A visit to Ol' Diz

BOND — The cemetery is modest, perhaps the size of a football field, surrounded by a chain link fence. It's out from Bond, which is out from Wiggins, about 28 miles south of Hattiesburg. Here, Jay Hannah “Dizzy” Dean rests side by side with his wife, Pat, in the morning shade of a cypress tree. You turn off Highway 49 onto a country road, and turn off that country road onto a bumpier country road. You drive through a blue-collar area where the folks don't appear to have much. Knowing...

Moncrief monstrous in Rebs' Egg Bowl win

OXFORD — Hugh Freeze was the winning coach, the man of the hour, but Dan Mullen was the coach on the Ole Miss jumbotron as the final seconds ticked down. What goes round, comes round. And, boy, this came around and came around and came around again. "We will never lose to this team again," Mullen was telling his players in a clip from two years ago, and the Ole Miss jumbotron folks replayed it multiple times. Final score this night: Ole Miss 41, Mississippi State 24, and it was...

So many Eggs, so many memories

(Writer’s note: Happy Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful for family and also thankful newspapers paid me for more than 40 years to go cover games like the Egg Bowl. I am also thankful to help preserve the legends of Egg Bowls past in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. What follows is a piece I wrote on Egg Bowl history back in 2003 for The Clarion-Ledger. It was the 100th anniversary of the Mississippi State-Ole Miss rivalry.)   THEY'VE clashed in snow, in a flood, in bitter cold...

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...

Blades Blazes Trail for Softball

Before Courtney Blades-Rogers became an All-American softball pitcher at Southern Miss, no pitcher in NCAA history had ever struck out as many as 500 batters in a single season.As a senior in the spring 2000, Blades-Rogers, fanned 663. She practically rewrote the NCAA softball record book, which is why Blades-Rogers tonight becomes the first softball player ever to be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. You could make a case that no athlete in Mississippi history has ever had a greater impact on one athletic program than Blades-Rogers...

A Tribute to Rube

This was 1974, a Sunday night. Then-WLBT television station manager Bill Dilday, a jazz aficionado, was driving back into Jackson from a business trip. As he often did, Dilday turned his radio dial to WJSU-FM, the Jackson State University campus radio station. "I heard this new deejay, with this rich, baritone voice, who called himself just Michael," Dilday remembered Thursday afternoon. "He was playing really nice jazz, but it was his voice and his suave delivery that got me. The next day, when I went to the station, I told...