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McCarthy Gym Responses

We had some very good basketball teams that played in McCarthy Gym, including Bailey Howell. Babe McCarthy was a fantastic coach. You could hold the basketball as long as you wanted to. Coach would freeze the ball against Kentucky and the score might have been 21 to 20 as we won.

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Out of the corner of my eye, I caught someone standing to my left, staring at me. It was none other than Paul “Bear” Bryant, waiting with a sheriff’s deputy to escort him across the field to their sideline. While my mouth was still agape, he said, “Play that drum, boy!”

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Remember When

An iconic photo of the scoreboard at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson shows the final tally in the Mississippi State University football team’s improbable 6-3 upset of No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 1, 1980.

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