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1. Sweetness. Jackson's State's most famous graduate is, of course, the great Walter Payton. It is a little known fact that his brother, Eddie Payton, is the head golf coach of the Tigers and has built them into a powerhouse in the golf crazy SWAC.

2. Oil Can. Of the many great academics who have attended the university, the most famous quote by an alum is by former major league pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd, speaking to Bo Jackson: "I am The Can, and I am going to come right at you with my best shit, and if you can hit it, I want to see how far Bo Jackson can hit The Oil Can." Jackson hit Boyd's first pitch over the 71-foot high score board in straight away center at Fenway (the ball landed 515 feet from home plate).

3. Priorities. The Tigers, also known as the Blue Bengals, last appeared in the NCAA's in 2000. That year, the school sold more tickets to alumns to attend the Jackson State Alumni Jazz Brunch Hair and Fashion Show than to the NCAA tourney. — Nation Of Islam Sports Blog


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