Sept. 14, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi M-Club Alumni Association will formally induct its Class of 2009 on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Thad Cochran Center on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. The social begins at 6 p.m., in the Touchdown Terrace in the South end zone of Robert Stadium followed by the induction ceremony at 7 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 2009 Hall of Fame inductees include Jim Carmody (Assistant Football Coach, 1978-1980, Head Football Coach, 1982-1987), Erin Doyle-Packer (Women's Golf 1996-2000), Lyman "Pokey" Faggard (Track and Field, 1954-57), Marchant Kenny (Football, 1994-97), Louis D. (Maggie) Megehee (Football 1928-1929), and Lee Roberts (Football, 1994-98).
Jim Carmody joined the Southern Miss football coaching staff as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator in 1978 and remained in that position until 1980, when he left to coach the defense line for the Buffalo Bills for the 1981 season. He returned to become head coach of the Golden Eagles in 1982 replacing Bobby Collins and remained until 1987. During his time as defensive coordinator he became leader of the "Nasty Bunch" defense and established the Golden Eagle defense as one of the best in the country. His 1980 defense unit ranked 10th in the country in total defense allowing just 254.6 yards per game and third in passing defense allowing just 94.8 yards per game. Among his many accomplishments was defeating Alabama and Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant 38-29 in 1982, snapping the Crimson Tide's 56-game home winning streak.
Erin Doyle-Packer was a four-year letter winner for the Lady Eagles who was selected to the all-Conference USA team in 2000. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American second team following that senior season. Her career stroke average was 80.39 for 113 career rounds. Doyle-Packer captured the championship of the UALR Trojan Classic during the 1998-1999 season and had 16 top 15 finishes during her career. In 1997-98 she had five top 15 finishes that included a tie for 2nd at the Memphis Lady Tiger Invitational. She was also a three-time National Golf Coaches Association Academic All-American.
Lyman (Pokey) Faggard was as a four-year letterman in track and field from 1954 to 1957. He specialized in the low and high hurdles for Coach C.E. McCarver. In addition to the hurdles he ran the 100-yard and 220-yard sprints and was a top performer on the relay teams. Faggard was ranked nationally in the 220-yard low hurdles during his collegiate career and as a senior he was named team captain. He was the school's first four-year letter winner in track and field and claimed the distinction of being the only hurdler to mar the excellent record of LSU's Southeastern Conference champion Harry Carpenter. His best time in the low hurdles was 23.7 seconds and his best performance in the low hurdles was 14.9 seconds, both school records at the time. He led the team in points scored all four seasons in which he competed.
Marchant Kenney was a four-year letterman for the Golden Eagles from 1994 to 1997. He saw action as a reserve linebacker and a key member of the special teams as a freshman and finished the year with 66 tackles, eight tackles for losses, a quarterback sack, an interception and recovered three fumbles. Kenney moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and finished third on the team in tackles with 93 and had eight tackles for losses, a quarterback sack and deflected five passes. He led the team in tackles as a junior with 141and had 17 tackles for losses, three quarterback sacks, recovered two fumbles and had an interception. As a senior he finished the season with 106 tackles with 13 tackles for losses, two quarterback sacks and an interception and finished his career with 406 tackles, 46 tackles for losses, seven quarterback sacks and three interceptions. He was named first team all-Conference USA in 1996 and 1997.
Louis D. (Maggie) Megehee transferred to what was then State Teachers College in the fall of 1928 and quickly established himself as one of the finest kickers and ends in the early football history of the school during the 1928 and 1929 seasons His booming punts are legendary and according to The Student Printz, the school newspaper included a number of punts that sailed 70-yard or more and one that was reported to be 85-yards in 1929 against Mississippi College. Sportswriters around the state and region regularly reported on his ability as a punter and drop kicker. In addition to football, Megehee was a starting forward on the basketball team as well as the starting first baseman on the baseball team.
Lee Roberts was a four-year letterman for the Golden Eagles from 1995 to 1998 and the starting quarterback from 1996 to 1998. He was a second team all-Conference USA selection in 1996. As a freshman (1995) he completed eight of 15 passes for 65 yards, then became the starter in the sixth game of the 1996 season and finished the year completing 86 of 142 passes for 1296 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior he completed 194 of 350 passes for 2,248 yards and 16 touchdowns, while in 1998 he completed 185 of 325 passes for 2,680 yards and 24touchdowns. He would finish his career completing 473 of 832 passes for 6,289 yards (4th best in school history) and 52 touchdowns (tied for first in school history). He would serve as one of the captains of the 1998 team and play on the 1996 and 1997 Conference USA championship teams. He helped to lead the Golden Eagles to 1997 Liberty Bowl and 1998 Humanitarian Bowl.
The M-Club Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame inducted its charter class in 1965 and the 2009 class will be the 46th group to join the prestigious collection of all-time athletic greats.