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 game plan, which featured plenty of razzle-dazzle and seemed to have State's defense off-balance all night. Three: How this game put an exclamation point on the most memorable football season in the join histories of...

Sid Salter on Dr. Donald W. Zacharias

By SID SALTER In life and in death, Donald W. Zacharias cast a long shadow over Mississippi State University — the school he successfully led from 1985 to 1997 — the second-longest tenure in the history of the university behind founding president Stephen D. Lee. Higher education in Mississippi has had few better friends. Long and lanky, and possessed of a lilting voice that served him well during his college days as a radio basketball announcer and disc jockey, Zacharias sought to preserve and grow MSU’s land-grant mission while expanding...

Jerious Norwood remembers a prized Egg from 10 years ago

Jerious Norwood — J-Rock to his fans and friends — doesn’t have to think more than a split second when asked his best Egg Bowl memory. “It was the one we won,” Norwood said from Atlanta Tuesday. “That’s the easiest question I’ve ever answered.” It was Nov. 26, 2005, at Scott Field, and it was a performance to behold. Norwood, the former Brandon star, ran for 204 yards and and scored four touchdowns against a Patrick Willis-led Ole Miss defense in a surprising 35-14 State victory. “I knew that was...

Glen Collins and 'that quarterback'

 This is the second of a series of Egg Bowl memories of Ole Miss and State greats from yesteryear. Jackson's own Glen Collins, one of Mississippi State's all-time great defensive linemen, played in four Egg Bowls, all in Jackson. “Seems like we always played them on a dreary or rainy day,” Collins says. “It was always gray.” And the games, says Collins, always were competitive. His favorite? “That's a tough one, but it's got to be my junior year (1980),” Collins says. “That was the year we beat Alabama and...

Egg Bowl memories: Deuce leads off

Today we'll begin a week-long Egg Bowl series, involving former players on both sides of the rivalry, and their favorite memories from Egg Bowls past.  We begin with Deuce McAllister, who almost became a Mississippi State Bulldog before he went to Ole Miss.  "My cousin, Michael Davis, was a great player at Mississippi State, and I had a good relationship with Coach Sherrill," McAllister said Sunday. "I probably visited Mississippi State and spent more time of their campus than I did Ole Miss."  But McAllister chose Ole Miss and became...