July 18, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss and Memphis will resume its football rivalry with a four-year contract that will include games in Oxford in 2014 and 2016 and contests in Memphis in 2015 and 2017, both schools announced on Wednesday.
The longstanding rivalry, which included annual games from 2002-2009, will now be a matchup of teams from major conferences, as Memphis joins the Big East in 2013. Ole Miss has won five straight in football and has a 47-10 overall advantage.
The new agreement will also feature a renewal of the basketball series between the two teams "as soon as the scheduling permits," per the Ole Miss release. The basketball home-and-home was halted by former Memphis coach John Calipari following the 2006-2007 season. The teams did meet in the NIT in 2010. The Tigers lead the basketball series, 27-12.
"It's exciting for our fans both in Memphis and here in the state to see this natural rivalry resume in both sports," Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork said in the release. "The Memphis community is a priority, and this series is important for our growing alumni base in the area.
"From a football standpoint, Coach (Hugh) Freeze and I have the same scheduling philosophy and agreed it was imperative to continue to brand our program and put the Ole Miss flag in Memphis."
Ole Miss was scheduled to play Clemson in 2015 and 2016, but that contract has been terminated.
"The city of Memphis was a wonderful home to my family and me, and I look forward to playing in front of the many great fans we have there," Freeze said. "I'm thrilled to see the Ole Miss presence in Memphis continue to grow."