Compass Bowl director likes Ole Miss

There are a lot of signs that point to Birmingham for the Ole Miss bowl experience. I just got off the phone with Mark Meadows, the executive director of the BBVA Compass Bowl.

There are nine bowl-eligible teams in the SEC, Ole Miss becoming the ninth on Saturday with its 41-24 win over Mississippi State.

Sometimes the landscape changes when two conference teams are playing in BCS bowl games as will be the case this season. Sometimes deals get done and favors change hands to benefit a school or a bowl game that result in a team playing in a different “slot” among the SEC tie-ins than its record might suggest.

Here’s Meadows: “We share the eighth and ninth pick with the Liberty Bowl. This year we actually pick ahead of the Liberty Bowl. With Ole Miss becoming bowl-eligible on Saturday it did assure us of having an SEC team in our game. We certainly are very interested in Ole Miss being here. I don’t know of any scenario where we would take another team in place of Ole Miss.”

The game is Jan. 5. Tickets shouldn’t be a problem. Legion Field seats around 55,000 on its east and west sides, additional seating is available in the end zones if needed.

Tickets start at $50 on the sidelines and are $30 in the end zone corners. There’s more information at

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Ghost of Col. Rebel

    What is there to do in Birmingham? Why would anyone have a bowl there? There is absolutely nothing to do there. I just can’t see Ole Miss going for that.

  • Parrish Alford

    Good BBQ there at Full Moon. Meadows said there will be some downtown events around Five Points.

  • Birmingham is a cool place. I work there regularly. Plenty of good restaurants. I’d rather not go to that bowl for two reasons- first is that I’m already scheduled to be in New Orleans for work on that day, second is that I don’t think any minor bowl should be played after New Years. I’d much rather go to Memphis or Nashville. I think the crowd would be better in Memphis.

  • Cindy Hicks

    Hoping for the Music City Bowl for our REBELS!!!!!!

  • Next Tuscaloosa visit, new Full Moon on me PA. The other one we had here took a direct hit by the April 2011 tornado. See you this Spring!

  • I agree with Derek, id love to see our Rebels in Nasville or even Memphis. I dont think there should be any bowl games after the National championship game. Lets hope we move up the line to music city bowl

  • Parrish Alford

    Matt, sounds like a good time. You know I’m a Full Moon fan. I agree that minor bowls should wrap up by New Year’s Eve, but this is the ESPN age of bowl games. These games will feature as much promo coverage of the BCS championship as they will coverage of the teams in the bowl games. For Ole Miss fans it’s just great to have this discussion this time of year.

  • late night rebel

    After the previous two seasons I’m just thrilled to go to any bowl this year! Hopefully the woulda’ coulda’ shoulda’s from this year will leave a thirst in the players and coaches mouths that will propel them, and us as fans, to greater heights for next season. I’m proud of this season (not of the overall record) mainly because our players gave great effort and heart during every game this year. Yes, we had some players out of position and making mistakes this year, but I never saw one player give up like we have in the past. It is obvious that the key players have ‘bought in’ to our coaching staff. There is excitement in the air again……

  • Late night, great post. Totally agree and made the exact same observations. There were many times our team could have thrown in the towel. The have yet to do it….

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