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The Champ Was Here: Muhammad Ali on the concourse

Despite somewhat of a reputation for poor student turnout, Auburn was getting some big name folk to come to campus in the early 70s. For example, in May 1973, the UPC Horizon’s III crew could only drum up enough “free admission” interest in hearing Muhammad Ali dish on Howard Cosell (“I’ve made him too popular in this country… they even had a Howard Cosell doll which you don’t even have to wind up and it still won’t quit talking”), White America (“She is so intoxicated with power, pretty college campuses, supermarkets, subdivisions, stocks…”), and winning back his crown (“just as soon as I can get my hands on George Foreman…”) to fill maybe a third of Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. (It was an even bigger deal for Ali to come — Ken Norton broke had recently broken his jaw.)

But he sure seemed a big hit on the Haley Center concourse.

Photos courtesy Brad Ashmore.

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