Barnard Observatory was a U. S. astronomical observatory operated by University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Completed in 1859, it was part of the astronomy focus that chancellor Frederick A. P. Barnard had for the school. Due to the outbreak of the Civil War, the purchase of the observatory's telescopes were put on hold. Today the observatory houses the Center for the Study of Southern Culture while the university's astronomers use Kennon Observatory; the observatory is a Greek Revival design and modeled after the observatory in Russia. Chancellor Barnard commissioned a northern company to build the telescope; the telescope was designed to be larger than the observatories in Harvard. However, due to the Civil War, the observatory ended up going to Dearborn Observatory at Northwestern University; when the Civil War started, the university closed down for the duration of the war. Due to Oxford's vicinity to much of the war, many buildings in town and on campus were utilized by forces, including the observatory which served as a hospital.
In addition, Chancellor Barnard, a northerner and left Oxford. However, it was the former chancellor's relationship with General William Tecumseh Sherman that spared both the observatory and the university from Union troops burning it down. Writing to Chancellor Barnard, General Sherman explained his reasoning for sparing the observatory."I assure you that last November, when I rode through the grounds of the College and Oxford, I thought of you and.... Thought I saw the traces of your life in the Observatory, of which I remember you spoke...." In addition to the observatory's use as a hospital, it has been home to the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Naval Sciences, the chancellor's home, the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. List of observatories
Oxford-University Stadium at Swayze Field is the home of the University of Mississippi Rebels college baseball team and is located in Oxford, Mississippi. It is named in honor of a former Ole Miss baseball player and coach; the $3.75 million stadium opened on February 19, 1989 with a double header sweep of Cumberland University. The actual stadium sits on city property off-campus and was built by the City of Oxford, using a 2% Local Tourism Tax on prepared food and alcohol to pay for it; the hill beyond the right field wall was equipped with a seating area in 1993 that sits comfortably between the field and eight tennis courts. This has been a section for students. Since the 2000 season the area has undergone many improvements. What began as a gathering place for about 100 students has grown into an area of about 1,000 students per game during conference season; this area however is not counted as part of the stadium. 1.) One of the main right field traditions involves the players themselves. After warmups are completed, each inning the outfielders throw the baseball into the right field student section where students write messages on them and throw the ball back to the outfielders for warm ups the next inning.2.)
Throwing cups of beer into the air after Ole Miss home runs and walk off hits. For many years there was nothing but a parking lot beyond the left field wall. In 2006, the left field area, known as Oakes Pavilion, was renovated with a new scoreboard equipped with a large video board and the seating areas were upgraded with grills, picnic tables, a play area for children; the left field area can hold around 2,500 fans and has become one of the more popular areas of the field. It is reserved for the families and non-students. Below the stands are coach's offices, locker rooms, player's lounge, press area, a workout area for the pitchers. Along the first base line is a 6,800-square-foot hitting complex. In 2006 a large video board was added. In April 2007, Ole Miss announced that their baseball stadium would undergo an $18.5 million expansion. The expansion was completed in time for the 2009 baseball season; the expansion resulted in an increase of the overall number of seats to just over 6,000 and a total capacity exceeding 8,500.
The architect for both the original facility and the expansion was Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons. On June 6, 2009, an Ole Miss record 10,323 were present to watch the Super Regional game vs the University of Virginia; the first Ole Miss game with more than 10,000 fans in attendance occurred on June 6, 2009 against Virginia in Super Regional play. On April 28, 2018, a new attendance record, 12,152, was set on Double Decker Weekend in a game against LSU, which No.6 Ole Miss won 9-8. In 2013, the Rebels ranked 3rd among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 7,996 per home game. In 2015, 2016, & 2017, the Rebels ranked 2nd among Division I baseball programs in per game attendance, averaging 8,028, 8,619, & 9,238 per home game, respectively. List of NCAA Division I baseball venues
Ole Miss Rebels football
The Ole Miss Rebels football program represents the University of Mississippi known as "Ole Miss.” The Rebels compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. The football history of Ole Miss includes the formation of the first football team in the state and the 26th team on the list of college football's all-time winning programs; the Rebels posted their 600th win on September 27, 2008, when they defeated the Florida Gators 31–30. Throughout the 115-year history of Ole Miss football, the Rebels have won six Southeastern Conference titles and claim three national titles; the team is coached by Matt Luke, interim head coach in 2017 and led the Rebels to a 6-6 record, including an Egg Bowl win over Mississippi State. In 2019, the NCAA vacated 33 of the team's victories — nearly 5 percent of its total wins at the time — and levied a two-year ban on post-season play as punishment for recruiting and academic violations under head coaches Houston Nutt and Hugh Freeze.
The Ole Miss football team played its first season in 1893, since have fielded a team every year except for 1897 and 1943. In that first season, the team compiled a 4–1 record under head coach Alexander Bondurant. In 1899, Ole Miss became a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association; the program joined the Southern Conference in 1922 and the Southeastern Conference in 1933. In 1947, Johnny Vaught led the team to its first conference championship. Vaught coached Ole Miss for 25 seasons, compiling a 190–61–12 record and winning six conference championships, three national championships, ten bowl games. Since Vaught's departure in 1973, the Rebels have gone through a number of head coaches, none of them able to replicate the success of the Vaught era; the longest tenured coach since Vaught was Billy Brewer, who in 11 seasons from 1983 to 1993 compiled a 68–55–3 record and won three bowl games. The team's current head coach is Matt Luke, who took over the role in an interim capacity before the 2017 season after Hugh Freeze resigned.
Johnny Vaught, a line coach at Ole Miss in 1946 under Harold Drew and a former All-American at Texas Christian University, remained in Oxford as head coach in 1947 and led the Ole Miss program to national prominence over the next 24 years, posting 23 winning records. In his first season at the helm in 1947, the Rebels posted a 9–2 record and won the first of six SEC titles; the 1947 season saw Ole Miss great Charlie Conerly become the first Rebel player to be a contender for the Heisman Trophy, placing fourth in the voting for the prestigious honor. Ole Miss won the 1959 Dunkel System national championship. Vaught's 1962 squad remains the only undefeated team in Ole Miss football history. Vaught's 1959 squad, honored as the "SEC Team of the Decade," was ranked the third best collegiate football team from 1956 to 1995, according to the Jeff Sagarin Ratings released in January 1996; the Rebels were among the winningest programs in the country under Vaught during the 1950s and 1960s. From 1950 to 1959, Ole Miss posted an 80–21–5 record.
The.778 winning percentage was third only to Miami during that decade. In the 1960s, Vaught guided the Rebels to a 77–25–6 record and a.740 winning percentage, the ninth best during that decade. The Rebels’ 1962 season under Vaught is, to this day, the only undefeated season in Ole Miss history; the Rebels ended that season with a record of 10 -- 0. In the 1950s and 1960s under Vaught, Ole Miss was a fixture in the national polls; the Rebels were ranked atop the Associated Press poll for three weeks during the 1960 season and one week during the 1961 campaign. In 1964, Ole Miss was ranked preseason No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. Vaught made going to postseason play the norm rather than the exception for the Rebel football program. Ole Miss played in 15 consecutive bowl games from 1957 to 1971 which, at that time, was a national record. In all, Vaught led Ole Miss to 18 bowl game appearances. For his efforts, Vaught was named SEC Coach of the Year six times. During his tenure, Vaught coached some of the best players in Ole Miss football history.
In 24 seasons, Vaught produced 26 All-America first teamers. He coached four players who finished in the top five in the Heisman Trophy voting. Along with Conerly in 1947, Charlie Flowers, Jake Gibbs, Archie Manning were in the running for college football's top honor. Failing health forced Vaught to resign his position in 1970, he was succeeded byBilly Kinard. Billy Kinard became the first Ole Miss alumnus to head up the football program, while Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, an offensive line coach under Vaught since 1948, was named athletic director that same year; the Rebels went 16–9 under Billy Kinard, including a 10–2 record and a 41–18 Peach Bowl victory over Georgia Tech in his first year in 1971. Kinard's ten victories are tied for fourth most by a first-year head coach in NCAA Division I history. Kinard coached the Rebels through the third game of the 1973 season. After the disappointing 5–5 season in 1972, the alumni were advocating to have Kinard removed as head coach; the administration fired Kinard after the Rebels started the 19
Croft Institute for International Studies
The Croft Institute for International Studies offers a B. A. degree in international studies in conjunction with the University of Mississippi's college of Liberal Arts. The degree combines the study of global economics, history and social relations with the study of languages and cultures in a rigorous multidisciplinary curriculum. In addition to a regional focus, Croft students select a thematic concentration on one of the following: global economics and business, international governance and politics, or social and cultural identity. Croft students, more known as "Crofties", pursue advanced proficiency in one of ten foreign languages as an integral part of their studies: Arabic, French, Italian, Korean, Russian, or Spanish; the University of Mississippi has one of the nation’s top Flagship Intensive Chinese programs, sponsored by the U. S. government. The Intensive Arabic program expects students to reach levels of proficiency similar to those in a flagship program. Accelerated language programs are available in German, Japanese and Spanish.
The Croft Institute for International Studies at The University of Mississippi was established in 1997 with major financial support from the Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable & Educational Fund; the Croft Institute's first full year of operation was the academic year 1998/99. The Croft Institute offers ten Croft scholarships of $8,000 dollars for four years to entering students each year, it offers several other scholarships. Admission to the Institute is selective; the Executive Director of the Croft Institute is Dr. Oliver Dinius, a professor of modern Latin American History, his research focuses on the history of social and economic development, above all in 20th-century Brazil. He earned his Ph. D. from Harvard University. Dr. Will Schenck is the Associate Director of the Croft Institute, he received his BA in History summa cum laude from Boston College in 1999. He completed his Ph. D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College with a concentration in French and Italian Medieval Literature in 2008 and holds a Masters in French Literature and Civilization from the University of Paris III in France.
There are 14 Croft professors with joint appointments in the departments of Anthropology, History, Modern languages, Political Science, Sociology. Other faculty from those and other disciplines offer classes for the Croft Institute; these professors are all active researchers in their fields and have published many books and articles in their areas of specialization. The Croft Institute has 219 students; the average ACT score of the Croft student body is 31. The majority of Croft alumni will obtain one or more graduate degrees at some point in their careers a Masters or J. D. but a doctorate or medical degree. About half of graduates work in the private sector, while the rest are split between education, the non-profit sector, local and national governments. In the private sector, they work for large public corporations, small start-ups, everything in between, serving as managers, marketers and more. Many of our graduates go on to study law and work as attorneys or legal counsel. In the field of education, about half of our alumni are professors and researchers, while the other half are administrators or advisors.
The Croft graduates who work for non-profit organizations are involved in fields ranging from the arts, the environment, international development, education to health care, human rights, legal services. Many of our alumni who work in the public sector serve in our nation's military, while others work for the State Department and other federal, local, or international agencies. Croft Institute for International Studies website The University of Mississippi's website Croft shares students and events with the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, which trains new analysts in Intelligence Analysis
Ole Miss Rebels baseball
The Ole Miss Rebels baseball team represents the University of Mississippi in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference, they are coached by head coach Mike Bianco and assistant coaches Mike Clement, Carl Lafferty, Marc MacMillan. They play home games at Swayze Field. Ole Miss has played in the College World Series five times, most in 2014; the University of Mississippi has games recorded as early as 1893. What is referred to as the "modern era" is considered to have started in 1947. Twenty different coaches have led the Ole Miss baseball team, but only six of those have done so during the modern era. Mike Bianco became the latest Ole Miss Rebels baseball head coach in June 2000. In 1977 the Rebels won the inaugural Southeastern Conference tournament championship, they won the tournament again in 2006. Under current skipper Mike Bianco the team appeared in the SEC Tournament final game a fourth time in 2018 and won the title over rival LSU, 9-1.
The eight-run margin of victory was the largest in a final SEC Tournament game in more than 20 years. They have captured four Southeastern Conference Western Division titles, the last in 2018; the Rebels club have won seven Southeastern Conference championships and have made the NCAA Tournament twenty-two times. They have advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska five times, most in 2014; the first Ole Miss baseball game on record is a 6–3 loss to Mississippi A&M in Starkville, Mississippi during 1893. On the eve of World War I the Rebel baseball team was helmed by future New York Yankee and Hall of Fame member Casey Stengel, he compiled a record of 13–9 as skipper of the Rebels and earned the nickname "The Old Perfessor." After the conclusion of his major league baseball career, Jake Gibbs returned to Oxford to coach the Ole Miss baseball team. His first season demonstrated, but the 1972 season started slow for Gibbs and the Rebels. Going into the 10th game of the season the team was just 4-5.
Ole Miss began a run once conference play began and compiled a 15-3 mark against the other teams in the SEC, including a sweep of rival Mississippi State University. This mark was good enough to secure the SEC title. In the 1972 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament the team defeated Jacksonville State but suffered a loss at the hands of ACC Champion Virginia. A subsequent win over Florida State placed them in a rematch with Virginia, a game they won convincingly 9-0; the tournament ended with 2 games against South Alabama, a team that had swept Ole Miss at the beginning of the season. Once again, Ole Miss proved they were the better team when it mattered, winning both and advancing to the College World Series; the 1977 baseball season saw the Southeastern Conference adopt a conference tournament for the first time. The winner of the conference tournament was extended an automatic invitation to the NCAA Tournament; this privilege has continued unbroken to the present. The 1977 Rebel squad, coached by Jake Gibbs, captured the regular season SEC title with a 15-9 record.
This gave the Rebels hosting duties for the first conference tournament. Legendary Swayze Field provided the backdrop for this historic occasion. Ole Miss turned their home field advantage and #1 seed into a title, winning the inaugural tournament with a record of 4-1. By the middle of the 1990s the Rebel baseball team was winning 30 games each season but had been absent from the post season since 1977; the commitment to baseball remained strong, however. In 1989 Swayze Field was renovated and expanded, laying the groundwork for record attendance figures in the 2000s. Jake Gibbs retired in 1990 and another former Rebel All-American and Major League star Don Kessinger took over the reigns, his 1995 squad ended the team's postseason drought. Led by All-Americans David Delucci and Jamey Price, the Rebels advanced to the championship game of the 1995 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament regional but were eliminated by host Florida State. In 1999 the NCAA adopted the current 64-team Super Regional format for playoffs.
Ole Miss, a storied program that had long been slumbering, made an appearance in this inaugural tournament, just their second trip to the postseason in 22 years. They won their first regional game under the new format, a 12-3 drubbing of Monmouth before they were eliminated by host Texas A&M; the hiring of Mike Bianco, a former LSU player and coach, from McNeese State began a long period of awakening the sleeping giant of Ole Miss baseball. At the helm of the Cowboys program for 3 seasons Bianco won 100 games and appeared in the 2000 post season, he had no trouble finding immediate success in Oxford as he guided the Rebels to the 2001 post season and won the second regional game in school history. The 2005 Ole Miss Rebels team ascended to heights unseen in Oxford for many years; the team won 48 games that season, won their first SEC Western Division crown, earned the first national seed in school history. The Rebels went 4-0 in the Regional and Super Regional tournaments defeating Maine and Texas before losing 2 straight to Texas by no more than 2 runs.
The Longhorns would continue to Omaha and win the National Title. Their loss to Ole Miss was just one of their two losses the entire post season; the 2006 campaign was not one of rebuilding but of reloading. The Rebels sprinted through the postseason. During the SEC Conference Tournament in Hoover, Alabama Ole Miss went 4-0 and won their first tournament title since 1977; the next two weekends they won 4 more straight games in Regional and Super Regional competition with wins over Bethune-Cookman, South Alabama
Tad Smith Coliseum
C. M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum is an 8,867-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Through the first part of the 2015–16 basketball season, it was home to the University of Mississippi Rebels men's and women's basketball teams, but was replaced by a new arena, The Pavilion at Ole Miss, in January 2016, it has hosted many concerts, including Widespread Panic in September 1995 and The Allman Brothers with Gov't Mule in November 1995. The circular building, similar to many arenas constructed at the time, has a 272-foot diameter white steel-framed, Neoprene-covered roof which tops out at 89 feet above the court. From its exterior, it looks like a giant hub cap; the floor, 130' from end to end with its Rebel red and blue trim, is located twelve feet below the surrounding ground level. The seats were replaced in 2001 with navy blue upholstered seats. In 2010 the Tad Pad was upgraded; these upgrades included a unique new center hung video display, featuring four LED boards 7 feet high by 13 feet wide.
Two ring displays are part of the center hung structure and are able to show a variety of graphics and statistical information. Overall the display measures 17 feet high by 24 feet wide and features four dedicated scoring sections. In addition to this upgrade, Daktronics provided a custom sound system for the newly renovated arena; the outside of the building includes red Mississippi brick and blue vinyl-covered steel siding. It is located to the southwest of the center of campus, west of Vaught–Hemingway Stadium and across the street from the Robert C. Khayat Law Center. A Confederate cemetery lies behind the building; the building opened during 1965–1966 as Rebel Coliseum. It was renamed on March 25, 1972, to honor C. M. "Tad" Smith, former three-sport letterman and athletic director at the university. The largest crowd at the building was on February 10, 2007, when 9,452 fans watched the Rebels defeat the No. 18 Alabama Crimson Tide. Prior to the building of the Coliseum, the team played in Old Gym, a 2,500-seat gym built in 1929.
In July 2014, Ole Miss broke ground on a new arena named The Pavilion at Ole Miss, completed during the 2015–16 basketball season. The final game for the men's team at Tad Smith Coliseum was on December 22, 2015, with the Rebels defeating Troy 83–80 in overtime; the final game overall was on January 3, 2016 when the Ole Miss women defeated Vanderbilt 55–52. The men's team opened the new arena on January 7 against Alabama, with the women's basketball team making their debut in the new arena on January 10 against Florida. VIDEO: Virtual tour of Tad Smith Coliseum at Ole Miss TadSmithColiseum.com - Seating Chart and views of the court
Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry
The Arkansas–Ole Miss football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Arkansas Razorbacks football team of the University of Arkansas and the Ole Miss Rebels football team of the University of Mississippi. The teams first met in 1908, have played each other every year since 1981. Arkansas leads the series, which includes two wins by Ole Miss in postseason bowl games, the 1963 and 1970 Sugar Bowls; the rivalry between Arkansas and Ole Miss developed due to geography. Besides being neighboring states in the southeastern United States, from the University of Arkansas' perspective, before the addition of Missouri, the University of Mississippi was closer in terms of distance than any other Southeastern Conference school. Arkansas has played Ole Miss more than any other SEC opponent with the exception of Texas A&M; the teams were first scheduled to meet each other in 1906, but due to a cancellation, the two teams began play against one another in a 1908 contest in which Arkansas won by a score of 33–0.
Arkansas and Mississippi played many times sporadically in the following years. In addition to several single years of playing each other, the two teams played each other from 1940–47 and 1952–62 on an annual basis; the Razorbacks and Rebels met twice in the Sugar Bowl played in New Orleans, in 1963 and 1970. In the early years, the teams met in Memphis, Tennessee to play the game, besides the normal Arkansas and Mississippi game sites. Since 1981, the two teams have played each other annually in football; the games have alternated yearly between a site in Mississippi and a site in Arkansas, except for one time in 1995 when the game was played in Memphis, Tennessee. Since Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in 1991, the two teams have played annually as both conference and Western division rivals. In 2001, Arkansas and Ole Miss had an NCAA record seven-overtime game in Mississippi. Upon the conclusion of the 2007 regular season, Arkansas Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt was forced to resign amid several controversies and allegations that had arisen.
Hours he was announced as the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels football team, replacing Ed Orgeron, fired after three consecutive losing seasons. Ole Miss and Arkansas met in Fayetteville on October 2008 with identical 3 -- 4 records; this marked Nutt's first return to the University of Arkansas campus as an opposing coach. Nutt led his Rebels to a 23–21 victory over the Razorbacks; the long-standing rivalry was more interesting while he was coaching because of his association with both universities. Nutt was fired by Ole Miss at the end of the 2011 season; the results of games played between Arkansas and Ole Miss: Arkansas 33 – Ole Miss 0 The first meeting between the two teams was a 1908 contest in which Arkansas won 33–0. The teams were first scheduled to meet each other in 1906, but due to a cancellation, the 1908 contest was the first meeting. Arkansas lists the 1914 contest as a forfeit by Ole Miss. Ole Miss denies the allegation of using an ineligible player and therefore lists the contest by the recorded on the field winning score of 13–7 in favor of Ole Miss.
Therefore, the two school's official records for the overall series shows a one-game difference. Arkansas 6 – Ole Miss 0 Arkansas and Ole Miss met in War Memorial Stadium on October 23, 1954; the game was scoreless until the Razorbacks called a trick play: a 66-yard halfback pass from halfback Buddy Bob Benson to Preston Carpenter for the only points of the game. Arkansas head coach Bowden Wyatt named the play after the Powder River, a river in his native Wyoming; the river is a mile wide but deceptively only a foot deep. With the 6–0 win, Arkansas would go on to fall in the 1955 Cotton Bowl Classic against Bobby Dodd's Georgia Tech, the Rebels would continue to the 1955 Sugar Bowl, losing to Navy. Ole Miss 28 – Arkansas 0 The 1959 contest was won by Ole Miss 28–0 in Memphis, Tennessee on their way to a final record of 10–1 for the 1959 season and one of their three claimed national championships. Ole Miss 10 – Arkansas 7 The 1960 contest between the teams was won by Ole Miss 10–7 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas, on their way to a final record of 10–0–1 for the 1960 season and the second of their three claimed national championships.
Sometimes called the Tommy Bell game by Arkansas fans, he called a timeout in an attempt to quiet Razorback fans. Rebel Allen Green kicked the ball through the uprights. After the timeout, fans swear Bell signaled that the kick was good as soon as Green connected with the ball. Fans swear that the kick was no good. Fighting broke out all around the stadium and because of this, the annual series between the two schools was played the next year in Jackson and canceled until the two teams renewed the series in 1981. Ole Miss 17 – Arkansas 13 The January 1, 1963 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans was played between the two teams as an end to the 1962 regular season, it was both the Razorbacks' and Rebels' fourth bowl in four seasons, was the second straight Sugar Bowl for Arkansas. After each team kicked field goals, Ole Miss scored the first touchdown, a 33-yard strike from Glynn Griffing to Louis Guy gave the Rebels a 10–3 lead; the Hogs replied with a five-yard touchdown toss from Billy Moore to knot the game at 10.
Ole Miss QB Griffing scored on a one-yard touchdown scamper. The Razorbacks tacked on a field goal, but neither team could dent the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. Ole Miss won the game 17–13 to finish the season 10–0