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Saturday, December 26th, 2009

OLE MISS DESCENDS ON DALLAS

The Ole Miss Rebels descended upon Dallas today by private vehicle for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and a New Year’s date with the No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) on Saturday, January 2.

All but one Ole Miss player was on hand for a 4:30 p.m. meeting at the team hotel, where Cotton Bowl Chairman Fin Ewing, Rebel head coach Houston Nutt and other staff addressed the team on the plans and excitement of bowl week.

“We only had one player, Jonathan Cornell, who was unable to get here on time due to travel issues,” Nutt said. “It was good to get a break, but now it’s time to go to work. The next two days will be in pads. We will have two tough physical practices as we try to get some of the turkey out of them.

“We are getting to play in one of the greatest facilities in the world. The Cotton Bowl makes this week a great experience for our players and our fans. We are excited to be back for the second straight year.”

Ole Miss got its first peek Saturday night at the new home of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with an official Cowboys Stadium welcome held in the east end zone plaza. Contingents from both Ole Miss and Oklahoma State along with selected guests will enjoy dinner while being entertained by the painting creations of Richard Hight of Visual MPact. Following dinner, everyone moved to the 50-yard line area for a video presentation produced by FOX Sports that highlighted both teams’ journeys to the 2010 edition of the Classic.

The Rebels will have chance to get accumulated to the new Classic surroundings with six practices at the 71,167-seat facility that serves as the home for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Ole Miss opens its Cotton Bowl week preparations Sunday with a two-hour morning workout followed by its media day featuring Nutt and selected players and assistant coaches in the main interview room on the south side of the stadium.

Off the field, the Rebels will experience the Metroplex during their week-long stay with social events at Lawry’s Restaurant for the Lawry’s Beef Bowl and at the American Airlines Center to watch the NHL’s Dallas Stars take on the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks and a community service outing to the Children’s Medical Center.

Ole Miss returns to the Cotton Bowl after last year’s 47-34 victory over Texas Tech in the final Classic in Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Rebels, who are tied for 17th in the nation in all-time bowl appearances with 33, are playing in consecutive January bowls for the first time since 1970-71.

The 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2010, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. For the 12th consecutive year, the Classic will be televised on FOX Sports with the legendary Pat Summerall (play-by-play), former Dallas Cowboy Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Krista Voda (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. For the 17th consecutive year, the Classic will be carried on the Westwood One Radio Network with Brad Sham (play-by-play) and Terry Donahue (analyst) at the microphones.

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