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THE GENTS ' MASCOT This mite of Maroon and White in the person of Walter O ' Roark, Jr., has unobtrusively found him- self a niche in the heart of every student with his capers on the gridiron, on the hardwood court, and at campus activities. Little Walt is the ideal rooter. To him there is only one team that is worthy of winning — the Centenary Gentlemen. To him there are only a few real stars of the game — the boys who wear the Maroon and White. If he fits in well on the Centenary bench it is because of the admiration he has for the team. This admiration the team returns tenfold to its ardent well-wisher. He is their lucky charm. His number eleven signifies that. His faith is of the kind that inspires confidence in the players. His friendly presence on the bench is a relief to nervous tension. An added bit of color at athletic events, a striking little figure that brings chuckles and cheers from the spectators, a symbol of the famous Gentlemen in miniature, Walter has become a popular favorite with the athletes, with the students, and with the Gents ' many friends in Fandom.
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AND HIS STAFF The Athletic Committee confers . . . Coach Parker reviews the sports situa- tion with Dean Hardin, Dr. Ford and Professor Shaw. Also serving on the committee is Professor Davidson, who is not pic- tured Coach Tom Cobb Mrs. Mattie Blakemore Langiord Huddleston John Lingo Assisting Coach Parker in his hundred-fold duties as Athletic Director are Coaches Elmer Smith and Tom Cobb. Coach Smith came to Centenary from Hendrix College, where he was a star athlete and later coach. He is the Gents ' chief scout and backfield coach, head man for the baseball team and the frosh cagers, and aids Coach Parker in directing the varsity basketball players. Coach Cobb, former profes- sional football player with Kansas City, Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago, joined the Gents ' staff in 1936. Di- recting intramural sports, coaching the boxing team, and serving as line coach for the Gentlemen all fall to him as his share of responsibility in handling Centenary ' s athletic program. Also assisting Head Coach Parker are freshmen Coaches Langford Huddleston and John Lingo, graduates of the varsity. They won letters in football, basketball, and baseball while wearing the Maroon and White, and now pass on the bene- fit of their experience to Centenary ' s young hopefuls. Hoot Gibson, versatile trainer of the Gents, added new duties to his already heavy burdens during the past year. Hoot is now serving in the capacity of gym instructor and co ach of the freshman baseball team. Gibson is the " old dependable " of the department. In addition to his duties of keeping the athletes fit and seeing that they keep training rules, he is caretaker of all of the department ' s properties. Mattie Blakemore is secretary and general right hand " man " of the department. Publicity, contracts, schedules, athlete ' s troubles are all daily routine to her.
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A tense moment in the season ' s first game finds the coaches and the boys on the bench oblivious to all but the boys on the field. These are the moments that may spell victory or defeat for the team — the moments that make football the most thrilling of all sports — and the moments that are remembered when the record of games won and lost has long been for- gotten. FOOTBALL
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