At Missouri their true tradition is Homecoming. They are the Home of Homecoming. This is where the college football tradition of Homecoming was born!
In 1891, the Missouri Tigers first faced off against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first installment of the Border War, which was also the oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi River until the teams stopped playing each other in 2012. The intense rivalry originally took place at neutral sites, usually in Kansas City, Missouri, until a new conference regulation was announced that required intercollegiate football games to be played on collegiate campuses. To renew excitement in the rivalry, ensure adequate attendance at the new location, and celebrate the first meeting of the two teams on the Mizzou campus in Columbia, Missouri, Mizzou Athletic Director Chester Brewer invited all alumni to “come home” for the game in 1911. Along with the football game, the celebration included a parade and spirit rally with bonfire. (SOURCE)
To this date , Missouri’s Homecoming is the largest in the nation.
Other traditions at Missouri include:
“Truman,” Tiger Walk, Truman’s Taxi, “M-I-Z-Z-O-U” call, “The Missouri Waltz” into fourth quarter, “Old Missouri” at end of game, Key Down, Border War, Big MO, Whitewashing the Rock
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