Category: Rick’s Writings

As we move to the Final Four, let’s look at obvious NCAA selection bias

Posted on: April 08,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Men’s college basketball moves to the Final Four this weekend. As has been the case all but one time in NCAA history, no Mississippi team is involved. No surprise there, our teams just weren’t nearly good enough to get that far. In fact, none […]

Mississippi college baseball continues to flourish this spring

Posted on: March 24,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Here’s the latest round of positive proof that Mississippi is, above all else, a baseball state: • Mississippi State is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the latest Baseball America poll. The Bulldogs, 16-4 and 2-1, are fresh from taking two of […]

A new public golf course at Jackson’s old Colonial CC? That’s the plan.

Posted on: March 11,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. A few of us were tramping up and down the overgrown, sometimes prickly fairways of the former Colonial Country Club golf course in northeast Jackson near dusk recently. Renowned golf course designer Rob Collins was explaining the routing of a proposed par-4 hole […]

Dak Prescott’s new contract pays about $80,000 per pass he throws

Posted on: March 11,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Dak Prescott has signed a breathtaking new contract to play quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Actually, it takes your breath away. Somehow, the former Mississippi State Bulldog will have to scrape by on $160 million over the next four years. That’s an average […]

Coach Prime got a Gatorade bath, a game ball — and, he got his stuff back

Posted on: February 22,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Deion Sanders got his first head coaching victory Sunday, and that was just for starters. He also got an icy Gatorade bath. He was presented a trophy on the field, and then his players awarded him the game ball in the locker room […]

Hattiesburg’s old gym burns down, but so many memories will endure

Posted on: February 08,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. Hattiesburg’s old high school gymnasium, long since abandoned, burned down in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Thankfully, the memories live on. And we will get to those. The gym, completed in 1937, was home to the Hattiesburg High Tigers for nearly 50 […]

Few people live their dreams, but Ole Miss great Jimmy Weatherly lived two

Posted on: February 04,2021

This article first appeared on mississippitoday.org and was written by Rick Cleveland. The name of the song was “Midnight Plane to Houston.” Jimmy Weatherly, the singing and song-writing former Ole Miss quarterback, loved his new tune, but it was going nowhere fast. His agent pitched it to Gladys Knight and the Pips, who had successfully […]