Wednesday Bulldog Update - 4/15/15

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Happy Wednesday, Bulldogs!

The biggest weekend of the spring in Mississippi State Athletics is nearly here. Super Bulldog Weekend brings the biggest crowds and most excitement of the spring every year and we’ve got plenty going on this weekend to make it worth your time.

Festivities officially kick off with the annual pig cook-off on Friday morning at 8 and conclude on Sunday with baseball hosting Florida at 2 p.m. As you make plans for the weekend, be sure to visit www.hailstate.com/SBW for the full schedule and all the information you could need for SBW 15. In addition to all the athletic events, don’t forget to stop by the Cotton District Arts Festival as you make your way to campus Saturday!

For baseball this weekend, Coach Cohen’s club hosts Top-10 Florida on Friday night at 6:30 (SEC Network+), Saturday at 2 (SEC Network) and Sunday at 2 (ESPNU). Make sure to stick around Friday night for our post-game fireworks show.

Softball hosts Tennessee for a three-game set this weekend (5:30 Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and a 1 p.m. Sunday), but don’t forget – we host South Alabama tonight at 8 in a big matchup of future NCAA Tourney teams!

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WELCOME TO BULLY XXI

Join me in welcoming Jak, who will be better known as Bully beginning this Saturday. The son of our current masoct Champ, Jak will officially take on the title during our passing of the harness ceremony before the Maroon-White Spring Game Saturday, so make plans to arrive at Davis Wade Stadium by 10:30 a.m.

Champ has been with us for seven years and will go into healthy retirement as the winningest Bully in school history, a testament to the success of Bulldogs both human and canine in recent years! We’re happy to send Champ off into a quieter life and thrilled to welcome Jak, named for our beloved Jack Cristil.

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MAROON MEMORIES

For those who haven’t taken advantage yet, I want to remind you about Maroon Memories, an innovative new way to have unique experiences in MSU Athletics. This weekend, in particular, we’ve got a wealth of opportunities to be involved in a way most never get to be.

Simply visit www.hailstate.com/memories on your mobile device before the games (including the football spring game) and search for experiences that interest you or your family. Starting at $5 and going up from there, fans can choose to lead the seventh-inning stretch, take pictures with the old and new Bullies, access the sidelines and even get a tour of the team’s locker room in Davis Wade, among much more for baseball, softball and football.

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FOUR TEAMS IN SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

While we’re going to be very busy on campus, we’ve got a lot going on away from campus, too. In fact, we’ve got four teams competing in conference tournaments as our men’s and women’s golf teams and men’s and women’s tennis teams are all competing in SEC Championships this weekend!

As the spring postseason approaches, we are fortunate to have several teams expecting to be in their respective NCAA Tournament fields. Always an exciting time to be a Bulldog!

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TRACK AND FIELD HITS THE ROAD

Our track and field team is on the road this week at the Mt. Sac Relays in California, and I’d like to say job well done to Ocian Archer for setting the school-record for the women’s 400-meter here on campus in the Border Clash over the weekend!

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FACILITY UPDATES

As has been the case for several years now, there are plenty of athletic facility projects ongoing or in the planning stages to keep our staff busy. Here is a brief update on where we stand on some of those projects:

- The new, $2.2 million MSU golf complex at Old Waverly is nearing completion, with a summertime opening likely. It includes a 6,300-square foot clubhouse for our men’s and women’s golf teams, a dedicated driving range (with indoor hitting bays), a massive putting green in the shape of the state of Mississippi, and a short-game area featuring three different style chipping greens. When complete, it will be as impressive as any athletic facility at MSU.

- Work on the $6 million revamp of the MSU Softball Stadium and A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre will begin by the end of this month, with a scheduled completion date of February 2016. In addition to a brand new grandstand (with 1,100 maroon chairback seats), the softball stadium will also include a new locker room for the team. At tennis, the bleachers in the current grandstand will give way to maroon chairback seats, and new seating will be added at court level along the outside courts. Both facilities will be connected with a ticket booth and fan plaza. (FYI: MSU will host the 2016 SEC Softball Tournament in the new stadium).

- As seat deposits continue to roll in for the new Dudy Noble Field project (MSUbulldogclub.com), a campus committee recently selected Wier Boerner Allin of Jackson and Populous of Kansas City as the design team of record. That means that the concept study you’ve all seen will soon be developed into schematic designs that will enable us to continue progress on this exciting project.

Both the golf and tennis/softball projects are being paid for from private donations and/or Bulldog Club monies. The baseball facility, for which fundraising is still progressing, will be funded through a combination of facility gifts and bonds (much like the expansion of Davis Wade Stadium).

All of these projects will enhance and support the efforts of our players and coaches, while providing a great experience for you, our wonderful Bulldog fans.

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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