STARKVILLE — Former Mississippi State student-athletes Rickey Brown and Tiffany McWilliams Dudley will be inducted into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 4 when the football plays host Texas A&M, the MSU athletic department announced Thursday.
Brown, a native of Madison County, lettered for the Bulldogs from 1976-80 and was an All-American in his final season of 1979-80. A first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 1980, Brown is the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,838 career points. He is third on the program’s all-time leading rebounding list (1,092).
Brown’s career scoring average of 17.2 points per game is sixth all-time in MSU history. He made an impact as a freshman in 1976-77, averaging 19.3 points per game. That figure remains the highest all-time single-season freshman scoring average in MSU history. On March 7, 1977, Brown poured in a career-best 40 points to lead MSU past Auburn 89-75.
As a senior in 1979-80, Brown had a team-best 20.4 points and 14.4 rebounds per game. He became the second Bulldog ever to lead the SEC in rebounding, while his 14.4 boards per game is third all-time in MSU single-season history.
The Golden State Warriors used the 13th pick to select Brown in the 1980 NBA draft. He played two seasons with the Warriors from 1980-82 before spending three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks from 1982-85.
McWilliams Dudley, a native of Red Bay, Ala., was a six-time NCAA All-American, a three-time NCAA individual champion, and a seven-time SEC individual champion from 2001-04. She shattered five school records during her career, breaking marks in the indoor one-mile run (4 minutes, 32.24 seconds), indoor 3,000 meters (9:26.29), outdoor 1,500 (4:06.75), outdoor 800 (2:01), and outdoor one-mile run (4:31.31).
From 2003-04, no female distance runner in the SEC was as dominant as McWilliams. She claimed league titles in the indoor one-mile run both years and continued her success onto the outdoor circuit, winning the 800 and 1,500 in 2003 and 2004.
In 2004, McWilliams broke a 15-year-old NCAA outdoor record to defend her 1,500 national title with a time of 4:06.75. She won the same event in 2003 and was the 2004 NCAA indoor one-mile champion.
McWilliams was a member of two USA Track and Field international squads, participating in the 2003 Outdoor World Championships and 2006 Indoor World Championships. In 2006, she was runner-up in the 1,500 at the USA Track and Field Championships with a time of 4:09.17.
The MSU Sports Hall of Fame, administered by the M-Club Alumni Association, is designed to honor those former student-athletes at MSU who excelled in their respective sports while at MSU and have also demonstrated good citizenship and outstanding character since leaving the school. Eligibility requirements for nomination to the MSU Sports Hall of Fame are:
n No individual shall be eligible for selection on the basis primarily of his/her record as a player until he/she shall have been out of college competition for at least five years.
n No individual shall be eligible for selection on the basis primarily of his/her record as a coach or athletic director or other individual identified in the public mind with Mississippi State athletics until he/she shall have been separated from the Athletic Department for at least three years.
n No former athlete shall be considered for selection unless he/she is an active member of the “M” Club.