Former Ole Miss Coaches to be Inducted Into Mississippi Sports HOF
Oct. 24, 2017

JACKSON - Miss. Two former Ole Miss coaching legends have been selected to be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, as announced by the selection committee Monday afternoon.

Former Rebel quarterback and head football coach Billy Brewer, as well as former Ole Miss track and field coach Joe Walker, Jr. will both be inducted into the 2018 class during a ceremony to be held July 28, 2018.

Brewer, a native of Columbus, Mississippi, earned accolades as both a football player and coach. Brewer played quarterback, defensive back, punted and held for place kicks for Ole Miss from 1957-60. He earned All-SEC status as a defensive back during his time with the Rebels. Brewer was named to the Ole Miss Team of the Century in 1993.

Brewer played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins in 1960 and in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions in 1961.

He would later return to Oxford in 1983 as head football coach and would lead the Rebels for 11 seasons, compiling a 67-56-3 record during that time. Brewer was named SEC Coach of the Year four times and led the Rebels to five bowl appearances.

Joe Walker, Jr., first came to Ole Miss as a student-athlete, participating in freshman basketball before transferring to Mississippi College. He would go on to letter in cross country, track and basketball at MC.

One of the most well-respected coaches in the country, Walker went on to serve as head coach of the Ole Miss track and field team for more than 30 years. Walker routinely produced SEC champions, NCAA champions and Olympians throughout his coaching career. As the Rebels' head coach, Walker guided his teams to 11 top-20 national finishes. His pupils earned All-America recognition 115 times, including 12 NCAA individual championships.

Walker is also a member of the Mississippi College Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame.






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