Those famous words, uttered by Jack Cristal each time the Mississippi State Bulldogs score a win, had great meaning last night as another reunion of vintage football players was wrapped up in MSU colors.
Pictured above from left are former MSU coaches Billy Stacy, John Correro, Harper Davis, Current Head Coach Dan Mullen, Johnny Majors, Leonard McCullough, Pap Morris and Scott Suber.
Pictured above, the earliest team (1949-1951) was represented by Bo Reed, Hank Moseley and Frank Newsom.
Current head coach Dan Mullen participated, a first for a reigning head coach since I’ve been covering the group. What a stand-up guy! He had little to gain from taking time to be with this illustrious crowd, but his appearance spoke volumes in terms of respect and regard for his predecessors and the university.
Former coaching great Johnny Majors entertained the crowd with his memories of time spent coaching the Bulldogs in the late 1950s. He and his wife had a close friendship with athletic legend Dudy Noble and he shared some heretofore undisclosed stories. Unfortunately I cannot share them because they would be viewed by some as “off color.”
Personally I thought they were vividly “colorful.”
Majors just return from a trip to Minnesota where he taped an interview with Coach Murray Warmath who some might remember from the past. Coach Warmath is 97 and just as sharp as he always was, reported Majors.
This elite fraternity of former cheerleaders, coaches and football players who were members of Mississippi State teams during the years of 1949– 1961, meets bi-annually. Sadly, the numbers grow smaller each year as teammates pass on.
“But they live on in our memories and in the stories we tell one another during the reunions,” said Charlie Weatherly, who organized the reunion with the help of Jimmy Lee Dodd, both Bulldawgs during the 1950s.
Team 1955-1958 – Darrel Royal, coach