Kent Hull trophy goes to MSU’s Justin Senior

Mississippi State senior offensive lineman Justin Senior is the 2016 recipient of the Kent Hull Trophy presented annually to the state of Mississippi’s most outstanding collegiate offensive lineman, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday. Since 2013, the Kent Hull Trophy annually goes to the offensive lineman that displays the traits that enabled the former Mississippi State legend to play in three Pro Bowls, four Super Bowls and become one of the most respected linemen and leaders in the National Football League. "It's an honor to accept this...

Brantley, Powell, others to recall World Series experiences at Tuesday night viewing party

Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Jeff Brantley remembers dreaming of pitching in the World Series as early as when he was a child of six or seven. “I dreamed of it, worked toward it, busted my tail for a lot of years …” Brantley says. And then, in 1989, at age 26, he helped the San Francisco Giants make it to the World Series in his rookie season. And his lasting memory, all these 27 years later? “The earthquake, of course,” Brantley says. “That’s it, really. I tell people all...

Hunter Renfroe, 2013 C Spire Ferriss winner, is a Big Leaguer

2013 C Spire Ferriss Trophy winner Hunter Renfroe got the call Tuesday that seemed inevitable: The Crystal Springs native and former Mississippi State star is headed to the Major League San Diego Padres. Renfroe's call-up marks the fifth former State player to be called up this season, joining Adam Frazier, who was called up by Pittsburgh on June 24, Chad Girodo, who was called up by Toronto on April 22, Chris Stratton, who joined San Francisco on May 28 and Jonathan Holder, who joined the New York Yankees on Sept....

Hall of Famer Weatherspoon joins USM coaching staff

  The greatest player in Southern Miss basketball history is returning to Hattiesburg as a member of the Golden Eagle basketball staff. Now then, Clarence Weatherspoon needs to help Doc Sadler recruit players and coach them to play with the same passion and ability that he always displayed himself. That will be no easy chore. In four years at USM, Weatherspoon never took a play off. Yes, he was strong and could jump like Jordan, but it was his almost maniacal work ethic that made him a four time All-Metro...

2016 C Spire Conerly presentation slated for Clarksdale

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and C Spire will return to Clarksdale, the hometown of the award's namesake, Charlie Conerly, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, to present the 2016 C Spire Conerly Trophy, which annually honors the state’s best college football player. The C Spire Conerly Trophy has been awarded since 1996, with this year marking its 21st anniversary.  The award is named in honor of the late Charlie Conerly, former Ole Miss and New York Giants quarterback. Conerly, a Clarksdale native, was an All-American at Ole Miss...

In Mississippi, there’s always a next: Clinton’s Cam Akers

Writer's note: One thing I've learned in 50 years of covering Mississippi sports and especially in four and a half years at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame: In Mississippi, there's always a "next." What I mean is a next superstar, no matter the sport. Cam Akers of Clinton High is one of those... This is my column for Mississippi Today, which will soon appear several times a week at mississippitoday.org.   BATESVILLE —These eyes saw Walter Payton play at Columbia High School. These eyes saw Marcus Dupree play at...

After 50 years, coming full circle…MSHOF is in good hands

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Fifty years ago next month, I covered my first football game for the Hattiesburg American. Brooklyn, now Forrest County AHS, played Lucedale, now George County. Some days I can't remember my phone number, but I can remember that score: Lucedale 12, Brooklyn 0. And I vividly remember the circumstances. At 13, I had no driver's license, no car. So my daddy drove me down to Lucedale and walked the sidelines with me, helping me keep the stats. He listened while I timidly interviewed the coaches afterward. He drove me back...

Pete Finney made New Orleans, press boxes better places

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  When I was a kid in Hattiesburg, we took both New Orleans newspapers at our home. Peter Finney, who died this morning at 88, wrote columns for the afternoon States Item. I could not wait to read his work. He was informative, he was funny. He was conversational. Reading him was almost like sitting down and having a chat. There were many reasons I became a sports writer and Finney was definitely one. Years later, after I joined the sports journalism fraternity, we became friends. We hit it off,...

Kent Hull Golf Tournament set Sept. 15 at Deerfield

The third annual Kent Hull Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Kent Hull Foundation, will be held Sept. 15 at Deerfield Golf Club. The four-man scramble tournament is a fund-raiser that goes to support the annual Kent Hull Trophy for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and for Blair E. Batson UMMC Candlelighters. Last year, The Hull Foundation donated $14,000 to UMMC Candlelighters. The late Kent Hull, a Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer, was a four-year football standout at Mississippi State, who became Pro Bowl and Super Bowl...

Mossy Oak Golf Club, a golf masterpiece in the making…

WEST POINT — In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto's expedition passed through or near here, moving westward through what became known as the Black Prairie in search of gold and silver. He found the Mississippi River instead. DeSoto crossed the nearby Tombigbee River, which scarcely prepared him for the mighty Mississippi a few weeks later. George Bryan, the remarkably successful, West Point-born businessman, knows and appreciates the history of this place. His family came here in the 19th century, started a meat market that grew exponentially into Bryan Foods....