Rebels' Choice Awards

The red carpet was rolled out in front of the fabulous Ford Center Monday night as the first annual Rebels' Choice Awards were held.

Clay Matvick of ABC and ESPN served as host for the first event of its kind at Ole Miss.

"It was a neat event and very professionally done," said Matvick, who lives in Minnesota and has covered several football, basketball, and baseball games at Ole Miss. "People at Ole Miss know how to dress. They went way above and beyond that tonight."

The Play of the Year and the Game of the Year were from the same moment – Chris Warren's winning shot in Ole Miss' home win against Kentucky and the Rebels' 71-69 win over the Wildcats.

Back stage afterward, Warren addressed the media.

"This is the first year they are doing this, so winning an award is a good thing," said Warren, the senior point guard who finished his Ole Miss career as the third all-time leading scorer. "It was good to have everybody here and to go out in style."

Indeed all student-athletes and coaches along with administrators and fans filled the Ford Center. Matvick picked at Warren a bit when his acceptance speech was finished – his very short acceptance speech of about three lines.

"Chris, your beard is longer than that acceptance speech," Matcivk said.

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The audience roared its approval, and it was that kind of evening. A fun event for all concerned.

"Derek Horne (former UM associate AD now serving as AD at Florida A&M) did a great job working with our student-athletes on things like this," said assistant athletics director Jamil Northcutt. "It's good to have all our student-athletes here and represented. And it's good to have the Lafayette-Oxford-University community join in this type event together."

Modeled after the Catsbys at Kentucky and the Volscars at Tennessee, the one Ole Miss presented was unique in that it was done in a performing arts center.

"Nobody in the conference has done what we did tonight the way we did it," Northcutt said.

The winners were unique as well. In addition to Warren and the Rebels' win over Kentucky, here are the others who were recognized:

Women's Rookie of the Year: Valencia McFarland – basketball

Men's Rookie of the Year: Ricky Robertson – track and field

Women's Community Outreach Award: Juliana Smith – track and field

Men's Community Outreach Award: Lee Moore – track and field

Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Gabby Rangel – tennis

Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Lee Moore – track and field

Women's Hotty Toddy (Spirit) Award: Morgan Springer – volleyball

Men's Hotty Toddy (Spirit) Award: Tucker Vorster – tennis

Women's Coach of the Year: Joe Getzin – volleyball

Men's Coach of the Year: Billy Chadwick – tennis

Fan Favorite: Jerrell Powe

Women's Most Valuable Rebel: Regina Thomas – volleyball

Men's Most Valuable Rebel: Barnabas Kirui – track and field

Men's Team of the Year: Tennis

Women's Team of the Year: Tennis

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