In 2013, Army ROTC cadets from Ole Miss and Mississippi State University began a new tradition: the Egg Bowl Run. Every year, cadets from each school work together to complete an 80-mile run between Oxford and Starkville to deliver the official game ball to the home stadium of the annual Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State football matchup.
The daunting, 12-leg run is no easy task, but every year cadets are eager to participate. On Sunday, Nov. 19, Ole Miss cadets will depart around 5 a.m. from the Old Armory Pavilion on University Avenue in Oxford and begin running south to Calhoun County. The cadets will run with the Egg Bowl game ball approximately 40 miles to Calhoun City’s town square. MSU ROTC cadets will meet UM cadets there, have a little friendly competition, and then take possession of the official Egg Bowl game ball. MSU cadets will then run the ball to Starkville and the MSU campus, where the 2023 game will be played on Thanksgiving Day.
Over the years, Rebel and Bulldog fans alike have come out in force in tiny Calhoun City to cheer on cadets from both schools. In years past, about 500 equally divided fans have hosted tailgate parties and lined the square for the run. The National Guard even provides an interactive military display for children and adults to enjoy.
All this fanfare and camaraderie serves an important purpose. Cadets are running to encourage your support of their program. The Egg Bowl Run and the exclusive memorabilia you see on this page help cadets raise money for the Magnolia Battalion’s activities, training exercises, team-building opportunities and cadet competitions, preparing these future officers to excel in the Army and in life.
Our university’s Army ROTC Magnolia Battalion has consistently been ranked one of the best programs in the country. In fact, it was named the No. 2 ROTC program nationally out of 275 universities in recent years. Ole Miss Army ROTC regularly produces distinguished military graduates who rank among the top 20% of their peers nationally. Several cadets have ranked among the top 25 of all cadets in the nation, and in 2016, one cadet ranked among the top 10.
Ole Miss cadets are involved in almost every club, Greek organization, honors society and student organization on campus, including athletics. They achieve academic excellence through the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Croft Institute for International Studies, the Intelligence and Security Studies Program, Gamma Beta Phi, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, study abroad, Project Go, Global Ambassadors and more.
The Ole Miss Army ROTC program is designed to instill professional leadership competencies that translate to success in both the military and the civilian world. Through this unsurpassed partnership with the university, we look to recruit, develop, retain and commission officers of the highest character, commitment and competence.
Help us continue that tradition of excellence. Make a gift today, and don’t forget to cheer on our cadets during the Egg Bowl Run!