This Grove Grinder takes a look at a few things which worry some Rebels fans as we await the 2020 Ole Miss football season.
Naturally, Ole Miss football fans have always had plenty to worry about. Now, with the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the 2020 college football season, we continue to add to the many things that make us worry. Personally, I have gone through a litany of things in the past few months which should mean more and worry me more than college football.
Sometimes we are all guilty of having our priorities messed up. Maybe the desire for college football, and especially Ole Miss football, is out of bounds during all that is happening in the world today? Is it wrong to want some degree of normalcy in the current situation? I think not. Right now, we all could use something to possibly make a dark time a little brighter. College football could do that for all of us.
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The recent history of the Ole Miss football program has been rocky at best. Rebels fans have to go pretty far back to find an Ole Miss team that was consistently dominant.
Since the legendary Johnny Vaught was head coach in Oxford and retired in 1971 and then again in 1973 there have been twelve Rebels head coaches. Only four of those 12 compiled overall winning records.
Sadly, some Rebels fans aren’t even old enough to remember Billy Kinard (16-9), Billy Brewer (67-56-3), or Tommy Tuberville (25-20). Some younger Rebels fans may not even remember David Cutcliffe (44-29).
Now, there are many who remember Hugh Freeze. Freeze was successful at producing fun to watch football on-the-field but off-the-field problems resulted in NCAA sanctions and vacated wins leaving Freeze with an overall record of just 12-25.
The Lane Train
Of course, the Rebels latest head coach hire, Lane Kiffin has yet to produce a record in Oxford. Despite initial concern from some Rebels fans who didn’t want Kiffin in Oxford, most Rebels are happy with the hire. Lane Kiffin is a very good coach and his recent success has shown what could possibly be in store for the Ole Miss football program.
Lane Kiffin being named head coach allowed Rebels fans to have a breath of fresh air and the hope Ole Miss football could be brought back into the national college football spotlight. The possibility of not having a 2020 Ole Miss football season puts a damper on the whole new hire and what could be. Maybe we’ll get lucky and have a season and see what coach Kiffin can do in Oxford.
The Lane Train has produced some concerns among Ole Miss football fans. While most Rebels fans are more worried about who will start at quarterback, which is a question, there are farther reaching issues at hand. The biggest concern is with the current Rebels recruiting class. As of now the 2021 Ole Miss football recruiting class is not what we expected at this point.
The fact that, according to 247Sports.com, the 2021 Rebels class is ranked No.84 in the nation and No.14 in the SEC is disturbing. Naturally, we expected a much better result from Kiffin and his new coaching gig. However, this could be a result of other factors that have been largely social issues over the recent weeks, months, and years.
For now, we are left with no other choice but to trust Kiffin and his process. It does have to get better.
On The Bright Side
OHT is very happy to announce the addition of Isabella Shelton as our newest contributor. Isabella is a student at Ole Miss and studying journalism. She was also an intern for David Johnson at OMSpirit so you can be sure she learned from the best. Please be sure to check out her first article here and be sure to welcome her on social media. We are very fortunate to have her on board and she will do a great job.
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