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I hope all of you were able to enjoy time with family, friends or Bulldogs over the Thanksgiving holidays.
We certainly enjoyed the extended weekend here in the athletic department, particularly as it resulted in an extended season for our football team.
Congratulations goes to Coach Mullen and all of his young men for winning Mississippi State’s fourth Egg Bowl in five years.
In particular, I want to thank all of you for making Thanksgiving night in Davis Wade Stadium such an enjoyable event and experience. The bond between a team and its fans is always strong at MSU, and rarely has that been more evident than at this year’s Battle for the Golden Egg. The Egg Bowl Trophy belongs just as much to each of you as it does to those on the field.
I’m very proud of our team for the staying the course of their plan and working hard to finish the season strong, despite early struggles.
This was clearly a team which got better as the season went on and the youth and talent on the roster offer a very promising future. We’re going to a fourth-straight bowl game for the first time in history and we’re on course to keep the postseason in our annual plans.
BOWL TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
Speaking of the postseason, a reminder that tickets are available for pre-order at www.hailstate.com/tickets now, with Memphis, Birmingham and Shreveport our possible destinations. Should the SEC place two teams in BCS bowls, which appears likely, then just Memphis or Birmingham will be our bowl options.
We’ll know more, of course, after this weekend's conference championship games, but as it stands now, we feel very good about the options in front of us and are excited to play in a bowl close to our fans in a premier location.
As you make plans to join us on the road for the holidays, we do hope you’ll purchase your tickets through the Bulldog Club, both as a way to earn BDC points and as a means of supporting the university.
We’ll announce our bowl destination Sunday night and I look forward to seeing a sea of Maroon and White wherever we go.
HOOPS IN TOWN TONIGHT AND TOMORROW
Tonight at 7, Coach Schaefer’s 7-1 women’s basketball team returns to The Hump after an impressive showing on the road in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Our Bulldogs host Louisiana-Lafayette in the first of two homes games this week, also welcoming Alabama State on Saturday at 7 p.m.
While we’re on the subject, I want to congratulate Martha Alwal, our forward who broke the school’s all-time blocks record over the weekend, and as a junior, no less.
For both women’s games, Bully’s Kidz Kourt will get started one hour before tip.
As a part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, Coach Ray’s men’s squad hosts TCU on Thursday night at 6 in the another of his team’s big non-conference games early in the season. The game will be on ESPNU, so come help fill The Hump for a national TV appearance.
Also, at both tonight and tomorrow night’s games, Adidas will be sponsoring some giveaways of their gear for all fans, in addition to the usual free pizza for students. I’m sure some of you could use a break and free food at this time of the year.
GAME OF CHANGE REUNION
It was an honor to welcome Loyola to town on Sunday, and even moreso to see the historic handshake re-enacted on our own court. We held a reunion with players from both MSU and Loyola, honored those involved on Sunday and took time to remember an iconic event. It was truly a meaningful and special moment in Bulldog and NCAA history and we are proud to have been a part of it 50 years ago.
CONERLY, HULL TROPHIES FOR GABE JACKSON
A big congrats to our big guy Gabe Jackson for winning both the C-Spire Conerly Trophy and the inaugural Kent Hull Trophy last night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
The Conerly, of course, is given annually each year to the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi, an honor I think most of us would agree is very fitting for Gabe as he finishes his career at MSU.
I’m particularly proud of him winning the Hull Trophy, named after the late Bulldog and NFL great Kent Hull and given to the top offensive lineman in the state, one rich in talent at that particular position. We’ve all enjoyed watching Gabe in his dominant four years here and I join everyone in saying congratulations to him. We look forward to watching where your bright future takes you.
After Saturday’s basketball game, we’ll go a full week without any games on campus due to finals, so I hope you’ll be able to join us over the next few days for some Bulldog action.
Oh, and don’t forget to wear Maroon on Friday. Maybe even on Saturday, too, as we watch the SEC Championship game.
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
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