When things are going well for the football team, that’s usually a good sign for a school’s athletic fundraising efforts.
That mantra holds true for Ole Miss, which on Friday reported a record-setting number of cash donations for the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
According to the university, Ole Miss’ Athletics Foundation raised $45.6 million in cash donations during the last fiscal year, crushing the previous record of $35.2 million set the previous fiscal year.
Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze led the Rebels to a Sugar Bowl victory against Oklahoma State to cap off a successful 2015 season, and has recorded back-to-back victories against defending national champion Alabama.
“On behalf of Ole Miss Athletics, including our coaches and our talented student-athletes, I would like to thank Rebel Nation for their generous contributions over the past year that set a new standard in fundraising,” said Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork, according to the school’s release. “The Ole Miss Family continues to grow, and the support allows us to continue giving Rebels the highest quality student-athlete experience.”
Ole Miss also reported that the Athletics Foundation has grown to 17,773 members.
The record-setting number is thanks, in large part, to a pledged $25 million donation from Dr. Gerald Hollingsworth back in November. $10 million of that record-setting donation was allotted toward the reported $45.6 million received by the Rebels in the most recent fiscal year.