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Southern Miss M-Club to Induct 2016 Sports Hall of Fame Class

Aug. 18, 2016 HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi M-Club Alumni Association will formally induct its Class of 2016 on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Southern Oaks House and Gardens located at 1246 Richburg Road. This event marks the 51st induction. The social begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 6 p.m.

The M-Club is the University's association of former athletic letter winners and consists of former players, coaches, trainers, managers and cheerleaders.

The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees include Sonny Baskin (Football 1947-48), Curtis Green (Basketball 1980-84), Joe Ganse (Football 1972-74), Cliff Lewis (Football 1978-80), Marc Maddox (Baseball 2003-06), Pam McCoy (Basketball 1977-81), Chris Ryals (Football 1988-91), Harold Shaw (Football 1994-97), and Toby Simpson (Tennis 1994-98).

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $40 each or tables of 10 for $400. Seats can be purchased via check payable to the M-Club Alumni Association. For more information, please contact the Southern Miss Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or checks can be sent to M-Club Alumni Association Hall of Fame Banquet, 118 College Dr., #5099, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001.

SONNY BASKIN (FOOTBALL 1947-1948)

Was a part of the Southern Miss football program post World War II on Reed Green's teams in 1947 and 1948 and was known for his lifetime support and contributions to the University of Southern Mississippi and it's Athletic programs...He was a World War II veteran serving with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theatre...Was a charter member of the Big Gold Club, a former member of the Board of Directors and advisory committee of the Eagle Club and the Board of Directors of the M-Club. He was a past member of the USM Foundation and was inducted into the USM Alumni Hall of Fame in 1990...Was past president of the Jackson Touchdown Club and past member of the Mississippi Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

JOE GANSE (FOOTBALL 1972-1974)

Earned three letters under head coach P.W. Underwood from 1972 to 1974 as a defensive tackle...As a sophomore in 1972 he finished the year with 28 tackles and was one of the leaders in quarterback sacks and tackles for losses...In 1973 as a starter at defensive tackle, he finished the year with 60 total tackles which included 10 "big plays" to rank among the team leaders in that category...In his senior season of 1974, he once again was a starter at defensive tackle and finished the year with 66 tackles and again ranked among the team leaders in "big plays"... Known as one of the toughest and most aggressive players throughout his career as a Golden Eagle, a player who had good football savvy and was an excellent pass rusher...Known for his unselfish attitude and his willingness to do whatever it took to help the team win.

CURTIS GREEN (BASKETBALL 1980-1984)

Four-year letter winner ... One of the more prolific scorers in Southern Miss history...Scored 1,513 career points....Averaged 13.9 points for his career...Had a 74.3 percent shooting from the line...The all-time career steal leader with 193...Led the team in assists during the 1981-82 and 1983-84 seasons...Led the team in scoring in his junior and senior campaigns...Scored a career high 33 points against North Texas...Ranked in top 10 in all-time career assists...AP All-South Independent Second Team...Two-time All-Metro Conference Selection.

CLIFF LEWIS (LINEBACKER 1978-1980)

Became one of the school's best linebackers during a three-year career that started in 1978 after he transferred to Southern Miss from Georgia Tech...Was one of the architects and leaders of the original "Nasty Bunch" defense...In his first season with the Golden Eagles, he had 90 tackles that included 58 solo stops...The coaching staff credited him with six big plays that season that included two interceptions in addition to several tackles for losses...In 1979, he helped lead the Golden Eagles to wins over in-state rivals Ole Miss and Mississippi State and finished the season with 76 tackles, that included 44 solo stops and was credited with three big plays by the coaching staff...As a senior, he was a part of leading the team to its first bowl appearance as a Division I school and their first national ranking, finishing the season with an 8-3 record...He finished second on the team that year with 114 tackles, that included 74 solo tackles and had six big plays that included a fumble recovery and a quarterback sack....For his career he finished with 280 tackles...That 1980 team beat McNeese state 16-14 in the Independence Bowl...Played four seasons (1981-1984) in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

Marc Maddox (BASEBALL 2003-2006)

A four-year letterwinner and starter for the Golden Eagles ... A 2006 preseason All-Conference USA selection ... Led the team in batting with a .359 clip his junior season ... Had team lead with 18 home runs as a senior ... A two-time Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year ... He was part of a class that posted a 172-79 record ... Helped the team capture a school-record, three-straight 40-win seasons and earned four-straight invitations to the NCAA Regional Tournament ... The Golden Eagles won the regular season and tournament in 2003 ... Freshman All-American honors ... Two-time C-USA First team All-Conference selection ... Collegiate Baseball Writers Association third team All-American ... Six career records that included games played, runs scored, hits, home runs, grand slams and total bases ... Second in RBI, fourth in walks and 10th in slugging percentage.

PAM MCCOY (WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 1978-1981)

A three-year letter winner and starter ... Finished her career with 1,015 points and 441 rebounds ... She averaged 15.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game ... Led the team in scoring and rebounding during her junior campaign with 17.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game ... The teams she played on won a total of 53 games ... During her senior season, she helped the Lady Eagles advance to their first postseason play in the school history in 1980-81 season.

CHRIS RYALS (OFFENSIVE TACKLE 1988-1991)

Was a four-year letterman and a four-year starter at offensive tackle for the Golden Eagles....Was a big, bruising and aggressive blocker who had a great deal to do with the success of the Southern Miss running attack and overall offense....Opened holes for some of the school's best running backs and protected some of the school's finest quarterbacks including Brett Favre...Allowed very few quarterback sacks during his career and consistently received the highest grades by the coaching staff for his performance...Was a second team all-South Independent selection (AP) in 1989...Helped led the team to the 1988 Independence Bowl where they defeated UTEP 38-18 and was a part of a 27-24 win over No. 13 Alabama and a 13-12 win over Auburn in 1990.

HAROLD SHAW (RUNNING BACK 1994-1997)

Was one of the most productive and punishing tailbacks in school history during his career from 1994 to 1997...Nicknamed "The Big Train" for his ability to run over defenders and get the extra yard...As a freshman he rushed for 393-yards on 82 carries with seven touchdowns and helped the Golden Eagles upset LSU in the season finale in Baton Rouge...As a sophomore in 1995 he rushed for 295 yards on 87 carries...Emerged as one of the team's top offensive stars in 1996 when he rushed for 491 yards on 178 carries and scored eight touchdowns while leading the team to a share of the first Conference USA championship...As a senior, he rushed for 1,045 yards on 245 carries and scored 16 touchdowns while leading the team to the outright Conference USA championship and a 41-7 victory over Pittsburgh in the Liberty Bowl...He finished his career with 2,224 yards on 592 carries and scored 32 touchdowns...Was also a talented recover out of the backfield and finished his career with 51 receptions for 298-yards and two touchdowns...Was also utilized as a kick-off returner with 14 returns in his career for a 17.1-yard average...Named all-Conference USA following the 1997 season.

TOBY SIMPSON (TENNIS 1995-1998)

A four-year letter winner at for the Golden Eagles...Finished his career as one of the top players at Southern Miss...Recorded 61 singles' wins, ranking 10th all-time...Earned First Team All-Conference USA honors two times...An outstanding doubles' player as well...Tallied 52 career wins to rank fifth all-time ... Posted a 62.9 winning percentage in singles and 59.8 winning percentage in doubles...Had one of the best winning percentages in doubles in 1995-96.

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