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An early Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in an early edition of the Bulldog Update.
We’ve got a ton happening on campus, starting with women’s basketball tonight and running through the Game of Change reunion on Sunday afternoon.
As I begin, however, there are two Egg Bowl topics I thought were very cool that I wanted to mention.
First is the inaugural running of the game ball. Starting with Ole Miss ROTC cadets in Oxford, the official game ball for the Egg Bowl was quite literally run all the way to Starkville, with MSU ROTC members taking the handoff in Calhoun City and bringing it all the way to Starkville on foot. Ole Miss sent us video of their half, while we took video of our own, and we’ll have that presentation at the game on Thursday.
And if all goes well, it won’t be the only thing our friends to the north drop off and leave in our hands.
Secondly, I wanted to recognize M.C. ‘Chut’ Billingsley for one of the more outstanding streaks in college athletics. The 1950 MSU graduate has been to 75-straight Egg Bowls, starting when he was 10 years old in 1937, and he will attend his 76th here in Starkville on Thanksgiving. Born and raised in Winona, Miss., Chut is a True Maroon Bulldog and was actually a three-time letter-winner in track when he was at State. His dad was a captain of the 1920 football team, his uncle was a captain on the 1909 team and his four sons all attended and graduated from MSU.
Our digital media reporter Bob Carskadon, who does an outstanding job for us at HailState.com and on the HailState Beat, wrote a story about the impressive streak, which I’d encourage anyone with a few free minutes to check out here.
We tip our maroon caps to you, Mr. Billingsley.
Three and a half years ago, when the SEC membership was looking at instituting steep fines for violations of its ban on artificial noisemakers, Dr. Mark Keenum and myself led an effort to find middle ground that would allow Mississippi State fans to ring cowbells at games at prescribed times. By demonstrating a commitment to following these guidelines, cowbells have been accepted by the SEC at MSU home football games and welcomed at Davis Wade Stadium.
As we look forward to this Egg Bowl, I’d offer a reminder to Ring Responsibly and maintain the tradition many worked so hard to preserve for us. Since some SEC member schools are probably more aware and alert to the cowbell rules than others, let's make sure to continue adherence of the policy at Thursday's game.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL IN THE HUMP TONIGHT, MEN’S TOMORROW AFTERNOON
At 6 o’clock tonight (note the time change from 7 to 6), Coach Vic Schaefer’s team will defend its perfect 4-0 record against Savannah State in The Hump. These young women have been increasingly fun to watch with each game this season, and tonight ought to be no exception.
With the holidays upon us and the university slowing down, we’re making it faculty/staff appreciation night, offering free admission to everyone at MSU with your ID.
The same offer stands tomorrow at 1 p.m. when Coach Ray’s men’s team returns to campus after its first road battle of the season. The Bulldogs host Jackson State, which should make for a fun in-state game during the holiday week. The game is actually tipping of early because Coach Ray wanted to give his players as much time as possible to get home for the holidays. With many local businesses closing down, as well, it ought to be a nice opportunity to have an early mid-week that makes some sense.
In addition to faculty and staff appreciation, all children under 12 years old are offered free admission for the afternoon affair, hopefully an opportunity for families not in schools or offices to join us for some Maroon and White entertainment.
VOLLEYBALL FINISHES SEASON AT HOME WEDNESDAY
Tomorrow night, I hope you can join us for Senior Night at Newell-Grissom as Coach Hazelwood’s team plays its final home game of the season, a 7 p.m. match against Alabama. Dani McRee, a four-time letter-winner from California, is our sole senior this year and we want to send her off well in her final game in front of the home crowd.
MILLION MEALS CHALLENGE AT EGG BOWL
Before the big game Thursday, the student-athlete M-Club will be accepting canned goods and non-perishable food items as a part of the Million Meals Challenge, a cooperative program between MSU, Ole Miss, Memphis and The Kroger Company. All items will go to the Mississippi Food Network aiding the hungry in our state and can be dropped off at the C-Spire Wireless Fan Zone beginning at 3 p.m.
GAME OF CHANGE REUNION AND GAME SUNDAY AT NOON
50 years ago, one of the most iconic games in MSU history – as well as NCAA – took place when the Bulldogs played Loyola in the NCAA Tournament, sneaking out of the state against the governor’s wishes and standing up for what was right. We traveled to Chicago earlier this year, and now we welcome them to Starkville for the second of our two anniversary games commemorating and paying tribute to those from decades before.
Players and many more associated with and from those teams will be in town and will be honored at halftime on Sunday, when we host Loyola at noon in Humphrey Coliseum. A private reception will be held for them on Saturday night, then MSU will host a race symposium on Monday morning at 10 in the Colvard Student Union.
I’m looking forward to a fun Thanksgiving week and I’m excited about everyone joining together and supporting our Bulldogs as a family.
Oh, and we get a double-dose of maroon this week, both on Thursday for the game (make sure to dress warm and bundle up!) and for the usual Maroon Friday activities.
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