Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
OXFORD, Miss. -- I was able to keep it under the posted 18 mph speed limit Saturday morning on the Ole Miss campus as I made my way to the Rebels' 150,000-square foot indoor practice facility.
Built in 2004, it's the nicest and most complete indoor practice facility that I've seen in the SEC. Everything the football program needs -- from the coaches' offices, to the locker room, to the weight room, to the training room, to the players' lounge -- is right there.
There's also a short tunnel from the facility leading to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which really makes it convenient on game days.
But back to the speed limit on campus. It's safe to say that the Manning name is pretty revered around here and no coincidence that the 18 mph speed limit matches the No. 18 jersey number that Archie Manning wore during a legendary career at Ole Miss.
It's just one of the many things that make this place unique along with The Square downtown, The Grove (Why couldn't it be a game day?), City Grocery and the sprawling fraternity houses that take you back in time.
The only thing they're missing is championship football, at least over the last 40 years, but that could be changing this season. The Rebels, who haven't won an SEC title since 1963, were picked No. 10 in the preseason coaches' poll and are one of the favorites in the Western Division.
"Our seniors did a good job of getting us to this point last year," junior defensive tackle Jerrell Powe said. "Now it's time to take it from where they left off and get this thing to another level."