Wednesday Bulldog Update - 10/2/13

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In perfect rhythm with the cooler temperatures, I’m excited for our first home SEC football game of the year. With that in mind, I do want to remind you to Ring Responsibly. We’ve done a good job to date of upholding our tradition in the proper way and it’s important we continue to do that for our conference games.

I’m looking forward to hosting LSU on Saturday night and I’m equally excited about the opportunity to showcase our team, campus and city on ESPN.

Keri Potts, the senior director of PR for ESPN, will be making her first trip to Starkville, joined by the broadcast team of Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Maria Taylor. Make sure to give them a smile and a welcome if you see the ESPN crew around town this weekend.

And with just a few tickets remaining, we’re very happy to hopefully take our sellout streak all the way to 26-straight. A big thank you to all of our fans for such an impressive feat.

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While we’re on the subject, I do want to remind you of our plans for attire this weekend. We’re asking the west side of Davis Wade Stadium to wear maroon, while the east side and north end zone will be clothed in white. Free pom-poms will be distributed throughout the student section, as well, courtesy of our friends at Hardee's.

And on a final football note, we’re very excited to welcome Thorpe Award winner and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Johnthan Banks back to campus. Johnthan is spending his bye weekend in Starkville watching the Bulldogs.

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What a fun weekend we’ve got ahead. On top of football, Bulldog Bash and all kinds of other activities, Coach Aaron Gordon’s team plays Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Friday night in a big SEC match-up. If you haven’t had a chance to see his team in action, they really are a lot of fun to watch, both with all-time scoring leader Elisabeth Sullivan and all of the talented freshmen and sophomores earning their way onto the field.

Also, I believe we’ll be giving out some HailState drawstring backpacks. Fashionable and functional.

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In what seems to be becoming a theme, congratulations are in order for our men’s and women’s cross country teams, who both won first place in the Charlotte Invitational over the weekend. With 30 teams and 206 total women competing, we had Bulldogs take the top two individual spots, while the men’s side claimed three of the top 10 spots.

Coach Houston Franks has his teams off to an impressive start this season.

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As projects both continue and finish around campus, we are beginning to turn our attention to the future of Dudy Noble Field at Polk-Dement Stadium. Dudy Noble is one of our most treasured and historic facilities and with that in mind, we want your input, feedback and ideas on how to go about making long-term enhancements to the "Carnegie Hall of College Baseball", as Nelle Cohen so perfectly put it.

Our goal is to be mindful of the history and what has made our home of the Diamond Dawgs so successful, while also ensuring we have the best possible facilities for a team and fans who yearly have the College World Series in sight.

The Bulldog Club is hosting two listening sessions, one in Starkville on October 14 and the second in Jackson on October 15. More information on those sessions is available through this link.

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Not unlike many of our other teams, I find myself consistently praising the job Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm and her group have done. Our Bulldogs won the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational just this afternoon with a new school-record final score of 844, in addition to a final-round record score of 275.

Junior Ally McDonald is a rising star in women’s golf and was the individual champion of the tournament, and it’s not just her producing excellent results for the team. In fact, she finished second yesterday to freshman Jessica Peng.

Both of our golf teams have built themselves into consistent contenders and it is fun to watch.

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I’m looking forward to enjoying this weekend in Starkville with everyone, and don’t forget to wear maroon on Friday, whether you’re in Starkville or not.

Hail State!

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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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