Liberty Bowl to recognize Archie Manning with award _lowres

Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, right, talks with his son, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, during NFL football minicamp, Thursday, June 18, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Liberty Bowl will present Archie Manning with its Distinguished Citizen Award, an honor the organization considers its most prestigious recognition.

Liberty Bowl officials announced Friday that Manning would be the guest of honor June 19 in Memphis at the kickoff event of the Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As part of the evening’s festivities, Manning will receive the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Manning will be the first former Liberty Bowl player to receive this award. Manning, a College Football Hall of Famer, quarterbacked Mississippi to a 34-17 victory over Virginia Tech in the 1968 Liberty Bowl.

He has received numerous awards for community service both during his playing career and since his retirement.

Ole Miss

SPEAKS ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH DUI: In Oxford, Miss., Ole Miss defensive lineman Breeland Speaks was arrested early Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence.

Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department records show Speaks was arrested just after midnight and released at about 7 a.m.

The 6-foot-3, 313-pound sophomore played in all 13 games last season, starting two, and made 31 tackles. He’s expected to be one of the Rebels’ primary defensive tackles next season.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze released a statement through the athletic department saying, “Breeland’s poor choice does not meet the expectations of our program, and there will be consequences. He and I have spoken, and he is very disappointed in himself and will accept whatever punishment is handed down.

“We are very thankful he is safe and that this was not a life-altering decision.”


ASSISTANTS GET $1.085 MILLION IN RAISES: In Clemson, S.C., Clemson rewarded its nine football assistants with raises totaling $1.085 million after the Tigers run to the national championship.

The staff raises were approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees on Friday.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables will again be the highest paid member of the staff with a salary of $1.425 million, an increase of $75,000 over last year. The biggest increases went to co-offensive coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott, who each got raises of $225,000 and will both make $625,000 this season.

In all, Clemson’s staff will be paid $5.3 million, up from $4.215 million the group made last season.

The Tigers won the Atlantic Coast Conference title and started 14-0 before falling to Alabama in the national title game.