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In 1963, the Mississippi State men's basketball team was not going to be denied an opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Over 50 years later, the impact of what those MSU players did are still seen on the campus and are talked about a good bit.
A symposium on the "Game of Change" was held Monday on the campus of Mississippi State in the Colvard Student Union.Â
There's nothing better for Mississippi State football players than beating in-state rival Ole Miss and winning the Golden Egg Trophy.
On Monday, two of those Bulldogs had a little icing on the cake.
JACKSON â€“ French Camp has not always been the first school associated with state championship appearances in football, but that culture is changing.
Last year the Panthers played their way into the Class A State championship game and this year they are right back in that position.
â€śPhysicalâ€ť and â€śquickâ€ť are just two of the words Starkville Academy coach Cole Andrews choses to describe his current soccer team.
The 1963 "Game of Change" started with a handshake.
On Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi State, two individuals that participated in that game greeted each other again at midcourt.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs were not as sharp as they wanted to be on Sunday afternoon, but they still had a pretty good Sword.
Sophomore guard Craig Sword scored 24 points, one off his career high, as MSU defeated the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers 65-64 in the "Game of Change" reunion game at Humphrey Coliseum.
With the overtime win, the Bulldogs improved their record to 5-1.
After last season, Gabe Jackson had a big decision to make.
The Mississippi State offensive guard almost opted out of his senior year and put his name in the National Football League Draft hat. He decided not to do that and returned to Starkville for his senior season.
French Camp met up with a familiar foe Friday night.
Last year the Panthers and Stringer kicked off the Class A State championship game where in the end, the Red Devils left Jackson victorious.
This season French Camp switched divisions moving south which set up the game against Stringer one week earlier as the pair faced off for the South State championship.
Nearly 51 years ago, a Mississippi State basketball team defied the race barrier and competed in the NCAA Tournament.
What has become known as the "Game of Change," the Bulldogs snuck out of Starkville one cold 1963 night to go play the Loyola Ramblers, composed mostly of African Americans, to participate in postseason play.
Loyola beat the Bulldogs that night 61-51.Â
The Battle for The Golden Egg really started something this weekend.
Never in my many years of watching college football do I remember so many rivalry games end with so much intrigue and drama in a three-day span.