Facts and Rumors About This Weekend's Game

There have been numreous rumors about this weekend's game between Mississippi State and Murray State. I'll give you the rumors first, then the facts.

Rumor 1) The game will not be played this weekend.
(Fact) The game will be played, according to Mike Nemeth, the head of the MSU sports media relations department.

Rumor 2) The City of Starkville has asked gas stations to not sell gas this weekend to anyone but those driving emergency vehicles.
(Fact) According to Al Quinn of the Starkville Mayor's Office, that is not true. If gas is available - and it was as of Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. at 7 different locations in Starkville - anybody will be able to purchase it.

Rumor 3) It will be a week and a half before additional gas will be shipped to Starkville.
(Fact) At least 7 convenience stores were selling gas as of 9:30 Thursday night. I also personally saw two fuel tanker trucks unloading gas at two different locations Thursday afternoon. Although there is a shortage of gas right now, it is still being shipped on what appears to be a limited basis. Even though there will probably be a limited supply of gas in Starkville this weekend, I strongly recommend that you purchase gas on your way to the game if you see a station with some available.

Rumor 4) Displaced victims from the hurricane that are currently staying in hotels in Starkville will be asked to leave the hotel so that folks coming to the game will be able to use the reservations that they have for the game.
(Fact) Hotels in Starkville are calling football fans who have reservations, asking them to give up their reservations for the victims. Many have already done so. In addition to that, Mississippi State officials are asking fans who have hotel reservations and are not planning on attending the game to contact the hotels and let them know they aren't coming. Mississippi State is also providing dorm rooms this weekend for MSU fans coming to the game and hurricane victims.

Rumor 5) MSU is not doing anything to help the victims.
(Fact) According to an official release from the MSU sports media relations department, in addition to providing complimentary tickets to evacuees, the MSU Athletic Department will collect monetary donations at all entrances to Davis Wade Stadium at Saturday's game. In addition to that, the MSU Student Association is also collecting donations of any kind, including monetary donations, as well as pre-packaged snacks, bottled water/soda, toilet paper/kleenex, diapers, jars of baby food, etc. at all gates from 4 to 6 p.m. Any donations that they receive will be given to the local Red Cross chapter.

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