2016 C Spire Conerly Finalists Announced

  JACKSON, MS –The 2016 C Spire Conerly Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding college football player in Mississippi will be awarded next week to one of the 10 finalists named today. These nominees represent each of the ten football-playing universities and colleges in the state and have each been chosen by their athletic departments. The winner of the Annual C Spire Conerly Trophy is selected by a statewide media panel vote with a fan vote conducted by C Spire accounting for 10% of the overall vote. To vote...

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...

World Series Viewing Party on October 25th

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will host a World Series Viewing Party for the Opening Night of the 2016 Fall Classic on October 25th.  Several current and former MLB Players will discuss post-season play and the game in general.  Tickets start at $50 each with reserved tables and half tables available.  The lineup of players includes: 2017 MSHOF inductee Jay Powell who was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1997 Series, Jeff Brantley the former MSU pitcher that was playing with the Giants during the...

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Announces the Class of 2017

Jackson, MS – An NFL coach, an honored sports writer, two baseball players and coaches, a fabled running back and a lady hoopster make up the newest class of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. The Class of 2017 to be inducted next August includes Columbus native and NFL coach Leslie Frazier, decorated sports writer Rick Cleveland, big league pitcher Jay Powell, long-time baseball coach and JSU Athletic Director Bob Braddy, Sr., outstanding running back Marcus Dupree and Ole Miss basketball star Eugenia Conner. A statewide selection committee representing 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....

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...

Cleveland Joining Mississippi Today

  By Bill Blackwell I am sure most of you are aware by now that Rick Cleveland, our former Executive Director is going back to the profession he loves, journalism. Rick started writing professionally at the tender age of 13 and has been gracing us with his wit and wisdom ever sense. Almost 5 years ago Michael Rubenstein, our first Executive Director passed away and our Board of Directors wisely chose Rick to take the reins of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Running a non-profit is never...

Cleveland headed to Mississippi Today as columnist

Rick Cleveland, former executive director and current historian for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, is headed back into sports writing full-time. Cleveland will join the on-line news publication Mississippi Today as a sports columnist beginning Sept. 1. He will continue to write a weekly column for Mississippi newspapers syndicated through the Mississippi Press Association. “Obviously, I have mixed emotions about leaving the MSHOF, which I believe so strongly in,” said Cleveland, who became the museum's second executive director in April of 2012. “I am proud of the improvements we...

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....