From the Jack Carlisle Roast

FROM THE ROAST                                        George May was hilarious!                                                        And so was Jamesy Smith. From left to right, Wallace McMillan, Judge Rhesa Barksdale, Cactus Jack Carlisle and the great Mike Dennis. Tim Ellis, the quarterback who beat Notre Dame, roasts Jack Carlisle, the coach who put him in the game.

Jack Carlisle: So many stories . . .

You will see on the front page of this website and on the "news and updates" page where the Hall of Fame will be holding a first annual Roast on Oct. 16. The first honoree — or victim — is legendary coach Jack Carlisle, Happy Jack to his legion of admirers. Folks, we are going to have some fun with this and we're going to make some money to make some badly needed improvements here at the museum.   For those who may not know about Happy Jack, here's a...

Roasters aplenty for Carlisle event

Roasters of Jack Carlisle at the first annual Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Roast Oct. 16 will include many of his players from the many successful stops in his legendary coaching career.   Skipper Jernigan, who played for Carlisle at Murrah before going on to be a standout offensive guard at Ole Miss, will be the master of ceremonies. “That means I get to roast the roasters,” Jernigan said.   Roasters will include Rhesa Barksdale (Murrah), Wallace McMillan (Murrah), Paul Dongeiux (Murrah), George May (Prep), Tim Ellis (Ole Miss) and...

Carlisle Roast set for Oct. 16

  Hall of Fame coach Jack Carlisle, legendary in Mississippi football circles, will be the subject for the first annual Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Roast on Oct. 16 at the museum on Lakeland Ave. Carlisle quite possibly coached more players, at more schools, at more levels than any coach in Mississippi history. He was inducted into the Mississippi Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. His coaching career spanned six decades. He coached championship teams at both Jackson...

We're more than a museum

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is much more than just a showcase of the Magnolia State's amazing sports heritage. The museum's Trustmark Conference Center offers an ideal setting for seminars, training sessions, trade shows, banquets, family reunions and wedding receptions.The conference room features 2,325 square feet of space with free use of advanced audiovisual equipment that has PowerPoint capability. Conference room rental includes the use of an adjoining kitchen, secure front door parking and free wireless internet. The conference center, which can accommodate a crowd of up...

Record Field for Farm Bureau Insurance Watermelon Classic

Josh Heird, 32, of Louisville, Ky., and Meggan Franks, 28, of Starkville were the overall winners of the five-kilometer Farm Bureau Insurance Watermelon Classic Wednesday morning. A record 1,772 participants celebrated Independence Day in the 30th annual event held in sunny, warm and humid weather. Heird finished the 3.1 mile run in 16 minutes, 31 seconds, three seconds ahead of second place William Kazery of Jackson. Curt Knight of Jackson finished third with a time of 16:40. Among females, Franks finished a minute and three seconds ahead of second place...