News from MSU Media Relations--April 22

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen will headline the university's third annual "Road Dawgs Tour," joining university and athletic department officials on a 16-stop trek across the Southeast beginning next week.

The tour will make in-state stops in Clarksdale, Columbus, Corinth, Greenwood, Jackson, Laurel, Natchez, Pascagoula and Vicksburg. Out-of-state destinations include Birmingham and Huntsville, Ala., Memphis, New Orleans, Houston and Dallas along with Jackson, Tenn. Mullen will be at each stop and he will be joined by representatives from the athletic department, alumni association, Bulldog Club and admissions and scholarships office. The tour is being sponsored by the Bulldog Club, the MSU Alumni Association, and participating alumni chapters.

"We had a tremendous turnout not only last weekend at the Maroon-White Game but also at every stop we've made since I've been here," Mullen said. "I have no doubt that will continue over the next 16 stops."

Last weekend more than 31,000 Mississippi State fans were in Davis Wade Stadium for the Maroon-White Spring Football Game, setting a new state record for attendance at a spring football game.

The Road Dawgs Tour will kickoff next week with a Monday evening stop in Memphis, followed by lunch in Vicksburg and the Evening in Maroon Gala in Jackson on Tuesday and stops in Houston, Texas and Dallas on Wednesday and Thursday. The tour will continue over parts of the next four weeks, and details of each event can be found at the Alumni Association website at

Please note that according to NCAA legislation, head football coaches cannot have any contact with high school coaches or prospects during the time that Mullen will be traveling with the Road Dawgs Tour.

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