Dale McKee Column 8/12/18

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The National Football League quarterback draft class of 1983 is still considered the best ever.  Three future hall of famers in John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino came out of that class. This past April’s NFL draft class has given us hope for the future since the 2004 class of Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers are nearing the end of their stellar careers. This past weekend the NFL preseason began, and No. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns gave their fans hope. The former OU...

Dale McKee Column 8/6/18

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Football season began last week as Mississippi State, Ole Miss and USM opened their fall camps. Mississippi State football made history this week as they were ranked No. 18 in the coaches Top 25 preseason football rankings. It is the highest preseason ranking since 1981 and the first time since 2011 (No. 20) that MSU will enter the season ranked. New Bulldogs head coach Joe Moorhead is not shying away from the preseason hype. “We look at the preseason polls and what people say about our team because we have...

Dale’s Sideline View

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“This is not a one-year wonder. We have built this team to last. I think you are going to see a team that continues to get better and better,” stated Atlanta Braves minor league scout Rod Gilbreath. The Atlanta Braves are in year four of rebuilding that started with their last playoff appearance in 2014, and Gilbreath has high hopes for this year and the future. Gilbreath was a three-sport star athlete at then R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel. He signed a football scholarship with the Ole Miss Rebels...

USM’s Sandlin Captures C Spire Ferriss Trophy

Jackson, MS. - (May 21, 2018) – Junior right-hand pitcher Nick Sandlin has been selected as the C Spire Ferriss Trophy winner for 2018.  Sandlin captured the award over four other finalists including Zack Shannon of Delta State, teammate Luke Reynolds, Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum and Ole Miss outfielder Ryan Olenek. Switched to a starting role this season by Coach Scott Berry, Sandlin responded with a great year.  In 13 games he compiled an 8-0 record with a miniscule 1.25 earned run average.  He tossed two complete game shutouts and...

Mississippi State dominates nominations with five of six finalists for 2018 C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophies

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  Annual awards honor Mississippi’s top male and female college basketball players Jackson, Miss., (February 26, 2018) – Players from Mississippi State’s men’s and women’s basketball programs received five of the six finalist nominations for the 2018 C Spire Howell and Gillom Trophies, which are awarded annually to the best male and female college basketball players in the Magnolia state. All three of the women’s nominees are from Mississippi State’s No.2 nationally ranked and undefeated squad, and two of the three men’s finalists are also representing the resurgent Bulldogs, who...

C Spire Conerly Trophy Nominees Announced

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For release 9am November 20, 2017     For Information: 601-982-8264 Jackson, Miss. (Nov. 20,2017) – Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown head the list of 10 finalists announced today for the 2017 C Spire Conerly Trophy, which annually honors the state’s top college football player. Each of the four year colleges in the state that play football select nominees for the highly-coveted award, which is named after College Football Hall of Famer Charlie Conerly, who starred for Ole Miss and the New York...

Rooker Wins 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy

Mississippi State’s leading offensive player, outfielder/firstbaseman Brent Rooker has been named the winner of the 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy.  The trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding college baseball player in Mississippi as chosen by a combination of the state’s baseball coaches, professional baseball scouts that cover the state and a fan vote sponsored by C Spire. Rooker leads the team in 15 offensive categories and is among the leaders in the NCAA in several statistics.  Batting average, slugging percentage, On-base percentage, runs, hits, rbi, doubles, triples, home runs,...

C Spire Ferriss Trophy Finalists Announced

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The five finalists for the 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy were announced this morning. The C Spire Ferriss Trophy goes to the Most Outstanding college baseball player in the state each year. The finalists include three University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, a Mississippi State Bulldog and one Statesman from Delta State. Representing USM are Taylor Braley, Matt Wallner and Dylan Burdeaux. Brent Rooker is the candidate from MSU and Zack Shannon represents Delta State. This year's presentation will be the 14th in the series. Finalists are chosen by the...

Don Kessinger to speak at 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy presentation

Former major leaguer Don Kessinger, a smooth-fielding All-Star shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, will be the keynote speaker at the May 22 Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum presentation of the 2017 C Spire Ferriss Trophy, which annually honors the state’s top college baseball player. Kessinger, whose grandson Grae Kessinger is the starting shortstop for the Ole Miss Rebels baseball team this year as a freshman, was the head baseball coach at his alma mater from 1991 to 1996 after playing professionally for the Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and...

World Series Viewing Party on October 25th

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will host a World Series Viewing Party for the Opening Night of the 2016 Fall Classic on October 25th.  Several current and former MLB Players will discuss post-season play and the game in general.  Tickets start at $50 each with reserved tables and half tables available.  The lineup of players includes: 2017 MSHOF inductee Jay Powell who was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1997 Series, Jeff Brantley the former MSU pitcher that was playing with the Giants during the...