MVSU Names Football Field At Rice-Totten Stadium In Honor Of Charles “Chuck” Prophet

By Roderick W. Mosley
Updated: May 1, 2005

ITTA BENA, Mississippi — In a ceremony befitting a living legend, stars from the past and present participated in a gala celebration at Mississippi Valley State University Saturday in which the football field at Rice-Totten Stadium was named Charles “Chuck” Prophet Field in honor of the former longtime sports information and athletics director.

Prophet, who worked at MVSU for three decades before retiring in 2001, elevated the names of such star athletes as Jerry Rice, Willie Totten, Ashley Ambrose, Patricia Hoskins, Eugene Sanders and Herman Sanders.

He also publicized the exploits of such storied coaches as Archie Cooley and Lafayette Stribling.

“Chuck told the story and brought the eyes of the world on The Valley,” said MVSU president Lester C. Newman. “He’s still working for the university now. He has resurrected our Leflore County Alumni Chapter.”

As sports information director, Prophet received several honors, including selection as SWAC sports information director-of-the-year and black college sports information director-of-the-year. He served on the College Sports Information Directors of America Board of Directors.”

“I was born right here and I was raised right here on this campus,” said the emotional Prophet, who was brought to tears as he talked about his late grandmother. “I know my grandmother would be proud as she looks down from heaven.”

Among the other celebrities who gave tributes to Prophet were former Alcorn State University and Southern University head football coach and athletics director Marino H. Casem, former Texas Southern University and Alabama State University athletics director Curtis Williams, former Jackson State University sports information director Samuel Jefferson and former SWAC commissioner James Frank.

“Chuck strove to be a winner,” said Casem. “He challenged the odds. He adapted.”

Williams added, “You can’t question Chuck’s love for Mississippi Valley. He’s truly a Delta Devil at heart.”

Said Jefferson, “Prophet was, and is, Valley athletics. No one symbolizes the Delta Devils more than Chuck Prophet. He’s an extraordinary guy.”

Frank, who served as SWAC commissioner for 16 years, added, “When I was commissioner, Chuck was one of the individuals I could call upon at any time. In a much larger context, his commitment to the SWAC will be forever remembered.”

When permanently affixed, the Charles “Chuck” Prophet Field sign will be showcased in the south end zone of Rice-Totten Stadium.