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Happy Wednesday, Bulldogs! What a weekend, huh? Like many of you, I was in Baton Rouge to watch our Bulldogs take down No. 8 LSU and I couldn’t be happier for our players, coaches, staff, fans, students and alumni. Coach Mullen and his staff have a built program that is in shape to have long-term success, as well as short-term results like we saw Saturday.
I’m a big believer in doing things the right way, building consistent, sustainable success in a program and creating a championship atmosphere. I’m pleased to see that Mississippi State football has developed in such a way and is seeing the fruits of a lot of hard work by a lot of talented individuals. While Saturday night was thrilling, it’s only one of many victories we hope to celebrate this season and beyond.
My only disappointment from Saturday was that the final score didn’t truly indicate how thoroughly the Bulldogs dominated in Baton Rouge. I know many of you felt the same way. As Coach Mullen says, chalk that up as a learning experience. And it’s always better to learn in victory than in defeat!
(By the way, MSU has played in three different stadiums this year – Davis Wade, Ladd Memorial and Tiger Stadium – and have helped set a new stadium attendance record at each venue. So kudos to you, Bulldog fans!).
We also want to congratulate Dak Prescott for winning SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Ben Beckwith for winning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Testaments that hard work pays off.
This is an odd weekend in Starkville where not a single one of our teams will be playing on campus. I hope each of you enjoy a nice weekend at home before coming back to campus for the big game against Texas A&M on October 4.
SEC NATION COMING FOR 11 A.M. GAME AGAINST TEXAS A&M
As many of you saw yesterday, SEC Nation (the traveling Gameday group for the SEC Network) has changed their schedule so they can come to Starkville for our matchup with the Aggies. As you also likely saw, that game will kickoff at 11 a.m. on ESPN and will be our True Maroon game.
In addition to SEC Nation, several national media outlets (Sports Illustrated, USA Today and CBS Sports to name a few) will also descend upon Starkville next week, making this a great opportunity to showcase our campus, team and MSU family. All eyes in college football will be on our state next weekend, so let’s make a good presentation and show the country what Mississippi State is all about.
SEC Nation will set up along Creelman Street in front of Dorman Hall with The Junction and Davis Wade Stadium serving as the backdrop. The show goes live at 9 a.m. and runs to 11, so we ought to have a Junction full of tents, cheers and people.
We’ve also got Bulldog Bash in the Cotton District the night before, so don’t forget your coffee!
MAROON MADNESS ON MAIN STREET OCTOBER 10
Maroon Madness, the tipoff to the 2014-15 men’s and women’s basketball season, will be held the evening of October 10 and take place on Main Street downtown. This Bulldog basketball showcase is in conjunction with Pumpkinpalooza, Starkville’s annual fall festival, which is always a fun time for family and friends.
It’s hard to believe it’s happened so fast, but our men begin practice next week (October 3) and our women get going shortly after. The fall semester is about to get much busier!
• For those who weren’t aware of the program, make sure parents and their children are familiar with Bully’s Kids Club. You can find more information here about how Bulldogs 12-and-under can have some special experiences with MSU athletics.
• While no events will take place in Starkville this weekend, I do wish good luck to our teams on the road. Volleyball, soccer, men’s golf, men's tennis and women's tennis will all be in action over the next several days.
Thank you as always for all you do for MSU athletics, and hey, let’s wear maroon this Friday wherever we go!
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