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The home of Ole Miss Basketball is C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum. It is known as the "Tad Pad," and was named for an University of Mississippi legendary Ole' Miss athlete, coach and athletics director. It was originally known as the Rebel Coliseum but was renamed on March 25, 1972.

 

Tad Smith ranks as one of the all-time great legends in Rebel athletic history. He was a three sport letterman, he starred as a halfback in football from 1926-1928. As a first baseman for the Mississippi Rebels, his senior season culminated in the Southern Conference championship in 1929. C.M. Smith was also a member of the 1928 Southern Conference Championship squad. Smith coached the freshman Ole Miss football team for 12 seasons and was a backfield assistant for two years. He served as head baseball coach at Ole' Miss for 15 years. Smith was selected as Director of Athletics at Ole' Miss on Feb 1, 1946, becoming the first University of Mississippi alumnus to serve in this position. He was responsible for the expansion and upgrade of many University of Mississippi athletic facilities and kept the Rebel athletic program among the nation's elite. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1969 and retired from the athletic department in 1970. C.M. Smith passed away on May 26, 1992.


The C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum was opened in 1966. Since 1995, the Rebels have won 163 of their last 198 games in Oxford, MS. Since the Coliseum's opening the Rebels have an all-time record of 398-182. The Tad Smith Coliseum has seen extensive updating over the past two years. The most recent changes have been improved areas under the stands for officials, media and cheerleaders. They also extended the student section bleachers to the ceiling. In 2006, the Rebels court was given a new layout. The floor was returned to a more traditional, natural hardwood look. The Tad Smith basketball office complex opened in January of 1998. The complex includes offices for Ole Miss head coaches and assistants, two large conference rooms and a lobby area.

 

The Ole Miss athletic ticket office is also located in the Tad Smith Coliseum. The Coliseum has four large dressing rooms, storage rooms, an athletic training area and a media room. It is named in honor of B.L. "Country" Graham who was Ole' Miss first basketball All-American and coach for the Rebels. The Tad Smith Coliseum locker rooms were redone in the fall of 2005 with new lockers, stereo and video systems, showers, ceilings, tile, carpet and lighting. With all of these updates, Ole Miss Rebel fans won't want to miss a single game at Tad Smith Coliseum. Buy your Tad Smith Coliseum Tickets today!

 


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