Need Orange Bowl tickets? Row 1?


Need Orange Bowl tickets? In the Mississippi State section? Row 1? We’ve got them. Traci and Paul Maloney generously have donated two Orange Bowl tickets to your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Face value of the tickets is approximately $200. You can by a $10 raffle ticket by clicking below or by calling […]

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Update on “Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes”


The good news is that Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes has been flying off the shelves at Mississippi bookstores and at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The bad news is that most shelves are empty, including ours here at the museum. A second printing has been ordered and is due in mid-January. For those […]

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Remembering the Hinds champions of 1989


Author’s note: This story is one of many about the record-setting, history-making Hinds Community College baseball team of 1989 and is an excerpt from Diary of a Mad Baseball Coach by Rick Clarke, the head baseball coach at Hinds from 1983-2005. The 1989 season marked the merger of the predominately white Raymond campus and the […]

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RIP: Jack Vaughn, 3-time Super Bowl official


Jack Vaughn loved to tell the story about when he was officiating Super Bowl XXV at Tampa in 1991. “There were five Mississippi State Bulldogs on the field that day,” Vaughn once told me. “Johnie Cooks played for the Giants. Kent Hull, Kirby Jackson and Donnie Smith played for the Bills. I thought it was […]

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Charlie Flowers: loved by all who knew him


Flavy Charles (Charlie) Flowers, 77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.  He is survived by Sharon, his loving wife of 55 years, daughters Julie Ock and Ashley Flowers, son Charlie, Jr., eight grandchildren, his sister Gloria Stroud, and nieces and nephews. Charlie […]

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Swayze Waters’ take on UAB situation


Jackson Prep grad Swayze Waters was recently named the most valuable special teams player in the Canadian Football League where he led the league in punting and kick scoring. He took up two places on the All-CFL team: punter and placekicker. Joy and pride over those accomplishments have been diminished by the recent news that […]

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Charlie Flowers: Best player, greatest team


The great Charlie Flowers, who was 77, died in his sleep last night after a long illness. Flowers was the best player and the unquestioned leader of the greatest team in Mississippi football  history, the 1959 Ole Miss Rebels. My syndicated column this week in Mississippi newspapers will be about Charlie, whom I considered a […]

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On SEC Championship Day, remembering Bear


Nick Saban’s trained assassins will play Missouri for the SEC Championship today. Still, I am at an age that when I think of Alabama, I think of Bear Bryant. Earlier this week, I spoke at the Meridian Rotary Club and told this story about my first one-on-one interview with Bear Bryant. People seemed to enjoy, […]

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End of year giving? Consider your MSHoF


Thirty months ago, after more than 40 years as a full-time sports newspaper guy, I switched occupations. I went from sports columnist, which presented essentially one major task a day, to directing your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, which presents several and varied responsibilities. I had big shoes — Michael Rubenstein’s — to […]

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Prescott claims 2014 C Spire Conerly award


Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, a finalist for several national player of the year awards, Tuesday night accepted the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which goes to Mississippi’s most outstanding collegiate player. Prescott accounted for 328 yards total offense per game and accounted for 37 touchdowns in leading State to a 10-2 record and the first 10-victory […]

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