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Program Type: Speakers

Join us for First Friday Lunch and Learn, a series of pre-recorded Mississippi Department of Archives and History  discussions about current and historical Mississippi events and culture. Participants are invited to bring their lunch to enjoy while learning! The Library will provide water and a light dessert.

Topic: James R. Crockett, "Rulers of the SEC: Ole Miss and Mississippi State, 1959-66"

 During the years 1959–1966 Mississippi universities dominated the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the big three sports―basketball, baseball, and football. Of the twenty-four championships that could be earned in those sports, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) won six and Mississippi State University (MSU) won six. That is, the two Mississippi universities won twelve of the championships. That left the remaining twelve championships for the other members of the conference.

Picking up in the late fifties, James Crockett explores the most decisive wins in each major sport, beginning at the source of these victories: the extraordinary coaches and their interesting personalities. With each year, Crockett charts the unreal rise within the SEC conference and the many hardships that faced these beloved teams as their students, faculty, and traditions changed all around them.

This Lunch and Learn is Funded in part by a USDA Telemedicine & Distance Learning Grant.