OMAHA, Neb. -- "This is my fourth time in Omaha. I just got sick of waiting for us to come here."

No wonder Mississippi alum Travis Waters got sick of waiting. The Rebels haven’t been to the College World Series since 1972 -- more than four decades ago.

Though this generation of Rebels is new to the excitement of the College World Series, the greatness of a CWS berth isn’t lost on them.

2014 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
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Breeze: Pitching fuels UVa.'s run to CWS Finals  Photos
Kroll: Ole Miss' well runs dry in loss to Virginia
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Cross: Texas takes advantage of Vandy mistakes
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Cross: Bianco's boys have perfected elimination game
Kroll: Ole Miss advances behind Allen  Photos
Top Performers: Day 5
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Cross: Hollingsworth tosses gem in second start of season
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Cross: Virginia shows off pitching depth in 15 innings
Cross: Ole Miss makes most of chances  Photos
Kroll: Texas Tech beaten at own game as CWS run ends
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Top Performers: Day 3
Kroll: Vandy hits magic number for CWS win  Photos
Cross: Vanderbilt's Bueler answers the call in relief
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Cross: How bullpens will help decide the CWS
Corey Ray & Ro Coleman: Chicago's Finest
Top Performers: Day 2
Kroll: Kirby, Papi lead Virginia to victory  Photos
Kroll: Morrison makes his pitch on CWS stage  Photos
Higgins: Ole Miss fans flock to Omaha
Hill: TD Ameritrade Park the stage -- and a star
Higgins: Texas enjoys off day at team barbeque
Hill: Plenty of dads spending Father's Day at the CWS
Vanderbilt's antics in the outfield
Top Performers: Day 1
Kroll: Vandy pushes right buttons in opening win  Photos
Hill: Louisville fans thrilled to be back in Omaha
Higgins: Stirring pre-game ceremony marks Flag Day
Kroll: UC Irvine debunks myth in Game 1 win  Photos
Hill: Despite team's fortunes, LSU fans show up in Omaha
CWS grounds crew is Omaha's unsung home team
Freshman, senior share thoughts on opening ceremony
Kroll: Five questions to get to know players and coaches
Higgins: Quizzing the coaches on CWS history
Hill: Players and coaches discuss favorite sports movies
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Sitting in the second deck of TD Ameritrade Park, Waters cheered on as Ole Miss took on Virginia on Sunday -- an experience he calls “surreal and giddy.”

Waters, a 2004 grad, only missed two home games as a student and drove 11 hours on Saturday from Nashville, Tennessee, to Omaha.

“I sat through three Super Regionals. We always knew we’d be here,” Waters said, voice cracking. “We always knew this place would be red.”

But Waters -- while an Ole Miss fan -- now works in the medical center marketing department at none other than another CWS participant, Vanderbilt.

“It’s fun. They’re on two separate sides of the bracket, so I can pull for both of them right now. But if it comes to the end, it’s Ole Miss all the way,” Waters said.

But if you thought Waters was a diehard fan, you haven’t met the Ole Miss fans a few sections over.

Clad in all red with shirts reading “Olemaha,” the Right Field Suds Club transplanted from right field at Swayze Field to right field at TD Ameritrade Park without batting an eye.

Mark Downs sits with the same people in the same spot every day at Mississippi’s home games. He drove from Oxford, Mississippi, to Omaha to see his favorite team.

“We just wanted to be by our bullpen and support our guys,” Downs said of the location the Right Field Suds Club chose. “It’s not about the sport; it’s about these boys. This is the mecca of college baseball. After this experience, I know we’ll be regulars, coming back whether we’re in it or not.”

The Ole Miss fans aren’t content with their traditional fans, either. “We’re trying to convert the Nebraska fans. When they have to pick a team here, we want it to be us,” Downs said.

“You’re not in Omaha,” Downs said. “You’re in Oxford North.”

Waters agreed, “If this is baseball heaven, where do you go from here?”