Crawford Enters Mississippi Sports Hall Of Fame This Weekend

July 25, 2012

OXFORD, Miss. -- Eddie Crawford, Ole Miss' last three-sport star and a long-time administrator, will be enshrined in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Friday at Jackson's Downtown Marriott, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the banquet at 7 p.m.

Festivities for the six-member Induction Class of 2012 will continue Saturday as part of the 50th Annual BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. The inductees and other Hall of Famers will sign autographs Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Drawdown of Champions, which includes auctions of sports memorabilia and other prizes, will take place from 6:30-10 p.m. also at the museum.

Tickets remain available to all three events and can be ordered by calling (601) 982-8264.

Crawford, a native of Jackson, Tenn., is entering in his 50th year of service to the University of Mississippi, currently serving as Special Assistant to the Athletics Director. His administrative tenure at Ole Miss included a stint as interim athletics director from April to June 1998 and eight years as director of the Loyalty Foundation, now the UMAA Foundation.

Crawford joined the athletics department in 1962 as head basketball coach, freshman football assistant coach and varsity scout. He was head basketball coach from 1963-68, posting a 46-97 record. He coached the offensive backfield and receivers before taking on full-time recruiting responsibilities in 1977. Following the 1979 season, Crawford joined the Loyalty Foundation staff.

Crawford was a standout performer in football, basketball and baseball from 1954 to 1956 and is believed to be Ole Miss' last three-sport letterwinner. An All-SEC centerfielder in 1956, Crawford also competed on the Rebel track team but did not letter.

After a successful stint with the New York Giants of the National Football League, Crawford entered the coaching ranks as an assistant at Greenville (Miss.) High in 1958. He was named head coach at Greenville in 1959 before returning to Jackson (Tenn.) High as coach and athletic director in 1960, a position he held until joining the Rebels in 1962.

A member of the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame and the Jackson-Madison County Hall of Fame, Crawford was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in February 1996. He and his wife, Shirley, have two children, Kim and Kip, both Ole Miss graduates, and two grandsons, Slater and Logan.

Joining Crawford in this year's Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame class is the youngest ever inductee, Courtney Blade Rogers, former National Softball Player of the Year at Southern Miss; Sam Hall, Hattiesburg, Miss., native and former player and golf coach at USM; Jeff Malone, all-time basketball scoring leader in Mississippi State history with 2,142 points; Ennis Proctor former Executive Director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association and 20-year major leaguer Rafael Palmeiro, the only three-time baseball All-American in MSU history.


 

 

  • 09/22/2015 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    Five Rebel Greats To Be Enshrined in M-Clu...

    The Ole Miss M-Club Alumni Hall of Fame will get a little more prestigious this weekend. Five Rebel greats, representing four different sports, will be welcomed to the Hall of Fame at a ceremony... Read More [+]

    08/31/2015 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    Ole Miss Announces Letterwinner Walk Project

    Ole Miss Athletics will add the Letterwinner Walk to its new plaza outside the north end zone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium next fall, Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Monday. Read More [+]

    04/07/2015 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    Regions Bank Grove Bowl Week is Here

    Ole Miss Athletics is looking forward to a big weekend, headlined by the Regions Bank Grove Bowl that kicks off at noon CT on Saturday and is free to the public. Ole Miss Softball hosts Georgia for... Read More [+]

    09/27/2014 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    2014 Ole Miss M-Club Hall of Fame Class

    Six outstanding individuals were honored with their induction into the M-Club Hall of Fame on Sept. 26. The 2014 class is headlined by the late Chucky Mullins, whose life and influenced is being... Read More [+]

    09/05/2014 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    Special Group To Join Ole Miss M-Club Hall...

    Six outstanding individuals that helped forge the success that Ole Miss Athletics enjoys today, will be honored with induction into the Ole Miss M-Club Hall of Fame this fall. Read More [+]

    08/01/2014 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    Celebration of Chucky Mullins Set for Ole ...

    The life and influence of Chucky Mullins will be celebrated during the Ole Miss-Memphis football game weekend (Sept. 27) as part of the M-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on campus. Read More [+]

    04/02/2014 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    Regions Bank Grove Bowl Highlights Busy...

    Ole Miss Athletics is looking forward to a big weekend, headlined by the Regions Bank Grove Bowl that kicks off at noon CT on Saturday and is free to the public. Rebel Baseball and a free Nelly... Read More [+]

    11/21/2013 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    Ole Miss Chapter To Honor Van Devenders...

    The Ole Miss Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will honor Billy and Mollie Van Devender of Jackson, Miss., with its Distinguished American Award and Jesse... Read More [+]

    10/23/2013 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    Ole Miss Inducts Five To M-Club Hall Of Fame

    This past weekend, the Ole Miss M-Club Association honored a group of six outstanding individuals, five with induction into the M-Club Hall of Fame and one with the Lotterhos Service Award. Read More [+]

    08/21/2013 - M Club Athletic Alumni

    2013 M-Club Hall Of Fame Class Announced

    The Ole Miss M-Club Association will honor a group of six outstanding individuals this fall, five with induction into the M-Club Hall of Fame and one with the Lotterhos Service Award. Read More [+]

    • ESPN to Hold Pregame Show Before Ole Miss-FSU

      Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Football

      Orlando Sentinel - ESPN plans to expand its coverage of the Florida State-Ole Miss game on Labor Day night with a one-hour live pregame show from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will... read more

    • Facing Florida State's Dalvin Cook

      Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - Football

      Florida State's Dalvin Cook is a first-round talent, a Heisman candidate, and a potential game-breaker on any run. So yes, he's really good. In camp, a defense can only get so much tackling practice because of the fear of... read more

    • Chad Kelly Named All-SEC by ESPN

      Monday, August 22, 2016 - Football

      ESPN - After leading the SEC in passing yards (4,042), passing yards per game (310.9) and touchdowns (31) last season, Kelly is easily the best quarterback in the conference. Kelly has already been named first team All-SEC by the... read more

    • Free Brad Paisley Concert Slated for Day Before Camping World Kickoff game

      Monday, August 15, 2016 - Football

      Before Ole Miss kicks off against Florida State in one of the most anticipated showdowns of week one on Monday, country music star Brad Paisley will perform a free concert on Sunday, September 4 for fans in Downtown Orlando... read more

    • Archie Manning to be Featured on Havoline Football Saturdays

      Friday, August 12, 2016 - Football

      Ole Miss legend Archie Manning will be featured on an episode of Raycom Sports' Emmy Award-winning series 'Havoline Football Saturdays' on Saturday, August 13. The show is hosted by Tim Brando.  The episode will air on Saturday on WHPM... read more

    • Souza Settled in on Brazil's Back Line

      Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - Soccer

      #BRA's Rafaelle speaks about her remarkable journey to #Rio2016 #Olympicshttps://t.co/aTdRq337y8 pic.twitter.com/dToKMtjExU-- FIFA Women'sWorldCup (@FIFAWWC) August 10, 2016 Ole Miss' career leader in goals scored and points Rafaelle Souza has found a home in the middle of Brazil's back line.... read more

    • Watch Party for Sam Kendricks as He Goes for Gold

      Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - Track & Field

      Sam Kendricks had a decorated career competing in the pole vault while wearing the Ole Miss red and blue from 2012-14. He was a two-time NCAA champion, five-time USA champion and five-time All-American, and now he's looking to add... read more

    • PFF Ranks Ole Miss as Returning Seventh-Most Production

      Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - Football

      PFF - 7.Ole MissDespite sending three first-round picks to the NFL, Ole Miss is loaded up once again with talent. They boast the SEC's top returning quarterback in Chad Kelly and one of the nation's best receiving tight ends... read more

    • Practice Observations from August 8

      Monday, August 8, 2016 - Football

      Ole Miss held their first practice that was open to the media on Monday. Here are a few quick takeaways from a practice without pads. Most of my time was spent watching the offensive side of the ball: As... read more

    • Jersey Numbers Released for Football Newcomers

      Sunday, August 7, 2016 - Football

      With the opening of camp today, Ole Miss released the jersey numbers for the newcomers on the football team for the fall. Between the 2016 signing class, transfers and walk-ons, the Rebels will have 37 new faces in total. ... read more

    • Madden 17 Ratings for Former Rebels

      Friday, August 5, 2016 -

      When Madden 17 is released in a couple weeks, 21 former Rebels will be included on the launch roster (some of the undrafted free agents that signed are not on the game yet). Not very surprisingly, Eli Manning leads the... read more

    • Rebel Notables from the First Week of NFL Camp

      Monday, August 1, 2016 - Football

      While the current Rebels have another week before practice starts up, former Rebels in the NFL began training camp over the past week. Here are some Rebel notables from the first few practices of the 2016 NFL season. It's... read more

    • Coaches Want Freeze Coaching Their Sons

      Friday, July 29, 2016 -

      Who would coaches want to coach their son if he was an elite prospect? ESPN's Chris Lowe polled the 23 head coaches in the Big 12 and SEC on that question, and Hugh Freeze was one of the top vote-getters. One of the... read more

    • Vaught Ranked No. 30 CFB Coach of All-Time

      Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - Football

      Sports on Earth - "No. 30 John Vaught: Ole Miss has never been crowned national champion by the AP poll, but in 1960 it shared titles honors with Minnesota, thanks to the FWAA vote, and the Rebels also claim... read more

    • Ole Miss to be Well-Represented in Rio

      Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - Track & Field

      Ole Miss track and field will be represented in a big way as the world's attention turns to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. A school-record seven members of the Rebel family will compete at the Games while... read more

OFFICIAL STORE