Ole Miss To Induct Five To Athletics Hall Of Fame
April 3, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. -- The Ole Miss M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame will increase to 186 members this weekend, as five more former Rebel stars will be added to the prestigious group.
Pat Ball, Rod Barnes, Billy Brewer, Fran Chandler and Skipper Jernigan are the five memorable individuals who will become the newest members of the M-Club Hall of Fame Friday evening in a ceremony which will be held at the Inn at Ole Miss. They, along with M-Club Service Award recipient Mike Robbins, will also be honored during halftime ceremonies at Saturday's football game against Georgia.
The late Pat Ball, a native of Gadsden, Ala., lettered for the diamond Rebels from 1974-77 under the legendary Jake Gibbs. He was named to the All-SEC Western Division Team in 1974 as a freshman. Ball was the All-SEC centerfielder in 1975 and finished with All-Western Division laurels in 1977.
Rod Barnes, a native of Satartia, Miss., was a four-year letterwinner at Ole Miss, playing for head coaches Lee Hunt and Ed Murphy. One of just two players in school history to score more than 1,000 points and have more than 400 assists, he was also the first Ole Miss player to collect 500 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. As a senior in 1988, he was an honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News while earning first-team all-SEC honors from the coaches as well as second-team accolades from the Associated Press and third-team mention from United Press International. Barnes was honored with his selection to the Ole Miss basketball All-Century team.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for three seasons (1990-93) at Livingston University, now known as the University of West Alabama, before returning to his alma mater in 1993. Barnes also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Ole Miss under Rob Evans before being elevated to head coach on April 9, 1998.
Barnes compiled a 141-109 record in eight seasons at Ole Miss (1998-2006), guiding the Rebels to four postseason bids, including three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Barnes made an immediate impact at the helm as his first Ole Miss squad recorded the first NCAA Tournament win in school history with a 1999 first-round victory over Villanova. Two years later, the Rebels picked up NCAA Tournament wins over Iona and Notre Dame to reach the Sweet 16 for the first and only time in Ole Miss history.
He was named the 2001 Naismith College Coach of the Year and the 2001 SEC Coach of the Year after leading Ole Miss to a school-record 27-win season in 2000-01 which included the trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Rebels captured the SEC West division title three times during Barnes' 13 seasons in Oxford.
His accomplishments were also evident in his selection as an assistant coach for the 2001 USA Basketball team that competed in the World University Games in Beijing, China.
Barnes is currently serving as the head men's basketball coach at Cal State Bakersfield.
Billy Brewer is a former head football coach for Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana Tech University and Ole Miss.
Fran (Spencer) Chandler
Fran (Spencer) Chandler played for the Ole Miss women's tennis team from 1982-84 and helped the Rebels to the SEC Finals in 1982 and 1984, the AIAW Nationals and the program's first top 20 national ranking.
Skipper Jernigan was a three-year letterwinner (1968-70) as an offensive lineman on the Ole Miss football team under legendary head coach Johnny Vaught and offensive line coach Frank M. (Bruiser) Kinard.
The 2011 M-Club Service Award is being presented to Dr. Mike Robbins for his outstanding dedication and service to the M-Club, as well as to the University of Mississippi.
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