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Athletics

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics continues to produce successful student-athletes and competitive athletics teams, providing opportunities for hundreds of student-athletes:

  • For the 2010-2011 season, eight Ole Miss squads advanced to postseason play, with seven teams earning NCAA Championship bids. Those were men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and volleyball.
  • The season bolstered the university’s All-American tradition, with 16 Rebels earning the distinction across all sports. Also, 28 Rebels were named to all-conference squads.
  • An impressive 135 Ole Miss student-athletes were recognized on SEC Academic Honor Rolls, and 26 also received national academic honors.
  • The university also posted strong scores in the annual Academic Progress Rate reports. Both the women’s golf and softball teams had perfect APR scores and were recognized as two of the nation’s top academic programs.
  • The baseball team posted a 30-win season for the 14th consecutive season.
  • Men’s basketball earned the program’s fourth postseason appearance and fourth 20-win campaign in the last five seasons, posting a 20-14 overall record and NIT appearance.
  • The men’s golf team earned its fifth straight bid to the NCAA Championships, and women’s golf made its third consecutive NCAA Championships appearance.
  • Men’s tennis made its 18th consecutive NCAA appearance in 2011 under the guidance of Hall of Fame head coach Billy Chadwick. The women’s tennis team made its 14th overall and third straight NCAA appearance.
  • Track and field enjoyed one of its finest seasons ever, with five athletes capturing SEC titles. The outdoor season saw the Rebel men place 19th in the nation. In the indoor season, the Ole Miss men finished 11th in the nation, while the women ranked 23rd.
  • Cross country athlete Barnabas Kirui capped his remarkable Ole Miss career by winning the SEC Cross Country Championship for the third time in his career. He was named SEC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the third time, as well.
  • The volleyball team returned to the NCAA Tournament, marking the third time in the last five years that the program advanced to the postseason.
  • Construction has begun on a $3 million renovation of the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center, site of many men’s and women’s NCAA Regionals and host of the 2012 Women’s SEC Tournament.
  • Athletics has launched a landmark $150 million facilities campaign to build a new basketball arena, expand and close in the north endzone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and improve other facilities.
  • The athletics budget has grown significantly over the last 10 years, rising from $23.5 million (not including UMAA Foundation contributions) to $47.6 million for this year.
  • Philanthropic giving to athletics has been moving at a record-breaking pace, with more than $11 million in philanthropic gifts raised since the 2010 Cotton Bowl.
  • The UMAA Foundation has seen two consecutive record-breaking years, hitting $17.4 million in contributions for FY 2011.