Ole Miss To Induct Four Into Athletics Hall Of Fame
April 3, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame will expand to 176 members this weekend, as four more names will be added to the prestigious group.
Whitey Adams of West Allis, Wisc., Lindy Callahan of Gulfport, Miss., Agnes Muzamel of Jackson, Miss., and Stevon Moore of Wiggins, Miss., will become the newest members of the M-Club Hall of Fame Friday evening in a ceremony which will be held at the Ole Miss Inn. They, along with M-Club Service Award recipient Randy Reed of Germantown, Tenn., will also be honored during pre-game ceremonies at Saturday's football game against Alabama.
Whitey Adams earned three letters for the Diamond Rebels playing third base from 1968-70 under head coach Tom Swayze. Adams helped the Rebels to 72 wins in that time along with the 1969 Southeastern Conference Championship and an appearance in the 1969 College World Series - the program's third trip to Omaha.
In that 1969 season, Adams was named an All-SEC selection as he helped Ole Miss to a 27-15 record and saw the Rebels sweep through the SEC Championship playoffs over Florida and the NCAA District III Playoffs into the CWS.
Following the 1970 season - one that saw the Rebels post a 25-8 record - Adams was named an All-America selection, the fifth in program history. He also earned All-SEC West honors in both 1969 and 1970. Adams finished his career with a .310 batting average and tallied 89 RBI along with 14 home runs.
"Those were the days of freshman teams and no wooden bats," said teammate John Shaw. "But, despite all the advances we've made since then, the one thing successful players back then shared with players of today were three qualities that Whitey exemplified. He took pride in his preparation to perform, he was committed to success and he was dependable as a teammate. Those are the things that separate successful people from the rest, and he always demonstrated those qualities. Whitey delivered no matter how pressure packed the situation might be."
Lindy Callahan was a three-year letterwinner at running back for the Rebels from 1949-51 as a part of the early years of the John Vaught era and helped lay the foundation for Ole Miss' rise to prominence on a national scale for close to two decades. Callahan also earned a letter in baseball during the 1950 season.
Callahan finished his career with the Rebels having rushed for 778 yards on 166 carries and scored five touchdowns as he averaged 4.7 yards per carry. He also caught 10 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown. Also a threat on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams, Callahan posted one interception and had two punt returns and four kickoff returns in his career.
The running back's best season was his senior year in 1951 when he rushed for 456 yards and posted a 76-yard run on the second play from scrimmage against Auburn in a 39-14 win. That run still ranks as the 15th longest rush from scrimmage in school history.
Callahan was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
"Lindy Callahan was a fine runner for us," said teammate and recent SEC Living Legend selection Jimmy Lear. "He ran well and had great speed and strength. He is someone who is well deserving of induction into the M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame."
Agnes Muzamel competed for the Rebels from 1996-99, claiming four letters and garnering All-America status all four seasons - becoming one of only two, four-time All-Americans in Ole Miss women's tennis history.
Muzamel started her career off with a bang, claiming the 1996 SEC singles championship as a freshman. It was the beginning of a career that saw her claim 122 total victories, the second most in Rebel history as she helped the women's tennis team to four NCAA Tournaments, including two Elite Eight Appearances in 1998 and 1999.
She also helped the Rebels claim the 1999 SEC Tournament Championship down in Baton Rouge, defeating third-ranked Georgia and top-ranked Florida in back-to-back days to claim the title.
Muzamel is currently a teaching professional at the River Hills Club in Jackson.
"Agnes brought a seriousness and commitment to our women's tennis program at Ole Miss that was admirable and inspiring," said former tennis coach Jerry Montgomery, who coached Muzamel. "It was clear that she had made many sacrifices developing her skills, and she continued to do that in her career at Ole Miss. In addition to that, she is a really good person and was such a great friend to all of the girls on the team. I am grateful for what she contributed to our program."
Stevon Moore is the second member of the Ole Miss football program to be selected for the M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Moore lettered four years for the Rebels at defensive back under head coach Billy Brewer and served as co-captain in the 1988 season as a senior.
During his four years with the Rebels, Moore helped Ole Miss to the 1986 Independence Bowl where the Rebels posted a 20-17 win over the Red Raiders of Texas Tech to cap an 8-3-1 season.
A first-team All-SEC selection three years in a row from 1986-88, Moore was selected to participate in the 1988 Senior and Hula Bowls before being drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 1989 NFL Draft. He then played eleven years in the NFL with the Dolphins, Browns, Jets and Ravens.
"Stevon was one of the best cornerbacks to play for us," said former Rebel head coach Billy Brewer. "He was a very talented and smart football player. When we faced a great receiver we just put Stevon on him and told him to lock him down. He is a classy guy who contributed a lot to the Ole Miss program both on and off the field."
The 2009 recipient of the M-Club Service Award is former football player Randy Reed, who earned three letters with the Rebels from 1969-71. In that time he helped the Rebels to appearances in the Sugar Bowl and the Gator Bowl and a 25-9 record.
The M-Club is honoring Reed based on his many years of leadership, dedication, service and commitment to the Chapter and the University.
Over the years, he has been instrumental in establishing scholarship assistance to children of former letterwinners through various fundraisers that the M-Club sponsors. Among these are past alumni football games which featured former football greats participating in full pad contests at the Spring Game. Reed was also very instrumental in the creation of the Grove Bowl concept that has been enjoyed by thousands of Ole Miss alumni and friends for the past 11 years.
He also served as the M-Club Alumni President from 2000-2002.
"Randy has been integral to the growth of the M-Club and his leadership, dedication and commitment to the organization has been outstanding," said Clay Cavett, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs in the Alumni Association. "He has helped the scholarship fund grow by leaps and bounds. He has really provided the foundation for the M-Club and the scholarship fund to grow to the point it's at today."
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