Wednesday Bulldog Update - 11/13/13

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It’s a busy week with so many of our teams either practicing or playing, but before I get into any of those specifics, I want to congratulate all the new Bulldogs across the country who signed with us today. It’s one of the biggest (and best) decisions you’ll make in your young life and we can’t wait to welcome you to campus to add to our athletic and academic successes.

And we will of course be welcoming many more Bulldogs from all over this weekend as we host Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday night. Hosting top-ranked teams is a regular occurrence when you play in the SEC and we are excited about the opportunity to do it again for our annual True Maroon game.

One thing I’m particularly looking forward to Saturday evening is the singing of our National Anthem. We’ll be paying tribute to veterans and military service members this weekend, and one such way is the a capella singing of the anthem.

Tyson Cunningham, a basketball walk-on who many of you have heard sing before, will start us off and we’re asking all 56,000 at DWS to join in singing the National Anthem as we honor our country and those who fight and have fought for its freedom.

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Men’s and women’s basketball both began their seasons over the weekend and congrats to both for opening their second campaigns with big wins.

Tonight, the women’s team makes their home debut, playing Jackson State at 7 p.m. in The Hump. Our marketing staff is hosting their first-ever Kidz Court in the Mize Pavillion beginning one hour before the game, a place for kids to hang out before the game with inflatables, games and the usual youthful fun. Coach Schaefer’s team is at home again on Sunday at 3 against New Orleans.

Coach Ray’s men’s team gets in on the action tomorrow night at 7, hosting Kennesaw State for their second home game of the young season.

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As expansion and renovation of Davis Wade continues, the Bulldog Club reminds you that personalized bricks are still available (great gift idea!), with a December 31 deadline to guarantee your brick will be laid by the season-opener in 2014. You can order online at or visit the Bulldog Club tailgate this weekend, which will be set up next to the Alumni Association tent in The Junction from 3-6 p.m. You can receive a free gift just for showing up if you present your BDC membership card, plus we’ll include an MSU hat or T-shirt with a brick order.

It’s a neat way to be a part of the future of Bulldog football and I’m glad so many of you have chosen to participate.

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Coach Hazelwood’s team only has three home games left this fall and two of them are this weekend, so I hope you’ll join me in supporting our Bulldogs. They play Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Friday and host Georgia at 1:30 on Sunday.

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The finale of fall ball for Coach Cohen’s baseball team is over the next six days, the final opportunity to see what will likely be a Top-10 team before the season starts in February. The intra-squad series starts this afternoon at 4 and the remaining games are tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and then 5 p.m. on Tuesday. We’ll be randomly selecting a fan who attends the first three scrimmages to win two free tickets to the Alabama game.

Between those scrimmages and all the rest of our games on campus, it should be a very fun and full few days this weekend.

One final note I did want to pass along is our announced game time for football at Arkansas next week, kicking off at 11:21 a.m. on SEC TV.

And don’t forget to wear Maroon on 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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