Carlisle Roast set for Oct. 16
Hall of Fame coach Jack Carlisle, legendary in Mississippi football circles, will be the subject for the first annual Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Roast on Oct. 16 at the museum on Lakeland Ave.
Carlisle quite possibly coached more players, at more schools, at more levels than any coach in Mississippi history. He was inducted into the Mississippi Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. His coaching career spanned six decades.
He coached championship teams at both Jackson Murrah and then Jackson Prep and later at Madison-Ridgeland Academy. As an assistant coach at Ole Miss, Carlisle inserted Tim Ellis into the game before Ellis led the Rebels to a game-wining drive to defeat eventual national champion Notre Dame in 1977.
He later served as at head coach at East Tennessee State where he coached current Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith.
Carlisle’s high school teams won 262, lost 70 and played to 17 ties, a winning percentage of nearly 82 percent.
“He took his players to a higher level than they knew they were capable of,” said Mike Dennis, who played for Carlisle at Murrah and later starred at Ole Miss and was first round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills. “He demanded hard work, but nobody worked harder than he did.
“Jack Carlisle prepared me not only for college and professional football, but also for the rest of my life,” Dennis added.
The Oct. 16 program will include a reception at 5: 30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7. Tickets for the reception, dinner and program are available for $100 each. Varying levels of sponsorships are also available. For more information, call 601 982-8264.