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Wednesday Bulldog Update - 9/10/14

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Happy Wednesday, everyone.

While we are in the middle of fall seasons here, the thoughts of everyone at Mississippi State can’t help but be with Jack Cristil and his family this week. I attempted to put into words what he means to the Bulldog family earlier this week and the wealth of others paying tribute to Mr. Cristil shows just how great he was. Our in-house reporter Bob Carskadon shared thoughts of his own on the kind of person and professional he was and I hope you’ve had the chance to see the video tribute the University put together.

In his memory, our football team will be wearing a helmet decal with a radio microphone and the name Jack Cristil on it for the rest of the season. Additionally, tonight and tomorrow night, his name will be lit up in the Ring of Honor inside Davis Wade Stadium. His funeral took place today in Tupelo, while those of us at MSU will pay our respects at his public memorial service in Humphrey Coliseum Thursday night at 6. Please join us if you can and, if not, a live stream will be available at that time.

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Our football team is on the road (more on that below), but I hope you’ll be able to come to campus this weekend as we have a great deal going on. Coach Jenny Hazelwood’s volleyball team makes its home debut tomorrow night at 7 in Newell-Grissom as the Bulldogs host the Maroon Classic Thursday-Saturday, playing a total of four matches in three days.

Additionally, Coach Aaron Gordon’s soccer team has home games on Friday night at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 1, so there’s plenty for the family to do in Starkville this weekend.

A quick note for those tracking from home: because soccer and volleyball play at the same time Friday, we are unable to broadcast both games. All volleyball matches will be online at SEC Network+ this weekend, while Sunday’s soccer match will be available online as well.

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Coach Mullen’s team, as most of you know, is on the road at South Alabama in Mobile this weekend. It’s the first sellout in the history of their program, and I know that is both a testament to the respect we command as an SEC team and to the number of you who are hitting the road to watch your Bulldogs.

With that in mind, I’ve been asked to pass along some pertinent parking and gameday information for those of you making the short trek. This link has all the information you ought to need including a map and directions. Some highlights: gates open two hours before kickoff (3 p.m. start), all individuals two years of age and older must have a ticket and cowbells are prohibited.

I look forward to seeing many of you there!

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I received a nice note from USM Director of Athletics Bill McGillis late last week and I wanted to share it with all of you. I also want to thank you for always being so kind, warm and hospitable both at home and on the road. State fans have a reputation, and it’s a good one.

Dear Scott:

Just finished our weekly Senior Staff meeting, and I wanted to extend our group’s full appreciation of the hospitality extended by Mississippi State to Southern Miss last weekend.

From our development staff to our alumni association, our spirit squads and band, our President’s office, our equipment staff, our football team to our fans, I’ve had universally positive feedback about the wonderful manner in which they were treated by your staff and the Bulldog nation.

Please convey our sincere appreciation to your executive staff and extended campus community.

Warm regards,

Bill McGillis

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I hope the rest of your week is a good one. Don’t forget, Jack Cristil memorial on Thursday night in The Hump. Hail State!

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We appreciate what you do for Mississippi State Athletics and want to encourage you to get others involved.  There are three things you can do to help the athletic department at Mississippi State reach its desired goals –

1.  Buy Season Tickets

2.  Financially Support the Bulldog Club

3.  Get Others To Do The Same

Thanks for taking the time to read this Update.   

Hail State!

Scott Stricklin



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