MGCCC’S King inducted into Ms. JUCO Sports Hall of Fame
PEARL---Former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College football and track standout Earl King (1963-65) is one of 15 new inductees into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame. The 2012 class was honored at the sixth annual awards ceremony Apr. 24 at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.
MGCCC president Dr. Mary Graham with Earl King at the 2012 Ms. JUCO Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Apr. 24.
King’s Gulf Coast legacy began after he was ineligible to play his senior season at Biloxi High School after transferring to the Coast from Terrebonne, LA.
In the spring of 1963, he earned a full football scholarship after a tryout impressed longtime Gulf Coast head football coach George Sekul. He was a starter on both sides of the ball during the ‘63 and ‘64 seasons, playing running back and cornerback for the Bulldogs. King’s hard work earned him Honorable Mention All-State honors along with earning letters in football and track. The following season, King averaged 5.7 yards per carry and was a First-Team All-State honoree. He then earned a full scholarship to The University of Southern Mississippi, where he played one season before injuries halted his career. King went back home to Louisiana where he started a successful trucking company. King is also a 2004 Gulf Coast Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
King joins past Gulf Coast inductees Bob Weathers, George Sekul, Ken “Curly” Farris, Ed Evans, Curtis Davis, Vernon Ehlers, Bobby Holmes, and Sue Ross.