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Wednesday Bulldog Update - 10/1/14

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

It’s a particularly big day and week around here as we are preparing for only the second match-up of Top 15 teams in the history of Davis Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs host Texas A&M on Saturday at 11:01 a.m. Mississippi will be the center of the college football world on Saturday and everyone at Mississippi State is excited to show how great Our State truly is.

In a state which has produced the likes of Oprah, Elvis and Jerry Rice, we have much to be proud of. Of particular interest to those of us in Starkville, we have earned the nickname The Hospitality State for good reason, and we look forward to exhibiting those qualities this week.

The attention football has brought to our state is quite significant, as SportsCenter and SEC Nation will be going live from campus the next several days and everyone from the Associated Press to the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated will be in town for the game.

As our football program has taken a place in the national conversation, we are afforded both the opportunity and responsibility to represent the state of Mississippi well, opening our arms to those who visit and upholding the courteous and respectful ways our constituents are known for.

If you see someone from out of town, make sure to say hello and let them know how happy we are to have them in Starkville. We are Mississippi’s college town and we love letting people know it.

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Here’s a quick reminder that for SEC home games, cowbells are allowed but cannot be rung once the opposing center puts his hand on the football. As you’ll recall, this new rule mirrors when schools can play music over their sound systems. In Baton Rouge, they played their music right up until MSU’s center touched the football. As Bulldogs, we appreciated LSU not abusing that rule, and we as fans should reciprocate by not ringing our cowbells when the center is over the ball.

Now, when the center is over the ball, make all kinds of noise by yelling, screaming, stomping your feet, etc. And when the play is over, ring your cowbell proudly. But let’s follow the rule. It’s the right thing to do, and it helps protect our beloved cowbell tradition for generations to come.

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As mentioned previously, our game against the Aggies kicks off at 11:01 a.m., but the festivities start well before then. SEC Network’s morning roundtable show, SEC Nation, will be going live from 9-11 a.m. from the stage they will erect on Creelman Street (between The Junction and Dorman Hall). With cameras facing the stage, Davis Wade Stadium and The Junction will serve as the backdrop, so let’s make sure to pack that grass full of tents, people, and most importantly, MAROON.

On that note, it bears reminding that Saturday is our annual True Maroon game, so make sure to wear the right colored shirt, dress or facepaint to the Dawg Walk at 9 a.m. and the game after.

Now, between SEC Nation and the mobile SportsCenter crew, ESPN will be a sizable addition to our usual gameday setup. The good news is that we expect very minimal disturbances to tailgating and we anticipate that all usual spots will be available, though we will finalize those details when the crew arrives and sets up Thursday. Tent setup for fans is unchanged, remaining at 4 p.m. Friday.

The main adjustments you may experience will be road closures and timing, which you can get more specific details on here and, as always, make sure to visit www.hailstate.com/gameday each week for detailed game-related information.

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While Saturday’s focus is on football, we’ve got plenty going on Friday, as well. First, at 5:30, is the annual Dawg Rally, which will be held in front of the fountain in the Cotton District by the Bulldog Bash setup. Our own beat reporter Bob Carskadon will be hosting the event, while myself and Coach Mullen will be the featured speakers, alongside performances from the cheerleaders and the Famous Maroon Band.

At 7, Bulldog Bash begins a lineup several hours long, ending in the big show by headliner Justin Moore to cap off the night. Our Student Association, Music Makers, the entire university and the city of Starkville work very hard to put on a great evening of fun, so make sure to join in.

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You ask for a big weekend and MSU delivers. In addition to football, three other Bulldogs sports are in action this weekend as Coach Hazelwood’s volleyball team hosts matches on Friday vs. South Carolina (7 p.m.) and Sunday against Florida (1 p.m.). Coach Aaron Gordon’s soccer team plays LSU Friday (7 p.m.) and Georgia Sunday (1 p.m.).

Additionally, Coach Vann Stuedeman’s softball team has begun fall exhibition play and hosts a doubleheader at the MSU softball field at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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A big congratulations goes to Coach Cohen and his entire staff for the outstanding job they’ve done on the recruiting trail. Mississippi State has cemented itself as one of the top places to play college baseball and evidence of that came as the latest signing class was named the sixth-best in the country. Coaches of any sport will tell you that recruiting is the lifeblood of a program. Much of the credit goes to our fans, as well, whose passionate support of Bulldog Baseball is a big part of what makes MSU such a special place to play.

If you can’t get enough baseball, fall practices begin on Tuesday, October 14th at 4:30 and are open to the public.

It’s going to be a fun week, and hey, we get to wear maroon two days in a row with Maroon Friday and our True Maroon game Saturday!

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Don’t forget (as if you could) that we host another huge weekend of football Oct. 11, when defending SEC champion Auburn visits Davis Wade Stadium. Maroon Madness, Pumpkinpalooza and several other events are on the docket for that weekend, and we’ll get into that more in next week’s update.

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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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