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As October has begun, we find ourselves at the perfect time of year for a three-game football homestand, especially after playing three of our first five games on the road. In fact, over this second half of the season, five of the final seven games will be in Davis Wade Stadium, affording all of us an excellent opportunity to cheer on Coach Mullen’s team and provide them with the home field advantage they’ve come to count on in recent years.
The next several weeks are crucial to the success of our team and this season and ought to also be a great deal of fun for those of us watching the games play out. A reminder as we prepare each week to reference your tickets for the colors to wear to each game (white for the upper deck and maroon for the lower deck and premium seats this weekend) and also to keep the gameday site bookmarked at hailstate.com/gameday for all parking, traffic and timing information. I’d also recommend downloading the Mississippi State Gameday app on your phone, a great resource any time our Bulldogs are in action.
MAROON MADNESS HIGHLIGHTS BUSY HOME WEEKEND
Both our men’s and women’s basketball teams began practice this week and on Friday we will host our official fan kickoff to their seasons with the annual Maroon Madness. The event begins at Pumpkinpalooza in downtown Starkville with an autograph session at 6 p.m., then at 9 p.m. we begin basketball festivities in The Hump with an-hour long evening of entertainment and interaction.
We will have some key basketball visitors in town this weekend, so we’d love a big crowd at the Hump for Maroon Madness, which will be our first public opportunity to see Coach Howland’s and Coach Schaefer’s 2015-16 squads.
In addition to Maroon Madness and football this weekend, our volleyball team hosts Missouri on Friday night at 7 p.m. then Georgia on Sunday at noon, while soccer is on the road at Georgia Friday, then returns home to host Kentucky on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Oh, and baseball continues fall practice with a scrimmage scheduled at Dudy Noble Field for Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday at (11 a.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
With so much happening in Starkville this weekend, I hope you can all make it to town to join us.
BULLDOG ATHLETICS WINS HALBROOK AWARD
In an honor bestowed upon the university and celebrated in all of athletics, I am incredibly proud of our department, and most importantly our student-athletes, as MSU had the highest graduation rate in the state of both men’s and women’s student-athletes. An impressive 73 percent our males and 88 percent of females graduate, both the highest marks among public universities in Mississippi.
Additionally, former Bulldogs Seth Heck and Ally McDonald were both recognized individually for academic achievement among athletes.
We are grateful for and proud of all of our athletes, along with the counselors and coaches who support them, for their commitment to academic excellence at MSU.
WRAPPING UP THIS EMAIL (IN MAROON AND WHITE)
• Quick reminder that restrooms in several campus buildings (the east side of Humphrey Coliseum, Newell-Grissom, the MSU soccer field, Butler-Williams Guest House, Mitchell Memorial Library, Hilbun Hall, the Welcome Center at the Depot, and Memorial Hall) are open on gamedays.
• I posted this graphic of future football opponents (see at right as well - click to enlarge) earlier this week on social media. It should be a handy reference as you look to what’s ahead for Bulldog football.
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