Joining the party
Fans and alumni get ready for Homecoming
Students need little prompting to celebrate, but having a 5-1 football team helps. Alumni will join the ruckus for Homecoming on Oct. 20.
Mizzou celebrates Homecoming this week leading up to the football game at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at Faurot Field. The University’s Homecoming ranks as one of the oldest in the nation; athletics director Chester Brewer started the tradition in 1911.
That year, 9,000 fans watched Mizzou play Kansas to a 3-3 tie. In 2007, upwards of 60,000 to 70,000 fans (plus many more watching on ABC) will watch quarterback Chase Daniel lead one of the most prolific offenses in the NCAA — one averaging 36.4 points in its past 10 home games. Despite a disappointing loss to Oklahoma on the road, the Tigers come into Saturday’s game against Texas Tech with a 5-1 record (1-1 in the Big 12) and an AP ranking of 15th.
Homecoming revelers also can check out campus decorations at 6 p.m. and attend a spirit rally at 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Greektown, or catch the parade starting at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 20 and running through parts of campus and downtown. The Mizzou Alumni Association has details and a full schedule on its Web site.