Sunday, December 28th, 2008


The No. 20 Ole Miss Rebels went through their second day of preparations for the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour workout on the practice fields adjacent to SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

The Rebels spent another day in pads and pants, working out in a light breeze and under a cloud-less sky, with the focus primarily on situational drills on offense and special teams.

“The weather is perfect,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. “I mean it’s perfect.”

Nutt said his Ole Miss squad responded well during its second Dallas practice preparing for the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders, the Rebels’ fifth ranked opponent this season.

“Really good day today,” said Nutt. “Guys came out here with a tremendous focus and really moved around very well. I was really proud of them today.

“Today, I’d love to brag on our scout teams. They came with a tremendous attitude and you’ve got to have those guys. They know they’re not going to play but they’re the ‘Kodak’ team. They’ve got to give a picture for our team. And they did a beautiful job today on both sides -- offense and defense.”

After practice, Ole Miss conducted its defensive news conference at the Omni Mandalay Hotel followed by a private team event at Main Event.

Ole Miss is back on the practice field Monday with a 90-minute workout on the SMU campus prior to its offensive news conference featuring offensive coordinator Kent Austin, senior FB Jason Cook, junior FL Dexter McCluster, senior OT Michael Oher, sophomore QB Jevan Snead and senior FL Mike Wallace. Later that evening, the Rebels will partake in some Texas flavor -- first at the Lawry’s Beef Bowl and then at the American Airlines Center to watch the NHL’s Dallas Stars face off against the San Jose Sharks.

The 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, the final one to be played at the Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park, will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. The Classic will be televised for the 11th consecutive year on FOX Sports. Pat Summerall and Brian Baldinger will handle the broadcasting duties, with Jeanne Zelasko and Krista Voda reporting from the sidelines. For the 16th consecutive year, the Westwood One Radio Network will broadcast the Classic, with Brad Sham and Terry Bowden at the microphones. The game is sold out.