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Croom becomes first black SEC coach

Updated: December 2, 2003, 9:07 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sylvester Croom became the first black head football coach in Southeastern Conference history, accepting an offer Monday to take over troubled Mississippi State.

"We went after the best football coach and we're confident we found that individual in Sylvester Croom," athletic director Larry Templeton said.

Croom informed Templeton that he would take the job less than 24 hours after Templeton said he had offered it. A news conference will be held Tuesday ...

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