Remembering the late, great Shorty Mac


(The late, great Shorty McWilliams of Meridian will be the newest member of Mississippi State’s Ring of Honor at Davis-Wade Stadium. What follows is a column I wrote from the great man’s funeral in 1997.) The game was played in 1943. You and I can only wish we had been there. Dick Smith, then the […]

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Duval, Martin join Sanderson Farms field


Former World No. 1, David Duval, has joined the Sanderson Farms Championship’s field. The tournament is set for Nov. 3-9 at the Country Club of Jackson. Duval won 13 PGA TOUR tournaments between 1997 and 2001 and won a major title at The Open Championship in 2001. Along with Duval, last week’s Shriners Hospitals for […]

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The great Bruiser was born 100 years ago


Before Manning and Payton, Rice and Alworth, before McNair and Hull, Slater and Conerly, Favre and Guy, and all the other stars in Mississippi’s incredible football constellation, there was Bruiser. He was Frank Kinard, born Oct. 23, 1914, 100 years ago today. We’ll honor the great Bruiser tonight (4:30-7 p.m.) when we launch our new […]

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Don’t miss debut of new Hall of Fame book


We begin with an admission: I just thought I knew about everything there was to know about Mississippi sports history and heroes. And then I started working on a book — Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes — to benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum about a year ago. That’s when I found out how […]

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Austin Davis surprises many, not me…


Not to be overlooked in this most amazing of football seasons has been the emergence of former Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis as a solid-bordering-on-superb NFL starting quarterback. His story is almost like a fairy tale. He signed a baseball scholarship at USM and then walked on the football team. He became the starter as […]

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A wish to share this with departed Dogs, Rebs


So Mississippi State is 6-0, ranked No. 1 in the nation and has beaten three Top 10 teams in succession. These are wondrous times filled with unprecedented achievements for the Bulldogs. And yet, I can’t quit thinking about folks I wish were here to share the moment. I would love to have heard Jack Cristil’s […]

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Another week, some more educated guesses


Last week, I gave you State over Auburn and Ole Miss over Texas A&M. Pretty good, huh?Then again, I gave you Jackson State over The Valley and Alcorn over Grambling. Ugh! I suffered my own SWAC attack. Overall, it was a season-worst 7-3 ledger, making me a 65-20 for a none-too-shabby 76.5 percent on the […]

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Overby Center to host SEC Network panel


To set the table for the first Ole Miss appearance on the SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show, SEC Nation, the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics will host the network’s top executives, the Southeastern Conference’s associate commissioner for television, and SEC Nation’s reporter to talk about their new venture on the eve of the […]

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The picks: Mississippi Madness to continue


The pundits called last Saturday “Upset Saturday” in college football. I did not pick enough upsets. I had State; I missed on Ole Miss. I did finally get the Saints right, barely. For the week I was a season-worst 8-4, which will get you into the BBVA Compass Bowl, but litle else. We’ll try again… […]

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SI’s Miss. Mayhem: Should we be worried???


Ole Miss and Mississippi State football share the Sports Illustrated cover this week, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a Rebel or a Bulldog say, “Oh s—, we’re screwed.” They say that because of the so-called SI jinx. Those who believe in the jinx believe that appearing on the SI cover […]

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