Cutcliffe entertains Ole Miss Rebel fans

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 22, 1999

The noise emanating from downtown Natchez wasn’t an invading army. Instead it was a boisterous Ole Miss Rebel crowd welcoming the David Cutcliffe Radio Show.

The show normally airs from&160;Oxford but ventured south to Natchez during the Rebels’ open week.

The crowd of 200 were quick to show their support for the Ole Miss coach and his players.

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Former Rebel player Allen Brown was in the crowd of supporters. Brown roamed the field as a tight end and linebacker for the 1961 Ole Miss squad.

&uot;We are sort in the forgotten part of the state,&uot; Brown said. &uot;Coach Cutcliffe has been down here a number of times. He is the best thing to happen to Ole Miss in a long time. He is a step above all other SEC coaches.&uot;

Cutcliffe answered questions from the crowd at the Radisson Natchez Eola Hotel and calls from the radio audience.

Many of the calls centered on beating archrival LSU next week in Baton Rouge.

&uot;It is a great traditional rivalry between two great teams,&uot; Cutcliffe said. &uot;I’m looking forward to the challenge.&uot;

Cutcliffe also answered questions ranging from how Eli Manning was progressing to how the indoor practice facility and stadium expansion are going.

The Rehms brothers of Natchez sat side by side at one table. The three brothers, Jerry, Jim and Gary enjoyed hearing and seeing the Ole Miss coach.

&uot;We are proud to have him here and hope to have him for years to come,&uot; Gary Rehms said.

&uot;He reminds me more and more of John Vaught each day,&uot; Jim Rehms said.

As the radio show reached the end, Jim Rehms stood up and led the crowd in a rousing &uot;Hotty Totty&uot; cheer.

While leaving Cutcliffe told the crowd, &uot;I’m so fired up now, I want to go ahead and play tonight.&uot;