Although disputed by others, Missouri University lays claim to be the innovator of homecoming, one of the strongest traditions that remains in the college sports world today.
Word is, Chester Brewer, director of athletics at Mizzou wanted to boost the crowd on grassy Rollins Field so he invited graduates to "come home" in 1911. A huge crowd of 9,000 packed the wooden bleachers to see the Tigers battle to a 3-3 tie.
A tradition was born. Organizers were concerned about enough housing for their guests. Columbians opened their homes and boarding houses and the mystery was solved.
This Saturday, on a glorious sun drenched day, Faurot Field tied the records attendance with 71,004 to witness the route of Iowa State, 52-14.
The homecoming committee served up a grand weekend including the crowing of the king and queen from the royal court, the return of the Romp, Stomp and Chomp barbecue on Carnahan Quadrangle, home coming displays, and very successful blood drives and food collections.
So the tradition lives on and virtually every college and university with a semblance of football team now celebrates some form of homecoming.
The Tiger record for homecoming games is now 58-37-5.
The Missouri version in 2011, celebrating 100 years was completed in grand style. Enjoy photos and video from a beautiful mid-October game in Mid Missouri.