Rick Cleveland

Born: October 7, 1952
Hometown: HattiesburgMS
Year of Induction: 2017


  • Most awarded sportswriter in Mississippi History
  • 10-time winner of Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year
  • Started writing professionally at age 13
  • Worked for the Hattiesburg American while attending USM
  • Worked one year in Monroe, La.
  • Moved to Jackson to write for Jackson Daily News and Clarion-Ledger
  • Was beat writer covering Mississippi State and later Ole Miss
  • Became Sports Editor of the Clarion-Ledger
  • Became columnist for C-L
  • Served as Executive Director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 2012 – 2016
  • Sports Editor of Mississippi Today 2016 – present
  • Writes syndicated sports column for several Mississippi papers