1963 MSU basketball team video documentary

Coach Babe McCarthy's 1963 Mississippi Sate basketball team received an invitation to the NCAA Tournament where they would play Loyola University's desegregated team. In those days of segregation, the university was pressured to prevent their white athletes from playing teams with black members. McCarthy took his MSU team to East Lansing, Mich. anyway.<P> "One Night in March" is a video documentary about that historic event.

"This story makes national headlines every time Mississippi State is in the Tournament, but we wanted to tell it through Mississippi eyes," said Robbie Coblentz, executive producer of the video. "It is set in the midst of the forceful integration of Ole Miss and the deaths of the civil rights workers in Philadelphia and tells the true story of a game that changed Mississippi State athletics forever."

"One Night in March" features MSU basketball's glory days of the late 1950's and early 1960's and chronicles the events that led to the historic NCAA game. That year, McCarthy decided to accept the bid even if it meant sneaking his team out of town.

"Mississippi State's 1963 Tournament appearance was its last until 1991," Paul Jones, video co-producer, said. "We can only speculate how different Bulldog basketball might be today if earlier teams had been allowed to participate in the NCAAs."

The video has players, former coaches and instrumental Mississippians of the time discussing the effect this event had on MSU and the state. Interviews include team members Leland Mitchell, Doug Hutton and W.D. "Red" Stroud; MSU basketball great Bailey Howell; former MSU President Donald Zacharias; long-time Bulldog sportscaster Jack Cristil; WNBA Coach Van Chancellor; and Clarion Ledger columnist Rick Cleveland.

The video, produced by Starkville-based Broadcast Media Group, Inc., is available online at www.onenightinmarch.com or by calling 1-888-324-2489. The price is $24.95 for either VHS or DVD. For more information, contact Robbie Coblentz at 1-662-324-2489.

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