It's been a while since Ole Miss has seen change. Being a traditional school, it's hard to see a lot of things change at one time, but that won't be the case when the Rebels suit up at "the Vaught" on August 30th. Let's breakdown the top five, but first let's start with the honorable mention:
Honorable Mention: Traditional Two Stripe (Darker Gray) Team Pants
Call Rebel fans silly, but like most fans they seem to be very traditional with their team's jerseys/pants (unless you're an Oregon Duck). Tommy Tuberville, while he was at Ole Miss I believe, switched to a lighter gray pants with three stripes. Rumors abound that Nutt is bringing back the traditional version. Not a big deal, but enough to earn the honorable mention spot.
Now, the top five.
5) Names on the Back of the Uniforms
Orgeron took them in favor of the "team" instead of "me first" attitude, but not many Rebel fans thought that names on the jersey really affected that. Houston Nutt announced in his introductory press conference as head coach that he would bring back the names on the jerseys so that "mommas and grandmamas can know who their baby is on TV". Rebel fans agreed.
4) The New HD Jumbotron
Ole Miss will introduce it's state-of-the-art high definition video board on opening day against Memphis. At that time, it'll be the largest true HD screen in the SEC. Mississippi State plans to have one that is fairly larger than Ole Miss's, but it isn't scheduled to debut until October.
Ole Miss' former jumbotron and speakers were very outdated, and the University stepped it up with a $6 million dollar jumbotron by Daktronics, complete with a state-of-the-art sound system.
3) Jevan Snead at QB
Jevan Snead will make his debut as the Ole Miss starting QB against Memphis, giving the Rebs a much-needed relief from a run of QBs that, honestly, were very inconsistent and unstable at QB since 2003, Eli Manning's senior year. Jevan Snead has all the tools to compete on the SEC level and a great wide receiving corps to work with.
2) Jerrell Powe finally hits the field
After a three year wait, and one of the most hard fought eligibility battles in NCAA history, former five-star defensive tackle Jerrell Powe finally gets the nod from the NCAA and the SEC to play, starting on August 30th.
Jerrell Powe becomes eligible at a great time, as sophomore starting defensive tackle Ted Laurent's status is uncertain as he underwent surgery on his knee this week and there is no timetable on his return. Expect to hear a "POOOOWWWE" when Jerrell makes his first tackle as a Rebel. He certainly deserves it.
1) Houston Nutt debuts as Head Coach
After the Ed Orgeron experiment, the administration and athletic director Pete Boone made a tremendous hire in Houston Nutt. Houston Nutt has been a consistent winner in the SEC for 10 years, and is almost certain to make a significant upgrade to the Rebels standing in the SEC. Houston Nutt inherits a program that hasn't had success in the past three years, but the puzzle pieces seem to be together for a bowl team for 2008.
When there's no news before fall practice, you always have news. Ole Miss fans look foward to seeing a variety of changes on opening day, but the change they hope that doesn't happen is their three-game winning streak vs. the Tigers.