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Happy Super Bulldog Weekend Eve!

As you read this, we are down to being hours away from the kickoff of Super Bulldog Weekend 2014, beginning with Thursday night’s soccer exhibition at 7 against Alabama.

I’ve got a few items and nuggets of news to share here, but make sure you check www.HailState.com/SBW for the full schedule of events, as well as information on tickets, parking and the like.

This may seem obvious (it is), but I feel obligated to at least caution patience and planning for the weekend with big crowds expected. SBW is always a big event and it seems excitement for our many athletic programs is higher than ever. Between the usual festivities, having an in-state school as the baseball opponent and the projected forecast bringing us sun and 70s, crowds will be quite large.

We recommend arriving early and giving yourselves plenty of time to enjoy everything.

I’d also encourage everyone to check out Maroon Memories if you haven’t yet, as this is the perfect weekend to secure upgrades or unique experiences. Visit the website at www.HailState.com/memories.

I can’t wait to see everyone for athletics, food, music and a weekend of fellowship with Bulldogs!

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A big delegation from Adidas is getting into town soon for SBW14 and the entire department is looking forward to hosting them. Make sure and say hi if you see them over the weekend, though we’ll be hearing from them before events officially get started.

Tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be having a press conference with Adidas executives and representatives to unveil a couple of special uniforms, one of which will be worn by our baseball team this weekend. I won’t spoil the surprises here, but I’m hopeful you’ll enjoy what we have to share.

In addition to the announcements, their presence also includes some giveaways. The first 500 in the gates for Friday night baseball will receive Adidas baseball equipment T-shirts, and they will be giving some other merchandise out over the course of the weekend.

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If there’s a drawback to the record crowds we’ve had at DNF, it can occasionally make it difficult to get a good view of the game if you’re in the outfield. With that in mind, we’ve rented a large-scale video board which we will erect in the gravel lot behind the third base bleachers on Friday and Saturday. The board will have video of the game and the cars usually in that area will be cleared out for the Family Fun Zone, including inflatables, areas for kids to play and space for parents to watch the game. Like the areas in right field, lawn chairs, blankets and other seating is encouraged as an extra way for everyone to keep up with the action.

I should also mention that we’ll be giving away 10,000 commemorative DNF posters on Saturday to the first 10K through the gates.

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While on the subject, we’ll have another 10,000 posters commemorating the 100th anniversary of Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field that we’ll be giving away at Saturday’s scrimmage, with gates opening at 10 and the action starting at noon.

These posters are a one-time opportunity, as the 10,000 we’re giving away are the only ones we’ve had made. The usual team schedule posters will come out later this summer.

If you haven’t seen the progress of expansion on the north end zone, I think you’ll be pleased with what you find this weekend. That area of the stadium is off limits to all but the construction workers with hard hats, but you’ll be able to get a good look and feel for what DWS will be like in its 100th year and beyond. Admission to the spring game is free and both the east and west sides of the stadium will be open.

Coach Mullen tells me he wants 30,000 people there and I’d hate to let him down.

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It’s a big weekend for Coach Vann Stuedeman as her softball Bulldogs host the Crimson Tide in a three-game set. Friday night we’ll be giving 100 soft MSU coolers, Saturday is Alumni Day (including a T-shirt giveaway) and Sunday is the always enjoyable Kid’s Day at the park with free ice cream and running of the bases after the game.

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As many of you have seen, the seat selection process for the expanded Davis Wade Stadium began this week. Your excitement and patience has been appreciated as we work to get our season ticket holders spots they will enjoy. If you have not received notification of your seat selection time and details, please contact the Bulldog Club office.

While you wait, make sure to check out the interactive virtual view of DWS.

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- A big congratulations goes to Coach Clay Homan and the men’s golf team, who came from behind for a fun home victory, taking first place in the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship yesterday.

- Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm and the women’s golf team wrapped up their regular season in fine fashion, as well, finishing third at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens. The two teams they finished behind: No. 1 and No. 4 in the country.

- Checking in at No. 18 on Tuesday, this is the 50th-straight week for our men’s tennis team to be ranked in the ITA Top 25. Quite an impressive and consistent job by Coach Per Nilsson. The Bulldogs host No. 10 and SEC-leading Texas A&M this Sunday at noon in a big matchup.

- Volleyball and softball will each be hosting alumni games Saturday, with softball at 10 a.m. and volleyball at 11.

- While our focus in this corner of campus is on athletics, I do hope you’ll enjoy the rest of what Starkville and MSU have to offer with the Cotton District Arts Festival Saturday morning, the Old Main Music Festival Saturday night and the annual pig cooking contest all weekend.

I hope I’ve covered everything and I look forward to seeing all of you this weekend! Let’s all start it by wearing maroon on Friday, what do you say?

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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