Affectionately known to his friends as “Dog” Brewer, the coach would introduce powder blue helmets to the team’s uniforms in the late 1980’s. Brewer would also begin the walk through The Grove on campus prior to home games.
Every so often on game days, Ole Miss fans will catch tailgaters in The Grove playing “From Dixie with Love,” so eloquently performed by the Ole Miss “Pride of the South” marching band. The tune, eradicated in recent years, brings back many fond memories of youth and days of Brewer and Ole Miss running through the tunnel.
Others might remember Cassius Ware making the big tackle or J.R. Ambrose making a one handed catch. Chris Mitchell making the game winning tackle in Little Rock or Shawn Sykes hitting “31-trap” up the middle against Alabama.
Ole Miss fans were there. So was Coach Brewer.
“Billy related to young people as seamlessly as anyone I have ever known,” remembers friend and publisher of The Ole Miss Spirit Chuck Rounsaville. “He had many gifts, but where he excelled was uniting young men from every different background.”
Richard Cross, co-host of the “Head to Head” radio show and member of the Ole Miss Radio Team, put it best in a tweet.
I like to think the man who wore a smile more often than not was able to hug them both.
I like to think he received a standing ovation at the pearly gates.
An indelible mark left on a university that will continue to honor and enjoy the creations from a kid from Columbus.
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