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Big Saturday highlights Grove Bowl Week

 

The festivities of Grove Bowl Week 2012 begin Monday and will culminate with a jam-packed Saturday surrounding the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl, which benefits the M-Club’s scholarship fund.

April 21 will kick off with tailgating at 10 a.m. in the Grove with children’s games. Commemorative posters and Grove Bowl t-shirts can be purchased as well as catfish, barbecue and chicken tenders. At 10:45 a.m., Rebel football players and coaches tread the traditional Walk of Champions as they head to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

At 11 a.m., Eli Manning headlines a group of former Rebels set to take part in an awards ceremony and panel discussion on the National Football League. “NFL & Beyond” will be held on the Grove stage, and joining the two-time Super Bowl MVP will be fellow NFL standout Stacy Andrews and former pros Ronnie Heard and Tre’ Stallings, who have both gone on to careers in college athletics.

The BancorpSouth Grove Bowl features first-year head coach Hugh Freeze and his Rebels in their annual spring intrasquad scrimmage in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Stadium gates open at noon, and kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CSS is televising the game live.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $40 for the southzone club level and free for Ole Miss students, faculty and staff. All proceeds benefit the M-Club’s J.W. “Wobble” Davidson Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are available by calling 662-915-7167 or visiting the athletics ticket office in Tad Smith Coliseum from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. On gameday, tickets are available in the Grove and at the ticket office on All-American Drive, next to the Starnes Athletics Center.

Also on tap for BancorpSouth Grove Bowl Saturday are the semifinal matches of the SEC Women’s Tennis Championship at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center/Galtney Courts. Ole Miss will host the tournament Thursday through Sunday.

Following the football game, the Rebel baseball team will face Arkansas at 4 p.m. in game two of the weekend series. Friday’s opener is set for 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s finale starts at 1:30 p.m.

Other events of Grove Bowl Week are the Rebels’ Choice Awards Monday at 7 p.m., Ole Miss-Kentucky softball doubleheader Wednesday at 4 p.m., the Chucky Mullins Award Banquet Thursday at 7 p.m. and a free concert in The Grove with Gavin DeGraw and special guest Craig Morgan Friday at 8:30 p.m.