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...

Hull joins elite MSU group

Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Kent Hull will be honored Saturday, becoming the fifth person in Mississippi State history to have his name permanently added to Davis Wade Stadium. Hull, who died last year at the age of 50, will join Jack Cristil, Jackie Parker, D.D. Lewis and his former teammate Johnie Cooks. Members of Hull's family will take part in the ceremony on the field during State's (11 a.m.) game with Auburn. A Greenwood native, Hull was a four-year starter at center for the Bulldogs before going on to...

Whitney recalls Michael Clarke Duncan

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Michael Clarke Duncan, who earned an Oscar nomination for his memorable performance in The Green Mile, died Monday at the age of 54. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame basketball coach Davey Whitney remembers Duncan as a power forward on his 1983-84 Alcorn basketball team that won the SWAC championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, beating Houston Baptist before losing by one point to Kansas. “He was a good athlete, a good player,” Whitney said. “He made our team and he played, so he had to be a pretty...

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...

Boo Ferriss remembers Pesky as 'one of the greatest Red Sox'

Beloved Boston Red Sox infielder Johnny Pesky's death Monday leaves Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Boo Ferriss and baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr as the only living players off the 1946 Boston Red Sox. Those '46 Red Sox ran away from the New York York Yankees to win the American League pennant and then lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. Pesky, who was 92 at the time of his death, was the team's shortstop and hit .335, leading the league with 208 hits...

C Spire provides direct line to coaches

Ridgeland-based C Spire Wireless, the only wireless provider in the U.S. that offers consumers and businesses a suite of personalized wireless services, is kicking off its first-ever CIRCLE Blitz College Football Question and Answer series on August 13, directly connecting fans with their favorite coaches. This unique online forum and Q&A series is taking place on CIRCLE, C Spire’s online community forum. By posting questions on CIRCLE, coaches from the top football programs in the region will be able to respond directly to their fans. Additionally, just by posting a...

Webb, who died Thursday at the age of 72, was an accomplished teacher, a fine player in his own right and, most importantly, a second father to scores of golfers who proudly called themselves "Robbie's boys." Webb was a huge, broad-shouldered, balding man with Popeye forearms, a fierce stare that demanded discipline without any vocal support, and a smile as soft as a teddy bear. Long-time PGA Tour rules official Ben Nelson was one of the first of "Robbie's boys." "I think we all thought Robbie was teaching us how...

Maholm happy to be a Brave

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Talk about sudden life change: Ex-Mississippi State baseball standout and Hattiesburg resident Paul Maholm's world has turned up-side down in the last couple days. Maholm, you should know, has landed sunny-side up. Two days ago, Maholm was a red-hot pitcher for one of the worst teams in the Major Leagues, the Chicago Cubs. Saturday, he will start for the Atlanta Braves, who are in the middle of a pennant race. "It's exciting," Maholm said by cell phone. "It's like being called up to the Big Leagues for the first time...

Rubenstein family makes largest private donation

Nearly 500 banquet attendees stood Friday night and applauded as Ted Rubenstein handed Boo Ferriss the first ever "The Rube," an award named in honor of Ted's brother, the late Michael Rubenstein. Moments later, the same 500 attendees stood and applauded again when it was announced that the Rubenstein family has given a $150,000 gift to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The donation, $25,000 per year over six years, is the largest private donation in the museum's 16-year history. "Nobody knew better than Michael how much that...