Not affiliated with a conference, Memphis State is having difficulty lining up suitable opponents. Recently, Memphis started construction on a $3.7 million football stadium. It will be ready for the 1965 season, and will seat 50,000. While this municipal investment puts the football team squarely on the spot, it will help develop a major schedule.
It better had, or there will be an awful lot of angry folks downtown. In addition to the Educational and Athletic Scholarship donors there are two rapidly growing booster clubs: the 425-member Tiger Club, Inc. which raises money for additional scholarships, and the 335-member Highland 100 which raises funds for recruiting and promotional purposes.
"Let's not think of the Tiger football team as belonging to the university alone," City Commissioner James Moore told a cheering crowd of Highland 100s at their weekly meeting prior to the Chattanooga game. "Let's think of it as a vital industry for the entire city of Memphis."