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Wednesday Bulldog Update - 11/19/14

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

We got big news last night from the College Football Playoff committee when they ranked our Bulldogs No. 4 in the country, but as we enjoy moments like these, it’s important for us to keep our focus on the next game up, just like Coach Mullen and the team.

This week, that focus is Vanderbilt and the final home game of the season. The Commodores returned a portion of their allotted tickets, so we have the opportunity to fill the seats with even more Mississippi State fans than usual. Currently 6-0 at home, our Bulldogs have the chance to go undefeated at Davis Wade Stadium for the first time since 1999, an accomplishment which speaks to the dedication of players, coaches and fans alike. You’ve helped make it possible, so let’s finish the home season together.

As is customary with the final home game, Saturday will be Senior Night for Coach Mullen’s team, our opportunity to show appreciation for a special group of seniors. In addition to their many successes off the field, this group currently stands as the third-winningest senior class of all-time at MSU, and they have the chance to take second place if they keep winning. These 20 Bulldogs are among those who helped to lay the foundation for the success we are all enjoying this year, so let’s make their last home game one to remember as we help them accomplish the goals they laid out when they arrived at MSU.

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BASKETBALL HOME GAMES

One of the most enjoyable things about the non-conference portion of seasons is the opportunity for frequent home games, which means we’ve got several chances coming up to catch some Bulldog hoops.

Our women host No. 17 West Virginia in the semifinals of the WNIT Thursday night, a big matchup for what has thus far been a fun-to-watch team. Coach Schaefer and the ladies get started at 7 p.m. with the broadcast on SEC Network+.

Then on Saturday, Coach Ray’s men host Utah State at noon (also on SEC Network+) in what should be an entertaining out of conference tilt. For those who haven’t yet bought tickets for either of Saturday’s big games, we’re offering $35 ticket which will get you into both basketball vs. USU and football vs. Vandy, so please take advantage and visit www.hailstate.com/tickets. Our men will be in action again on Monday night at 7 against Clayton State.

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LARGEST CBS AUDIENCE OF SEASON WATCHES DOGS-TIDE

The TV audience for last Saturday’s game in Tuscaloosa numbered around 10 million viewers, making it the most-watched SEC game of the year and the second-largest TV audience in all of college football this season (behind the Florida State-Notre Dame prime time game). It was also CBS’s third-largest SEC audience this decade, trailing last year’s Alabama-Texas A&M game and last year’s Iron Bowl.

While the final score wasn’t what we desired, the exposure from this remarkable season continues to increase Mississippi State’s brand awareness. From the (soon-to-be) four CBS national TV appearances, to five weeks at No. 1, to College GameDay going live from The Junction, to consecutive Sports Illustrated covers, to the daily college football discussions on national media outlets that have included MSU, this is a year of unprecedented exposure for our great University. It’s a great reminder of why athletics is such an important part of a healthy and vibrant university.

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POSTSEASON TICKET DEADLINE NOV. 21

A reminder that we are two days away from the postseason ticket deadline, so make sure to visit www.HailState.com/tickets to submit your pre-orders. It’s important to remember that you will only be charged for the games MSU plays in, so please consider ALL possibilities when pre-ordering. With the playoffs involved, the process for the entire postseason has changed and it’s necessary to pre-order for possible bowl games now, too.

We are fortunate to be in a position where, while there are many possibilities left, our Bulldogs are in great shape to have a prestigious postseason destination. As a reminder on dates: The four-team playoff field will be announced at 11:45 a.m. CST on December 7, then the Orange, Peach, Cotton and Fiesta Bowl participants will be announced two hours later at 1:45.

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STARKVEGAS TAKEOVER

And finally, one story I wanted to share on the MSU-Adidas advertisement you may have seen on ESPN.com a few weeks ago (which was very cool). The opportunity for that came up when ESPN had another sponsor back out and they approached Adidas asking if they’d like to fill the spot. Rather than just promote themselves, another sport or another team, Adidas jumped on the opportunity and chose to put Mississippi State on the front page of ESPN on a Sunday in which the world of sports was visiting constantly for everything from fantasy football to college football rankings.

In an advertisement worth around $225,000, Adidas and ESPN garnered over 50 million impressions, while the Adidas twitter takeover had 152.8 million impressions of its own. Quite the exposure for our Bulldogs in this successful season.

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OTHER NOTES

• Congratulations to Coach Hazelwood and the volleyball team, who won an exciting match against LSU Sunday, snapping an 11-game winning streak by the Tigers! The Bulldogs host Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m., also broadcast on SEC Network.

• Congrats to Dak Prescott, our finalist for the C-Spire Conerly Trophy (given to the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi), to Ben Beckwith, a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy (given to the best player who started as a walk-on), and to Morgan William who was named the SEC’s women’s basketball Freshman of the Week.

• Next week’s Dawg Talk with Coach Mullen at The DawgHouse will be moved to Tuesday night instead of its usual Thursday spot in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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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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