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1963 Mississippi State University Basketball Team

In 1963, Coach Babe McCarthy and the MSU Basketball team were forced to sneak out of state in order to play against Loyola (Chicago) in the NCAA Tournament, defying the "Unwritten Rule" that Mississippi teams could not play against integrated schools.

Images from the Mississippi State University Archives Digital Collections

Coach Babe McCarthy, Team Captain Joe Dan Gold, and Assistant Coach Jerry Simmons pose for a photograph.

Coach Babe McCarthy, Team Captain Joe Dan Gold, and Assistant Coach Jerry Simmons pose for a photograph. Courtesy the Mississippi State University Libraries, University Archives.

1962-1963 Mississippi State University Basketball Team

1962-1963 Mississippi State University Basketball Team. Courtesy the Mississippi State University Libraries, University Archives.