Bjork excited to see Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl, says there’s more work to do

With the Sugar Bowl finally official for Ole Miss the stat of the night was one of five.

The Rebels are just one of five schools to make a repeat trip to a New Year’s Six bowl game.

In the shifting landscape of college football and its postseason, New Year’s Six is the new New Year’s Day. Playing on Jan. 1 used to carry special status. Now lots of bowls play on Jan. 1, but playing in one of the bowl games that are set by the College Football Playoff committee carries more meaning.

The five who can now claim that for each of the first two years of this new arrangement are Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan State and Ole Miss.

That was a talking point for Ole Miss officials earlier this evening, but the talking didn’t stop there.

Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork is very excited about where the football program is right now, but this is not the goal, he says.

“Look at the national landscape. We are one of only five that are making repeat trips to a New Year’s Six bowl game. That’s great company to keep. It validates that we are a relevant program. It also says we have work to do. We did lose three games. We have high aspirations here. We believe we can win championships. Until you get to this stage you can’t take that next step. It validates that we are on the right track. We’ve built a ton of momentum around our program from recruiting to playing at a high level to coaching to facilities and fan base. We’re growing every single day. Every metric within our program is on the way up. It’s another indicator that we are another relevant national quality program.”

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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  • Killer_Beeze

    “Every metric within our program is on the way up. It’s another indicator that we are another relevant national quality program.”
    All thanks to a great AD and football coach & staff.
    Hotty Toddy!

  • JB

    ole miss is the most richest school in the nation, it can buy their way any where they want to go.The Rebel name is short lived . Ole miss name is living on borrowed time just a matter of time and both will drift off into the sunset as once known and loved.

    • Bob

      People have been saying that for 40 years

      • JB

        Yep, but the time is drawing nearer and nearer close at hand

        • Bob


    • ostrogoth

      JB-fascinating comments you made about Ole Miss. I cannot disagree that the name “OLE MISS REBELS” will be changed in the next few years, as you said.

      • JB

        Thanks, Fraulein

  • Bob


  • JB

    University of Florida head football coach Jim McElwain has been named
    the 2015 SEC Coach of the year, the league announced on Wednesday

    In earning his first SEC Coach of the Year honor, Coach McElwain has
    guided the Florida Gators to a 10-3 record and their first SEC East
    Division Title since 2009. McElwain is only the third first-year coach
    in SEC history to reach the SEC Championship game, joining LSU’s Les
    Miles (2005) and Auburn’s Gus Malzhan (2013).

    The former head coach at Colorado State took over the program in
    January after the Gators had finished 11-13 the past two years and led
    the Gators back into the national spotlight behind a superb defensive
    unit. Coach McElwain is the first UF coach to earn the honor since Will
    Muschamp in 2012. The Gator football program has had six coaches win the
    award in its history.

    Coach McElwain and the Florida Gators continue their season at the
    Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1. The Gators will face the
    Michigan Wolverines at 1 p.m. on ABC. GO GATORS!!

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