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Wednesday Bulldog Update - 10/15/14

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Take a bow, Bulldog fans. Just as the Mississippi State football team is No. 1, I find it hard to believe there are better fans anywhere in the country after what occurred in Starkville last weekend. Our game operations personnel tell me there were an estimated 90,000 people on campus Saturday.

Beyond just showing up, all of you created an incredible atmosphere. Media members from across the country left Davis Wade Stadium proclaiming it the loudest and toughest place to play in the country and one of the most special places around.

In particular, I want to thank you for your adherence to our cowbell rules. All 62,943 of you (the largest on-campus crowd in the history of Mississippi!) rang responsibly, something we’ve received praise on from media, conference officials and visiting fans. It was truly incredible to hear the ring of so many cowbells, then to hear the immediate switch to yelling when the center got over the ball.

(If you get a chance, read Kevin Scarbinsky’s column from the Birmingham News. He was extremely complimentary of Bulldog fans.)

Bulldogs everywhere have truly gone above and beyond this season. Thank you for doing your part!

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As you know, history was made when the clock hit zeros Saturday evening. For the first time in 31 years, a college football team had won three-straight games against Top 10 competition. It was only the second time our beloved Bulldogs had ever beaten a team ranked first or second (see: MSU 6, Bama 3). And it opened the door for what happened Sunday, when both the coaches’ and AP polls listed “1. Mississippi State” at the top of their rankings.

From the moment the game ended, everything about the perception of Mississippi State University, and our football program, changed for the better. As students, alumni and fans, we should all savor and treasure this point in time.

However, if we want to continue this magical ride Coach Mullen and the Bulldogs have taken us on, we need to remember that, other than perception, nothing has really changed. Mississippi State University is the same wonderful place it has always been, Starkville is still Mississippi’s College Town, and our football team continues to be made up of quality young men.

Others are now coming to appreciate what we’ve been proud of for so many years, and that’s great. It’s what we all want. But to keep it going, the players, coaches, students, alumni and fans need to keep the same focus and determination that’s led to this moment.

Let’s work hard, stay focused, and continue to “Fight for Mississippi State.”

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While we’re doling out praise for being the best in the country, Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm and our women’s golf team deserve a round of applause for their work and success the last few years. The result of that dedication in all areas is the No. 2 ranking in the country for a team which has made it to the NCAA Championships the last two seasons.

As we celebrate this achievement, we also celebrate their only home event of the fall semester, the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational at the official home of Mississippi State golf: Old Waverly in West Point. I’d encourage you to A) keep track in the early goings of next week and B) stop by if you’re in the area and able to come watch.

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Football is off this week, but we’ve still got plenty happening on campus. Our soccer team hosts Vanderbilt on Friday at 7 p.m. and Texas A&M on Sunday at 1, both of which will be televised online on SEC Network+. Also, MSU volleyball hosts Tennessee on Friday at 7 p.m. and Missouri on Sunday at 1. I hope you’ll join us for these games!

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Congrats to baseball associate head coach/pitching coach Butch Thompson, who was named Baseball America’s 2014 Assistant Coach of the Year today. Well-deserved honor for an outstanding individual … Speaking of baseball, fall ball returned to Dudy Noble this week and continues this weekend with a scrimmage (open to the public) Friday at 3:30 p.m. … The SEC announced the 2015 football schedule for each team last night. MSU’s slate, which features seven home games, can be found here … Remember that time ESPN’s College GameDay was live from the Junction with Lee Corso wearing the Bully head, Jonathan Papelbon holding Champ (Bully XX) and Chris Fowler beating a cowbell (ala Will Ferrell)? Well, that was awesome!

Have a great week, enjoy being No. 1, and don’t forget to wear maroon Friday.

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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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