It’s been a slow few days as far as big news and events are concerned, but there has been no shortage of tidbits, neat info and fun stories.
Rather than a dozen tiny posts, we’ll dive into some of the possibly-overlooked happenings here, all at once. After all, life is about the little things, right?
- One of the more impressive pieces of information comes from the academic side of the athletic department, as Mississippi State student-athletes posted a record-high collective GPA in the fall semester of 3.04. The previous record was 3.01, set last fall. Perhaps football is good for class? I’m also impressed by the men’s tennis team (3.47) and women’s golf team (3.73) who had better GPAs as a team than I did by myself in college.
- Shouts out to media relations extraordinaire Kyle Niblett who found this one. Forbes did a study and found MSU to be the fourth-most cost-efficient football program in the country. Enjoy the pretty picture of sophomore defensive end Preston Smith.
- Associate Athletic Director and general cool guy Mike Richey tweeted today that Bulldog fans yesterday collectively purchased and donated 300-plus Gator Bowl tickets to USO in Jacksonville, a very cool gesture.
- Speaking of tickets and cool gestures, a generous and anonymous MSU donor purchased 100 tickets to the Gator Bowl and offered them free to the first 100 students to claim them. After that announcement, the ticket office got a few more calls making similar donations. If you’re interested in tickets for yourself or getting in the Christmas season and sharing. call 1-888-GODAWGS or visit hailstate.com/tickets
- Hey, another nice gesture! Dan Mullen and the MSU football team spent several hours yesterday at Wal Mart and Kroger in Starkvile ringing bells for the Salvation Army, signing autographs and kissing babies. There are two entertaining videos, one here, and another here. The second link includes a photo gallery, in case you’re just looking for pictures of Cam Lawrence.
- These announcements have come sporadically the over the last week or so, but several of MSU’s football seniors will be taking part in post-season all star games. Defensive tackle Josh Boyd and receiver Chad Bumphis will both be in the East-West Shrine Game and cornerback Johnthan Banks says he (and his Thorpe Award) will be playing in the Senior Bowl. All three have NFL aspirations and these games afford them a good opportunity to be seen and interact with NFL scouts. As others are announced for post-season games, we’ll share them here.