Category: News & Updates

Nobody can do USM job if fans don't unite

Posted on: June 20,2013

Southern Miss president Rodney Bennett Wednesday announced he will not retain Jeff Hammond as athletic director. A national search, aided by the venerable Vince Dooley, will begin immediately. Here’s what I think about that: No. 1: I really like Jeff Hammond. I covered him when he played quarterback and led USM to victories over Auburn, […]

Boo Ferriss: These 'Dogs are hair-raising

Posted on: June 18,2013

Boo Ferriss, the first fully scholarshipped baseball player in Mississippi State history and the patron saint of Mississippi baseball, can’t get enough of these Bulldogs. At 91, Ferriss doesn’t have much hair left, but he has enough to know “every game Mississippi State plays is hair-raising.” “Seems like every game goes down to the final […]

Body language: These Bulldogs have 'it'

Posted on: June 18,2013

In sports, I am a big believer in body language. Here’s an example from Mississippi State’s Monday night College World Series victory: Seldom-used-lately Trey Porter, a senior from Hurley, entered the game in the sixth inning after Indiana switched to a right-handed pitcher. Here Porter was in the most pressure-packed situation of his life, on […]

Indiana, no fluke, brings Big 10 back to Omaha

Posted on: June 17,2013

If it seems odd having a Big 10 Conference team in the College World Series, well, it is. The last time it happened was 1984 when the Michigan Wolverines made it with Barry Larkin as their shortstop. That’s Barry Larkin, the Baseball Hall of Famer who is now 49 years old. The Big 10 is […]

Father's Day: Here's to you Ace Cleveland

Posted on: June 15,2013

(My father, Ace Cleveland, died 18 years ago, and, still not a day goes by when I don’t want to pick up the phone and call him. It might be to tell him something that just happened in the Braves game. It might be about something I just read. I might need help with the […]

The M-State Rebels: Here we go again. . .

Posted on: June 14,2013

Well, at least the College World Series souvenir T-shirts didn’t say “Land Mass State Rebels.” You’ve probably seen or heard by now that Mississippi State fans at the souvenir stands in Omaha Friday were greeted with T-shirts that said: “Mississippi State Rebels.” One newspaper website referred to the mistake as a “typo.” Typo? Folks that’s […]

Miller Barber: He gave us all hope

Posted on: June 13,2013

We have been so busy here at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame this week, I totally missed this news: Miller Barber, the most unconventional of all accomplished golfers I have watched, died Tuesday at the age of 82. In Barber’s New York Times obituary, his golf swing was described as “unorthodox.” That’s like saying […]

Jeffrey Rea went down swinging, hustling

Posted on: June 13,2013

(Another College World Series flashback, this one from 2007. Thanks for the fond memory Jeffrey Rea.) OMAHA, Neb. – Little Jeffrey Rea really did go down swinging. And slapping line drives. Would we have expected anything different from Rea, one of the most productive players in Mississippi State’s proud baseball history? I think not. With […]