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Coach Freeze, staff visit North Mississippi on Rebel Road Trip

Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Daily Corinthian

It was a strong 400-plus Hotty Toddy crowd at the Crossroads Arena Wednesday night as they welcomed The University of Mississippi staff with open arms.

The BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip hosted by the Tri-State Rebel Club visited Corinth for the fifth year in a row.

“There’s no question, when we make out the road trip schedule each year, Corinth is always on it,” said Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork. “It is without a doubt one of our best, largest and loudest stops we make each year on the Rebel Road Trip.”

The night included campus insight from Bjork and an update on women’s basketball from Coach Matt Insell.

Head football Coach Hugh Freeze then talked about the passion his team has for continued success on the field.

“Our game plan starts with recruiting -- to accomplish goals, people must surround themselves with the right people to help make it happen,” said Freeze. “I want to surround myself with people who want to win that big trophy. The Sugar Bowl is great, but I want to win that SEC championship, so we try to recruit the the people who want what we want and can help us get it done.”

Freeze said after recruitment, he teaches core values to the team, which includes attitude, mental toughness, faith, integrity and love.

“Attitude is how we act,” Freeze said. “At our university, we don’t believe we have to take a back seat to anyone. We really do believe we can compete with every team we step on that field with and we act like it.”

According to Freeze, mental toughness is being able to make decisions that reflect the core values. Faith, integrity and love are also important core value components, he said.

“I have this thought all the time -- what do I need to do to sustain the success that we’ve had (the last) four years. It haunts me pretty much every night, but it also drives me. And makes me want to get up the next day and do it again and do it better,” he said.

Freeze added he followed his dad into coaching.

“From the age of 10, I never saw myself doing anything but coaching, and I always tell my kids, find out what makes your heart beat faster than anything else in life and do it for the rest of your life," said the coach.

Rebel fans in attendance were also witness to the gifting of Freeze’s Sugar Bowl Championship ring as Balfour’s Greg Williams presented the golden, diamond encrusted piece of jewelry to the head football coach prior to the event.

Open to all Rebel fans, The Tri-State Rebel Club has no membership fees.

Ticket sales and other fundrasiering efforts for the club benefit a scholarship fund which helps local students attend The University of Mississippi.

The club has awarded more than $11,000 in scholarships, and on Wednesday night, they announced their two latest winners.

Kossuth High School's Andrew Ketchum and Booneville High School's John Haynes each received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Ole Miss on behalf of club members and local Rebel fans who support club events.

Close to 200 Ole Miss fans were more than set in 2015 when the BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip rolled into Crossroads Arena.
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze, women’s basketball coach Matt Insell and athletic director Ross Bjork were part of the fourth annual trip presented by the Tri-State Rebel Club.
In addition to the speakers, the meeting included photo and autograph opportunities, a four-minute video spotlighting Rebel Athletics, a merchandise booth featuring the latest Rebel products and opportunities to talk with members of the Athletics Foundation and the Alumni Association.
The Egg Bowl trophy and College World Series trophy were also a popular photo location.
The event was held to help raise funds for three scholarships to Ole Miss. The Tri-State Rebel Club provides the scholarships each year to students from one of the eight counties the club covers.
The club has awarded over $12,000 in scholarships since forming.
Bjork urged the fans to get involved with the good things going on in Oxford.
“Ole Miss sports is better today,” he said. “We can look in the mirror and say we are better than we were yesterday and the day before that.”
Freeze closed the visit by telling fans the days of looking at Ole Miss on the schedule and counting it as a win are over.
“We are not going to operate out of fear,” said the coach. “The right kind of people finish and that’s what we do at Ole Miss.”
The Rebel mentor also talked about decisions faced by athletes.
“Our decisions effect the person next to us,” he said. “Our goal in recruiting is to find the right fit for Ole Miss.”

The 3rd Annual
Tri-State Rebel Club Meeting held Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at Town&County Furniture
in Iuka, Mississippi was a success. Over 300 Rebel fans where in attendance. Ole Miss Athletic Director
Ross Bjork and Barney Farrar, along with other Ole Miss staff members where on hand to talk about
the upcoming Rebel football season. All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Tri-State
Rebel Club Scholarship Fund.
Congratulations to the first Tri-State Rebel Club scholarship
recipient, Alexandra Spencer from Muscle Shoals High School in Muscle Shoals, AL.

Click here to view more photos from the event.

On Friday, April 27, 2012, the Tri-State Rebel Club presented the Rebel Road Trip 2012 with special guest head football Coach Hugh Freeze, Chancellor Jones, AD Ross Bjork and members of the Ole Miss coaching staff. The special breakfast event took place at The Dinner Bell Steak & Fish in Corinth, MS. This great meeting was sold out with over 200 in attendance. All proceeds from this event went to benefit the Tri-State Rebel Club Scholarship Fund.

Tri-State Rebel Club meets with Terrence Metcalf
June 9, 2011

On June 9, 2011, the Tri-State Rebel Club board of directors met with former Ole Miss football player and publisher of Gametime Rebels Magazine, Terrence Metcalf. Pictured from left to right: Tyler Wilson, Drew Dawson, Landon Caldwell, Cornelia Emmons, Terrence Metcalf, Rebecca Gray, Charles Carr, John Baker and Kenny Carson. Check out Gametime at www.rebels247.com.

1st Annual Tri-State Rebel Club Meeting
August 27, 2010
The First Annual Tri-State Rebel Club Meeting was held on Saturday, August 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM at Town & Country Furniture in Iuka, Mississippi. Over 350 people were in attendance from Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. Special guests included Ole Miss Spirit editor Chuck Rounsaville and former Ole Miss basketball player stand-out Keith Carter. The first annual meeting was a huge success and was the first event raising money for the club's scholarship fund.

View photos from the event on our Flickr Photostream.

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