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Meet The Rebel Walk Team

Welcome to The Rebel Walk!

We began this site in 2014 to bring Ole Miss sports news and features to Rebels in a manner that would be informative, engaging, and respectful. Our goal, first and foremost, is to tell you what’s happening with our Ole Miss teams while conveying the passion we have for all things Red and Blue.

Each of our writers comes to the table with his/her own style and spirit, but what we all share in common is our deep love for The University of Mississippi!

Evelyn Van Pelt
Owner and Managing Editor
The Rebel Walk
evie@therebelwalk.com

Amanda Swain

Amanda was born into Rebel Nation and even took her first steps on the Ole Miss campus. Her late father, Dr. Abhimanyu Swain, Ph.D. PE, an Indian native, was a grad student at the university, and Amanda’s first few years of life were spent running through the Grove. Her father instilled his love for photography in Amanda when she was very young, and she hardly remembers a moment occurring without her dad there to capture it with film. His legacy remains with her today, as she carries on what she learned to appreciate from him. After majoring in Criminal Justice in Maryland, Amanda decided to come back to her Southern roots and pick up her dad’s camera once again. By day she’s doing her best to prevent crime on the streets, but deep down her passion is viewing the world from behind a lens. Amanda uses photos to express the moments words cannot. Because of her love for Ole Miss, she finds herself photographing Rebel sports and campus life. Growing closer to her Rebel family has helped Amanda fill the void of losing her dad, as well as made her smile because she knows she is home, once again.

Andrew Owens

Andrew Owens is a senior Ole Miss student from San Antonio, TX. Andrew is majoring in Integrated Marketing and Communications with a minor in Business Administration. He is a fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros, and all Ole Miss teams. After graduation Andrew plans to pursue a career in college athletics.

Bo Pentecost

Bo is responsible for building this website, and works with Evelyn on graphics and fun Rebel Walk stuff! When he isn't doing all that, Bo owns a digital marketing company (Solve) in Madison, MS. He can also be referred to as the HYDR® guy seeing as how he invented an acronym in 2013 that changed Ole Miss fans forever!

Chad Smith

Chad holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ole Miss and stays immersed in Rebel sports and alumni affairs. As a second-generation Rebel, he loves everything that makes the university unique and appealing. While he supports every sport on campus, his primary love is Ole Miss Baseball. As a baseball scout and creator of the only group dedicated to Ole Miss Baseball, Chad enjoys focusing on the players’ and the team's success on and off the field. The unique atmosphere created by the fans, facilities and coaching staff has transformed Swayze Field into a world-class program that others only dream of having. Chad currently lives in Lula, Georgia with his wife Danielle, his German Short-Haired Pointer Renegade "Hotty Toddy," and a cat named Boudreaux.

Chris Muller

Chris is our Director of Baseball Content and Senior Baseball Writer. Muller is a 1995 Graduate of Ole Miss. He is a collegiate recreational sports professional currently residing in Arlington Texas with his wife of 24 years, Amber, and German Shorthaired Pointer, Sophie. Chris is an avid Ole Miss Baseball and Football fan. His hobbies include watching college football and baseball and playing poker with his friends.

Clark Mitchell

Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Clark is a 19-year-old Accounting major at the University of Mississippi. He played baseball for his high school and is a fanatic about all things Ole Miss. Clark enjoys golfing and hunting and loves the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Giants.

Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson is a photographer and writer for The Rebel Walk. In addition to his work covering Ole Miss football and baseball for The Rebel Walk, Dan has written for a number of newspapers and has experience as a public address announcer, handling both play-by-play and color commentary. Dan has been involved with athletics as a player, coach or parent for 40 years, and brings this unique perspective to his coverage, whether through his lens or with his pen.

David Walker

David is the consummate true-freshman quarterback, first pioneering the position only a year after college freshmen were given varsity eligibility by the NCAA in 1972. In 1973, the left-handed all-state gunslinger from Sulphur, Louisiana started for the Texas A&M Aggies and earned the All-Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year award as selected by the league’s coaches. He was only 17, and still holds the NCAA record as the youngest starting quarterback in college football history. He wore No. 8 at A&M in honor of one of his football heroes, Archie Manning. In becoming the winningest quarterback ever at A&M, David was converted from a dual-threat QB to a triple option trailblazer. The two-time team captain led three record-breaking offenses that changed the direction of football at A&M forever, establishing once and for all the winning tradition that the Aggies had so-long desired. As a high school head coach in Houston in the late ‘80s, David stationed his quarterback in the shotgun formation, having him reading defenses and throwing hot routes at a time when such offensive schemes were frowned upon by traditional fans and coaches. One of his quarterbacks tossed 57 passes in a single game, which stood as the all-time Greater Houston Area record for many years.  As you can tell from his bona fides, David is extremely qualified as our expert on all things Quarterback at Ole Miss. Enjoy his exclusive analysis only here at The Rebel Walk!

Emily Holly

Emily Evans Holly is a 2nd generation Ole Miss Rebel. She graduated in 2005 with a BBA in Marketing Communications and in 2006 with an MBA. While at Ole Miss, Emily was a Taylor Medalist, member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Vice-President of Phi Mu, and a Rebel Recruiter. Emily was a sports and entertainment banker in Nashville before deciding to stay home with her daughter, Mattie. She resides in Brentwood, TN, with her husband and daughter. Emily is an avid fan of both Ole Miss and the New Orleans Saints.

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

Gregory Murphy

Greg Murphy is a marketing student at Wright State University. He is also a diehard fan of anything and everything Ole Miss and the San Antonio Spurs. Greg is working towards having a career in athletics marketing/fan experience. That goal appeared after he had a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Ole Miss and got to be a part of the Walk of Champions in 2018. Ever since then, his goal has been to work where he can make once-in-a-lifetime experiences happen all the time.

Isabella Shelton

Isabella Shelton is a senior broadcast journalism student at Ole Miss. Isabella is from Chicago, Illinois, and has been a diehard Chicago sports fan her entire life. She grew up playing competitive tennis and became obsessed with all things Ole Miss during her college search. Isabella enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with friends and family. After graduation, Isabella plans to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.

Jeff Tetrick

Jeff is a college sports fanatic who was able to recognize many D1 team logos by kindergarten. Growing up, Jeff played football, baseball, basketball, and ran track/cross country. Jeff’s love for college sports was expanded while running track/cross country at Indiana University, where he earned a General Education degree and attended every sporting event possible when not running for the Hoosiers. A proud parent and husband, Jeff resides in Oxford. His wife is an Ole Miss graduate, and Jeff has a year of post-graduate studies at Ole Miss under his belt. Jeff and his family can be found at just about any Ole Miss sporting event throughout the year. Jeff follows the idea of God, Family/Friends, and Football as a way of life. Writing about Ole Miss sports plays to Jeff’s love affair with collegiate athletics perfectly!

Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo

Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.

Nick Filipich

Nick Filipich was born and raised in Biloxi, MS. He is an Ole Miss senior majoring in Sports and Recreation Administration. A sports junkie with a great passion for all things Ole Miss, Nick played baseball and football in high school — which is where he discovered his love for sports. He is an avid Braves and Saints fan, and in his free time enjoys spending time with family, friends and his black lab, Dixie.

Patti Rooney

Patti Parks Rooney is just past the age of fifty, hails from the Mississippi Delta and likes, in no particular order: a tin roof, Taylor Swift, George Strait, Lana Del Ray and Miles Davis, Diet Chick-fil-A Lemonade and Coke Zero, writing poetry, gardening, her godchild, shoes, history, Kimi Raikonnen and Formula One racing, art, beaches, really good pinot noir, the number sixteen, Yellowstone, Ozark and Arrested Development, friends that can utilize a grill, trips that require air travel, bond fires in summer or fall, and, of course, The Grove and Ole Miss football. You will not find a 'Live, Laugh and Love' sign in her home. She says it’s nothing personal. You will, however, find the tv on the SEC channel most all times. She currently resides in Oxford, is mom to Hollywood, her cat of 15 years, and works in the mental health field. PS - She understands you can never underestimate the significance of Bill Walsh’s West Coast offense in professional football.

Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes joins The Rebel Walk staff as a senior writer and brings a trifecta of journalistic experience. As a writer, he has covered college sports for Rivals.com, Football.com and SaturdayDownSouth.com as well as served as a beat writer for various traditional newspapers. He has been a broadcaster for arena football and several national tournament events for the National Junior College Athletic Association as well as hosting various shows on radio. A former sports information director at Albany (Ga.) State University and an assistant at Troy and West Florida, he has helped host many NCAA conference, regional and national events, including serving five years on the media committee of the NCAA Division II World Series. Barnes, a native of Pensacola, Fla., attended Ole Miss in 1983-84, where his first journalism teacher was David Kellum. The duo has come a long way since that time. He will bring a proven journalistic track record, along with a knack for finding the out-of-the-ordinary story angles to The Rebel Walk. Barnes continues to reside in Pensacola a mere ten minutes from the beach because he does have taste and a brain.

TJ Oxley

TJ Oxley is a current MBA student at Ole Miss after having earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo. He currently covers college hoops and the NBA Draft for the Basketball Society as well as all things Ole Miss for The Rebel Walk.

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