The Tougaloo College Athletic Booster Club’s inaugural Bulldog Blast Tailgate will feature a large tent at Donald Park alongside a memorial bench dedicated by the class of 1967 on Tougaloo College’s campus with live music, free food, raffles with great prizes, and more to cheer on our Bulldogs Basketball and Baseball teams. This event will be held on February 19, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. to kickstart the first pitch for our Baseball team at 12 until our Lady Bulldogs tip-off at 3 p.m.

To carry out this event that will become a tradition, we need your help. The Tougaloo College Athletic Booster Club seeks sponsorships and donations for this event to provide an excellent opportunity for our Tougaloo College family and friends to have a central place to gather, relax, and cheer on Tougaloo College Athletics.

Sponsorships and donations of any amount would help us fund this goal, and all proceeds will go to the Tougaloo College Athletic Booster Club to support the Athletic Department of Tougaloo College. All donations are tax-deductible in which you would receive a tax write-off letter. Also as a contributor, you will gain recognition during the tailgate and future athletic events.

Community sponsors are the primary funding source for this event and will help ensure its success. Only with your help can we continue to provide the level of support our students need and deserve. Thank you for considering a donation to this very worthy cause. For questions or further information, do not hesitate to contact us at

Click the “Donate” button above to give. Beyond your donation, we welcome you to join us by participating in the inaugural Bulldog Blast Tailgate! We look forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of The Tougaloo College Athletic Booster Club, we thank you for your support.

Coach Lafayette Stribling passes away at 87

Tougaloo, Miss., Nov. 2, 2021 – Former Tougaloo College men’s basketball coach Lafayette Stribling passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021. He was known as Coach “Strib” to many athletes and friends, and served as an inspiration for Mississippians. He led the team to five national tournaments during his seven-year career at Tougaloo. He entered the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame in 2006, and he was named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) coach of the year three times. In addition, Coach Stribling was famously remembered as the legendary coach who took the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils to play against Duke University for a championship game in 1986.

The Tougaloo College community is deeply saddened by the loss of an iconic figure in the sport of basketball. Coach Stribling perhaps was known for his incredible determination against all odds and to prove the doubters wrong. As one of Mississippi’s most accomplished basketball coaches, he won the hearts of many fanatics, who were always excited to see his attire on the court in every match his teams played.

“Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of Coach Lafayette Stribling. As part of the Tougaloo family, Coach Stribling served as an inspiration to many young athletes, with his great examples of self-discipline, hard work and perseverance to accomplish the difficult challenges not only in sports, but in life. He will be truly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are extended to all those he leaves behind,” said Dr. Carmen J. Walters, President of Tougaloo College.

In honor of Coach Stribling’s legacy, the College is pleased to release a mini-documentary entitled “Lafayette Stribiling: Life on the Full Court” available online at

About Tougaloo College Tougaloo College is a private, independent, liberal arts institution, offering undergraduate degrees in twenty-nine majors in the areas of education, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and graduate degrees in education. Since its founding in 1869, the College has maintained a rich tradition of excellence, relevance, and influence, creating a legacy of distinction in higher education. Tougaloo College was awarded $6 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the renewal of the Jackson Heart Study Undergraduate Training Center. Some of Tougaloo College’s remarkable alumni include Congressman Bennie G. Thompson; Tougaloo President Emerita Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan; NAACP President Derrick Johnson; Justice Reuben V. Anderson; Engineer and Educator Eugene DeLoatch; and Astrophysicist Hakeem M. Oluseyi.

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