Former Player Writes Book on Adkins
When McMurry decided to write a book about the Jays, he contacted other former players so they could share their memories of the coach and the program.
"I would go to all the practices with my dad. Coach Adkins would let me go on the team bus. I was kind of the mascot for the players," said Chuck Cole. "I ran into coach at one of the Mizzou games a year ago and said, 'Hey coach!' and he said, 'Hey Brownie, what's going on?' He remembers your name, who you are, he even remembers my folks."
Adkins coached nine state championship teams, but also created a legacy off the field, especially for one of his teams.
"There were two African-Americans on it. Dessert was out in the main part of the restaurant. When they went out to get their dessert, the manager hit the fan, used racial epithets. Coach overheard and demanded an apology and had his team leave immediately," recalled Cole.
McMurry said his book shows what kind of man Adkins was. McMurry was an offensive guard for the Jays who went on to play at Wake Forest University. He's now a minister in Dayton, Ohio.