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RIP: USM football great Bobby Holmes


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 […]

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An open letter from Annandale Golf Club…


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, […]

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A thank-you note to Hall of Famer Ray Guy


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 […]

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Joe Rogers: A war of words on the Saints


(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.) […]

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There is something magical in that Delta soil


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Win Ellington remembers his splendid coach


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 […]

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Steve Shirley recalls 'My Coach' Bill Raphael


  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 […]

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Langston Rogers was a valuable mentor


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 […]

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