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Davis Wade Stadium Expansion

Fan Day was fun as always for our family. The highlight was talking a bit with former MSU coaches, Bob Tyler, Jackie Sherrill, and Rocky Felker. But before meeting players and coaches, the Bulldog Club had a meeting in the Hump. That meeting was highlighted with a fantastic speech by Megan Mullen and some new renderings of the $80 million Davis Wade Stadium expansion and the $25 million Seal Football Facility. We’re only $5 million short of the Football Facility and could begin construction by the end of September 2011. We’re still waiting on Bond approval for the stadium expansion and the completion of the Seal facility to thrust all efforts toward the expansion. Completion for the stadium expansion, which would add 10,000 seats and another large video screen on the North end zone, could be 2014. Here are some of the renderings from Saturday’s meeting:

Seal Football Facility

DWS North End Zone

DWS North End Zone side view

Game Week 1: MSU @ Memphis

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2011 MSU Football Game 1 Game Notes at Memphis (Click on this link. You might want to print it out or save it on your Smart Phone. It’ll make fantastic toilet bowl reading this week!)

With just 4 days left to the kickoff of the MSU football season, let’s take a look at our opponent, the Memphis Tigers. Make sure to click on the “2011 MSU Football Game 1 Game Notes” link above to get an in depth look from MSU’s website at this week’s matchup. In my opinion, Memphis has never been as bad as they are now in football. Ever since they dropped “State” off their name, they’ve pretty much been horrible. They’ve only won 3 games in the last 2 years; only had 1 winning season in the last 5 years; and last season they were last or close to last in their conference and nationally in almost every category except Net Punting. 2010 Memphis Football Ranking Let’s be honest…Memphis should not be a true test for MSU. But I do expect them to be improved from the last 2 seasons. And you hate to play a game like this on the road. Surely our fans will be in full force and we’ll take care of business early to make sure everything is clicking on all cylinders so we can rest the starters in the 2nd half and give some much needed experience to the young players before go to the plains of Auburn.

Scott Stricklin, Bob Tyler, Jackie Sherrill, & Rocky Felker at Fan Day

Higher Expectations

Sep 1         @ Memphis
Sep 10      @ Auburn
Sep 15      LSU (WHITEOUT)
Sep 24      Louisiana Tech (BLACKOUT)
Oct 1        @ Georgia
Oct 8       @ UAB
Oct 15     South Carolina (West side MAROON; East side WHITE)
Oct 29    @ Kentucky
Nov 5     Tennessee-Martin (HC) 
Nov 12   Alabama (TRUE MAROON)
Nov 19   @ Arkansas
Nov 26   TSUN (Battle for the Golden Egg)
 

As a life time MSU fan, expectations have typically been more like dreams. But with MSU coming off an impressive 9-4 season and a New Year Day Bowl victory, expectations are higher than they’ve been in at least 10 years. Coach Dan Mullen has proved his ability to develop young men that are willing to work hard. And the 2011 Bulldogs will be the first real team that is led by veteran players that have been molded primary by Coach Mullen. Tomorrow morning the Bulldog club meets in the Hump to talk about stadium expansion and the new football facilities that are about to begin construction. For the first time in Mississippi history, one of it’s schools (MSU) has an enrollment over 20,000. Growth is taking place in every academic and athletic department at MSU. With all that said, MSU still plays in the toughest conference in the country and the toughest division within the SEC. So there are definitely schedule problems that are huge obstacles to overcome in order for MSU to improve on or even match a 9 win season. MSU is the only team in the SEC this year that will play 6 games on the road, including games at Georgia and Arkansas. But the home games don’t get any easier with LSU, South Carolina, & Alabama coming to Starkvegas.

I’m not big on predictions, so I’ll not make one on MSUs record. However, regardless of what MSUs final record ends up being, I believe we’ll see a much better team on the field. The key will be staying healthy, protecting the football on offense, and limiting big plays on defense. What’s your thoughts?

Future looks at the North End Zone of DWS