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Alabama 20 – Mississippi State 7 (Video)

Video highlights of the Alabama 20-7 victory over Mississippi State Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium

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MSU Sells Out Its Season Tickets Once Again

davis-wade-stadium-insideIt’s not hard to figure out why Mississippi State is working on an expansion project at Davis Wade Stadium… the Bulldogs are selling out their season tickets every year.  Yesterday, the MSU ticket office sold the last of 43,300 season tickets for the upcoming football season.  That’s a tad fewer tickets sold than last year, but only because State will face Alabama and LSU at home this year and both schools requested a few more seats.

This marks the fourth consecutive season of sold out season-tickets in Starkville.  According to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the Bulldogs have sold out 23 games in a row as they enter the new season.  And of the 20 biggest crowds in Mississippi State football history, 19 have come during Dan Mullen’s reign which began in 2009.

The expansion project at MSU is scheduled to be completed next summer and will increase total capacity at Davis Wade Stadium from 55,082 to 61,337.  The project will also add more concession stands and it will nearly double the number or restroom fixtures.  The project is expected to cost $75 million.

Yesterday we examined trends in ticket sales across the Southeastern Conference.

 

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MSU’s Mullen Says He Loves The Pressure That Comes With Stadium Expansion

Mississippi State University announced this week that it would be sinking $75 million into an expansion and renovation project at Davis Wade Stadium.  That kind of spending spree will obviously increase the pressure on the Bulldogs’ coaching staff to do quite a bit of winning between now and 2014 when the project is scheduled to be completed.

Dan Mullen’s apparently down with that fact, telling The Jackson Clarion-Ledger:

 

“I love the pressure.  Hopefully we have an SEC championship by the time we move into that stadium and create even more excitement for our fan base. I put pressure on myself every year to win, and we’ve got to put pressure on ourselves to continue to put a great product on the field and a great team the people of Mississippi can be proud of.

And there’s a lot of pressure on our fan base to step up their game even more and create an even more exciting environment.”

 

There’s no doubt Mullen knows how to talk the talk.  He’s inspired MSU fans to gobble up tickets like never before… thus the stadium expansion.  But this season he’ll need to start walking the walk a bit more.  After three seasons, it’s time the Bulldogs bury the “Mullen hasn’t beaten an SEC West foe other than Ole Miss” storyline once and for all.

Now, how ’bout a really bad ’80s music video to wash this story down?

 

Billy Joel – Pressure

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SEC Headlines – 4/19/12

1.  While Alabama’s team enjoys its visit to the White House…

2.  Tide receiver DeAndrew White has been hospitalized with a concussion following an altercation on the Tuscaloosa Strip.

3.  There’s quiet optimism at Auburn as the Tigers head into summer.

4.  Quarterback Tyler Wilson and receiver Marquel Wade have been tearing it up for Arkansas this spring.

5.  “There are no real obstacles” to expanding LSU’s football stadium.

6.  The state college board has cleared MSU to issue up to $82 million in bonds to finance its own plan to expand Davis Wade Stadium.

7.  MSU hoopster Jalen Steele plans to stand strong… as the the Dogs’ last man standing.

8.  This writer says Ole Miss needs to create some positive vibes as summer nears.

9.  There’s still a long way to go in Texas A&M’s quarterback battle.

10.  Ex-Florida guard Erving Walker will wind up paying $301 for a $3 taco he tried to nab last month.

11.  Here’s one writer’s view of the 10 best players on Florida’s football team.

12.  Tony Barnhart says it’s a fact that Georgia has a good team… and that it’s getting a break in its SEC schedule.

13.  Kentucky linebacker Alvin Dupree is looking to perfect his game.

14.  In an “exit interview,” hoops star Anthony Davis says his decision to leave UK for the NBA was tough.

15.  Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the uncertain from South Carolina’s spring drills.

16.  Tennessee’s football assistants can make some big bucks by reaching a bowl game this year.

17.  With five starters leaving, no one’s quite sure what to expect from Vanderbilt basketball next season.

18.  There’s more to Missouri’s wide receivers than just numbers.

BONUS — Here at MrSEC.com we cover football and men’s basketball.  That’s 28 teams and that’s plenty.  But we would be remiss if we failed to mention the retirement of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt.  She has been an ambassador for her school, the Southeastern Conference and her sport.  Her accomplishments are unlikely to ever be duplicated.

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MSU Is Moving Ahead With Stadium Expansion

Mississippi State got approval yesterday on some new renderings of an expanded Davis Wade Stadium.  According to Brandon Marcello of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the school will likely begin construction in early 2013 with the work to be completed in time for the 2014 football season.

The project will add 6,000 seats… many of which will be “premium seating.”  The price tag?  Try $80 million.  (With that expense and Rick Stansbury’s retirement package — which is being handled with private money — one has to wonder how much cabbage State will have to offer a new hoops coach.)

Below is a video released by the school that shows the overall plan for expansion.  If nothing else, all this proves that even the poorest — and we use that term loosely — athletic department in the SEC has plenty of cash to toss around.





Slick.

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MSU Already Thinking About Expanding Stadium To 80K

Dan Mullen has brought passion and energy to Starkville, Mississippi.  His football program is coming off a 9-4 season and a Gator Bowl romp over traditional power Michigan.  In just two years, Mississippi State’s new coach has the school pushing to expand Davis-Wade Stadium by 5,000 to 7,000 seats.

But he’s only been in town for two years.  It wasn’t so long ago that State was not the fan draw that it is today.  Not to rain on MSU’s parade, but what if Mullen leaves for a bigger stage after next season?  Will the next coach prosper?  Will he keep fans excited?

Despite the possibility of a sudden downturn — Bulldog fans can ask Georgia and Tennessee supporters how quickly things can change — AD Scott Stricklin is already looking toward a second possible expansion of State’s home stadium.

If phase one takes off in the next few years as expected, Scott Field will be surrounded by up to 62,000 fans (compared to the current 55,000).  But Stricklin has had his artists mock up what an 80,000-seat stadium would look like, too.

Now, if it seems like State’s AD has stars in his eyes, know that this second expansion project is targeted for “20-25 years” down the road, if it ever comes to be at all.

For now, however, the focus is on getting the first phase of expansion underway.  And that’s a good thing.  Because I don’t see any jet pack landing pads in the design for the 2031 stadium… and that will surely have to be fixed.

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SEC Headlines – 4/28/11 Part Two

1.  The draft stock of former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson is on the rise.

2.  Les Miles thinks his Tigers will be “one of those teams” competing for a national crown this fall.

3.  Here’s a look at Mississippi State’s draft hopefuls.

4.  MSU has also released renderings of a potential stadium expansion project at Davis-Wade Stadium.

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Kentucky Football Begins Preparations for Mississippi State

The University of Kentucky football team hit the practice field Tuesday to begin preparation for its trip south to take on the No. 23 Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
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