Thursday, July 23, 2009
Hall of Fame banquet set
Tickets are on sale for the 47th Annual BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1.
The induction banquet honoring the Class of 2009 kicks off the weekend at the Hilton Convention Center in Jackson on Friday night, July 31. A reception starting at 5:30 p.m. will precede the banquet at 7 p.m.
A gathering of all participating inductees from all classes takes place Saturday morning (9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.) at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum which will also host the $5,000 Drawdown of Champions Saturday night at 7 p.m.
For ticket information on all events, contact the museum at 800-280-FAME (3263) or 601-982-8264.
Former defensive stars Tyrone Keys, an All-SEC player at Mississippi State and a member of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, and Natchez native and four-time Pitt All- American Hugh Green, the 1980 Heisman Trophy runner- up, the highest Heisman finish ever for a pure defensive player, are joined by college and NFL defensive coaching mastermind Jim Carmody in the Class of 2009.
Coincidentally, Carmody is one of two former USM head coaches included among the 2009 honorees. Jeff Bower, the second winningest coach in USM football history, is the other.
John Stroud, the most successful coach in Millsaps’ history and the all-time scoring leader in Ole Miss men’s basketball history as well as the number three scorer all-time in the SEC, and Robert Morgan, who retired after 38 years in 2006 as the longest serving director of a PGA tournament in America, round out the class.
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