1908: The Furman Era Draws to a Close

Fred Furman's tenure at Mississippi A&M did not last long, as the 1908 season would mark his final year as football coach at the school. However, he did find enough success to be the first coach to leave with a winning record in place, something that many coaches of the Maroon and White have failed to do since.

The season got off to a great start with a 47-0 victory over Louisiana Tech. Undoubtedly, many Aggie fans felt that great days were in story for the program....

Those feelings were quickly doused with water when Aggies visted the Rambling Wreck in Atlanta and left with a 27-0 loss. The losing continued the next week with a loss to Southern Louisiana (now UL Lafayette) in Columbus.

The Aggies righted the ship with a 12-5 victory over Transylvania (not the vampires, but the school in Lexington..no not that school). The next two weeks may have been the ones to influence Furman to leave. His squad dropped a 50-0 decision on the road to an LSU team that would finish 10-0 before losing 23-0 the next week at Tulane.

Fortunately, the Aggies got things in order in time to knock off Ole Miss 44-6 in Jackson the day after Thanksgiving.

Looking back, Furman had a good run at A&M. He became the first coach to post a career winning record. He had some of the most lopsided victories in MSU history, and he went 2-0 against Ole Miss.

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