Music City Bowl notes

A few quick hits from a very short teleconference.

– Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 30, 2:15 p.m., LP Field in Nashville (Home of the Titans), ESPN.

– Ole Miss coaches, team and administration is very excited to be in the game.

– Initial ticket allotment is only 12,000. Ross Bjork says the school will try to secure extra tickets as the process moves along.

– Hugh Freeze says bowl practice will begin Friday. Says he’s been on the road recruiting and will be watching Georgia Tech video on his laptop in hotel rooms.

– “None of us are happy with the way the season ended, but if you step back and look at the progress that has been made, particularly with the injuries we suffered this year … to look at the totality of the journey in two years we’re real pleased,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said.

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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  • Missouri Rebel

    I wonder how James Franklin at Vandy is feeling about the bowl selections? Not only did his 8-4 Commodores get passed over by the Music City Bowl but by the Liberty Bowl as well. When a 6-6 team is picked ahead of you for a bowl in your own state it’s not a good sign. I know that bowls are about the revenue and ticket sales and Franklin has repeatedly called out Vandy fans about not filling their own stadium. Looks like it finally caught up to them.

    • Killer_Beeze

      You would have thought MSU in the Compass Bowl and Vandy in the Liberty. It’s all about the revenue I suppose.
      I’m just proud of the way Coach Freeze has lifted the Rebels from the pit of despair (2011 season record 2-10) to back2 back bowl games.

    • Lee814

      One thing to keep in mind about Vanderbilt is that they only had one win over a team with a winning record (Georgia). They benefited from a weak division in their wins over Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Their non-conference wins included: Austin Peay, UMass, UAB, and WF. Hardly could be called tough competition. Had they been in the West, their record probably would have been no better than 6-6. They lost to the two west teams they played, OM and A&M. They would almost certainly would have lost to Auburn, Alabama, LSU, and possibly, MSU. It is not just about filling a stadium. The case could definitely be made that they were the weakest 8-4 team in the SEC, and even weaker than OM, based on the schedule. Also, because of MSU being in the west, Vandy and MSU were probably about equal teams. MSU losses included OSU, LSU, Alabama and Auburn, teams Vanderbilt did not have to play.

      • Missouri Rebel

        I’m not buying. Vandy was still 8-4 with a win over Georgia. That win over Georgia was a better win than 6-6 Ms State had whose best win was by far over Ole Miss. Ms States conference wins were no more impressive either…this came down to money. Who would fill the stadium and bring in the revenue…The Music City bowl has an easier explanation since Vandy was there last year but having the Liberty Bowl pass on them too makes it seem pretty clear.

        • Lee814

          I agree that MSU doesn’t have a big resume either. The only team with a winning record MSU beat was OM. I am not saying that MSU is better than Vandy, but I was making the point that Vandy would not be 8-4 if they were in the west.

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