Oct. 10, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will honor seven of the university's most accomplished graduates when it inducts them into its Hall of Fame during 2007 homecoming ceremonies.
Sam Clinton, James Hutto, Lynn McLelland, Bill Phalen, Tom Potter, Jon Mark Weathers and Clarence Weatherspoon will be formally inducted at a reception and banquet Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Southern Oaks and Gardens in Hattiesburg. The group will also be introduced Saturday during Southern Miss' homecoming football game against Southern Methodist University.
The biographical information on McLelland and Weatherspoon follows below:
*Lynn McLelland '70
Lynn McLelland has shown her dedication to Southern Miss through various occupational and altruistic efforts.
A native of Bay Springs, McLelland graduated from Bay Springs High School in 1966, and later attended Jones Junior College where she received her associates' degree. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in business education.
The Life Member of the Alumni Association continued her support of Southern Miss as an employee, serving as senior secretary to Powell Ogletree from 1970 to 1974. She would later work for the university in a number of areas including radio, television and film; the M-Club; and Southern Miss Athletics. She currently serves as the executive assistant to director of athletics Richard Giannini.
As an active member of the Hattiesburg and Southern Miss communities, McLelland has received multiple honors including the Alumni Association Special Service Award, Southern Miss Outstanding Young Woman, Staff Excellence Award, Jessie Morrison Award, and the H.D. "Doc" Roberts Distinguished Service Award.
She is a member of Forrest General Hospital's Spirit of Women, the Association of Office Personnel, former president of the Southern Miss Women's Club, United Way Campaign Leader for athletics, member of the Southern Miss Transportation Committee as well as many other area organizations.
She and her husband, Doug, have two children, Sarah '96, '97 and Brian '99 and one grandson, Henry Brian McLelland.
*Clarence Weatherspoon '93
Of all Southern Miss alumni to advance to basketball's highest level, no other has attained the status of Clarence Weatherspoon. The Crawford native started for the Golden Eagles from 1988 to 1992, and his number "35" was retired during his final home game in the 1991-92 season.
During his college career, he was named Metro Conference Player of the Year three times consecutively, and his Golden Eagle teams made two NCAA Tournament appearances. He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in rebounding (1,320) and blocked shots (227) and is second on the career scoring list (2,130 points) to another Southern Miss great, Nick Revon. He graduated with a degree in business administration in 1993.
A Life Member of the Alumni Association, Weatherspoon is also a member of the Hardwood Club and the Eagle Club. He was featured on billboards promoting the Alumni Association with fellow alumni Brett Favre, Jimmy Buffett, Lou Ann Poynter and others. He is also involved with the Easter Seals Foundation. Weatherspoon was inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame in April 2006.
Weatherspoon was drafted as a first round pick in 1992 by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played six seasons with the 76ers and set a franchise record for most points by a rookie. Weatherspoon's professional career also included two seasons each with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets and one season each in Cleveland, Golden State and New York.
In his 13-year career he pulled down a total of 6,724 rebounds and scored 10,360 points. His best season came in 1993-94, when he started all 82 games for the 76ers and averaged career highs in points and rebounds, 18.4 and 10.1, respectively. Weatherspoon was a member of the 1990 Goodwill Games and the 1991 Pan American Games teams.
One of 13 children, Weatherspoon and his wife Hazel currently reside in Madison.