A splendid night at the Hall of Fame

We had a splendid night at the museum last night, remembering Babe McCarthy's great Mississippi State basketball teams of the late '50s and early '60s. Author Kyle Veazey joined Bailey Howell, Doug Hutton, Larry Lee and me on a panel. We had a museum full of folks who seemed to hang on every word. The stars of the show weren't here: the great Babe and Dr. Dean Colvard, the president of Mississippi State who defied the state's unwritten law of competing against integrated teams. Both McCarthy and Colvard surely would...

Orley: Remembering 1996 Final 4 and before

Just breezin’ on a cloudy Friday … It was another Friday, back in March of 1996. We’d been bused across the Hudson River from Manhattan to New Jersey, to the arena where the Nets played, for the show practice. Mississippi State, coached by Richard Williams, was to play in the Final Four against Kentucky, Syracuse and UMass; in other words, against Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim, and John Calipari. The teams were to practice for an hour each in front of the press. Pictures for the papers, interviews for local TV...