Contact: James Carskadon
STARKVILLE, Miss.—An Egg Bowl tradition will be renewed Monday [Nov. 21] when Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi Army ROTC cadets partner for the fourth annual Egg Bowl Run.
Army ROTC cadets will carry a football from Starkville to Oxford, leaving the Palmeiro Center at MSU at 4:30 a.m. and arriving in Oxford on Monday evening. MSU Army ROTC cadets will carry the ball from Starkville to Calhoun City, where they will hand the ball off to UM Army ROTC cadets for the second leg of the approximately 100-mile run.
Lt. Col. Brian Locke, an MSU professor of military science, said cadets used to run a game ball to Jackson when the Egg Bowl was held in Mississippi’s capital city. After a long absence, the Egg Bowl Run was revitalized in 2013.
“This is such a great rivalry, so we just wanted to do something that showed unity between our cadets and brought them together for a good cause,” Locke said.
The run also incorporates a food drive as the ROTC units will bring canned goods and other items to Calhoun City. The Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce distributes the food to those in need. Food drive donations can be dropped off at MSU’s Army ROTC headquarters in Middleton Hall.
Although the run is primarily focused on Army ROTC units, cadets from the MSU Air Force ROTC and UM Navy ROTC programs also have participated in previous years.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.