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MTSU fans slosh through soggy homecoming celebrati...

MTSU fans slosh through soggy homecoming celebration [+PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

It rained. Poured rain. And the sun popped out briefly. But the rain failed to douse the spirits of the Blue Raider faithful during MTSU‘s annual homecoming events Saturday, Oct. 26, across campus.

Alumni, students, faculty, staff and Blue Raider fans of all ages attended the parade and the Mixer on Middle, tailgated in Walnut Grove, joined the rained-in indoor tailgate luncheon in Murphy Center, cheered at the Raider Walk and then the game, a 50-17 romp over visiting Florida International University in Floyd Stadium.

Homecoming allows those connected to the university to celebrate MTSU’s decades of traditions — food, fun and fellowship at various activities — that all lead to the game.

This year’s Golden Raiders — members of the Class of 1969 and earlier — celebrated with an induction ceremony on Oct. 25. The 2019-20 Distinguished Alumni were featured later in the day as well as on the field during the game.

Here’s a closer look at the parade:

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, joined by several previous homecoming queens, crowned Makayla Stubblefield and Matt LaNeve 2019 homecoming queen and king during a soggy halftime celebration on Jones Field.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Despite the pouring rain, MTSU students still have fun during the annual homecoming game in Floyd Stadium Saturday, Oct. 26. MTSU beat Florida International 50-17. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Blue Raiders’ mascot Lightning helps fans get in the spirit during MTSU’s 50-17 victory against visiting Florida International in Floyd Stadium during the annual MTSU Homecoming Game. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Blue Raider mascot Lightning helps fans get in the spirit during MTSU’s 50-17 victory against visiting Florida International in Floyd Stadium during the annual MTSU Homecoming Game Saturday, Oct. 26. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

A True Blue family attending MTSU’s 2019 homecoming festivities Saturday, Oct. 26, enjoys the barbecue luncheon served in a Murphy Center auxiliary gym after rain forced organizers to move the planned outdoor tailgate event indoors. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

2018 MTSU Homecoming Queen Georgette Redmond, at center left in the beige jacket, and King Rakeem Murphy help crown 2019 King Matt LaNeve, center, and Queen Makayla Stubblefield as previous years’ MTSU homecoming queens join them during the downpour at the university’s halftime ceremonies Saturday, Oct. 26. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, third from left, greeted the 2019-20 MTSU Distinguished Alumni: Aaron Shew, left, Young Alumni Achievement Award; Jeremy Cowart, overall Distinguished Alumnus; and Citations of Distinction recipients Carroll Van West (Achievement in Education/MTSU faculty), G. Edward Hughes (Achievement in Education/non-MTSU); and Meagan Flippin (Service to Community). The awards were presented Friday, Oct. 25, in the Ingram Building’s MT Center. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, third from left, greets the 2019-20 MTSU Distinguished Alumni Awards receipients at their presentation ceremony Friday, Oct. 25, in the Ingram Building’s MT Center. From left are Aaron Shew, recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award; Jeremy Cowart, Distinguished Alumnus; McPhee; and Citations of Distinction recipients Dr. Carroll Van West for Achievement in Education/MTSU faculty, G. Edward Hughes for Achievement in Education/non-MTSU and Meagan Flippin for Service to Community. (MTSU photo by James Cessna)

 


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