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Game of Change

The MSU Libraries is proud to announce the publication of a new online Research Guide containing information, sources, photographs, and documents related to the historic “Game of Change” in March 1963 between the Mississippi State University Men’s Basketball team and the Loyola University Ramblers.  The game, played on March 15, 1963 at Michigan State University, is often hailed as one of the most important games in the history of basketball in the United States.

In 1963, the SEC Champion Mississippi State team was barred from the NCAA tournament due to an “unwritten rule” that teams from Mississippi could not play against integrated teams.  MSU President Dean W. Colvard and head basketball coach Babe McCarthy defied the rule and sent the basketball team to the tournament.  The Bulldogs lost to the eventual champions from Loyola, but were greeted upon their return by thousands of MSU fans who approved of Colvard’s decision.

This Research Guide provides the user with access to books and articles about the “Game of Change.”  There are links to interviews with players from both teams, photographs from the game, and links to digital materials including programs, media guides, and correspondence from the Dean W. Colvard collection.

For more information on the Research Guide, please contact Ryan Semmes at the MSU University Archives at (662) 325-9355 or at To access this research guide, please visit

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