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An impossible dream becomes reality

Originally Published: September 4, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- They handed out T-shirts, 50,000 of them, Saturday as the ticketholders passed through the gates of Scott Field. On the front, it says "Maroon Is All That Matters."

Maybe Sunday. Maybe every day after that in the Sylvester Croom era at Mississippi State, which began with a 28-7 victory over Tulane before 52,114 fans. But not on Saturday, the day that Croom became the first African-American to coach a Southeastern Conference football game.

Try telling that to a ...

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