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RIP: Jack Vaughn, 3-time Super Bowl official

Jack Vaughn loved to tell the story about when he was officiating Super Bowl XXV at Tampa in 1991. “There were five Mississippi State Bulldogs on the field that day,” Vaughn once told me. “Johnie Cooks played for the Giants. Kent Hull, Kirby Jackson and Donnie Smith played for the Bills. I thought it was […]

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Charlie Flowers: Best player, greatest team

The great Charlie Flowers, who was 77, died in his sleep last night after a long illness. Flowers was the best player and the unquestioned leader of the greatest team in Mississippi football  history, the 1959 Ole Miss Rebels. My syndicated column this week in Mississippi newspapers will be about Charlie, whom I considered a […]

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On SEC Championship Day, remembering Bear

Nick Saban’s trained assassins will play Missouri for the SEC Championship today. Still, I am at an age that when I think of Alabama, I think of Bear Bryant. Earlier this week, I spoke at the Meridian Rotary Club and told this story about my first one-on-one interview with Bear Bryant. People seemed to enjoy, […]

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End of year giving? Consider your MSHoF

Thirty months ago, after more than 40 years as a full-time sports newspaper guy, I switched occupations. I went from sports columnist, which presented essentially one major task a day, to directing your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, which presents several and varied responsibilities. I had big shoes — Michael Rubenstein’s — to […]

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Prescott claims 2014 C Spire Conerly award

Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, a finalist for several national player of the year awards, Tuesday night accepted the C Spire Conerly Trophy, which goes to Mississippi’s most outstanding collegiate player. Prescott accounted for 328 yards total offense per game and accounted for 37 touchdowns in leading State to a 10-2 record and the first 10-victory […]

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Egg Bowl: So many ways to go, including Bo

What follows is my syndicated column that ran in most Mississippi newspapers published on Sundays. There were so many different ways to go with a column about this Egg Bowl. One: The Ole Miss defense, which dominated State at the line of scrimmage, something nobody else has really done this season. Two: Hugh Freeze’s offensive […]

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The case for State (if Dogs beat the Rebs)

This blog should be titled: The Case for Mississippi State (if the Bulldogs beat Ole Miss). I write it because there seems growing sentiment around the country that the selection committee for the new playoff system should replace No. 4 Mississippi State with either a) Ohio State, b) TCU or c) Baylor. Just Sunday, CBSsports.com […]

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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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