STARKVILLE, Miss. - While head football coach Dan Mullen is challenging the Mississippi State fan base to eclipse the 40,000 attendance mark again this season, the annual Maroon-White Spring Game will also be available to those not in Davis Wade Stadium on April 9. CSS, with a reach of more than 50 million homes, will carry the game live at 5 p.m. (CT). Former Bulldog head coach Jackie Sherrill will be the color analyst on the broadcast, with Mississippi State Assistant Athletic Director Bart Gregory calling the play-by-play.
"Our fans, with the way they've come out and supported it, have made the Maroon-White game a huge annual event," Mullen said. "And now, putting it on live television is just another sign that people are recognizing Mississippi State and the progress we've made and what we plan to keep building."
Sherrill is the all-time winningest coach in Mississippi State history and coached the Bulldogs from 1991 to 2003. He compiled 75 wins and led the Bulldogs to the 1998 SEC Western Division title and '98 SEC Championship Game, along with appearances in six postseason bowl games.
Gregory, recently announced as the color analyst for Mississippi State baseball beginning in 2012, is widely known as the voice of the Lady Bulldog basketball team. He also hosts the pre- and post-game radio shows on the Mississippi State football radio network.
Joining Sherrill and Gregory with reports from the sidelines will be CSS's Niki Noto. Noto began work with Atlanta Falcons as their Inside Reporter in 2010, and expanded her role as on-field host for various commercial and fan related features.
CSS is a 24-hour sports channel carrying a full slate of college sports programming and can only be found on cable. With over 40 live football games including the SEC, Sun Belt, Conference USA, and Gulf South Conferences, the channel offers a comprehensive sports lineup throughout the year. The channel also offers more than 185 men's and women's live college basketball games and over 60 live baseball games, as well as a comprehensive mix of sports news and in-depth sports analysis geared toward fans in the south.
For more information on CSS, or to find out how you can get CSS on your cable system, log on to css-sports.com.
The broadcast will also be available online at ESPN3.com. Bulldog fans can find out more about Super Bulldog Weekend presented by Regions at MStateAthletics.com/gameday.