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According to Lee Fitting, a producer of “College GameDay,” Ole Miss provided the best tailgating and game experience in his tenure at ESPN. The 11-year “College GameDay” veteran told Sports Illustrated that The Grove setup was the best he has ever seen.
“This was the best on-campus experience I’ve been part of as Game Day producer. It wasn’t a show, it was an event, and it was because you have such a great natural character in The Grove. You have an incredible recipe – a picture perfect setting, with thousands upon thousands of people that all share an unmatched passion for their school, their team and their sport.
“The buzz throughout the weekend was awesome. There were times when the production truck was actually shaking. … It’s a place, and an event, that every college football fan has to experience in person.”
Oxford has always had a reputation for being a great place to watch a football game, but it never had a relevant team to back the hype. Now, Ole Miss is third in the polls and first in our hearts, after taking down Nick Saban and Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
One benefit of attending the University of Mississippi is that you get six seasons of college football instead of the regular four, because nobody in Oxford makes it a concurrent eight semesters without having to take one off for rehab or academic probation. In the past, that hasn’t paid dividends. Now, it looks like it has. You never know–the Rebels might become a new dynasty in the ever-powerful SEC West.
Sure, this season might be stripped away in a few years when we find out just how much Hugh Freeze was paying his players, but let’s enjoy it for now. College football’s best tailgating experience is getting even better, because the games are almost as exciting as The Grove..
[via Sports Illustrated]
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