Ole Miss and the SI cover

From Ole Miss media relations, some notes on the history of the Rebels on the front of Sports Illustrated.

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It’s one of the most recognizable honors in sports. And for the second straight year, Ole Miss is being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated after a win over Alabama.

OleMissSIcoverThis week’s issue, which hits newsstands today, shows a jubilant Trae Elston after the senior safety’s interception of Alabama quarterback Cooper Bateman in the Rebels’ 43-37 win, their first in Tuscaloosa since 1988.

The cover story title suggests that college football fans should “Re-Embrace the Mayhem,” harkening back to last year’sOct. 8 cover of Ole Miss and Mississippi State after the Magnolia state programs produced landmark wins over Alabama and Texas A&M, respectively.

Ole Miss finds itself on the front cover of Sports Illustrated for the sixth time. Here are the other occurrences:

  • October 8, 2014: Ole Miss receivers celebrating a 23-17 win over then-No. 1 Alabama.
  • August 12, 2009: College football preview edition featured Rebel QB Jevan Snead and center Daverin Geralds and ranked Ole Miss No. 6 in its preseason top 10.
  • Sept. 30, 2008: Rebel DE Greg Hardy tackling Florida QB Tim Tebow during the Rebels’ 31-30 upset over the No. 4 Gators, who would go on to win the national title.
  • Sept. 14: 1970: Archie Manning, “Idol of Ole Miss”
  • Sept. 24, 1962: College football preview showcased the Rebelettes.

In addition, the Archie Manning 1970 cover was part of the Sept. 26, 1996 issue along with his son, Peyton.

Several former Rebels have also appeared on the front of Sports Illustrated as professional athletes, including New York Giants quarterback Charley Conerly on Dec. 3, 1956, PGA golfer Cary Middlecoff on June 10, 1957 and Giants QB Eli Manning on Jan. 28, 2008 and Feb. 8, 2008.

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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