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Class of 2014: The Richard Williams story


This is the sixth of a series on the MSHOF’s Class of 2014… ••• Coach Richard Williams provided me with one of the great rides of my sports writing career. His 1995-96 basketball Bulldogs not only won the SEC Tournament championship in New Orleans, they continued winning until the Final Four at The Meadowlands. Along [...]

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MSHOF drawdown will feature valued items


The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s annual Drawdown of Champions, a $5,000 drawdown that also features a silent auction, will be held Saturday night at Hall of Fame and Museum beginning at 6:30. Among the items to be auctioned is a framed, signed poster featuring three quarterbacks named Manning you see above. The minimum bid [...]

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Class of 2014: Calvin Smith did it right way


    This is the fifth in a series about the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. ••• When we were doing the highlight video for Calvin Smith’s new Hall of Fame exhibit, I asked him where he got his speed. I asked because Calvin wasn’t a heavily muscled guy like most sprinters. [...]

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Class of 2014: Steve McNair, his Airness


  This is the fourth of a series on the MSHOF’s Class of 2014… ••• The first time I saw Steve McNair play football he was a 16-year-old junior at Mount Olive High making the State 1A Championship Game his personal playground. He kicked off through the end zone to start the game. He never [...]

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Class of 2014: DEEEEEEUUUUUUUUCCCCCCEEEE!


This is the third in a series about your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.   Dulymus McAllister needed a locker room all his own as a New Orleans Saint. He was the guy every media member wanted to hear from after nearly every Saints game. That’s because he was unfailingly honest and [...]

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Class of 2014: Cunningham could flat-out fly


This is the second in a series of columns about your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.   ••• I consider Doug Cunningham a good friend, but I didn’t know him back in 1966 when he broke my 13-year-old heart. This was at Hemingway Stadium in Oxford in the first modern day meeting [...]

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Class of 2014: In a class by themselves


When I say the Class of 2014 is one of the most accomplished in Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame history, I exaggerate not one bit. As we put together their lockers for our entrance exhibit Thursday, that became more apparent than ever. A few glimpses:  

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CLASS OF 2014: RUTHIE BOLTON REFUSED TO LOSE


Today begins a series of features about the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. I’ll begin each piece with a personal remembrance of the inductee. I consider myself most fortunate to have covered all six. We will go in alphabetical order. ••• My first thought when I think of Ruthie Bolton: She’s right [...]

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For Saints fans, today is a good day, indeed


If you are a New Orleans Saints fan, today is a good day. If you are Jimmy Graham, it ain’t a bad day either. Graham announced this morning that he had agreed to terms on a four-year, $40 million contract that sets him up for life and sets the Saints up to make another Super [...]

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Class of 2014: The grand tradition continues


Fifty-three years ago, organizers inducted the first class into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Goat Hale, Bruiser Kinard, Dudy Noble and Stanley Robinson formed the inaugural class, and the original plaques hang in the Hall of Fame and Museum today. We will have right at 300 inductees when six more are inducted the night [...]

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