Talk of Champions

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Fans in the stands? Bring on the Grove Bowl. And let's make sense of the bubble
Yesterday at 5:08 AM

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell discuss Ole Miss phasing in more fans for various sports, as well as spring football storylines and some offensive line shuffling. Plus, David Cobb of CBS Sports joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (41:09) to make sense of the NCAA Tournament bubble and the Rebels' postseason chances.


Mailbag: Yes, it's way too early to panic about Ole Miss baseball
Last Tuesday at 5:21 AM

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell open the Modern Woodmen mailbag to answer your questions, including the fallout from a troubling series loss for Ole Miss baseball, the possibility of another offseason of turnover for basketball, tight end recruiting targets and where to find them and much, much more.


Ole Miss sports nearing a return to normal? And Kermit Davis drops by
02/25/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and guest co-host Sudu Upadhyay discuss Mississippi governor Tate Reeves possibly easing COVID-19 restrictions and what it means for Ole Miss athletics. Are we nearing a return to normal? Plus, Rebel basketball head coach Kermit Davis drops by on the Modern Woodmen phone line (45:12) to discuss his team's NCAA Tournament chase and more.


Overreaction Tuesday: Ole Miss and the Texas baseball massacre + Nick Suss
02/23/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell put the hype train into overdrive following Ole Miss' statement-making weekend in the College Baseball Showdown, as well as discuss a few football items. Later, Nick Suss of the Clarion-Ledger joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (42:36).


Ole Miss basketball with Ronnie Hamilton, Jeff Lebby staying put + more
02/17/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell discuss the significance of Jeff Lebby staying put as Ole Miss offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, as well as a little Rebel baseball. Plus, Ole Miss assistant men's basketball coach Ronnie Hamilton drops by on the Modern Woodmen phone line (33:32).


Crossover Ole Miss baseball preview with Chase Parham
02/15/2021

In this crossover edition of Talk of Champions, brought to you by Modern Woodmen and BNA Bank, Ben Garrett is joined by Chase Parham of RebelGrove.com to preview Ole Miss baseball.


Will Jeff Lebby stay or go + a Recruit Check with David Johnson
02/11/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell weigh in on what could soon be resolution on Ole Miss offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, who's a top candidate to take over at Central Florida. Plus, Ben is joined on the Modern Woodmen phone line by David Johnson (30:40) for an extended Recruit Check.


Mailbag: Ole Miss adds transfer linebacker, and the Rebels aren't done portal surfing
02/09/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell open the Modern Woodmen mailbag to answer your questions. Ole Miss football has landed Maryland transfer linebacker Chance Campbell, and the Rebels aren't done portal surfing. Which position(s) could Lane Kiffin and staff target next? Plus, Rebel baseball, the best two-sport athlete in school history and much, much more.


Tywone Malone is an Ole Miss Rebel, and Kenny Yeboah drops by
02/04/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell go in-depth on Ole Miss' massive pick-up of four-star defensive tackle Tywone Malone, the cherry on top of a killer 2021 haul for Lane Kiffin and staff. Plus, former Rebel tight end Kenny Yeboah joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (42:12) to talk his brief, but memorable, Ole Miss career, the Senior Bowl, opting out and much, much more.


Grae Kessinger, Lane Kiffin's coaching staff + Tywone Malone thoughts
02/02/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell discuss the impending decision of four-star defensive tackle Tywone Malone, as well as more movement on Lane Kiffin's coaching staff. Plus, Ben catches up with former Ole Miss shortstop Grae Kessinger (40:08) on the Modern Woodmen phone line.


How Tennessee's hire could directly impact Ole Miss + life and basketball with Nick Williams
01/27/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and guest co-host David Johnson discuss the developing situation at Tennessee and how the Volunteers' eventual hire could directly impact the Ole Miss coaching staff. How real would Jeff Lebby's candidacy be at UCF? Plus, former Rebel guard, and current Northwest assistant, Nick Williams joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (27:38) for a lengthy conversation about life and basketball.


The Athletic's Antonio Morales explains what Ole Miss is getting in John David Baker
01/26/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell discuss the matchup for Super Bowl LV, which will feature Brad's old coach, Bruce Arians. How close did the former Ole Miss OL come to joining the now-NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Plus, thoughts on Tywone Malone and more, and old friend Antonio Morales, who now covers USC for The Athletic, joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (41:42) to break down what the Rebels are getting in John David Baker as the new tight ends coach.


Fresh Cuts: Are Dawson Knox and the Buffalo Bills headed to the Super Bowl?
01/22/2021

In this Fresh Cuts edition of Grip It and Rip It, Brian Scott Rippee and Greg the Meat Shark go over one last NFL board, roll through last week's divisional round and make their picks on the teams that will represent the NFC and AFC in the Super Bowl.


Omaha or bust for Peyton Chatagnier and Ole Miss baseball + more football stuff
01/21/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell talk Ole Miss baseball, rumors regarding Lane Kiffin's coaching staff and much, much more. Plus, Rebel infielder Peyton Chatagnier joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (43:02) to preview the season ahead, as well as look back to his recruitment and consider potential walk-up songs, among other topics.


Ben Brown, what Ole Miss needs from its early enrollees, Tennessee mess + more
01/19/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell weigh in on the mess at Tennessee, including the possibility of Hugh Freeze landing on Rocky Top, as well as break down what Ole Miss needs next season from each of its double-digit early enrollees. Plus, Ben is joined on the Modern Woodmen phone line by Ole Miss center and third-generation Rebel Ben Brown (37:54) to talk his family of Rebels, the first year under Lane Kiffin, his move to center and much, much more.


Fresh Cuts: Settle in for what should be an awesome final NFL slate
01/15/2021

In this Fresh Cuts edition of Grip It and Rip It, powered by LB's Meat Market, Brian Scott Rippee and Greg the Meat Shark take you through the final NFL slate of the year in what should be an awesome divisional round. Why they like the New Orleans Saints, the disappointment of the Seattle Seahawks, why you shouldn’t count out the Cleveland Browns and more.


Ole Miss football receiving way-too-early Top 25 hype + Vince Sanders
01/14/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell weigh in on the rash of way-too-early Top 25 polls for 2021, most of which have Ole Miss ranked in the 20s. Could the Rebels contend for the SEC West in year two of Lane Kiffin? Plus, Ben is joined on the Modern Woodmen phone line (37:55) by former Ole Miss wide receiver Vince Sanders.


Mailbag: Staff rumors, Rebs land transfer WR, basketball struggles + more
01/12/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell open the Modern Woodmen mailbag to answer your questions, from rumors on changes to Lane Kiffin's staff and the struggles of Ole Miss basketball, to the Rebels landing WKU transfer wide receiver Jahcour Pearson and much, much more.


Fresh Cuts: Confidence rankings for the Ole Miss-filled NFL playoffs
01/08/2021

The NFL playoffs are here. Brian Scott Rippee and Greg the Meat Shark take you through all six games, rank their picks 1-6 on confidence and offer a preview of the college football national title game.


Keith Carter, Mike Clement and an extension for Jeff Lebby
01/06/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell break down the contract extension of Ole Miss offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jeff Lebby and much, much more. Plus, Ben is joined on the Modern Woodmen phone line by athletics director Keith Carter (12:45) and Rebel baseball hitting coach Mike Clement (38:53).


Outback Bowl fallout, the band back together + Steven Godfrey for coaching season
01/05/2021

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell dive into the fallout of Ole Miss' Outback Bowl win, including its significance for the Rebels in 2021. Plus, Steven Godfrey of SBNation.com joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (44:03) to discuss coaching search season.


Grip It and Rip It: Ole Miss topples No. 11 Indiana in the Outback Bowl
01/03/2021

In this postgame edition of Grip It and Rip It, powered by LB's Meat Market, Brian Scott Rippee and Collin Brister break down Ole Miss' 26-20 win over No. 11 Indiana in the Outback Bowl, as well as discuss the end of year one under Lane Kiffin.


Ben Mintz, Ole Miss New Year's resolutions, Outback Bowl hype + more
12/31/2020

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell ring in the New Year with Ole Miss resolutions and final thoughts on the Outback Bowl. Plus, Ben Mintz of Barstool Sports stops by on the Modern Woodmen phone line (32:40) to break down bowl season, among other topics, including the Rebels' matchup with Indiana.


Grip It and Rip It: Jon Blau previews Indiana; Fresh Cuts with Greg the Meat Shark
12/31/2020

In this special edition of Grip It and Rip It, Brian Scott Rippee is joined by Jon Blau, Indiana beat writer for The Times Herald. Plus, Greg the Meat Shark is back for another round of Fresh Cuts, breaking down bowl season and the week 17 NFL slate.


Bo Wallace, fixing the opt-out problem, Outback Bowl + more
12/29/2020

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell discuss coaching staff rumors, how to fix the opt-out problem, the Outback Bowl against Indiana and more. Plus, former Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (34:34) to detail, among other topics, his coaching move to Pearl River Community College.


Grip It and Rip It: A postmortem of the 2020 Ole Miss football season
12/20/2020

In this postgame edition of Grip It and Rip It, powered by LB's Meat Market, Brian Scott Rippee and Collin Brister put a bow on the Rebels' 53-48 loss at LSU, as well as evaluate the season as a whole and discuss what to look for in 2021.


Grip It and Rip It: Let's dive right into an appetizing final SEC slate of games
12/18/2020

Brian Scott Rippee and Greg the Meat Shark took it on the chin last week, but in this Fresh Cuts edition of Grip It and Rip It, powered by LB's Meat Market, the guys vow to rebound in the final SEC slate and during a fun week 15 in the NFL.


Best of Talk of Champions: David Sanders
12/18/2020

In this best-of edition of Talk of Champions, Ben Garrett is joined by David Sanders, former Ole Miss basketball guard and current head coach of Callaway High School, to break down the commitment of his star guard, Top 50 prospect Daeshun Ruffin, to Ole Miss, as well as Dimencio Vaughn, memories from his Rebel career, Mississippi moving forward and much, much more.


Best of Talk of Champions: David Morris
12/18/2020

In this best-of edition of Talk of Champions, Ben Garrett is joined by David Morris, former Ole Miss QB and founder of QB Country, to break down his process of training quarterbacks, the retirement of his friend Eli Manning's jersey number at Ole Miss and much, much more.


Best of Talk of Champions: Marshay Green
12/18/2020

In this best-of edition of Talk of Champions, Ben Garrett is joined by former Ole Miss defensive back and legendary trash-talker Marshay Green to discuss his Rebel career, most memorable moments and much, much more.


Best of Talk of Champions: Cooper Manning
12/18/2020

In this best-of edition of Talk of Champions, Ben Garrett is joined by former Ole Miss wide receiver Cooper Manning, who discusses his son, Arch, the top-ranked quarterback prospect for 2023, the retirement of his brother, Eli, the Rebel legend, and much, much more.


Best of Talk of Champions: Joel Kight
12/18/2020

In this best-of edition of Talk of Champions, Ben Garrett is joined by former Ole Miss linebacker Joel Kight to discuss his budding coaching career, Ole Miss playing days and much, much more.


Best of Talk of Champions: Tutan Reyes
12/18/2020

In this best-of edition of Talk of Champions, Ben Garrett is joined by former Ole Miss offensive lineman and 10-year NFL veteran Tutan Reyes, who reminisces on his Rebel career, shares his side of the epic Egg Bowl fight of 1997 and details his unique recruitment and position change.


Mailbag: And what a Merry Flipmas it was ...
12/17/2020

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and former Ole Miss offensive lineman, and eight-year NFL vet, Bradley Sowell open the Modern Woodmen mailbag to answer your questions, including myriad thoughts on Ole Miss' star-studded haul in the early signing period, potential instant-impact players and much, much more.


The Athletic's Brody Miller breaks down the LSU Tigers
12/16/2020

In this edition of Grip It and Rip It, brought to you by LB's Meat Market, Brian Scott Rippee is joined by Brody Miller of The Athletic to discuss Ole Miss' upcoming opponent, LSU, including Ed Orgeron’s job security, the Tigers’ long-term future at QB and more.


The silly season has arrived + Ole Miss National Signing Day primer
12/14/2020

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell weigh in on the latest coaching carousel rumors, including how Auburn's dismissal of Gus Malzahn could affect Ole Miss. Plus, David Johnson of the Ole Miss Spirit, in a pinch, fills in on the Modern Woodmen phone line (37:37) to preview National Signing Day.


Grip It and Rip It: Bracken Ray weighs in on Ole Miss' 2-0 start
12/13/2020

In this edition of Grip It and Rip It, brought to you by LB's Meat Market, Brian Scott Rippee is joined by former Ole Miss basketball assistant Bracken Ray to discuss what he’s seen from the Rebels through two games and what to look for as they head into a three-game week.


Fresh Cuts: After printing money, on to week 14
12/11/2020

In this Fresh Cuts edition of Grip It and Rip It, Brian Scott Rippee and Greg the Meat Shark try to keep the momentum rolling after printing money in a scorching-hot week 13.


Three more commitments + Ole Miss Ed Orgeron finally showing up at LSU
12/10/2020

In this edition of Talk of Champions, powered by BNA Bank, Ben Garrett and Bradley Sowell weigh in on the mess surrounding LSU football, including the hypocrisy of the national media's coverage in comparison to Ole Miss' NCAA investigative case. Plus, football recruiting continues to roll, with the Rebels added three new additions on Wednesday, and David Brandt of the Associated Press joins on the Modern Woodmen phone line (38:21).


What's the biggest individual success for Ole Miss football in 2020?
12/09/2020

In this edition of Grip It and Rip It, powered by LB's Meat Market, Collin Brister and Brian Scott Rippee talk SEC basketball and the biggest individual success for Ole Miss football in 2020.