The football history of Ole Miss includes the formation of the first football team in the state and the 26th team on the list of college football's all-time winning programs. Bondurant, later the dean of the Ole Miss Graduate School, rallied Ole Miss students to help form an athletic department to encompass the sports of football, baseball and tennis.The Ole Miss Rebels posted their 600th win on September 27, 2008 when they defeated the (then-ranked No. The students brought this initiative to reality and in 1893, with Bondurant as the coach, a football team came to fruition.
Throughout the 115-year history of Ole Miss football, the Rebels have won six Southeastern Conference titles (1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, and 1963) and three national titles (1959, 19). One of those wins was the very first football game ever played by an Ole Miss team, a 56–0 defeat against Southwest Baptist University of Jackson, Tennessee (now known as Union University). The next year, 1894, Bondurant passed on his coaching duties. Rhea was the first coach at Ole Miss having been hired part-time by Bondurant and having led the 1894 team to a 6–1 record. His name appears as manager of the team as shown in the Ole Miss Magazine dated November 1894." Twice in its history, Ole Miss did not field a football team.In his first season at the helm in 1947, the Rebels posted a 9–2 record and won the first of six SEC crowns (1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, 1963).