2002 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Michel, Johnson (38th), Blackmon, Dawkins, Walls, Dearing, Frazier, Farris, Horhn, Simmons, Harden, Jackson, Smith
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE LATE T.B. ELLIS, JR., THE "FATHER OF JACKSON STATE ATHLETICS", UPON THE OCCASION OF HIS POSTHUMOUS INDUCTION INTO THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY MISSISSIPPI SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2002.
WHEREAS, the Jackson Touchdown Club and Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame has unveiled the Class of 2002 of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, which features the late T.B. Ellis, Jr., longtime coach and athletic director and the "Father of Jackson State University Athletics"; and
WHEREAS, his sports career is a matter of record: the man from Jackson regarded as the "Father of Jackson State Athletics"; longtime coach and athletic director for Tiger sports programs from 1946 until his retirement in 1977; served as head coach for football, basketball and baseball at JSU; guided Jackson State's entry into the SWAC; Tiger athletic teams won SWAC titles in football, baseball, basketball, golf, cross country, indoor and outdoor track under Coach Ellis' supervision; JSU athletic teams won 18 conference championships while Ellis served as athletic director; also a member of the Jackson State, SWAC and the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we recognize this outstanding coach and athletic director who brought honor to his university and to the State of Mississippi:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby commend and congratulate the late T.B. Ellis, Jr., longtime coach and athletic director and the "Father of Jackson State University Athletics," upon his posthumous induction into the 40th Anniversary Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2002, and wish his family continued success in all their future endeavors.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be presented to the family of T.B. Ellis, Jr., in induction ceremonies to be held on April 19, 2002, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.