OMAHA, Neb. — John Ott and his son Jake have been ready for this second for a very long time.

The 2 Ole Miss alumni have been coming to video games at Swayze Subject because it opened in 1989, and have skilled each the highs and lows of Ole Miss baseball over the previous 30 years.

They witnessed the Rebels snap an 18-year postseason drought in 1995 when the crew went 40-22 to succeed in the Atlantic I regional remaining.

They noticed the crew stoop again to 22-31 within the first season below head coach Pat Harrison earlier than bouncing again two years later to safe a match spot within the Faculty Station regional in 1999, solely to complete 12-17 in SEC play the next 12 months as they missed the match for the twenty second time in 24 years.

Then got here Mike Bianco.

The present Ole Miss skipper led the Rebels to the New Orleans regional in his first 12 months on the helm, changing into the primary Insurgent head coach to steer the crew to the postseason of their first 12 months on the reins since Jake Gibbs in 1972.

He proceeded to land Ole Miss groups within the postseason in 18 out of the subsequent 21 years, culminating on this 12 months’s run to the Faculty World Sequence finals.

For followers just like the Otts who’ve been right here for the lengthy haul, this run means every little thing.

“After so a few years of heartache and heartbreak it feels so good to have one thing to actually be proud about,” Jake mentioned. “What Mike’s carried out for this system—the regionals, the Tremendous Regionals, it’s not simply good for the crew, for the college, it’s good for Oxford.”

The youthful Ott graduated from Ole Miss in 2002, when Bianco was simply starting to steer a fledgling program again to its former glory.

He wasn’t alive for the Faculty World Sequence runs within the Fifties, ’60s and ’70s, so the 2014 look marked the head of success for him.

His father, John, remembers the glory days of Ole Miss baseball, however the McComb, Mississippi native wasn’t a fan of Ole Miss on the time.

He didn’t grow to be a fan till attending regulation faculty at Ole Miss within the late Seventies, the place he developed an attachment to the varsity that he handed on to every of his kids.

The patriarchal Ott despatched 4 kids to high school in Oxford, together with Jake who began on the college in 1999.

“You’ve been writing tuition checks to Ole Miss for 25 years,” the youthful Ott joked together with his father.

Their decades-long fandom has culminated with a visit to Omaha this 12 months, the place they’re cheering on their Rebels as they try and safe the primary nationwide championship in class historical past.

For the Otts, the most effective a part of the journey has been celebrating the eagerness they’ve shared as a father and son for over 30 years.

“The best a part of the entire deal is hanging with my dad by way of Father’s Day doing what we’ve carried out for 30-plus years,” the youthful Ott mentioned.

Whereas the journey itself has been rewarding sufficient for the 2 Ole Miss die-hards, they nonetheless hope to see their Rebels succeed on the most important stage in school baseball.

“We’ve an opportunity to see the primary nationwide championship at Ole Miss. It’s actually superior.”



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