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Remembering Millsaps great Juan Joseph


(In October of 2008, I went out to Millsaps to meet this quarterback I had heard so much about. The guy I found was engaging, smart, witty and poised. He was Juan Joseph, who was shot and killed this weekend in Baton Rouge. “Unbelievable, just unbelievable, such a waste,” Millsaps head coach Aaron Pelch said […]

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Grieving the fire, recalling Jim Buck Ross


We at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame are deeply saddened by the destructive fire Thursday at the Jim Buck Ross Agriculural and Forestry Museum. The ag museum, named for one of the most politically astute and colorful Mississippians in this state’s history, is a Mississippi treasure. It reminds us of our roots. As the […]

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Need two Egg Bowl tickets? Read here…


Need two tickets to the Egg Bowl? Want to see the end of the most memorable football season in Mississippi history? Read on. Mary Ann Hood, wife of the late Orley Hood, is donating her two tickets to the MSHoF’s Orley Hood Award endowment. We in turn are holding a raffle for the two tickets. All […]

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Bold moves pay off for Sanderson Farms golf


  JACKSON — Forty-seven years ago, a few Hattiesburg businessmen got together and hosted an experimental PGA Tour satellite tournament. They called it the Magnolia Classic. The total purse was $20,000. Those Hattiesburg folks never could have imagined what happened here the past few days. Here on a cool, breezy, sun-splashed Sunday at Country Club […]

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22 years later, Bohn remembers THE shot


Tour veteran Jason Bohn had just polished off a smooth-running 66 to move into a tie for third place, three shots out of the lead, in the sun-splashed Sanderson Farms Championship Saturday. Asked his thoughts about the day, he responded with a smile, “Roll Tide. I can’t wait to watch the game tonight.” He was […]

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Advice to Backel: Keep it simple, enjoy, learn


What 17-year-old Madison Central senior Camden Backel accomplished Monday — shooting 7-under-par 65 at Lake Caroline and then beating seven pros in eight-man playoff — is truly amazing. Backel will now tee off in Thursday’s first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. Amazing, yes. Unprecented, no. Hattiesburg native and Diamondhead resident Gary Martin was 17 […]

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Remembering the late, great Shorty Mac


(The late, great Shorty McWilliams of Meridian will be the newest member of Mississippi State’s Ring of Honor at Davis-Wade Stadium. What follows is a column I wrote from the great man’s funeral in 1997.) The game was played in 1943. You and I can only wish we had been there. Dick Smith, then the […]

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The great Bruiser was born 100 years ago


Before Manning and Payton, Rice and Alworth, before McNair and Hull, Slater and Conerly, Favre and Guy, and all the other stars in Mississippi’s incredible football constellation, there was Bruiser. He was Frank Kinard, born Oct. 23, 1914, 100 years ago today. We’ll honor the great Bruiser tonight (4:30-7 p.m.) when we launch our new […]

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Don’t miss debut of new Hall of Fame book


We begin with an admission: I just thought I knew about everything there was to know about Mississippi sports history and heroes. And then I started working on a book — Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes — to benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum about a year ago. That’s when I found out how […]

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Austin Davis surprises many, not me…


Not to be overlooked in this most amazing of football seasons has been the emergence of former Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis as a solid-bordering-on-superb NFL starting quarterback. His story is almost like a fairy tale. He signed a baseball scholarship at USM and then walked on the football team. He became the starter as […]

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