Racing to Mizzou
Tiger football’s first 2013 opponent is Murray State.
The Tigers kick off the 2013 football season when they host Murray State at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Memorial Stadium. The game is televised on Fox Sports Pay-Per-View. The Racers make the trip from Murray, Ky., a college town of about 18,000 in the southwest corner of the state.
Mizzou won the only other meeting between the two schools in 2006, a 47-7 romp in Columbia. With such limited history, it’s likely Tiger faithful know little about Murray State. Here’s a primer to familiarize fans with Saturday’s opponent.
— Marcus Wilkins
Founded: 1922 (public)
Interim president: Tim Miller
Size: 74 buildings (main campus); 111 degree programs in seven colleges and schools; two libraries; arboretum horticultural display and garden; regional campuses in Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah
Pride: Murray State was the first U.S. public university to adopt a comprehensive residential college program. Student life, academics and daily living are combined in eight locations, each with a unique identity.
Community: Murray, Ky.; population 17,981; located about 30 miles from Kentucky Lake resort and 100 miles from Cape Girardeau, Mo.; called “Friendliest Small Town in America”
Colors: Navy blue and gold
Mascots: Racer One (live thoroughbred) and Dunker (costumed)
Nickname: Racers (Thoroughbreds or ’Breds for varsity baseball team)
Did you know? MSU, known for its solid academics, is a top-10 school where merit aid awards for students are common.
Campus treasure: Opened in 1931, the ornate Pogue Library features Renaissance Revival architecture and massive bronze doors. Today the building houses special collections, university archives and genealogy records.
Traditions: After every home-game touchdown, Racer One runs a celebratory lap on the track at Roy Stewart Stadium.
If a couple marries after meeting at MSU, they will have good luck if each nails a shoe to the campus Shoe Tree near the quadrangle.