State-Southern Game Assigned 9:00 Kickoff

Mississippi State’s reward for the first trip to Hattiesburg in over a quarter-century is playing the late shift. The really late shift.

Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi will kick off their 2015 seasons at 9:00pm, it was announced today by Conference USA. The game time is for broadcast by Fox Sports 1.

Mississippi State p.r. director Bill Martin said on social media that neither school had input into the time assignment. This instead was a joint decision by CUSA and network partner FS1.

The game will be State’s first appearance on FS1 in the network’s two-year history.

For Mississippi State, the road opener fulfills the home-and-home contract signed by former athletic director Greg Byrne. The in-state programs had last played in 1990 in Starkville with host MSU taking a 13-10 win. In 1989 State last appeared at Roberts Stadium and came away with a 26-23 victory. Both of the winning field goals came off the toe of Joel Logan.

Though long-time MSU fans were not happy about resuming the series, it did go very well for Coach Dan Mullen’s 2014 team to open against the Golden Eagles. State scored the first of its regular-season record ten victories by routing the visitors 49-0.

Bulldog fans will have to wait for more 2015 game times. Last week’s initial release of a limited CBS schedule did not include Mississippi State.

In other football schedule news, athletic director Scott Stricklin and staff are working to fill the September 2016 date left abruptly open when Tulane cancelled its scheduled trip to Starkville. Tulane will pay the contracted $350,000 penalty at some point. But there is a hole in the slate now, and it is not certain a home game can fill it at this late date in finding a new foe.

Also, the SEC Office sent out a reminder Monday designed to take some fun our of our summers. SEC Media Days is July 13-16, and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen and three players are to appear on Tuesday.

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