Tim Elko statue: Ole Miss AD says 'we're gonna make it happen'
Ole Miss is throwing a party for the ages Wednesday in Oxford. The Rebels are celebrating the school’s first baseball national championship in program history. The festivities include a parade in Oxford and a packed Swayze Field celebration. During the stadium celebration, Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter had some news that Rebel fans were happy to hear: Tim Elko is getting a statue.
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Carter had Elko hold the College World Series in various poses. He then asked, “Which one for the statue?”
The crowd erupted in approval.
“We’re gonna make it happen, my man,” Carter said.
The humble Elko, a team captain, had recently said he preferred something celebrating the whole squad.
“I don’t really want one,” Elko said, per Nick Suss of the Clarion Ledger. “I kind of just want one of all of us holding the national championship trophy. That’s all I want.”
Elko, though, has a statue-worthy resume. In 2021, he played despite an April ACL tear and was the Oxford Regional MVP. In the 2022 postseason, the first baseman was the Coral Gables Regional MVP. He finished the 2022 season with 24 home runs, an Ole Miss single-season record, and 75 RBIs.