Ad Spot

Bulldogs, Aggies arrive for Indy Bowl

By Staff
Dec. 27, 2000
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) The Mississippi State and Texas A&M football teams arrived Tuesday and began practice for the Independence Bowl.
Bowl officials announced three weeks ago that the two 7-4 teams would meet in the 25th anniversary game, Sunday at 7 p.m. Since then, there have been plenty of distractions: icy weather that knocked out power to thousands, the holidays, the presidential election mess.
Even now that the presents have been unwrapped, the votes counted and the power restored, the game itself will compete against some interesting story lines.
The biggest may be the ties between Aggies coach R.C. Slocum and the man he once worked for at A&M, Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill. Sherrill was the Aggies head coach from 1982-88 and he recommended that Slocum succeed him.
Certainly with Jackie's ties to A&M and our friendship it should be an interesting matchup,'' Slocum said when the pairing was announced Dec. 3.
But that coaching matchup isn't the only attention grabber. Last week Mississippi State announced that cornerback Fred Smoot one of the nation's best is academically ineligible to compete in the I-Bowl. And earlier in the week, it was announced that former Homer High star Michael Mahan a big contributor on the Aggies' offensive line would not compete because of a heart condition that requires surgery and has likely ended his playing career.
This year's game also will have a smaller crowd. Previously, stadium capacity was roughly 43,000. Six thousand fewer seats are available this year because of ongoing I-Bowl construction, which should be completed by July with capacity climbing to about 51,000.

News

Russellville Elementary receives book donation from UNA honor society

Franklin County

FC Farm-City Committee receives state awards

Franklin County

NW-SCC to reopen nature trail

Franklin County

Job fairs shed light on employment options for HS seniors

News

RCS music department hosts second annual show choir camp

News

Local sites participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 24

News

RMS show choir returns to stage

Franklin County

Chucky Mullins Scholarship brings in football star to lead youth camp

Franklin County

Hospitals offer another vaccine clinic in Franklin County 

Franklin County

Chamber announces application period for Junior Leadership

Franklin County

DHR opens second round of pandemic grants for childcare providers

Franklin County

NW-SCC offers scholarship to put students back on degree path

Franklin County

Leighton donates to Phil Campbell Fire Department

Franklin County

State’s mask mandate expires

Franklin County

Food Share collects $11K, 970 items

News

Class of ’48 friends reunite

Franklin County

4-H takes applications for rabbit project

Franklin County

Statewide clean-up campaign continues through April

Franklin County

PC youth receive scholarships

Franklin County

Franklin County youth livestock exhibitor earns ribbon

News

City addresses storm damage at sports complex

Franklin County

FRANKLIN’S FINEST: Annual Partnership Awards honor county’s dedicated citizens

Franklin County

Studio X-Treme wins big at state, AAU Junior Olympic Qualifier

News

$8K goes to RHS’ Lauren Sturdivant

x