By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – After almost three decades of providing information and assisting media in its coverage of Ole Miss athletics, Langston Rogers is stepping down.
Rogers, the senior associate athletics director for media relations and a native of Calhoun City, will retire effective April 30.
No immediate replacement was announced to oversee a department with eight full-time employees.
Among other responsibilities, the department promotes the school’s athletes and teams through publications and news releases, coordinates interviews with media and is responsible for the athletics website.
An award-winning sports publicist, Rogers joined the athletics department staff as sports information director in July of 1981.
“Langston has been guiding a critical component of Ole Miss athletics for 30 years,” athletics director Pete Boone said. “His awards only tell a fraction of the story of his successful portrayal of Ole Miss athletics across our country.”
Rogers is a member of halls of fame for the Mississippi Sports Writers Association, Delta State University and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
He is a past president of CoSIDA and served on the organization’s board of directors for 11 years.
Delta State grad
A Delta State graduate, he became the school’s first full-time SID in 1966. Rogers previously played baseball for former DSU coach Boo Ferriss and at East Mississippi Junior College before that.
Rogers expressed gratitude to Boone and also to former athletics director Warner Alford, who hired him.
“This profession has a way of consuming what seems to be your every waking moment, but I have been truly blessed to have a family who understood that time commitment and provided the support much more than I deserved,” Rogers said. “It has been a joy to see student-athletes come in as kids and leave as adults.”