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Rebels ready for resounding SEC yell

Originally Published: August 24, 2009
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

The excitement in Mississippi right now is like the humidity: can't see it, can't touch it, but you sure can feel it.

This, say fans of the Ole Miss Rebels, is finally our year.

"I've never seen so much optimism," said columnist Rick Cleveland, a Mississippi native who has covered sports at the Jackson Clarion-Ledger for 29 years.

The last time it was the Rebels' year in the Southeastern Conference, the league had no African-American football players. And Bear Bryant's ...

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