SOURCE: Cellular South

November 25, 2008 16:15 ET

Cellular South Fans' Choice Award Voting Begins

Fans to Vote for Favorite Mississippi College Football Standout

JACKSON, MS--(Marketwire - November 25, 2008) - Cellular South, a leader in helping consumers get the most out of their wireless services, is once again giving Mississippi football fans the chance to weigh in on who they believe to be the best college football player in the state as voting begins for the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award.

The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award features the top three Mississippi college football superstars who are finalists for the Cellular South Conerly Trophy, Mississippi college football's highest honor. While sports media experts have the final say in which player receives the Cellular South Conerly Trophy, college football fans across the state can vote to determine which finalist is the fan-favorite and should win the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award.

From November 25 through December 2, Cellular South text messaging customers can vote for the following finalists by text messaging the identification number for their favorite player to "PASS" (7277).

--  Peria Jerry,  Ole Miss, DL, SR                         ID# 1
--  Juan Joseph, Millsaps College, QB, SR                  ID# 2
--  Michael Oher, Ole Miss, OL, SR                         ID# 3
    

The winner of the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award will be announced during the Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards Ceremony, which will take place Tuesday, December 2 at the Clarksdale Country Club. There will be a reception at 5:30p.m., followed by the trophy presentation at 6:30 p.m. For ticket information, please contact the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum at 1-800-280-FAME (3263), 601-982-8264 or generalinfo@msfame.com. The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award winner will receive a $2,500 contribution to his college athletic department.

"College football fans can vote for their favorite players as many times as they want via text messaging on their Cellular South phone," said Orien Watson, sports marketing manager for Cellular South. "The popularity of the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award has grown over the past few years and we expect a record number of people to vote for this year's winner."

HOW TO VOTE

The voting lines are now open and Cellular South customers with text messaging features can follow these simple steps to lock in their top pick for the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award:

--  Between 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25 and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
    December 2, fans can text message a player identification number to "PASS"
    (7277) for their favorite player.
--  Replay: Fans can vote as often as they like to advance their choice
    for the best Mississippi college football player.
    

The Cellular South Conerly Trophy and Cellular South Fans' Choice Awards are part of Cellular South's Outstanding Player Awards, administered by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. The award series also includes the Cellular South Howell Trophy, honoring Mississippi's best collegiate men's basketball player of the year, Cellular South Gillom Trophy, honoring the best collegiate women's basketball player, and the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy, honoring Mississippi's best collegiate baseball player. For more information on the Cellular South Fans' Choice Award and the entire Cellular South Outstanding Player Awards series, please visit http://www.cellularsouth.com/csopa. Standard text messaging fees apply to all text message voting.

About the Cellular South Conerly Trophy

Now in its 13th year, the Cellular South Conerly Trophy is named after the late Charlie Conerly -- the only football inductee in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame who was an All-American at a Mississippi university, an NFL rookie of the year and NFL All-Pro member, and quarterbacked a team to a world championship. Cellular South has served as title sponsor of the Cellular South Conerly Trophy since 1998.

The Cellular South Fans' Choice Award is managed by Cellular South as a separate program and has no bearing on the official judging of the Cellular South Conerly Trophy Award.

About Cellular South

Cellular South is a privately-owned diversified mobile communications company passionately committed to helping customers get the most out of their wireless devices and services. The company accomplishes this goal by providing the most reliable and advanced nationwide wireless voice and data network, offering a full range of industry-leading unlimited flat rate plans, and through the world's first integrated, interactive online and in-store experience that gives customers easy, simple and convenient solutions to all of their wireless lifestyle needs. For more information, visit www.cellularsouth.com

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Kevin Dietz
    CKPR for Cellular South
    Office: (312) 616-6526
    Cell: (312) 287-6438
    E-mail: kdietz@ckpr.biz

    Orien Watson
    Cellular South
    Office: (601) 974-7533
    Cell: (601) 502-5664
    E-mail: owatson@CellularSouth.com