M-Club Alumni Association Announces Class of 2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss M-Club Alumni Association will formally induct its Class of 2008 on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Thad Cochran Center on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. The social begins at 6 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m.
The Hall of Fame inductees include Owen "O. B." Bowen III (Football Administrative Assistant, 1974-Present), Harmon "Bull" Brannan (Football, 1963-64), Mike Dennery (Football, 1971-74), Michael Hansson (Tennis, 1982-86), Buddy King (Football, 1986-89), Kyle Logan (Baseball, 1994-97), Charles McArthur (Football, 1957-59) and Lynn McLelland (Athletic Department/M-Club, 1983-Present).
A few tickets remain for advance purchase only. No tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, contact Lynn McLelland at 601-266-5422 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OWEN (O.B.) BOWEN III (FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, 1974-PRESENT)
Was hired by Coach P. W. Underwood prior to the 1974 season and has worked under coaches Bobby Collins, Jim Carmody, Curley Hallman and Jeff Bower during his long association with the athletic department. During his 30-plus years working with the Golden Eagle football, he has been involved in all facets of the program including working with the equipment staff, the football office administrative staff and has assisted in various other sports as well. He is considered the No. 1 fan of Golden Eagle football and is still involved in the day-to-day practice routine of that program. He is beloved by current and former coaches and players as anyone ever associated with the program.
HARMON (BULL) BRANNAN (FOOTBALL 1963-1964)
Was a two-year letterman at fullback for the Golden Eagles in 1963 and 1964…In 1963 he rushed for 583 yards on 108 carries and scored four touchdowns…Also caught one pass in 1963 and tallied four kickoff returns for a 31.8 yard average…Had 61 carries for 253 yards and three touchdowns…Also caught a pass in 1964 and returned four kickoffs for a 17.0 yard average…As a defensive back he tied for the team lead in interceptions with four…Had good speed that allowed him to go outside as well as inside…Nicknamed "Bull" because he was just that strong when he has the ball, and when he is tackling said the 1964 media guide.
MIKE DENNERY (FOOTBALL 1972-1974)
Was a three-year letterman and three-year starter at linebacker from 1972 to 1974 … All-South Independent and honorable mention All-America in 1972 and 1973…As a freshman he was the team's second leading tackler with 129 and had two interceptions…As a sophomore (1972), he led the team with a school-record 185 tackles…He led the team again in 1973 with 117 tackles and was credited by the coaching staff with 16 big plays… Finished his career with 431 tackles the fifth best in school history…Played in the 1974 Senior Bowl…Taken in the 13th round of the 1974 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders…Played with the Oakland Raiders in 1974 and 1975 and with the Miami Dolphins in 1976.
BUDDY KING (FOOTBALL 1986-1989)
Was a four-year letterman at offensive tackle for the Golden Eagles from 1986 to 1989…A starter during the 1988 and 1989 seasons…Spent the first two seasons of his college career at defensive tackle…As a defensive tackle in 1986 he played in eight games and had 11 tackles, two quarterback sacks and a tackle for a loss…In 1987, he had 10 tackles and a tackle for a loss…In 1988 anchored an offensive line that scored the second most points in school history (315) and complied the fourth highest offensive output at that time (4,005 yards)…Got his aggressive play from spending his first two years on defense…Helped to lead Eagles to 1988 Independence Bowl…Played in the 1989 Blue-Gray all-star game.
MICHAEL HANSSON (TENNIS 1982, 1984-1986)
Came to the Golden Eagles from Vanersborg, Sweden … Recorded 20 or more wins in a each of his four seasons … Owns the most career wins in singles with 94 with only 24 losses … Has the all-time career best winning percentage of 79.7 … Has the all-time best winning percentage in a season at 91.3 (21-2) … Teamed with Reed Longo in 1984-85 to record the most wins in a season in doubles with 22 … Also possesses the career doubles' wins with 75 and the best doubles winning percentage at 73.5 … Was a left-hander … After playing in the 1982 season, he sat out the 1983 campaign to return to Sweden for a military commitment.
KYLE LOGAN (BASEBALL 1994-1997)
A four-year letterman and starter as an outfielder for the Golden Eagles from 1994 to 1997 … Named First-Team All-Conference USA in 1997…Led the team in doubles in 1997 … Owns a season-best eight triples … Ranks sixth in all-time games played (232) … Finished his career with 250 hits, 167 runs, 57 doubles, 10 triples and 36 home runs …..Was selected by the Houston Astros in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 1997 and played several years in the Astros minor leaguer system…Was a versatile player best known for his power and his speed and quickness.
CHARLIE MCARTHUR (FOOTBALL 1957-59)
A three-year letterwinner that made up for his lack of size with great determination and desire…In addition to being an outstanding halfback, he was considered to be one of the team's best defenders during his career…In 1958 he was a key member of the UPI College Division National Championship team…Was utilized offensively as a runner, but also as a talented pass receiver and kickoff return man…Despite battling injuries throughout his career, was still able to make considerable contributions to the success of Southern Miss football.
LYNN MCLELLAND (ATHLETIC DEPARTMEN/M-CLUB, 1983-PRESENT)
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…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…Also work for the university in a number of areas including radio, television and film; the M-Club; and Southern Miss Athletics, where she currently serves as the executive assistant to director of athletics Richard Giannini…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 and induction into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame…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.