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MSU News & Notes | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Today's headlines from around Bulldog country include the announcement for Maroon Madness next weekend, Mullen on beginning stretch of games that matter, and more.

Very, very short News and Notes this morning guys. I apologize, I'm traveling a bit around the state today and was not able to compile very many news or notes for you this morning. I will now attempt to make it up to you with this .GIF.

Did that make up for it? Hopefully so. Here are you few news and notes for this morning, MSU fans

  • Yesterday Mississippi State announced the second annual Maroon Madness event to kick of basketball season. This year's event will be held downtown, in conjunction with the City of Starkville's Pumpkinpalooza, on Friday, October 12th, the day before the home football game with Tennessee. A court will be constructed on the east end of Main Street near Sullivan's Office Supply, with the event beginning around 6 p.m.. Here's some additional details, via the release:
    • Dan Mullen, on how the Bulldogs are beginning stretch of "all the games that really matter now."
    • Is anyone else just a tad worried about facing two unknown quarterbacks Saturday in Kentucky's Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles? I know both are Freshmen, and playing against an SEC defense is always difficult in your first year (or any year) in the league, but there's something about the element of surprise that the two young signal callers hold over our heads that worries me. Granted, it could be nothing, and we may handle the cats anyways. Never the less, between their opposing style of running and passing the ball, as well as our vague knowledge of their play style, it could make for an interesting wrinkle in Saturday's game. Or not, we will just have to wait and see.
    • ESPN's Edward Aschoff with a good writeup on MSU's secondary, and how they're seeking more respect. NoNo respect, huh?
  • The Mississippi State men's and women's basketball teams officially open their 2013 basketball campaigns with the 2nd Annual Maroon Madness to be held downtown on Oct. 12 in conjunction with Pumpkinpalooza, the city's fall festival that features trick-or-treating, late-night shopping and dining and other action-packed events for the entire family. There will also be a Pumpkin Patch on Main Street featuring locally-grown pumpkins and mums that will be for sale.

    This year, though, basketball has been added as MSU enters new eras with coaches Rick Ray and Vic Schaefer. A court will be constructed on the east end of Main Street in front of Sullivan's Office Supply, and Maroon Madness will begin around 6 p.m.

    Both the men's and women's teams will unveil their new uniforms, while the night will also feature dunk and 3-point shooting contests as well as many other activities involving fans, players and coaches. The 45-minute event will conclude with an autograph session.

    "This is a unique, exciting opportunity for our fans to come downtown and experience the new format with Maroon Madness," Ray said. "To be able to partner with PumpkinPalooza and have basketball at the same time is a win-win for everyone. I know our players are excited and this will be a great opportunity to mingle with our fans in a different environment."

That's it for today folks. Again, sorry for such a short delivery of the notes this morning. If there are any important links you'd like to share, please leave them in the comments. Gracias!