Aug. 29, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. - This weekend, the M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame will expand to 191, as five new members will join the prestigious club.
Keith Carter, Courtney Chapman Middleton, Paul Dongieux, Langston Rogers and Archie White 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 recipients Allen Brown and Alton Brown, will also be honored during halftime ceremonies at Saturday's football season opener against Central Arkansas.
A four-year starter at Ole Miss in basketball, Keith Carter helped the Rebels win the SEC Western Division title in 1997 and 1998, and was named an All-American after his senior season in 1999.
He received All-SEC first team honors in 1999 and second team honors in 1998. Carter also won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. national team at the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Carter played professional basketball in Italy from 2001 until 2008, before joining the Ole Miss Athletics Department staff in 2009 as Major Gifts Officer with the UMAA Foundation. Carter was promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Development/ Executive Director of the UMAA Foundation in 2012.
"For me it's a great honor on a lot of levels," Carter said. "From being a player to working in athletics at Ole Miss it's kind of a labor of love. It's been a lot of fun and I'm excited. I couldn't be happier."
Carter also has served as the color analyst for Rebel basketball games on the Ole Miss Radio Network since the 2008-09 season.
A native of Perryville, Ark., Carter lives in Oxford with his wife, Jill, and two children.
Courtenay Chapman Middleton
Becoming the first Lady Rebel in tennis to win 100 singles and doubles matches in a career; Courtenay Chapman finished her illustrious career with 114 wins in singles, and 102 doubles victories.
A three time All-American, Chapman helped the Lady Rebels win their first ever SEC Tournament Championship in 1999 and earned MVP honors. Chapman also helped the Lady Rebels earn four straight NCAA appearances, including the Elite Eight in 1998 and 1999.
A three-time All-SEC honoree, Chapman also participated in the NCAA Individual Championships all four years, reaching the doubles quarterfinals in 1997 with 2009 M-Club Hall of Fame inductee Agnes Muzamel.
"It's an unbelievable honor," Chapman said. "It's something you work for your whole life; very few athletes get this opportunity to be inducted. For me to be asked was the ultimate end to my tennis career."
A native Mississippian, Chapman earned her degree from Ole Miss in Broadcast Journalism in 1999 and currently lives in Jackson, Miss., where she is a teaching pro at River Hills Club.
A member of the 1969, 1970 and 1971 Ole Miss Rebels, linebacker Paul Dongieux was known for his strong and smart play. Creating timely interceptions and big defensive plays, he was a key leader on defense for head coach John Vaught and later Billy Kinard.
As a sophomore, Dongieux helped the Rebels to an 8-3 record, including a 27-22 win over Arkansas in the 1970 Sugar Bowl. His junior year (1970), the Rebels posted a 7-4 record and earned an appearance in the Gator Bowl.
A co-captain during his senior season in 1971, Dongieux earned All-SEC second team honors by the Associated Press and helped the Rebels to a 10-2 record, including a 41-18 win over Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl.
"It's truly a tremendous honor," said Dongieux on going into the Hall of Fame. "It's more of an honor for the 1971 team when we went 10-2 beating Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl."
Dongieux was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1972.
Langston Rogers joined the Ole Miss Athletics Department in 1981 as sports information director. He was promoted to assistant athletic director for sports information in 1984 and continued on to become senior associate athletics director for media relations in 2005.
Rogers retired in 2010, but continues to serve the department as special assistant to the athletics director for history.
In 1980 at the age of 36 he became the youngest president in the history of the College Sports Information Directors of America, serving for 11 years on its board of directors.
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.
Rogers spent 29 years promoting Ole Miss Athletics behind the scenes and has attended many of these ceremonies for previous inductees. Now, it's his turn to be in the spotlight.
"I'm grateful for this honor and I'm humbled when looking at the list of previous inductees. Having worked here so long I've had the privilege of knowing over 150 of the hall of famers. When I came to work at Ole Miss, I never dreamed that one day I'd join the company of so many former athletes, coaches, and administrators who have contributed so much to this university that we love."
Rogers and his wife, the former Paula Lowery, live in the Black Jack community near Sardis Lake. They have two children, and four grandchildren.
Serving as a pitcher for the Ole Miss Rebels under legendary coach Tom Swayze from 1953-56, Archie White was a member of the first Rebel team to participate in the College World Series, helping the diamond Rebs reach the pinnacle of college baseball in 1956.
During his four years on the mound for the Rebels, White compiled an impressive 11-2 career record to go with his 3.18 earned run average. Appearing in 29 games, he averaged almost one strikeout per inning as he struck out 106 hitters while pitching 113 innings.
"Looking at the 18 plaques I have here, I'm finally getting one from Ole Miss and I'm definitely putting a light on it," White said. "I was very fortunate to be around people like Tom Swayze who were so instrumental in the baseball program at Ole Miss. When they told me I was being inducted I was flabbergasted. The more you are around Ole Miss, the more you appreciate it."
White was drafted by the Braves in 1956 where he played minor league baseball until 1964.
He went on to coach the University of West Georgia baseball team for 22 seasons from 1969-1990, winning 633 games.
In 2010, White was inducted into the University of West Georgia's Hall of Fame.
An All-American end from 1962-1964, Allen Brown helped lead John Vaught's Rebels to a 22-6-3 record, including an appearance in two Sugar Bowls and one Bluebonnet Bowl. During his time at Ole Miss, he helped lead the Rebels to a ranking of third and seventh in national polls in 1962 and 1963, respectively.
After being named co-captain of the 1964 squad, he participated in the 1964 Blue-Gray Game, the 1965 Chicago All-Star game, as well as the 1965 Senior Bowl.
Brown went on to play for legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, winning Super Bowls I and II.
A 1989 M-Club Hall of Fame inductee and 2010 Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Brown is receiving the Service Award for his dedication and commitment to the M-Club and the University of Mississippi.
"Being in the ceremony for a second time is a great honor, as well as receiving the service award," Brown said. "It feels good to get an award for something that you love doing."
A defensive tackle on the 1971 and '72 teams, Alton Brown helped lead the Rebels to a 10-2 record his first year, including a 41-18 win against Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl.
Brown is receiving the Service Award for his outstanding commitment to the M-Club and The University of Mississippi.