Ole Miss football cranks up the 2019 season this Saturday when they travel to Memphis so OHT has a special treat for our followers and readers.
The Manning name is synonymous with Ole Miss football and it all began with Archie. It’s been fifty years since Archie Manning and the Ole Miss Rebels had that memorable season in 1969. This week I was fortunate to interview Archie and talk about that 1969 team to include the highs and the lows and losing his Dad right before the season started. Archie talks about the infamous Alabama game where he set records in the first college football game nationally televised at night.
We discussed the thrills of beating four Top 10 teams in one year culminating in a Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas. Archie relives the 38-0 victory over Tennessee and Vols linebacker Steve Kiner who called Ole Miss a bunch of mules before the season started. Despite high expectations in 1970, Archie recounts the disappointing finish that year to include Coach John Vaught’s heart scare, losing to Southern Mississippi and breaking his arm in a victory over Houston.
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We discussed the recruiting of his sons Cooper, Peyton and Eli and what could have been if Cooper had played at Ole Miss as it related to Peyton coming to Ole Miss. We talked about both Peyton and Eli’s pro careers and in his wildest dreams did he and his wife Olivia imagine the success that they both would have in college and the NFL. I asked Archie if this was Eli’s last year and how he was able to beat Tom Brady in two Super Bowls.
Archie talked about his grandson and Cooper’s son Arch who is the starting quarterback as a freshman at Isadore Newman High School in New Orleans. We talked about Hugh Freeze and the shock of what happened to Freeze both professionally and personally and whether it was a surprise to him. I asked Archie if Matt Luke was the long-term solution as the head coach at Ole Miss and the hiring of Rich Rodriguez and Mike MacIntyre.
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Archie gives his prediction for both the Ole Miss versus Memphis game and whether Ole Miss will have a winning season or not. Archie was formerly on the College Football Playoff Committee. He gives his opinion on the playoffs and if it should stay at four teams versus expanding to eight or more teams. You can listen to this interview by clicking on the link below.
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Ole Miss football begins the 2019 season Saturday August 31 as the Rebels travel to face the Memphis Tigers. Kickoff from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is set for 11am CT and the game will be televised via ABC. Good luck to coach Matt Luke and the Rebels. Hotty Toddy!