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Perry Cafeteria

This undated photo from the University Archives shows two students entering Perry Cafeteria. Built in 1921, the hub for campus dining is a registered Mississippi landmark. It is slated to receive renovations and an expansion as part of a recently announced $30 million project to...
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Responses: Past MSU vs Alabama Game

Summer 2023 I was a relatively new MSU graduate and was with my parents at the game. I don’t remember a lot about the game itself, but I do remember that after the game was over the Bama fans just sat there, mouths hanging open,...
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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...
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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,...
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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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