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Happy Wednesday, Bulldogs!
As the calendar is closing down on another month, things are getting busy for Bulldog athletics. Our men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the heat of SEC play, our tennis teams kicked off their seasons, our track teams have begun competition and in the next three weeks our softball, baseball and golf teams will all begin their spring slates.
Spring in Starkville when the weather is great and the sports are outdoors is one of my favorite stretches of any year. Before you know it, Super Bulldog Weekend (April 17-19) will be here!
SIGNING DAY PLANS ANNOUNCED
By this time next week, we will have dozens of new Bulldogs officially on board as the football signing period begins. To welcome them all, we’ll be hosting a number of events throughout the morning, afternoon and evening of National Signing Day next Wednesday. From 8-10 that morning, we’ll be broadcasting our Signing Day Special from the Seal Family Football Complex, two hours of live updates as signatures roll in, including interviews with coaches and players, video highlights and more. Make plans to tune in at www.HailState.com/PLUS or on SEC Network+.
Then, at 3 that afternoon, Coach Mullen will hold his press conference at the Seal Complex to welcome for the first time our newest student-athletes. The press conference will be closed to the public, but will be streamed live on HailState.com.
Finally, the day will be capped off with a two-hour event at the DawgHouse Sports Grill in Starkville from 6-8, where Coach Mullen will address fans before joining Jim Ellis, who will be broadcasting a special Dawg Talk from 7-8 p.m. on the MSU Sports Radio Network.
Signing Day is an exciting time for all involved, as months and years of work by coaches is rewarded and the important decisions by future student-athletes are set in motion. I hope you’ll join us in celebrating the occasion!
BASKETBALL AT THE HUMP THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
For those who have been keeping track, you know how much fun it’s been to follow Coach Schaefer’s women’s basketball team this year. I had an enjoyable trip to Auburn on Monday, where I watched our 18th-ranked Bulldogs advance to 21-2! They were the first team in the country (men’s or women’s) to reach 20 wins in 2015, and they don’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon.
Our Bulldogs will be back in The Hump on Thursday when we host Vanderbilt at 7 p.m., a chance to avenge one of our only two losses. We’re planning a white-out for the game, so grab a white shirt or jacket and come join us.
On the same court, I think all who have been watching Coach Ray’s men’s team have seen them playing their best basketball of the year. Our Bulldogs are on the road playing in Oxford tonight at 8, then return to Starkville on Saturday to host LSU at 1 p.m. Both games are on the SEC Network, in case you’re unable to make the trip to either, and Saturday is another white-out game in The Hump.
- Congratulations are in order for our track and field teams, who broke and set records all over the place in their opening weeks of competition, leading our women’s team to a No. 20 national ranking. Good luck to the teams this weekend as they travel to New York for the prestigious New Balance Invitational!
- More on this next week, but mark your calendar for next Saturday, February 7th, for the inaugural Baseball Fan Day.
- Congratulations to our No. 21 men’s tennis team for beginning the season 3-1, and to our women’s squad for getting off to a 3-1 start, as well. Our men are back in action this weekend hosting Rice, Alcorn State and Texas Tech at home, while our women host UAB on Saturday at 11 a.m.
As we sit now, it’s a fun time to be a Bulldog with so many ranked teams on campus. Our men’s tennis team is No. 21 in the country, women’s track is No. 20 and women’s basketball is No. 18, while our baseball team is as high as No. 14 in preseason polls, women’s golf is preseason No. 3 in the country and our softball team is receiving votes, just on the cusp of the preseason Top 25. It ought to be an enjoyable several months around here.
Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope to see you on campus in the next few days!
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