Roasters aplenty for Carlisle event

Posted on: September 21,2012
Roasters of Jack Carlisle at the first annual Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Roast Oct. 16 will include many of his players from the many successful stops in his legendary coaching career.
Skipper Jernigan, who played for Carlisle at Murrah before going on to be a standout offensive guard at Ole Miss, will be the master of ceremonies. “That means I get to roast the roasters,” Jernigan said.
Roasters will include Rhesa Barksdale (Murrah), Wallace McMillan (Murrah), Paul Dongeiux (Murrah), George May (Prep), Tim Ellis (Ole Miss) and James Smith (Madison-Ridgeland Academy).
Carlisle, as an offensive assistant coach at Ole Miss in 1977, insisted on inserting Ellis into a game against eventual national champion Notre Dame. With Ellis at the helm, Ole Miss rallied in games waning moments for a 20-13 victory, one of the biggest in school history.
All proceeds from the roast will go to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, which has operated for more than 16 years without any tax money from any level of government. Carlisle was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.
His high school football teams won 262 games and lost 70, a winning percentage of 82 percent. He also served as the head coach at East Tennessee State where he coached current Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith.
The event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. A reception will begin a 5:30, followed by dinner and the program at 7. For more information on tickets or sponsorhip opportunities, call 601 982-8264 or go to

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