Copiah-Lincoln Community College is one of six state community colleges spotlighted in a full-length documentary film "Mississippi JUCO: The Toughest Football League in America." The movie will premiere the movie locally on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Rea Auditorium on the Wesson Campus. Tickets will be available to the general public the night of the premier for $5 (adults) and $3 (children and non Co-Lin students). Co-Lin faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with their ID.
Members of the Wolfpack football team, Blue Wave Show Band, Colettes and cheerleaders are featured as well as scenes from the town of Wesson and the college. DVD copies of the movie will be available for purchase.
Filming of the movie includes scenes of the town of Wesson and includes highlights of the 2011 rivalry game between Co-Lin and Southwest, the Blue Wave Show Band, Colettes, Cheerleaders, and the college campus.
Film crews spent two days on each campus including game day preparation, the documentary highlights the campus atmosphere, history and game action at Co-Lin, Hinds Community College, Pearl River Community College, Itawamba Community College, Jones County Junior College and East Mississippi Community College.
The movie unveils one of the oldest and most colorful foot¬ball leagues in America. Tucked away in the Deep South in the state that many consider the most football rabid place of all is the last chance league as it is called by players and coaches.
Way down in the heart of Dixie you will find a self con¬tained, highly unique football ecosystem. The Mississippi JUCO League consists of fourteen Junior Colleges that play what some critics refer to as renegade ball while others de¬scribe it as a football nirvana. Mississippi JUCO football is unlike anything else in America.
Hidden from the National media the JUCO teams in the Magnolia State compete for the League's highly coveted state championship each year. Every game played during the season is a rivalry; each game matters. The result is a continuous war from the beginning of the season to the very last regular season game. The two playoff games for the League's championship are like Armageddon I and II.
The colorful music filled documentary takes viewers on a tour of six of the Mississippi JUCOs and pro¬vides a glimpse of each college's rich football heritage. Audiences will enjoy the homecoming parade at Jones County Junior College which dates back before World War II, and they will rock to Co-Lin's show band and the historic dance team, the Colettes.
Older alumnae from Hinds will enjoy the return, albeit brief, of Bozo, the pink metal elephant mascot, who was responsible for so many fights and riots in the 50's and 60's. When it comes to big time college marching bands, the Itawamba Community College band will show off its colorful "Chop Shop."
Football aficionados everywhere will be fascinated by the impact of two famous Mississippi JUCO coach¬es who have shaped the modern game of football. The Bronze Man, Dobie Holden and Bull Cyclone Sullivan, are still talked about a half century since they left their fingerprints on the League.
How Mississippi JUCO football developed into the "Toughest Football League in America" is not only interesting but explains why the League has produced so many National Championships, legendary coaches, and scores of Division I and NFL players.
The movie is based on the book...JUCOS...The Toughest Football League In America written by X.M. Frascogna, Jr. and his two sons, X.M. Frascogna, III and Martin F. Frascogna.
If you like big hits by hard nose, old fashion, smash mouth players, who have grown up deep down in Dixie, then "buckle up" and go see Mississippi JUCO.
For more information contact Natalie Davis at (601) 643-8354.