Tag: Rick’s Writings

Nearing 33, Brittney Reese has a young inspiration for her long, remarkable career

Posted on: August 23,2019

The following article is written by former Museum Executive Director, Rick Cleveland and was originally published at Before Gulfport native Brittney Reese became a world champion long jumper, an Olympic gold medalist and a single mother, she was high school and junior college basketball star with a decision to make: Basketball or track and […]

A visit to Ol' Diz

Posted on: December 07,2012

BOND — The cemetery is modest, perhaps the size of a football field, surrounded by a chain link fence. It’s out from Bond, which is out from Wiggins, about 28 miles south of Hattiesburg. Here, Jay Hannah “Dizzy” Dean rests side by side with his wife, Pat, in the morning shade of a cypress tree. […]

Moncrief monstrous in Rebs' Egg Bowl win

Posted on: November 24,2012

OXFORD — Hugh Freeze was the winning coach, the man of the hour, but Dan Mullen was the coach on the Ole Miss jumbotron as the final seconds ticked down. What goes round, comes round. And, boy, this came around and came around and came around again. “We will never lose to this team again,” […]

So many Eggs, so many memories

Posted on: November 22,2012

(Writer’s note: Happy Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful for family and also thankful newspapers paid me for more than 40 years to go cover games like the Egg Bowl. I am also thankful to help preserve the legends of Egg Bowls past in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. What follows is a […]

Jerious Norwood remembers a prized Egg from 10 years ago

Posted on: November 21,2012

Jerious Norwood — J-Rock to his fans and friends — doesn’t have to think more than a split second when asked his best Egg Bowl memory. “It was the one we won,” Norwood said from Atlanta Tuesday. “That’s the easiest question I’ve ever answered.” It was Nov. 26, 2005, at Scott Field, and it was […]

Blades Blazes Trail for Softball

Posted on: July 29,2012

Before Courtney Blades-Rogers became an All-American softball pitcher at Southern Miss, no pitcher in NCAA history had ever struck out as many as 500 batters in a single season.As a senior in the spring 2000, Blades-Rogers, fanned 663. She practically rewrote the NCAA softball record book, which is why Blades-Rogers tonight becomes the first softball […]

A Tribute to Rube

Posted on: May 03,2012

This was 1974, a Sunday night. Then-WLBT television station manager Bill Dilday, a jazz aficionado, was driving back into Jackson from a business trip. As he often did, Dilday turned his radio dial to WJSU-FM, the Jackson State University campus radio station. “I heard this new deejay, with this rich, baritone voice, who called himself […]


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