News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 18

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, Volleyball and Men's Golf.

Football
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Working with apparel partner adidas, Mississippi State will wear a special uniform for its Nov. 26 season finale against Ole Miss. The "rivalry" design will feature maroon jersey and pants, with gold numbers and "Hail State" on the name plate. The gold accents on the uniform represent the importance of the yearly Egg Bowl game, officially known as The Battle for the Golden Egg.

"Adidas approached us with an opportunity to do something special and unique for The Battle for the Golden Egg," Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said. "The Mississippi State-Ole Miss football game is our state's biggest athletic event each year, and these uniforms help highlight how significant the Egg Bowl is to Mississippi State."

The maroon jerseys feature an enlarged Mississippi State wordmark over gold numerals on the front, with gold numerals and nameplates all featuring the MSU slogan "Hail State." Hail State is the name of the university's fight song and has become a popular saying for all fans.

To complete the look below solid maroon pants, the Bulldogs will don specially designed gold cleats.

"We showed the design idea to our leadership committee and the response was unanimously positive," head coach Dan Mullen said. "Adidas has been a great partner, and we're excited to do something new and fun for our student-athletes and fans."

Along with a new design, the uniforms will also feature the latest in adidas's material technology, including seamless jerseys and pants. The ultra-light TECHFIT seamless jerseys are designed to maximize performance while CLIMALITE moisture management fabric sweeps sweat away.

"In creating Mississippi State's Egg Bowl uniforms, we wanted to honor the rich history of this longstanding rivalry and provide State with the very best adidas technology," said Mark Daniels, director of football for adidas. "The Bulldogs' TECHFIT uniforms will allow them to be lighter and play faster as they battle for the Golden Egg on Nov. 26."

Retail outlets have begun sales of replica jerseys and related apparel. Mississippi State and Ole Miss face off in Starkville in the regular season finale on Nov. 26.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Kent Hull, who played offensive line at Mississippi State from 1979-82, passed away on Tuesday afternoon. Hull, born January 13, 1961, was inducted into the Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Hull was a consensus first-team Freshman All-SEC selection in 1979 and a pre-season all-America selection in 1982. Hull was the center for one of the more memorable games in Bulldog history, a 6-3 victory over top-ranked Alabama in 1980. He helped pave the way for a Mississippi State option attack which set school records for rushing yards and total offense that still stand today.

After his decorated career at Mississippi State, Hull played in 189 games for the Buffalo Bills from 1986 until 1996 and started in four straight Super Bowls as he helped the Bills to four consecutive AFC Championships from 1990-93. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times and his name went up on the Bills Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2002.

In September, the Pro Football Hall of Fame released its list of nominees for the Class of 2012, and Hull was one of 14 offensive linemen on the list.

Hull, son of Charlie Hull who played basketball at Mississippi State, received his degree in business administration from the university in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Kay, and two children, Drew and Ellen. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.


Volleyball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Thanks to the school-record attendance at last Friday's match at Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State has vaulted to fourth in the Southeastern Conference and 36th in the NCAA in average home volleyball attendance.

Mississippi State has averaged 1,217 fans on nine home dates this fall, drawing 10,952 fans to its nine home matches at the Newell-Grissom Building and Humphrey Coliseum. A school and state collegiate volleyball record crowd of 4,535 watched the Bulldogs knock off No. 25 Kentucky in straight sets and register State's first win over a ranked opponent in the program's 37-year history. It marked the third attendance of at least 1,000 for Mississippi State in 2011.

The Bulldogs (10-9/5-5 SEC) open the second half of their 20-match SEC schedule on the road this weekend with matches at South Carolina and Florida. State's next home competition comes Oct. 28/30 when MSU entertains SEC West rivals Arkansas and LSU. The LSU match will be televised regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).


Men's Golf
SHREVEPORT, La. - With a round-best 1-under-par 287, the Mississippi State men's golf team climbed the leaderboard of the David Toms Invitational at the Southern Trace Country Club in Shreveport.

The Bulldogs managed to pull even with Ole Miss during the final round and within nine strokes of 11th-ranked LSU. Oklahoma ran away with the event with a 2-under-par 862 as Lamar followed with an 8-over-par 872.

True freshman Fletcher Johnson stormed out of the gates in his first collegiate tournament with a 72 before following it up with a 74 and 71 to earn a share of 10th. His 11 birdies led the team and was fifth-most in the tournament.

The Tupelo native's 72.33 scoring clip ranks him second to Alabama freshman Justin Thomas in the SEC.

"We had a good day as a team today in the tough conditions," Johnson said. "We feel like our team is getting close to where we need to be and I couldn't be any happier to finish in the top 10 at my first college event."

"Fletcher played very solidly for us in his collegiate debut," MSU coach Clay Homan said. "I don't think anyone in the field hit it any better tee to green than he did this week."

Alex Rowland followed Johnson with a 6-over-par 222 and a Top 25 finish, while Chad Ramey trailed him with a 7-over-par 223.

Ramey is currently fifth in stroke average among SEC players with at least nine rounds-played with a 71.78. He also ranks second among SEC underclassmen in scoring.

Lee Heaton carded a 226 while Tyler Smith used a 1-under-par 71 to close out the MSU leaderboard for the tournament.

Senior Andrew Noto of Louisiana Lafayette claimed the individual title with a commanding 8-under-par 208.

"I'm certainly proud of the way we came to play today," Homan said. "Tying the low round for the days shows what we are capable of. We just have to be more consistent and put three rounds together, not two and a half. We need to take this momentum and finish off the fall strong at the Bridgestone in 12 days."

The Bulldogs return to action on Oct. 29 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate at the Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

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