Weekend preview, Cotton Bowl memories, other news and notes

The 14-0 Biloxi High School basketball team, the No. 1-ranked squad in the state, hosts Ocean Springs tonight at the Biloxi Sports Arena, kicking off a weekend that will also see the Indians host the No. 2 Meridian Wildcats on Saturday at the Coast Coliseum.

Tonight’s game begins around 8 and is prefaced by a girls’ game at 6:30 p.m. The Saturday game, part of the Coliseum’s Hoopsfest, begins at 7 p.m.

For a look at this weekend’s entertainment lineup,
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Of Cotton Bowls past and long ago

Former Ole Miss football standout A.J. Holloway had a chance to return to Dallas to be among a record crowd of 88,000 to see Ole Miss dominate Texas Tech for the final Cotton Bowl to be played in Fair Park.

Holloway had played on the same field as an Ole Miss halfback in 1962 when Texas held off the Rebels 12-7 before a throng of 75,000. Beginning next year, the Cotton Bowl will be played in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“I had no idea of the meaning when I invited him,” said Coast businessman and fellow Ole Miss alum Shorty Sneed. “Returning for that last game was very special for him. In fact, he told me about missing a pass that had hit him in the shoulder pads because the sun was in his eyes.”

Right, mayor, the old sun-was-in-my-eyes ploy.

News and notes

D’Iberville on the move: The statue of Pierre LeMoyne Sieur d’Iberville, the French explorer who first set foot on present-day Biloxi in 1699, has been temporarily placed in storage while site work continues at the future site of the new Visitors Center, north of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The statue, a product of the city’s Tricentennial in 1999, will return to its site in 2010, when the Visitors Center is expected to be completed.

Council schedule: The Biloxi City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m.