MSU News & Notes | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

All of your MSU News and Notes for this Wednesday including men's basketball's season home opener and a win!, mannequin Monday Tuesday, Nick Bell tribute for Saturday, and more.

It's Wednesday, and I'm out on the road again for work, so I will get right down to the nitty gritty with your News and Notes today. I WON'T WASTE YOUR PRECIOUS TIME TALKIN' BOUT FEELINGS N SUCH, Y'ALL. Here you go, you robotic MSU news consumers, you:

My friend Glenn Logan over at A Sea of Blue does a good news post each morning, and in his he always includes a 'tweet of the day'. I am going to try and start kicking off our N&N posts with one as well from now on. Here's the first effort:

YES HE DOES NIBBLER AND HE DOES SO WHILE LOOKING DARN FASHIONABLE

  • As we mentioned yesterday, MSU is again finding a really cool way to use the endzone for a football game Saturday. Instead of #HailState or #SnowBowl12 in the north endzone for Saturday, State has included the name of a fallen Bulldog, #36 Nick Bell. Bell, as you remember, was taken from this earth tragically too soon in the fall of 2010, during his Sophomore season on the football team. This Saturday's senior day would have been Bell's as well, so the school painted his name in the endzone as a tribute/honor to him. Nick's mom, Linda, will be in attendance as well and will be, I imagine, recognized at some point, probably during the pre-game activities. You may remember his mom's last appearance on the field at Davis Wade, a tear-filled moment of silence for Nick just before the Arkansas game in 2010. I will never forget that silence being broken by a lone cowbell, and being furious that someone would do such a thing, only to look down at the field and see that it was his mother. What a beautiful moment. RIP, Nick. [video of the tribute during 2010's Arkansas game on ESPN is here]
  • BREAKING MSU HAS WON A BASKETBALL GAME BREAKING BREAK IN TO WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING CAUSE WE WON. Now that that is out of my system, I would like to inform you that Mississippi State (and Rick Ray) won their first basketball game last night, a 78-58 triumph over Florida Atlantic at Humphrey Coliseum. State could not have asked for a better start at home, as the defense was relentless, forcing 18 Owl turnovers in the first half alone, and 27 for the game. Roquez Johnson led all scorers with 17 points, and freshman Fred Thomas chipped in 16 points as well. Not everything was peachy, however, as yet another Bulldog went down with an injury. Guard Jalen Steele, the heart and soul and the leader of this team, took a nasty fall in the first half last night and had to go to the hospital to receive stitches and have his wrist checked out. No official word yet, but we will let you know when we hear something. I don't have to tell you that State cannot sustain another injury, let alone to the leader of the team. For your viewing pleasure, here are the highlights from last night's game, followed by the post-game press conference:

  • You can get more post-game recap and reaction from Brandon Marcello, Bob Carskadon, and Brad Locke.
  • Yesterday I included a tid bit of info in the Tuesday Gameday Vitals post that i wasn't sure as to where it had come from I now know (it was right there in my twitter favorites). Via Brandon Marcello:

  • Mannequin Monday Tuesday was yesterday, and it looks like MSU will be donning all maroon against Arkansas this Saturday:

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photo courtesy of Mississippi State University | Joe Galbraith's Twitter

That's all I have for you today folks. Hope you have a great Wednesday!


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