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Croom the right choice for MSU

Originally Published: December 2, 2003
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Forty years ago, the Mississippi State basketball team snuck out of Starkville in order to violate state law and compete against a team with Negro players in the NCAA Tournament.

Today, Green Bay Packers running backs coach Sylvester Croom, 49, an African-American, will be introduced as head football coach at that same Mississippi State. SEC commissioner Mike Slive released a statement Tuesday congratulating the university for hiring Croom. Only at the end did Slive mention "the fact that ...

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