCS Championships.-
Upstream

Best football conference-
RUFBFAN

SEC - so everybody cheats - nuff said-
BuffKnight99

I think the SEC is the best conference top to bottom-
RCLEO1

Great athletic conference with below average academics-
RoadCrewFuzz
SEC probably provides the highest level of talent on the field out of all conferences and has great college football tradition.-RutgersLifeR

Very good FB conference but not as good from top to bottom as your fans think it is.-
RAA-1

Great football, lot cheating-
Aerosmith

NFL for the south.-RUJohnny99


Great in FB; over rated in BB- love the pagentry of FB-RUfanS...derson


Football is religion in the SEC, which is both a good and bad thing-RUnTeX


Think the SEC is the best football conference..however i think the sports/academic relationship is entirely out of whack.-Ru2bnj


Undeniably great football product on the field. Though hard to shake questions about how that success is achieved at times. SEC basketball is pretty good but can't make the same claim to superiority that football can. -srru86


The deepest conference in the country, I would like to play an SEC team each year-goldb80

SEC - best in football, not as much better as the SEC fans think. I think the conference has more crooked programs than most conferences. Love the rabid fanbases.-RUtrumpet92

The top conference in football, the big east will be knocking on their door in a few
years.-fbc1866


(5) Have you ever visited Oxford on game day? If yes, what was your experience? If no, what have you heard about our gameday experience?

Mississippi guys LOVE their beer but are very kind to strangers-
dizzle22

No, they love their football down there.-
RuRuuuu

Have been in Oxford,but not on gameday.Saw ole Miss at Tuscaloosa.-
westcoastqb

No, but I've seen games on TV. It looks like a great atmosphere
-RUpumped

Yes> All four roads into Oxford jammed. Ole Miss fans everywhere-
50804742

I personally have not but a buddy of mine said it was a great time. Loved the speed limit in honor of Archie on campus.-
Chuch Wilder

Not in this or any other lifetime. Again, that may be a totally unfair impression, but it is what it is.-
Doctor Worm

Never visited but if we ever played Ole MIss in Oxford I would most certainly be there. Nothing better in college football than road trips to college towns. I have heard the tailgating in "the grove" ( I believe thats what it's called) is among the best in the country.-
PatrickRU92

I would love to visit Oxford. I have heard great things.-
keav8447

I have never visited Oxford.-
Brunswick23Beast

I have never visited Oxford. I have not heard anything about your gameday experience which is memorable or distinctive. I'm sure your fans are enthusiastic and have a great time.-
Upstream

Have not visited & not heard much spercifically.-
RUFBFAN
yes - the Grove was a great time and it was a real good game (you beat the Hogs on espn on Sat nite during Eli's Sr yr)-BuffKnight99

Never been to Oxford, heard and read a lot of great things, especially about the beautiful women at Ole Miss. One other thing, I think you should have given Orgeron another year to let his recruits develop on the field. (Read the book Meat Market)-
RCLEO1

No-
RoadCrewFuzz

Yes to visit but not on game day. Beautiful campus and very nice people but the school is a lot smaller than I expected with under 18k at all levels (if I remember correctly).-
RAA-1

No-
Aerosmith

No. The Grove.-RUJohnny99


No and prob would not-RUfanS...derson


Never been but think I'd enjoy a trip down there. The Grove, from what I've heard, it's like 'formal' tailgating - guys in shirt & tie, girls in sundresses.-RUnTeX


No, have never been to Oxford. Have heard it is quite an experience. Most SEC gamedays sound pretty impressive. The only one I've experienced personally is Knoxville. UTenn did not disappoint.-srru86


Never visited, havent heard anything-goldb80


Not yet, and I probably won't unless Rutgers is on the schedule. I hear the tailgating is great (see the answer to #1).-RUtrumpet92


No, heard that it's party time.-fbc1866


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