Freeze confident in fund-raising for north end zone

When the Rebel Road Trip made its Tupelo stop a couple of weeks ago Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork said the school’s capital campaign was roughly $10 million away from having the $120 million he hopes to secure before beginning work on the bowling in of the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Bjork said he’s hopeful the money can be raised and that work can begin on the stadium after this season. If not, work would begin after the 2015 season.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Wednesday said he’s confident in the approach of the UMAA Foundation team trying to secure the funds.

“We’ve made a lot of progress. I’m confident they have a great plan in place. They’re working hard on that, and hopefully it will fall right in line. I know my strengths and weaknesses and rarely get involved in those discussions,” Freeze said.

When Freeze took the job following the 2011 season he said the first priority was improving the indoor practice facility which has since been named the Manning Center.

“When I first got here I was very vocal that the first thing we needed to do was what we’ve done with the $15 million in renovations with the new locker room, the nutrition center, the weight room, team room and those things. That was the priority for me over the stadium.”

With those enhancements in place it’s time to focus on the stadium, Freeze said.

“Now we’re at a point where the stadium is the next thing on the agenda. It just adds to the fact that we’re moving forward as a program and an athletic department. There are great signs that point to everyone what’s really occurring here.”

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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  • Wkthurmo

    Call Me Ole Miss. Haven’t heard from you in over a yr. #donate

  • StarReb

    Parrish, What, if any, sanctions are there if Ole Miss is unable to work out an agreement with a “Big 5” school?

    • Parrish Alford

      I have not heard of any sanctions. I think it’s just assumed things will work out. Lots of Big 5 options out there. I like the rule and think it can create some interesting matchups.

  • StarReb

    I like it too as a fan/season ticket holder. I wish that all 12 games would be against top level competion, but I’m not so niave not to realize that that would be a tall order for a team to undertake and still be in the mix relative to the other teams in the league.

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