Sept. 1, 1999
UNIVERSITY, Miss. -- The M-Club Alumni Chapter of The University of
Mississippi Alumni Association will induct six new members into its Hall of
Fame on Sept. 11 prior to the Ole Miss vs. Arkansas State University
football game on campus.
Induction into the M-Club Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor given
to Ole Miss lettermen by the chapter. The ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m.
at the new Grove pavilion, is free and open to the public.
Selected for induction this year are former Ole Miss Athletic Director
Warner Alford of Ridgeland, co-captain of the Rebel football team from
1958-60, Jamie Booras of Norcross, Ga., tennis player from 1988-90,
Jennifer Gillom of Abbeville, Lady Rebel basketball player from 1983-86,
the late Harol Lofton of Brookhaven, football quarterback from 1951-53,
Dave Randall of Ridgeland, tennis player from 1986-88, and Jack Reed of
Silver City, football player from 1951-52 and baseball player from 1952-53.
"We're proud to be able to recognize such outstanding men and women as new
members of the Athletic Hall of Fame," said Ole Miss Athletic Director John
Shafer. "Their successes on their fields of competition carried over to
help them become successful in their professional lives."
As a former player, Alford earned three letters as a guard on standout
Rebel football teams from 1958-1960 that appeared in and won three bowl
games. The 1959 team, which yielded just 21 points all season, posted a
10-1 record, including a 21-0 win over LSU in the 1960 Sugar Bowl to claim
the first of the University's three national championships. The 1959 team
was also named the SEC's Team of the Decade. During his senior year in
1960 as team co-captain with Jake Gibbs, Alford helped the Rebels capture
their second-straight national title as Ole Miss went 10-0-1, capped off
with a 14-6 win over Rice on New Year's Day in the 1961 Sugar Bowl. Alford
returned to Ole Miss following his playing days in 1971 as the Rebels'
defensive line coach. He served at the position until 1973. In 1977, he
was named Athletic Director for the University and remained at that post
until 1994. During his years as Athletic Director, Ole Miss experienced
tremendous growth in both facilities and fund-raising as he helped expand
athletic opportunities for both men and women at the University, increasing
varsity sports from eight to 15. His strong leadership assured all
student-athletes were given every opportunity to graduate.
A standout on the Ole Miss tennis teams from 1988-1990, Booras and doubles
partner, fellow Hall of Fame inductee Dave Randall, became the school's
first tennis All-Americans as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the
1988 NCAA Tournament.
Booras and Randall would make a return trip to the
NCAAs in 1989, and the tandem ranked in the top 10 nationally for
two-straight years. Booras also earned All-SEC honors in 1988 and 1989.
One of the most accomplished players in the history of the Lady Rebel
basketball program, Gilliom's name can still be seen at or near the top of
several Ole Miss single-season and career records.
A three-time All-SEC
first-team selection, Gilliom and her older sister, Peggie, are the only
two Ole Miss players to record over 2,000 points in a career. During her
senior year in which she averaged 23.2 points per game, Gilliom earned SEC
Female Athlete of the Year and All-America honors. Two years later, she
helped the USA Women's Basketball team capture the gold medal at the 1988
Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Also among her many
accomplishments, Gilliom was named All-District for the 1984-85 and 1985-86
seasons, voted NCAA All-Regional in 1985 and 1986 and was the NCAA Regional
MVP in 1986. Currently, Gilliom is a standout performer for the WNBA's
Phoenix Mercury. She was a 1998 All-WNBA first-teamer as she helped lead
the Mercury to an appearance in the 1998 WNBA Finals.
A three-year star for the Ole Miss football team from 1951-53, Harol
Lofton was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame earlier this
year. An All-SEC halfback in 1953, Lofton helped the Rebels compile a
three-year record of 21-6-4 and a berth in the 1953 Sugar Bowl. He was a
teammate of fellow inductee Jack Reed on the 1952 Rebel football squad that
posted an 8-0-2 regular-season mark that included an upset over No. 1
Maryland, 21-14. Lofton's 698 yards led the team in rushing in 1952, and
he finished his career with an average of 5.15 yards per rush and 12 TDs.
His 87-yard run against Arkansas in 1953 is the third longest in Ole Miss
history. He is still tied for sixth in school history for touchdowns in a
game with three, set in a 28-0 Homecoming win over LSU on Nov. 1, 1952. As
a punter, Lofton still ranks 17th in career punting average at Ole Miss
with a 39.0 average per kick. He was selected to play in the 1953
North-South All-Star Game in Miami, Fla., following his senior campaign.
A four-year standout, Randall captured three SEC titles and twice advanced
to the NCAA Tournament. He teamed with fellow Hall of Fame inductee Jamie
Booras to become Ole Miss' first tennis All-Americans in 1988 when they
advanced to the quarterfinal-round of the NCAA Tournament. They made a
return appearance in 1989 and were ranked in the top-10 nationally in
doubles for two years. Before teaming with Booras, as a doubles player,
Randall won the No. 3 doubles title at the 1986 SEC Indoor Championships,
and the No. 2 doubles crown at the 1987 SEC Indoor Championships. Randall
also excelled in singles, winning the 1988 SEC singles championship. In
1989, Randall was awarded with the Raphael Osuna Sportsmanship Award, which
is awarded by the NCAA to the most outstanding collegiate tennis player
that demonstrates both great skill and exemplifies sportsmanship. He was a
two-time All-SEC selection and twice was named Academic All-SEC.
A two-sport performer at Ole Miss, Reed excelled on the baseball diamond.
As a center fielder during the 1952 and 1953 seasons, he garnered All-SEC
and All-District III accolades for the 1953 campaign. He also lettered two
years on the gridiron as a quarterback and safety, intercepting eight
passes in his two seasons of work. He and fellow inductee Harol Lofton
helped the Rebels to an 8-0-2 regular-season campaign in 1952, including a
21-14 upset win over No. 1 and 20-point favorite Maryland, and a trip to
the 1953 Sugar Bowl against Georgia Tech. Following graduation, Reed
played for the New York Yankees from 1961-63. On June 24, 1962, Reed's
home run gave the Yankees a 9-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the
22-inning, seven-hour game, the longest game by time in American League
The six new members bring the list of inductees in the M-Club Alumni Hall
of Fame to 145.