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More memorable tales from The Ranch


(My syndicated column this week dealt with the greatest golf shot I ever saw on my favorite golf course I ever played, the one named for Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer B.O. Van Hook. The golf course no longer exists, but the memories will last a lifetime. What follows is the column I wrote in […]

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New Marlins skipper pitched at USM, Carey


By now, you’ve seen where Dan Jennings, a former baseball player at Southern Miss and William Carey College, has become the manager of the Miami Marlins. He has not coached or managed in baseball since 1986 and even then it was at the high school level at Davidson in Mobile. Understandably, many are asking: Why? […]

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11 years of C Spire Ferriss history here


Several folks have asked this week for a complete rundown of C Spire Ferriss Trophy winners and finalists over the years. So, here goes… note, that we moved to five finalists from three in 2013. The winner is in bold. 2014 Auston Bousfield (Ole Miss), Tyler Akins (Belhaven), Chris Ellis (Ole Miss), Jacob Lindgren (MSU), […]

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Nevil Barr coached through hell on earth


Writer’s note: If you had told me 15 to 20 years ago that Oak Grove would one day become a Class 6A powerhouse in Mississippi football, I would have said you were nuts. Nevil Barr, the coach who made that happen, retired yesterday at 63. He is one of the smartest coaches I have covered […]

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Dave Whitney: So much to his life story


A memorial celebration for Davey L. Whitney, Sr., will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 1440 20th Street in Gulfport. A second memorial will be held at Alcorn State University Saturday, June 6. ••• This would have been March, 1974. Mississippi Coliseum was so packed […]

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RIP Davey Whitney: a great coach and friend


(Writer’s note: Dave Whitney — one of the greatest coaches in Mississippi history in any sport, at any level — died today at his home in Biloxi. He was 85. Davey was a splendid coach, a great friend. He could charm the stripes of a tiger, but scare the daylights out of basketball players twice […]

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C Spire Ferriss: Lots of quality candidates


For a Mississippi team to go deep into college baseball’s post-season, somebody is going to have to go on a tear starting soon — like immediately. The good news: It has happened before. Many times. Recently, the C Spire Ferriss Trophy has seemingly served as a catalyst. Two years ago, Mississippi State’s Hunter Renfroe won […]

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Elvis was a lover, not a fighter, but . . .


(Thirteen years ago, The Clarion-Ledger dispatched me to Memphis to cover the Lewis-Tyson fight  for the heavyweight championship of the world, Tunica included. I had a ball, although I did get bored with all the hype. One day, a couple days before the fight, I found myself musing over what Elvis Presley would have thought. […]

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RIP: Pete Brown, history-making golfer


Pete Brown, who died today in Augusta, Ga., at age 80, overcame polio as a teen to become a champion on the PGA Tour. But that wasn’t hardest part of his becoming golf champion. Brown, born in Port Gibson and raised in Jackson, was a black man. He grew up at a time when precious […]

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Bob Boyd celebrated at memorial service


Bob Boyd, “Uncle Bob” to Mississippi State basketball fans during his time in Starkville, ranks as one of the favorite coaches I have covered in my nearly 50 years of writing sports in Mississippi. Maybe that’s because Bob always seemed to have more fun coaching basketball than most of his peers. Brought to Starkville by […]

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