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Wednesday Bulldog Update - 10/29/14

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

For the third week in a row, our Bulldogs are No. 1 in the country, and this time it’s in two sports! Big time congratulations to Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm and the women’s golf for taking the top spot in the world of college golf late last week. They say success is contagious and the triumphs of so many of our programs the last few years may have proven that to be true.

Coach Mullen’s team got more exciting news last night when Mississippi State was named the first No. 1 ranked team in the history of the College Football Playoff. The committee recognized our record as the only undefeated team in the SEC and the schedule we’ve played to get there, a nice reward for the hard work our team has put in.

Of course, it bears reminding that we’ve got a lot long way to go. Coach Mullen himself said its great, but it means very little until the postseason arrives. Keep cheering on your Bulldogs and they’ll keep giving everything they have to this school!

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We announced today that Tom ‘Shorty’ McWilliams will be the newest member of the Ring of Honor at Davis Wade Stadium. For those not familiar, Shorty is the only MSU player to ever receive a Heisman vote (for the time being, at least) and played running back here from 1944-48. A four-time All-SEC selection, Shorty was also an All-American and named the SEC Player of the Year in 1944. We will be adding his name this weekend when we host Arkansas.

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Speaking of honoring former players, Coach Cohen will be holding a very large MSU baseball reunion this weekend, including nearly all of the historic 1985 team who will be honored on the field at Saturday night’s football game. I’m told this will be the most players from that team to be together since their last game in Omaha that summer.

Bulldogs in all sports have been outstanding through the years, but perhaps no program has the history of success as Bulldog Baseball and we are thrilled to welcome players of both near and distant past back to campus as we will have over 250 people in attendance at the reunion.

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• A reminder for our game against Arkansas this weekend: we are asking the lower level to wear maroon and the upper levels to wear white. The game kicks off at 6:15 Central on ESPN2.

 • Saturday's game will mark our annual Military Appreciation Day. The day will include an a cappella singing of our national anthem (which will be initiated by former Bulldog basketball player Tyson Cunningham) and the Famous Maroon Band's always moving halftime tribute to our armed forces.

• Also, a warning about counterfeit tickets. Issues have been minimal, but they popped up in our last game, so please be aware of who you are purchasing from. We have a limited number of standing room only tickets left if you have yet to secure yours.

• Looking ahead, bowl pre-order forms will go out next week for those planning to join the football team in the postseason. The deadline to lock in Bulldog Club priority rank for postseason tickets is November 21. Under the new bowl agreements, schools are getting better seats, but a fewer amount of tickets, so increasing your rank is more important than ever.

• One last football note: congrats to Josh Robinson for being named the SEC’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week and to Kaleb Eulls for being named the SEC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week.

• Make sure you join us Friday night for some Halloween volleyball as Coach Jenny Hazelwood’s team hosts Auburn at 5 p.m. We’ll be having a costume contest for all the trick-or-treaters.

• Good luck to our soccer team as they close out the regular season on the road at South Carolina tomorrow.

• For those interested in seeing some baseball, Coach Cohen’s team will be hosting open scrimmages on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

• With basketball season about to begin, you can watch Vic Schaefer’s Bulldog basketball team in action. The team will host their Maroon-White scrimmage in the Hump at 6 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free and there will be autographs following. On Saturday, fans can come watch the team practice at 10 a.m.

The weather is getting cooler, so make sure you have a maroon jacket or pullover to wear on Fridays!

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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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