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Thanksgiving is a time for gratefulness and family, so I hope you are able to enjoy time with loved ones this week and appreciate things in life you are thankful for. Then, on Saturday, the Mississippi State family will come together for the Egg Bowl, our final home game of the year and the last time 14 of our seniors will run onto Scott Field in the Maroon and White.
This senior class is the winningest group since the seniors of 1942, a testament to what they’ve helped build here at MSU. Their dedication, leadership and character are the foundations upon which this program has risen to the higher ranks of college football. We will be sad to say goodbye, but we are just as proud of their accomplishments: going to a bowl game every year, rising to No. 1 in the country and earning honors on a conference and nationwide level, both athletic and academic. I hope you will all join in me in arriving to Davis Wade Stadium a little earlier than usual Saturday night to say goodbye to such a wonderful group.
Speaking of the game, we have been sold out of tickets for quite some time now, so please be aware of possible counterfeit tickets being sold, an issue some people had for the Alabama game two weeks ago. If at all possible, buy tickets from someone you know. Also, a reminder that Vivid Seats is our official ticketing partner and is a trusted option which you can find here.
Bulldog fans continue to do a great job with cowbell etiquette at home games. Since the Egg Bowl brings heightened emotions, this seems like a good time to remind everyone how important it is that we don’t ring once the opposing team’s center touches the football. So Saturday night, if you see someone not paying attention to this visual cue of when not to ring, please be a good neighbor and ask them to Respect the Bell. Thanks!
BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL TEAMS AT HOME
In addition to football Saturday night, we’ve got a pretty big slate of home events this week, starting with volleyball hosting LSU tonight at 6 p.m., then Egg Bowl volleyball on Friday when we host Ole Miss at 2 p.m. as part of Senior Day for our five volleyball seniors.
Our women’s basketball team has its highest ranking in school history (No. 8!) and has two games this weekend you can check out, hosting Norfolk State at 6 p.m. Friday night and Savannah State Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Then, of course, Coach Howland and our men’s team are part one of our Saturday basketball-football doubleheader when they host UT Martin at noon. Each of the basketball and volleyball games will be broadcast online on SEC Network+.
LAST CHANCE TO PREVIEW 1878 CLUB FOR FOOTBALL
This being the last game of the season, Saturday will be the final exhibition of our new 1878 Club tailgate facilities. A model of the structures is behind the MAFES cheese store off Stone Boulevard, so check it out before the game if you haven’t already.
The 1878 Club has announced their pricing for the 2016 season with options to work within your budget starting at $14,000. We feel this will be a great game day experience in Starkville and hope you will join this new MSU tradition. You can try it for one season and have first right to renew. http://the1878club.com/#pricing.
RECORD-HIGH FINISH FOR CROSS COUNTRY
As more of our fall seasons wind to a close, I want to congratulate Coach Houston Franks and the women’s cross country team for a record-setting campaign. Our ladies made the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history, finishing 17th for their highest national finish ever. The team also had its highest-ever finishes in the SEC Championship (second) and the NCAA South Regional (second) this year. Job well done.
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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