ROTC units plan Egg Bowl run for Monday

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Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi Army ROTC cadets will partner  on Monday for the fourth annual Egg Bowl Run.

Army ROTC cadets from both universities will carry a football from Starkville to Oxford, leaving MSU at 4:30 a.m. and arriving in Oxford on Monday evening, according to a press release from Mississippi State University.

Mississippi State Army ROTC cadets will carry the ball from Starkville to Calhoun City, where they will hand the ball off to Ole Miss Army ROTC cadets for the second leg of the approximately 100-mile run.

Lt. Col. Brian Locke, Mississippi State professor of military science, said cadets used to run a game ball to Jackson when the Egg Bowl was held in Mississippi’s capital city. After a long absence, the Egg Bowl Run was revitalized in 2013.

“This is such a great rivalry, so we just wanted to do something that showed unity between our cadets and brought them together for a good cause,” Locke said in the release from Mississippi State University.

The ROTC units will bring canned goods and other items to Calhoun City, where the Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce will distribute the food to those in need.