JUCOS

Authored by X.M. Frascogna, Jr.X.M. Frascogna, III, and Martin Frascogna. Mississippi JUCO football is one of the oldest and most colorful leagues in America. Tucked away in Mississippi arguably the most rabid football state of all is a self-contained, highly unique football ecosystem. The Mississippi JUCO football league, or, as the locals refer to it, JUCO ball , or simply the League , consists of fourteen Junior Colleges (now referred to as Community Colleges except for one) all inside the boundaries of Mississippi. On the surface the League has the characteristics of any small college football conference one might find at the NCAA Division II or III levels. However, upon closer examination you discover a fascinating athletic subculture. Depending on one s perspective JUCO ball could be described as a league wrapped in violence and brutality, a vicious athletic underworld. But to most of the players matriculating through the JUCO League, it is football Nirvana. Hidden from the national media JUCO teams in the Magnolia State compete for the League s Championship each year. Every game played during the season matters and many are bitter rivalries. The result is all out war from the beginning of the season to the last regular season game. The two playoff games for the League s Championship are like Armageddon I and II. The League has produced literally thousands of players who have gone on to compete at the NCAA Division I and professional levels. The number of JUCO players who go on to play at four year colleges at the Division II and III levels is staggering. However, even more impressive is the large percentage of the coaching profession who are graduates of the JUCO league. Famous JUCO coaches such as Dobie Holden, Sim Cooley, the Delta Fox Jim Randall, Bull Cyclone Sullivan, Goat Hale, H.C. Hook Stone, Joe Renfroe and A.J. Kilpatrick are spread throughout the annuls of the League. The record books bulge even more when considering the accomplishments of Bobby Ray Franklin, Parker Dykes, Billy Ward, Mike Eaton, Wooky Gray, Gene Murphy, James Sloan, Hugh Shurdon and George Sekul. Love it or despise it, Mississippi JUCO ball is unique. From National Championship games, All-American players, famous hard-nosed coaches, crazy traditions and big time rivalries, Mississippi JUCOs will explain why it s the Toughest Football League In America .

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