Clarksdale Mississippi Sports
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the museum have announced their first class of inductees, made up of former football players, coaches and administrators from Mississippi State University. They will be honored in a special ceremony Saturday, March 3, 2017, at the Mississippi Museum of Sports and Entertainment in Jackson.
The class includes former Mississippi State football players Erick Jones, Ole Miss and Ole Miss head coach Jimbo Fisher, as well as former football coaches and administrators. The trio of Rebels will join former Ole Mississippi football head coach Erick Jones as part of the 2021 class, along with former offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill O'Brien.
Destry Wright is a Clarksdale High School graduate who went on to play football at Jackson State University. As a junior, he won 20 different tournaments as a golfer and took his talents to the US Open, World Golf Championships and PGA Tour. He was named Mississippi Golfer of the Year by Clarion - Ledger his junior year, became team MVP at Ole Miss and named all - SEC twice. Collegiate became one of their first Americans to visit OleMiss and became the team's all-time leader in career wins, wins and assists and was named team MVP. Randy has turned down offers from the best golf programs in the country, but he's going to Mississippi State, Mississippi Tech, Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi.
Ole Miss Metcalf became a 2015 starter after the Rebels went 8-4 and got a bowl bid and was a 2016 starter again after going 9-3 and the first bowl game in school history. Ole Miss was a starter in 2014 and 2015, when the Rebels were eight-5 and 6-6 in the regular season, 7-7 at home and 7-6 in the SEC Championship Game to get a bowl bid.
He led the Rebels to three SEC titles, a double and a single, leading Ole Miss to its first NCAA tournament. He led the team to a regular SEC title - the 2015 season and the 2016 SEC championship game - and was selected to all Big 8 teams. His career continued in the NCAA tournament, where he intercepted three passes in one game against Arkansas and two more in another.
He owns and operates three clubs in the Jackson metro area and is very active in supporting junior golf throughout the state. He served for 26 years with the Mississippi Private Schools Associations and served on the boards of directors of the State Golf Association of Mississippi and the National Golf Foundation. He is currently president of his own golf club in Jackson, the Oak Ridge Golf Club. Call him at (601) 662-8477 or on Twitter at @ CallsCalledGolf, his social media account.
He was chairman of the American Basketball Association, where he called games for the original ABA and the new AAAs that united the first two years of the league's existence (1961-62). He was named head coach of both Mississippi State University's basketball teams and the women's team and Miss.
He was a teacher in the Coahoma County school district for 35 years, both as a teacher, coach and administrator. He played football at Alcorn State and was a member of Mississippi State University's football and men's basketball teams. He is currently the education director at the University of Mississippi College of Journalism and Mass Communications and an associate professor of journalism and public relations at the University of Ole Miss.
He won 245 of his 287 games as an assistant coach at Mississippi State University (1987-90) before being hired as head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Mississippi (1992-98). He added an average of 9.2 rebounds to a 24-15 finish, including a Mississippi State tournament title, while leading the team with 18.4 points per game.
Forty rebounds per game, the school record set by a Mississippi State player in a single season in school history. He set a school record by getting more rebounds than any other U.S. basketball player during the 1992-93 season.
After a game against Alcorn State in 1984, it was reported that Mississippi State's all-time leading scorer, Deborah Temple, put her head on the floor while waiting for her coach's instructions. She was also inducted into the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame, but most of all, the talk around her turned to the behavior she reported instead.
Temple is clearly one of the best in the college game and was called up to the U.S. team for the 1984 Olympics, where she led the team to gold medal victory against Romania. That was followed by a career-high 18 points against national ranked Ole Miss in their final game for Mississippi State.
Temple ended her college career by becoming only the fourth NCAA Division I player to retire with the No. She is a Clarksdale resident and an active member of both the Exchange Club and the Clarkdale Police Department. Still, it is an honor to be recognized by the exchange club as one of Mississippi State's great basketball players. The Clarksville Police Department is the only law enforcement agency in the state with limited rights of way and access to citizens of the city.