Aug. 11—OXFORD — The media was given a tour of the newly renovated Manning Center, which opened in late July, on Friday.
The project cost $45.7 million, according to Ole Miss, and added 39,500 square feet to the facility and a second story. The facility is now 221,000 square feet. The project began in January of 2022.
The facility features a renovated 9,000-square foot locker room; each locker has a reclinable chair with in it and a shoe-drying rack. The new weight room in the facility is 12,000 square feet. There is also a gaming room, a photo room for recruits complete with equipment and props as well as a small theater.
“The new Manning Center is another example of our commitment to providing our student-athletes and coaches with the resources necessary to compete at a championship level,” Ole Miss athletics director Keith Carter said in a statement in July.
“We want to thank our partners ICM and CDFL/HOK for their dedication and great work on this project. The Ole Miss family continues to step up in a big way financially to help make facility vision like this come to life, and we could not be more grateful for their unyielding support in this and other ventures. Most of all, we are excited to reopen a first-class facility that bears the Manning name, and we want it to be a source of great pride for Olivia, Archie and the rest of the family.”
Charlie Weis Jr. working on problem areas
Now in his second year as Ole Miss’ offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis Jr. is focused on problem solving.
Weis assumed the mantle as the leader of the Rebels’ high-flying offense following the departure of Jeff Lebby to Oklahoma following the 2021 season.
In their first season under Weis, the Rebels averaged 33.5 points per game, good for 28th nationally and fifth in the SEC. Ole Miss was particularly impressive in the running game,…