2015 winners among candidates for Howell, Gillom awards

Mississippi college basketball once again has produced several viable candidates for the C Spire Howell and Gillom trophies, including 2015 winners Stefan Moody of Ole Miss and Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State. The C Spire Howell Trophy, named for Mississippi State Hall of Famer Bailey Howell, and the Gillom Trophy, named for Ole Miss Hall of Famer, will be awarded March 7 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The trophies are presented annually to the most outstanding college basketball players in the state. Moody, despite playing several...

Hall of Famer Jeff Bower joins CFP playoff committee

Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Jeff Bower (Class of 2009) has been named to the College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee, CFP executive director Bill Hancock announced today. "I am excited about it, and I am looking forward to it,'' Bower said. "I know it's a lot of work, a lot of travel, but I look forward to being involved in the process. Bower joined Lloyd Carr, Herb Deromedi and Rob Mullens as new members of the selection committee, replacing Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese. The...

Hall of Famer Spoon to be honored with his own USM day

Clarence Weatherspoon, a 2015 inductee into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, will be honored with Clarence Weatherspoon Day on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Hattiesburg. Southern Miss plays UTSA in a 7 p.m. contest at Green Coliseum, where USM fans once packed the house to watch Weatherspoon become the the most celebrated player in the history of the old Metro Conference. From 1988-92, Weatherspoon made All-Metro four times and was the league's Player of the Year three times in becoming USM's all-time leader in blocked shots and rebounds and second...

RIP: Hunter George Weddington, championship golfer

Hunter George (H.G.) Weddington, a three-time state champion golfer who had been the oldest living member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, died today in his hometown of Meridian, three months shy of his 99th birthday. Weddington won the State Am three times. Perhaps more impressively, he played in 56 Mississippi state amateur championships, more than 40 in a row, including his first in 1936. He won the state's amateur championship for the first time in 1939, before serving in World War II. Weddington and his daughter, champion golfer...

Blackwell succeeds Cleveland as MSHOF executive director

Bill Blackwell, chief operations officer of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for the past eight months, will become the museum's executive director immediately. Rick Cleveland, the MSHOF's executive director since April, 2012, will remain as the MSHOF's historian and will continue to work in community and media relations and in fund-raising efforts. “I am humbled and honored to be selected by this board to become the museum's third executive director, following Michael Rubenstein who started it and Rick Cleveland who has carried on the work and brought...

Best of MSPreps delivers ‘Christmas bonus’ to MSHOF

Christmas came slightly early for your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum when Nathan Edwards, publisher of The Clarion-Ledger, delivered a generous check from the newspaper's first Best of MSPreps program. Last May, The Clarion-Ledger hosted a banquet to honor the state's best athletes in every sport sanctioned by the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. More 2,500 attended the banquet at the Jackson Convention Center. Drew Brees was the featured speaker at the largest dinner service in the history of the convention...

You can help us extol Mississippi’s splendid sports legacy

We have experienced another rewarding year at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, where the Magnolia State's sports legends live forever. While similar hall of fame museums across the country have closed doors or reduced hours of operation, the MSHOF thrives. In 2015, we have inducted six new Hall of Famers and we had a record crowd to see it happen. We have added a new 2,000-square foot storage facility, which helps our operations greatly. We have expanded our museum store. Bill Blackwell has joined our staff at...

Happy 90th to the great Harper Davis, Class of 1980

The great Harper Davis, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1980, turns 90 years old today (Dec. 11, 2015). He is one of the splendid gentlemen of Mississippi sports. This is from Mississippi's Greatest Athletes, now in its second printing and available at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and fine bookstores across the state. Julius Harper Davis, a native of Clarksdale, is probably best known in Mississippi athletic circles as the football coach at Millsaps College from 1964-89, but he was a splendid player long before that....

Finally: Mississippi to host Alabama All-Stars at The Rock

So much is going on in Mississippi's sports world. Ole Miss is back in the Sugar Bowl. Both Mississippi State and USM will play in nice bowls. Alcorn has won the SWAC Championship and will play in the first Celebration Bowl at Atlanta. The high school football championships have been decided. Basketball season is well underway and Mississippi State has the ninth ranked women's team. So much is going on, we could overlook that history will be made Saturday. We shouldn't. Mississippi and Alabama high school football all-stars have been...

State’s Dak Prescott wins C Spire Conerly Trophy

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Mississippi State's Dak Prescott tonight became the first player in 20 years of C Spire Conerly trophies to win two straight Conerlys. Prescott joins Ole Miss legend Eli Manning as the only two-time winners in history of the award, which goes annually to the most outstanding college football player in Mississippi. Ole Miss wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell and Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens were the other finalists for the award, named for Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer Charlie Conerly. Also, Ole Miss offensive tackle Fahn Cooper was awarded the Kent...