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 Athletics History
Athletics began modestly at Mississippi Normal College. In September 1912, 150 students organized the Athletic Association and elected science professor R. J. Slay as athletics director. Football was the school's first sport and was new to many country boys in 1912. Only after much persuasion did 13 "stalwart" souls, two of them onearmed, volunteer for the school's first squad. The inaugural game was a 30-0 thrashing of the Hattiesburg Boy Scouts, coached, ironically, by future State Teachers College President Claude Bennett. Highlights of the early years included a 113-0 triumph over Mize and a 13-7 near miss against Ole Miss in 1913.
In addition to football, the early athletic program at MNC included tennis, track, women's volleyball, softball, basketball and indoor baseball. Over the last 100 years, the Athletics department has grown to include 16 sport programs at the Division I level sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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