Mississippi State’s annual May-time caravan continues starting next Monday with a two-for trip. Mullen, basketball coach Ben Howland, women’s coach Vic Schaefer, and athletic director Scott Stricklin headline appearances in both Olive Branch and Biloxi.
Hosted by the DeSoto County chapter of the Bulldog Club, the morning social is at 11:30am at Cherokee Valley Golf Club on Crumpler Blvd. The program starts at noon. The crew then flies all the way to the other end of the state, to appear at the Beau Rivage Pavilion in Biloxi. Hosted by the Harrison-Stone chapter it is a 6:00 social and 7:00 program.
Tuesday is back on the road, rather in the air, with the same quartet visiting Natchez for an 11:30 social/noon program at Hotel Vue. This is hosted by the Adams-Franklin-Wilkinson chapters. Reboarding the plane, the tour travels out to Houston, Texas where the Greater Houston chapter has scheduled a 6:00 social/7:00 program at Majestic Metro.
Their pace does slow down and the roster gets shorter for Wednesday with a solo show, this time at the Hoover Country Club hosted by the Birmingham chapter. It’s a 6:00 social and 7:00 program featuring Mullen and Schaefer, which happens to be a nifty combination of coaches whose Bulldog teams both finished with top-twenty national rankings for the past seasons.
On Thursday Mullen and Schaefer team-up one more time, heading to Greenville Country Club. The Washington chapter is hosting a 6:00 social and buffet with 7:00 program.
Each event has varying prices for reserved and/or walk-in admission, as well as by-age. Specifics as well as contact information is available through the Bulldog Club, on Hailstate.com, and so on.
As per his policy since making every trip in 2009, Mullen reserves participation to a week of trips. This doesn’t count the annual Central Mississippi Extravaganza in mid-July, the largest alumni and fan gathering of any Mississippi school short of an actual football game day.
The 2015 R.D.T. began with visits this week to Meridian and Grenada. It ends with a Monday May 18 appearance in Tupelo by Howland, Schaefer, Stricklin, and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. For the May 19 Vicksburg stop Diaz will carry the load.
While we acknowledge the wisdom of some discretion about private conversations with coaches and administrators, we also encourage fans attending any and all Road Dawg events to post their first-hand reports. Especially here in 2015 when not only is a high-expectations football season upcoming but the Lady Bulldogs are staking a claim to the national stage and Howland is reinvigorating Bulldog basketball.
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