Sideline View by Dale McKee

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The Mississippi High School Activities Association is looking into Ole Misss and Mississippi State University hosting their state basketball championships for the next two years. The host school will be determined by where each of those teams will playing that weekend. The first rounds of the tournaments will have no changes as games will be played at the highest seed. The quarterfinals games for the next two years will be played at neutral sites. The South teams will play at Pearl River Community College and the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The North games will be played at Mississippi Valley and Itawamba. The semifinals will be held at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson before heading to Ole Miss or Mississippi State. USM, the Coast Coliseum and Bancorp Arena in Tupelo will be considered for the state championship games in the coming years. Southern Mississippi’s Green Coliseum is undergoing a $3.6 million facelift over the next three years. In addition to the needed updating, Conference USA scheduling format for the final four conference games also hinders USM from hosting at this time. Those dates and sites are not set until after the first 14 conference games. The changes still have to be voted on for final approval by the MHSAA.

Sanderson Farms sponsors Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Inductions

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for the class of 2019 will be this weekend in Jackson. This year they have the National High School Football Coach of the Year in Ackerman native and Jackson Prep football coach Ricky Black; Weir native and major-league pitching superstar Roy Oswalt; Greenville native and record setting NFL running back Wilbert Montgomery; Greenwood native and most accomplished golfer Cissye Gallagher; former Mississippi State quarterback and coach Rocky Felker; and Vicksburg native and former Ole Miss football great Richard “Possum” Price. The induction will be held August 3 and will be sponsored again by Laurel based Sanderson Farms and the Sanderson Farms Championship Golf Tournament.

A star is born

There is a great news story about former Wayne County and East Mississippi Community College football player Ronald Ollie. He is vying for a roster spot with the Oakland Raiders. Ollie, a defensive tackle, played his final two seasons of college ball at Nicholls State before signing as a free agent. The Raiders reported this past Saturday that Ollie will be battling with four linemen for a roster spot. He caught the national media attention when he was the star of the Netflix’s Last Chance U series about East Mississippi Community College football. Ollie may become a TV star again as the Raiders are this year’s team for HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Another great NFL hopeful is Cleveland Browns wide receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi. His story of perseverance could be better than the movie about the famous Notre Dame walk-on Rudy. Sheehy-Guiseppi sneaked his way into a Browns tryout camp. He convinced them he was supposed to be there. The former Phoenix Junior College speedster has been out of football for five years and was turned down 100 times either by Division 1 schools, the CFL or the Arena League. He could be considered a football nomad, but running a 4.38 forty-yard dash caught the attention of Cleveland Player Personnel Vice President Alonzo Highsmith. You will have to read more about this young man to believe his story.

The NFL also called Not For Long League

Former Ole Miss Rebel Robert Nkemdiche, a first round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals, four years ago was cut by the team on Saturday for not being in shape.

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