Langston Rogers Announces Retirement

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM <blank>
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

April 3, 2012

By Joey Jones
Associate Director, Athletics Media Relations

OXFORD, Miss. - After three decades of directing the publicity efforts for Ole Miss Athletics, Langston Rogers is retiring from his post as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations, effective at the end of April.

An icon of the media relations world, Rogers has won nearly every award possible as a member and past president of the 2,300-member College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

"Langston has been guiding a critical component of Ole Miss Athletics for 30 years," Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone said. "His awards at the regional and national levels only tell a fraction of the story of his successful portrayal of Ole Miss Athletics across our country. All of his contributions are greatly admired and appreciated by the Rebel family."

"When you're an athletics director, there are a lot of times when people second-guess you on the hires you make, but I can say this: Nobody ever second-guessed me on hiring Langston Rogers," said Warner Alford, the Ole Miss athletics director from 1978-94. "He was a No. 1 draft choice. I have never known a guy that worked as hard in his particular area as Langston did and never complained. He's such a professional person and known all over the country. I consider him a great friend and have always admired him. There will never be another Langston."

In 1990, Rogers became the 100th inductee into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame and in 2001 received the Arch Ward Award, presented annually to a CoSIDA member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of college sports information and is the highest award presented to a member of the national organization. In 2008, he received the Trailblazer Award from CoSIDA, presented annually to an individual who is a pioneer in the field of sports information and who has mentored and helped improve the level of ethnic and gender diversity within CoSIDA. He was president of the organization in 1980-81 and served on the Board of Directors for 11 years.

Rogers was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008. He also received the Distinguished Statesman Award from Delta State University in 1998 and the Elmore (Scoop) Hudgins Sports Information Directors Award from the All-American Football Foundation in 1999.

"I have so many great memories from my career, beginning in 1961 as the student sports information director for Coach Sullivan at East Mississippi Community College and then in the same capacity for Coach Ferriss and Coach McCool at Delta State before being named the school's first full time SID in 1966," Rogers said. "Those experiences opened the door for me to come to Ole Miss in 1981, and I am grateful to Warner Alford for giving me the opportunity to grow in my chosen profession.

"This profession has a way of consuming what seems to be your every waking moment, but I have been truly blessed to have a family who understood that time commitment and provided the support much more than I deserved. I am also grateful for the opportunity to work with Pete Boone and such outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators. It has been a joy to see those student-athletes come in as kids and leave as adults."

Rogers joined the Rebel athletics staff on July 1, 1981, as sports information director. On July 1, 1984, he was named the assistant athletics director for sports information, and has since been promoted to senior associate athletics director for media relations.

In addition to his daily duties of overseeing the publicity of Ole Miss' 18 varsity sports, Rogers has been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the athletics department's memorabilia room, as well as archives that include game programs, statistics, news releases, publications and other items dating back to the foundation of the Ole Miss athletics programs. He has also been responsible for many successful national awards campaigns for Ole Miss football players and other student-athletes.

Rogers currently serves as a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame District 3 screening committee, is a member of the Media Coordination Committee for the NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball Championship and is an honorary member of the University of Mississippi M-Club Alumni Chapter. He is also a past president of the Southeastern Conference sports information directors (1989-90, 1990-91) and was one of the U.S. Olympic Committee's press liaison officers at the 1982 National Sports Festival.

Prior to joining Ole Miss, Rogers served 17 years as the sports information director at Delta State University, making numerous appearances on the national level with the school's championship women's basketball program.

Rogers earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Delta State University, where he was a member of the baseball team, playing for Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Dave "Boo" Ferriss. He also earned his Associate of Arts degree from East Mississippi Junior College, where he was student body president, editor of the campus newspaper and played baseball for legendary coach Bob "Bull" "Cyclone" Sullivan.

He is married to the former Paula Lowery of Cleveland, Miss. They have two children, Laura and Bill, and four grandchildren - Austin, Anna, Abby and Avery. Laura received her doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi, and Bill's undergraduate degree is from Ole Miss.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 24-30, 2015)

      Monday, March 30, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 24-30, 2015Women's Basketball-The Ole Miss women's basketball team saw its record setting season some to a close with a loss to Middle Tennessee in the third round of the WNIT. The Rebels closed the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- March 29

      Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss celebrated one of the most successful years in school history. The women's basketball team saw its season come to an end in the Sweet 16 of the Postseason WNIT. The football team continued spring practice, and we're now... read more

    • Grove Bowl to be Featured on SEC Network Platofrms

      Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Football

      The SEC Network will air every SEC spring football game with multiple viewing opportunities on both television and the network's digital platforms. All 12 spring football games will be carried live and in full on SEC Network + with additional... read more

    • Freeze, Players Talk Quarterback Competition

      Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - Football

      Through the first seven spring practices, or three weeks since the start of spring practice on March 3, there does not appear to be any separation between sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade and junior college transfer Chad Kelly.  Whether... read more

    • VIDEO: 2015 Rebel Choice Awards

      Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - Athletics

      read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 17-23, 2015)

      Monday, March 23, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review March 17-23, 2015 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss scored 62 second-half points to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit, rallying past 11th-seeded BYU 94-90 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. -... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- March 22

      Sunday, March 22, 2015 - Athletics

      The men's basketball team saw its run in the NCAA Tournament come to an end in the Round of 64 after a thrilling win in the First Four. The women's basketball team won two postseason WNIT games to continue its... read more

    • Trent, Bramlett Pitch Rebels Past No. 1 Florida

      Sunday, March 22, 2015 - Baseball

      Junior left-hander Christian Trent and sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett picked up quality starts on the mound, and the offensive provided some timely hits, which proved to be a winning formula as Ole Miss claimed the weekend series over No. 1... read more

    • VIDEO: Insell Previews WNIT Matchup with GT

      Saturday, March 21, 2015 - Women's Basketball

      read more

    • Journey Ends for Five Seniors

      Thursday, March 19, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A four-year starter at point guard, one of the most accomplished players in program history, senior Jarvis Summers saw his Ole Miss career come to an end, as did four of his fellow seniors in LaDarius White,... read more

    • Kennedy, Mack Talk Familiarity, Preparations

      Thursday, March 19, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      From his five years at Cincinnati, three as an assistant coach and one each as associate head coach and interim head coach, head coach Andy Kennedy knows and has experienced the Xavier program first hand, having coached against the Musketeers... read more

    • Whirlwind Week Continues for the Rebels

      Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss has gone through a two-day turn twice, as well as a one-day turn when the Rebels played No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati in back-to-back days at the Emerald Coast Classic, but they haven't gone through a turn quite... read more

    • PHOTOS: Ole Miss Basketball Defeats BYU

      Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Photo Gallery "YOU BELONG!" - AK @OleMissMBB pic.twitter.com/N0E09nTXHy-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) March 18, 2015 REBS WIN!! REBS WIN!!! HELL YEAH DAMN RIGHT!!! @OleMissMBB #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/ak0Vwpq2He-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) March 18, 2015... read more

    • Ole Miss a Giant Killer against Xavier?

      Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Giant Killers come in many different shapes and forms in the NCAA Tournament. They are not just your teams from smaller and mid-major conferences, but also your lower-seeded power-conference teams. As defined by ESPN's Peter Keating and Jordan Brenner, Giants Killers... read more

    • What They're Saying: Rebels Take Down BYU

      Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      March Madness reigned in Dayton, as 11th-seeded Ole Miss scored 62 second-half points to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit, rallying past 11th-seeded BYU 94-90 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday. The nation watched, and they reacted to... read more