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Happy Wednesday, Bulldogs.
The new academic and athletic year has officially kicked off. Classes began on campus Monday, all 300-plus of our student athletes met that night to kick off the semester and on Friday we host our first game of the year with our soccer team taking on South Alabama at 7 p.m. We also host Murray State on Sunday at 1 p.m., with both of those games being broadcast online on SEC Network+.
We have a great deal to look forward to over the next year, and even just over the next few weeks as soccer kicks off, new volleyball coach David McFatrich makes his Mississippi State debut and Coach Mullen and the football team make their return to the field after the historic 2014 season. I’m thrilled to have the 2015-16 year underway and I can’t wait to see the new heights we reach. It truly is an exciting time to be a Bulldog.
FOOTBALL FAN DAY SATURDAY, COWBELL YELL SEPTEMBER 10
As we move forward, I want to remind you of a few events to keep on your calendar. This Saturday, we will host our annual football Fan Day in the Palmeiro Center from 2-4 p.m., an opportunity for all of you to meet the team, play some games and enjoy time spent around fellow Bulldogs. On that note, our players will only be signing schedule posters (provided free of charge on-site), so please do not ask them to sign footballs, magazines or other memorabilia.
We want as many of you as possible to have the chance to meet our young men and this will help streamline the process. Those seeking an autograph from Coach Mullen may bring one item of your choosing for him to sign.
Our first game of the season will, of course, be in Hattiesburg against Southern Miss, meaning we expect a tremendous crowd and electric atmosphere for our home and SEC-opener against LSU on September 12 the following week. In addition to the game itself Saturday night, the Student Association will be putting on Bulldog Bash Friday night and the athletic department will be hosting the annual Cowbell Yell in Davis Wade Stadium on Thursday at 9 p.m. In addition to the usual festivities for Cowbell Yell, we will also be organizing an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most cowbells rung at once, led by the Student Association.
While we surely have the unofficial record (last year’s win over Auburn seems a likely candidate), we’re looking forward to hopefully having our name officially put into the record books. Cowbell Yell is open to everyone, so make sure you join us and don’t forget your cowbell.
As we enter this new year, we have plans to feature more than ever our Maroon Memories program. Over the summer, we created an entire full-time position dedicated to things like this, naming Danielle Smith our Director of Fan Engagement. For those unfamiliar, Maroon Memories allows fans to use credits, pay for or bid on unique experiences in and around Bulldog athletics.
Many of you took advantage this spring by standing on the court with our basketball team during the National Anthem, securing a tour of the Hall of Champions in our baseball facility or a wealth of other previously unavailable opportunities.
Our dedication at MSU lies within serving our student-athletes and our fans above all, and this program gives us the ability to create unforgettable memories and experiences for those who cherish the Maroon and White. For more information, visit www.hailstate.com/memories.
FOOTBALL CLOSING IN ON SEASON TICKET SELLOUT
A big thank you goes out to all of you as you’ve helped break our season ticket sales record. As of yesterday we were only 485 shy of 50,000 and we expect to exhaust our entire supply any day now. We will have some single-game tickets and mini-packages available, but as of now season tickets are the only way to get tickets to the home games against LSU and Alabama. Visit www.hailstate.com/tickets for information.
Additionally, credit goes to our students who are closing in on a sellout of all 10,500 of their available tickets for the year. Our atmosphere relies on you each week to be the catalyst from before kickoff until after the final whistle when the team comes to you and sings the Alma Mater with the Famous Maroon Band.
The support from fans old, young and in-between has been overwhelming. I am incredibly proud of the passion we all have for Mississippi State.
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.