Keeping Ole Miss Basketball Moving Forward

Cantrell gift names Pavilion entrance for alumni and longtime fans

OXFORD, Miss. – To say Tricia Cantrell is passionate about Ole Miss basketball is an understatement at best. The Memphis, Tennessee, native and Oxford resident grew up a Rebel fan inspired by her father, Ralph Ross, who played center for Ole Miss in the Old Gym, now Martindale-Cole Student Services Center. Visit her home andRead the story …

Vaught Society Gift to Help Fuel Football Success

Ward family supports son with donation to Ole Miss athletics

OXFORD, Miss. – Brian Ward knows what college athletes want. “Having been a player in the Southeastern Conference, I know you want the top facilities, the top support system and everything first-class, down to the workout clothes you wear,” said Ward, of Mobile, Alabama. “Those things get the best recruits and they require donations toRead the story …

Gift Supports Third-Year Law Students

First recipient named for new scholarship that honors alumnus, telecommunications attorney

OXFORD, Miss. – A $100,000 gift created the James R. Billingsley Third-Year Law Scholarship Fund, which gives each recipient $10,000 toward tuition for their final year at the University of Mississippi School of Law. The first recipient, Jonathon Hoskins, of Banks, Arkansas, said the award comes at an opportune time. “I’ve exhausted my GI benefits,Read the story …

Gift to Athletics Pays Tribute to Legendary Coach

UM pharmacy graduate's contribution supports student-athletes via Vaught Society

OXFORD, Miss. – Chris Bonner’s gift to the University of Mississippi is a testament to his admiration for the late legendary head football coach Johnny Vaught. Bonner, a pharmacist in Columbus, gave $125,000 to the Vaught Society, the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation‘s fundraising level that provides financial assistance to student-athletes in the form of scholarships,Read the story …

Pride of the South Night Set for Thursday in Vaught-Hemingway

Ole Miss marching band appears for the first time on the field this season

OXFORD, Miss. – Playing on field is the dream of many marching band musicians. The crowd, the music, the spirit, the energy – it’s all part of the experience. Like many beloved public experiences, unfortunately, the on-field halftime show was a casualty of 2020, but the University of Mississippi marching band has made other plans,Read the story …

Ole Miss to Battle MSU in Third Annual Esports Egg Bowl

Students to compete head-to-head in online video game tournament

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss Esports, the University of Mississippi‘s competitive video gaming team, hopes to maintain its winning title as members compete in the Esports Egg Bowl, a video game tournament against Mississippi State University later this month. The teams will square off virtually, competing in games such as Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege,Read the story …

UM Administrators Address Performance-Enhancing Drugs in New Book

Pharmacy and athletics leaders team up on first in-depth resource on PEDs

OXFORD, Miss. – After noting the absence of an all-inclusive resource on performance-enhancing drugs, current and former University of Mississippi administrators worked together to publish “Sports Pharmacy: Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Athlete.” The project was organized and guided by Marvin Wilson, associate dean emeritus for academic and student affairs at the School of Pharmacy.Read the story …

Payne Donation Strengthens Ole Miss Athletics

UM graduate's gift will name Pavilion's Hill Drive entrance

OXFORD, Miss. – Abb Payne’s University of Mississippi roots go way back. In fact, his grandfather played football for Ole Miss in the late ’20s, worked with the campus grounds crew to pay tuition and even planted many of the trees in the historic Grove. And just as those mighty oaks have grown from saplingsRead the story …

Gate Honors Four Generations of Commitment to UM

Lee family's gift will benefit Ole Miss student-athletes

OXFORD, Miss. – Dr. Spencer Lee and his extended family have come and gone from the University of Mississippi over four generations, but the Lee name will be a permanent fixture on the Oxford campus. Lee, a retired dentist from Pickwick Lake, Tennessee, and his wife, Rebecca, recently made a $250,000 gift to the ForwardRead the story …

Sons’ Love for UM Inspires Family Gift

Ririe family's contribution benefits Ole Miss athletics programs

OXFORD, Miss. – A St. Louis couple’s gift to the University of Mississippi Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will benefit student-athletes while also honoring their sons, both UM alumni. Scott and Shelley Ririe made a $250,000 gift to the Forward Together campaign for Ole Miss athletics, which bolsters facilities and programs for student-athletes. In recognition, the Gate 7Read the story …