WELCOME BACK: A history of Homecoming at MU

Thursday, August 18, 2011 | 12:14 a.m. CDT; updated 12:27 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homecoming Timeline

1911: In their first Homecoming, the Tigers took on the Kansas Jayhawks. "Come Back Home" was a main slogan in hopes of bringing back older graduates and boosting attendance. Ten thousand people crowded the stadium.


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1918: Homecoming was canceled due to a widespread flu outbreak.

1928: The first homecoming dance was held as other new traditions emerged.

1935: House decorations became popular in Greektown.

1940s: The "Thundering Thousand," a student pep group, was in full swing at all games to cheer the Tigers to victory. By the 1950s, "Romp, Stomp, Chomp" had become the motto adopted for pep rallies.

1977: The student body held its first election of a Homecoming king and queen.

1992: Mort Walker — and Beetle Bailey — returned to campus to celebrate Homecoming and instill the tradition of Beetle Bailey.

 1995: Coach Don Faurot died the week of Homecoming. A statue outside Faurot Field was erected in his honor.

2010: In their 99th Homecoming, the Tigers upset Oklahoma, and thousands of fans stormed the field to celebrate. Thirty fans who sprinted early in celebration were arrested, but they were soon let off without any charges. 

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