Regional Bulldog Fanfare

Tupelo, Mississippi was the host for the Regional Bulldog Fanfare, an event sponsored by the Lee County Chapter of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association. Approximately 500 Bulldog fans not only enjoyed food and fellowship, but also heard the latest from MSU president Dr. Charles Lee, head women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning, assistant baseball coach Tommy Raffo and coordinator of football operations Rockey Felker. Dr. Hank Flick was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Dr. Charles Lee
  • 81% freshman, sophomore retention rate.
  • 58% five-year graduation rate.
  • Freshman, transfer admissions are up.
  • Recruiting process has been revamped.
  • Research grants are up 19%.
  • Private funds are up 14% from last year.
  • Research park is full and employs approximately 1,100 people.
  • Expects to announce an expansion to the research park within a few weeks.
  • Overall state budget was not cut this year. He expressed his appreciation to the politicians for that.
  • Will officially kick off the State of the Future capital campaign October 8th.
  • Two new dorms are to be built with the first one starting in a month. It will hold 400 beds and will be called New Main. He is hopeful that students will be placed in it by the fall of 2005. He also hopes to announce the startup of the second dorm by Christmas.

    Tommy Raffo

  • Brad Corley fractured the tip of his thumb. Otherwise, he would have likely made Team USA.
  • Jeffrey Rea is hitting .350 in the CICL league, a wood bat summer league.
  • Baseball overall GPA was 2.87. Twenty-three players have a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • He expects current assistant coach Russ McNickle to be promoted to the pitching coach position.
  • The MSU baseball camps had over 1,000 players attend.
  • Fall practice starts on September 6th.
  • There will be an alumni game this fall. The alumni game is held every other year.
  • He thanked Buzzy Mize for the contribution his foundation made to build the baseball jumbotron and MSU athletics in general.
  • The next game Ron Polk win at MSU will be his 1,000th MSU victory.

    Sharon Fanning

  • There are 17 home games on this year's schedule.
  • The first home game is against New Orleans and is the Friday before the November 20th home football game versus Arkansas.
  • Had 700 to 800 players attend their camps this summer.

    Rockey Felker

  • The first football practice is August 8th.
  • Expects MSU to hear from the NCAA in either late August or early September.
  • Felt that the hiring of new strength and conditioning coach Jim Nowell was an excellent hire.
  • Praised Coach Croom as a person and a coach. He has been impressed with the effort that Coach Croom has made to change the attitude of the team.
  • The best player on the team may be OT David Stewart. Also pointed out the talent level of Omarr Conner, Jerious Norwood and Deljuan Robinson.

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