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C.B. Cameron
Hometown: Starkville, MS
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Coach C. B. “Buck” Cameron was a championship basketball and track coach at Laurel High. Native of Starkville, Coach Cameron lettered in football, basketball, track, and boxing at Mississippi State from 1920-1924. He was a member of the famed Bulldog Four “C” relay team of Clark, Cato, Cochran, and Cameron that never lost a relay. He won every boxing match at MSU. Buck ran a 70 yard punt back for a tying touchdown against Alabama in 1921 and caught 9 passes against Drake in 1922. He coached at Laurel High from 1924 to 1945. Coach Cameron led Laurel to 2 Big 3 hoops titles in 1926 & 1927, 2 Big 6 basketball crowns in 1928 & 1929, and 2 Big 8 basketball championships in 1931 and 1932. He guided the Laurel track squad to 1 third place overall finish, 10 second place finishes, and 10 Big 8 state championships from 1924 to 1945. Under his guidance, Laurel initiated and installed the first permanently lighted high school football stadium in the South. He received the Pop Warner Helms Award for distinguished service with youth in 1967. He helped bring famous coaches to Laurel for coaching clinics including Notre Dame’s Knute Rockne. His motto was Do It, Read It, or Ask About It. He was inducted into the Mississippi State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. His son, Mack Cameron, is also a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame for the sport of tennis and they were the first father-son combination inducted into the MSHOF with Mack’s 1999 induction.