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Wednesday Bulldog Update - 10/22/14

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For the second week in a row, the Bulldog Update gets to talk about the No. 1 football team in the country. But before we get into football, let's touch on some other things taking place around MSU Athletics.

While Coach Mullen’s team was off over the weekend, we still had plenty going on, including some entertaining volleyball matches and soccer games on campus. To begin the week, our No. 2-ranked women’s golf team has hosted ‘The Waverly,’ which Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm’s ladies were leading by 22 strokes entering today's final round. And as I write you today, our women’s basketball team just returned from SEC Tipoff at the SEC Network studios in Charlotte, where our men’s basketball team is currently going through the car wash for their day in the spotlight.

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Over the last few weeks, I've fielded several questions from media members about the football team's rise to prominence. Naturally, I reference the great job Dan Mullen, his coaches and our players have done to build a championship culture. But I also point out how those of you who love MSU have stepped up in so many ways. In addition to having sold out 32 of Mississippi State's last 34 home games, you've also grown the Bulldog Club from 5,700 members in 2007, to 11,500 members today. Think about how remarkable that figure is ... Bulldog Club membership has doubled in the last seven years! Since the Bulldog Club provides private dollars to support scholarships for MSU's 300-plus student-athletes, facility enhancements for our athletic venues, and salary supplements for our coaches, the increased membership is a critical component to the success we are enjoying this fall.

And it's also a reminder that in order to sustain success, we have to continue growing. If you're reading this Update, chances are you are already a Bulldog Club member. However, if you aren't, or if you know an MSU fan who isn't, I encourage you to sign up today by visiting www.MSUBulldogClub.com. Let's do everything in our power to keep our 16 Maroon and White sports as successful as possible.

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For those hoping for a chance to see our No. 1 Bulldogs this year, opportunities are limited but still available. While reserved seats for the Nov. 1 Arkansas game are sold out, we have tickets remaining for home games against Tennessee-Martin (Homecoming) and our final home game of the season against Vanderbilt. Visit www.hailstate.com/tickets or call the ticket office to get yours.

As we look to the road, we’ve sold out of our allotments for our games at Kentucky, Alabama and Ole Miss, though some tickets remain through the other schools and third party vendors.
Also, while we’re talking about tickets, I’d like to remind you that men’s and women’s basketball season ticket plans are now available.

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Speaking of road games, I’m looking forward to returning to Lexington this weekend. I know many of you are planning to make the trip, as well, so I’d encourage you to visit www.hailstate.com/gameday for general information and links to pages with pertinent gameday news. And speaking from my experiences in the past living in Lexington, I recommend the Keeneland horse races (keeneland.com) if you’re looking for something fun to do in town before or after the game. In the world of sports, the races are a unique experience, and Keeneland is one of the most beautiful venues you'll ever visit.

Another note as we play our first road game in over one month: I know many of you have expressed your appreciation for the 100 year anniversary uniforms Adidas created that we’ve been wearing for home games. While we had certainly hoped the team and fans would like them, they were never designed to be the “new” uniform, but rather a specialty one. Our team has decided to wear the maroon uniforms consistently, but unfortunately, there was not enough time to have white versions made for road games. The creation of uniforms is a years-long process, and while I know it can often seem as easy as just putting maroon numbers on white fabric, the start-to-finish of new jerseys takes longer than the time available mid-season.

I expect the Bulldogs to be wearing white versions of those uniforms next season, but not until then.

Now, let’s get ready for the second half of what’s been a fun fall semester on campus!

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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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