Wright Thompson’s 30 for 30 piece on Ole Miss airs tomorrow night at 7 on ESPN.
Here’s a little bit from Thompson on his work on the 1962 Rebels team that won SEC and national championships while the same fall that the entire school wondered about its future during the forced enrollment of James Meredith, the school’s first black student:
“The amazing thing to me is that everybody knows the story of the riots, though I would argue that nobody really knows,” Thompson said. “We’ve all heard it described as a riot, and a riot doesn’t seem like a very big deal. I’ve seen the footage. There are things there that as a Mississippian who did not live through that time are very hard to watch.”
More from Thompson:
“When you see them now, they know why they went undefeated and other teams didn’t. Everyone saw the worst in Mississippi, but those guys, through the way they played and the way they won, could show people the best. To some degree in 1962 – and still – they served to balance out everything else that happened that year.”
More on Ghosts of Ole Miss in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.