Basketball Finalizes Maroon Madness Slate

Dee Bost is not claiming to have done anything special. "Nah, I'm not taking credit," he said. "Everybody wanted it!" And now everybody—not just Bulldog players but their fans as well—will get what they wanted. It being a ‘Maroon Madness' event to open the 2011-12 basketball year.

Maroon Madness will take place the evening of October 14 in Humphrey Coliseum with both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs putting on a public show prior to the start of official preseason practices. The basketball events begin after the regular-season volleyball match against Kentucky, which is moving from the usual Newell-Grissom home court to the Hump just for this evening. Match time is 7:00; gates open at 6:00 with first-come, first-serve seating.

Originally there were no plans for a ‘midnight madness' sort of event at MSU this year. But the idea has percolated around campus for weeks with a number of Bulldog players posting social-site messages to that end. Somehow Bost, the senior point guard, ended up pleading the case to powers-that be.

"I spoke for them," Bost said today. "I'm a vocal leader you know! I've got a good relationship with Mr. Stricklin and Coach Stansbury."

Bost and club caught a break as well since this year college basketball practices happen to fall on a football weekend; and a home game at that for Mississippi State with SEC East squad South Carolina coming to campus. A pep rally will be held on Main Street in Starkville at 6:00 with A.D. Scott Stricklin among the speakers.

More than volleyball begins at 7:00 with MSU hosting the South Carolina soccer team across the street at the same time.

Coach Rick Stansbury and Coach Sharon Fanning will have their teams go through some drills for fans as well as three-point shooting and scrimmaging. Students can win prizes such as a iPad2, courtside seats for a non-conference games, and $500 worth of classbooks for a semester. They must register at either soccer or volleyball.

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