Mississippi Community College Football, 1922-2009: The Best Kept Secret of Collegiate Athletics

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Mississippi Community College Football, 1922-2009: The Best Kept Secret of Collegiate Athletics


Demas, Lane, The Journal of Southern History


Mississippi Community College Football, 1922-2009: The Best Kept Secret of Collegiate Athletics. By Dennis S. Nordin. (Keamey, Neb.: Morris Publishing, c. 2010. Pp. [v], 139. Paper, $27.95, ISBN 978-0-615-34863-6. Order from Nordic Wolf Books, P.O. Box 2477, Mississippi State, MS 39762; e-mail: st8bulldog@hotmail.com.) Dennis S. Nordin's brief history of football at Mississippi's fourteen junior colleges starts with the establishment of the first team at Pearl River College in 1922 (led by College Football Hall of Fame coach Edwin W. Hale) and ends with the 2009 season. Most of the text chronicles wins, losses, and statistical achievements, but the book also notes how the schools' national prominence in football reverberated off the field.

By the late 1930s the teams began to attract national attention and to recruit players from outside Mississippi. Coupled with this success, the pageantry surrounding the game (including mascots, fight songs, and cheers) shaped institutional identities and helped the schools compete with the state's four-year universities for public attention. After World War II, teams scheduled more contests with out-of-state opponents and played in regional bowl games. …

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