RIP: USM football great Bobby Holmes

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Every university needs fans such as Ken Shearer. Ken, a former football manager at Southern Miss, has become the school's unofficial sports historian. Today, he writes about the death of Bobby Holmes, one of USM's all-time football greats. By Ken Shearer Robert Harold “Bobby” Holmes, age 85, died Sunday, April 6, in Biloxi.  Bobby Holmes was one of the great quarterbacks and indeed great football players in Southern Miss football history.  He was also an outstanding high school coach in Mississippi for many years. Originally from Tallassee, Ala., Bobby came...

An open letter from Annandale Golf Club…

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The following is an open letter to Mississippi golf fans from Annandale Golf Club. To The Supporters of the Sanderson Farms Championship: On April 1, 2014, the Board of Century Club Charities voted to change the venue of the Sanderson Farms Championship from Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi, to the Country Club of Jackson, effective in 2014. Annandale Golf Club has been the host course for this PGA TOUR event for approximately 20 years. Annandale and its members wish to publicly thank its staff, management, the thousands of volunteers,...

A thank-you note to Hall of Famer Ray Guy

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By Darrell Manning I have a quick story about Mr. Ray Guy that has nothing to do with his athletic ability. Eight years ago, my wife's father, Bob Pike, was told he had terminal lung and brain cancer. He was 67 at the time. He was a well-known restaurant owner in the Clarksdale area. He loved the Ole Miss Rebels and the New Orleans Saints, so I was very surprised when he told me years back that Ray Guy was his all-time favorite football player. He would just gush about...

Joe Rogers: A war of words on the Saints

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(From Rick Cleveland: My ol' pal Joe Rogers, formerly columnist for The Clarion-Ledger and now an editor at the New York TImes, recently challenged me to duel of words about the New Orleans Saints for the column he writes for the Ledger's website. Naturally, I took him up on it. What follows is Joe's column.) In today's column I argue why the New Orleans Saints are undeserving of fan loyalty or affection. Rick Cleveland, sports columnist and executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, appears in...

There is something magical in that Delta soil

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Tim Kalich, editor of The Greenwood Commonwealth, attended the Tribute to Kent Hull Banquet last month and recently wrote this piece for Leflore Illustrated. Kalich graciously allows msfame.com to reprint it. By Tim Kalich Leflore Illustrated Rick Cleveland says there must be “something magical” in the soil to explain why four of the greatest gentlemen he’s ever met are products of the Delta. Cleveland has been covering athletics in Mississippi for nearly half a century, mostly as a Jackson sports editor and columnist but most recently as executive director of...

Buffalo columnist: Hull's death hit hard

You know how much we appreciate and love Kent Hull here in Mississippi. In Buffalo, they love him every bit as much. Thank-you to The Buffalo News for allowing us to reprint my friend Jerry Sullivan's column from the day after Kent passed away in October, 2011.   "I told my wife this: If they called me right now and told me that I had been released, I'd go over there and shake every one of those hands and truly get down on my knees and thank them for this...

Wright Waters: Owes his career to Bryant

Wright Waters, executive director of the Football Bowl Association, has more than 40 years experience in college athletics, including 14 years as commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference. He says he owes his start in college athletics to Bear Bryant, who would have turned 100 years old today. In 1970, I left the University of Alabama to spend a year in Europe living with a favorite uncle. The plan was to find myself. In a funny kind of way, I guess I did because I got bitten by the desire...

Win Ellington remembers his splendid coach

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Bill Raphael, the beloved coach and teacher at St. Joseph High for 41 years, died Friday of pancreatic cancer. Here, Win Ellington (St. Joe Class of '90) remembers his mentor and the lessons learned. When the St. Joe Alumni Facebook Page posted a status that Coach Raphael had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer  I knew that it would not too much longer when we would be receiving another status telling us that God had called Coach home. Still, while drinking my Saturday morning coffee my heart briefly stopped when I...

Steve Shirley recalls 'My Coach' Bill Raphael

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  Bill Raphael, a beloved coach and teacher at St. Joseph High School died Friday of pancreatic cancer. He was 87. Steve Shirley (St. Joe Class of 1976), who played and learned under Raphael, shares this remarkable tribute. Bill Raphael was a legendary math teacher. Through his decades at St. Joseph High School, thousands of students passed through his classroom, learning algebra, trigonometry and geometry. Bill Raphael was also a legendary coach. His athletic record in both football and girls’ basketball has been recorded, his trophies displayed and the field...

Langston Rogers was a valuable mentor

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Stephen Hawkins works for the Associated Press in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, covering the Cowboys, the Mavericks, the Rangers and a lot more. He got his start as a student intern under Langston Rogers. He has not forgotten. I still remember sitting in Langston Rogers’ office on the Ole Miss campus on a January day in 1987. I had just started my first semester in Oxford and was eager to be part of the Sports Information department. While more than willing to put me to work, he quickly told me,...