Thursday, January 1st, 2009


The No. 20 Ole Miss Rebels made their first and only pregame visit to Cotton Bowl Stadium before conducting their final workout on the practice fields adjacent to SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium for the 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Ole Miss coaches and players took a quick, 15-minute walk-through at venerable Cotton Bowl Stadium getting a sneak peak prior to their January 2 showdown with the No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Rebels will be the visiting team for the 73rd Classic, the last at the original Fair Park football stadium built in 1921.

“(The stadium) is absolutely beautiful,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. “What a job they’ve done on that. The work they’ve put in on that is incredible.”

The Rebels ran through a light, 45-minute practice in t-shirts and shorts under sunny skies with former Ole Miss standout and 14-year NFL veteran Wesley Walls on hand to observe.

Nutt said he has really enjoyed being back to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic where he has coached twice previously during his 10-year tenure as the head coach at Arkansas.

“This is my third one – it’s bigger, better than ever before and I’m not just exaggerating. It’s the truth. The things the Cotton Bowl do everyone can learn from them,” said Nutt.

“We’ve had a great week. Now it’s time to play ball.”

The Rebels will enjoy a quiet evening during their last night in Dallas -- first taking in the movie Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise and then on to dinner, meetings and long night of rest before hitting the gridiron for the first time in 35 days.

The 73rd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic 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. 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.