2006 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Frazier, Horhn, Harden, White, Michel, Butler, Dawkins, Gordon, Jackson (11th), Thomas

Senate Concurrent Resolution 631

(As Adopted by Senate and House)


     WHEREAS, Coach Thomas Billups' success at Lanier High School may be unmatched in the history of Mississippi high school boys basketball; and

     WHEREAS, Lanier High School Coach Billups' Bulldogs (34-3) won their final 19 games and finished No. 1 in The Clarion-Ledger Super 10 Rankings for the second consecutive year; and

     WHEREAS, in 15 seasons, Billups has coached in 12 state finals, including eight in a row.  He guided the Bulldogs to a second straight Class 4A State Championship, tying him with Gulfport's legendary Bert Jenkins for the most Mississippi High School Activities Association Boys State Titles with seven.  Lanier won again despite the graduation of McDonald All-American Monta Ellis, who joined the NBA; and

     WHEREAS, Coach Billups, 53, has built a hoops machine on Maple Street in Jackson.  Not even Coach Jenkins, who won 866 games in 28 seasons, coached in eight consecutive state finals; and

     WHEREAS, with a 463-73 record shouting orders from Lanier's bench, the demonstrative Billups has averaged more than 30 victories per year and won an outstanding 86% of the time; and

     WHEREAS, Coach Billups' latest Gold Ball may be his most satisfying.  Although Senior Point Guard Al Graham, Junior Guard R.L. Horton and Senior Forward Kalauso Williams entered this season with some experience, most of the Bulldogs were new faces.  Lavel Johnson, the Mississippi correspondent for the recruiting magazine Hoop Scoop, believes Billups will cherish this state crown the most.  This was his top coaching job; and

     WHEREAS, Coach Billups' "in-your-face" style is relentless.  Rarely does he sit.  He paces the sidelines, roaring like an angry, nattily-attired bear.  Sometimes, he will stop, arms folded, and scowl, staring at a striped shirt, or player, who has done him wrong.  He plays no favorites.  Whatever goes for one player goes for all of them; and

     WHEREAS, for all of his bluntness, there is also a gentler side to Coach Billups, whether he's attending church with his team or hosting a Super Bowl party.  The greatest tribute is what his players and former players say about him, the father-figure and nurturing comments that have been made.  Coach Billups has control of his players and they respect him; and

     WHEREAS, a look at Lanier's year-by-year ranking since Coach Thomas Billups arrived is as follows:

                   Season        Ranking

                   2005-2006       1st

                   2004-2005       1st

                   2003-2004       2nd

                   2002-2003       2nd

                   2001-2002       2nd

                   2000-2001       3rd

                   1999-2000       4th

                   1998-1999       1st

                   1997-1998       NR

                   1996-1997       1st

                   1995-1996       1st

                   1994-1995     15th

                   1993-1994       4th

                   1992-1993       1st

                   1991-1992     14th

     WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we recognize the accomplishments of this remarkable Coach who has brought honor to his school, his community 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 veteran Lanier Basketball Coach Thomas Billups and extend to him and his family the best wishes of the Legislature in his future successes.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to Coach Billups and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.